Houston Astros third baseman Alex Bregman has historically had the greatest success against Blake Snell among all batters. What is he hitting against him?
It’s over Houston Astros fans — our team was able to successfully take Game 1 of the ALDS series with confidence against the Tampa Bay Rays in a 6-2 decision. You never know how a team will come out once the postseason starts and if there were any qualms that this team had, they were quickly put to bed.
The guy that set that tone was certainly Jose Altuve, who homered for the third consecutive opening game of a playoff series and his ninth career dinger during that same period.
Knowing that Altuve is up to bat should make us all feel at ease that the job is going to get done one or the other with him being the leader of this team. He carried this team for so long on his back and it’s just great to know that not only he is compensated fairly but he has help surrounding him to ensure that this team is most successful.
It also helped that Justin Verlander pitched a gem of a performance yesterday as he blanked the Rays while he was on the bump and only allowed just one hit.
Both of these guys exude the ultimate in leadership and are battle-tested when the times are tough. They’re the type of guys that you lean on whenever adversity strikes and they keep the rudder to the proverbial ship on track to keep a steady course toward the objective at hand — winning baseball games.
But as Altuve is busy out there being great, there’s something important to know about today’s matchup with Rays’ starter Blake Snell.
Who has cracked the code for Snell?
Yes, I understand he’s been around a lot longer than the other guys but each season he faces Snell, there’s a good chance that ball is going not only going to go yard but he’s going to find a way
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to get on base, which is the hallmark of his persona as a baseball player.
Let’s take a look at the history Bregman has had against Snell since 2016, Snell’s first season in the league:
2016: 1 H, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 SO, .500/.500/2.000 through 2 ABs
2017: 2 H, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 SO, 1 BB, 1 SB, .500/.600/.750 through 4 ABs
2018: 2 H, 1 RBI, 3 BB, 1 SB, .500/.714/.500 through 4 ABs
2019: 1 SO, .000/.000/.000 through 3 ABs
Bregman is batting .375 with a 1.266 OPS — Altuve has a 1.034 OPS — against Snell for his career so although this season was as successful, this season was a unique anomaly that I’d expect go by the wayside now that it’s the postseason.
Out of all of the batter vs. pitcher matchups today, keep your eye on this one because it’s going to be a hell of one to watch!
We’ll have to see how it pans out but I absolutely cannot wait until tonight — let’s go Houston Astros!
Bregman went 1-for-2 with two walks, a double, a stolen base and also led two double plays against the Tampa Bay Rays yesterday.