Astros: Alex Bregman is About to Explode Offensively
By Eric Huysman
Now that Bregman broke two milestones last night, first extra-base hit and first multi-hit game, is he about to take off for the Astros?
Astros Twitter has been really hard on the Astros number one prospect Alex Bregman recently with his struggles. No matter how good he is, we have to keep in mind that he’s played a little more than one full year in professional baseball. He was going to have some bumps along the road as he adjusted to major league pitching.
One of the things that people have not really talked that much about was that the Astros did not call up Bregman when he was hot in Fresno. If they had called him up that Friday like they reportedly were, he would have been on a better roll. Instead, he went two hitless nights that Friday and Saturday. He did not play the Sunday night before his MLB debut versus the Yankees that Monday.
If you are a fan who can’t watch the game or a member of the national media, you would have looked at Bregman’s 2-38 start before last night’s game and think he was terrible. While he has looked overmatched at times, he has made solid contact other times without much success. If he was in a slump going back to his last few games in the minors, this could mean that he is about to explode offensively.
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Bregman is good. Following his performance in the All-Star Futures game, all the experts around baseball said that he was ready. Fans were calling for his promotion even more but have turned on him following his slow start. He was not supposed to be counted on much for the Astros offense. However, the Astros have struggled to score runs like last night. While the Astros lost the game last night, at least Bregman has more hits than Bartolo Colon (3-38 this season) now.
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Last night, after two weeks of hitting into bad luck, Bregman is now 5 for 43 in his major league career, hitting .116. He got the Astros on the board first by hitting a double with one out and eventually scoring on a Preston Tucker walk. Bregman also drove in the on;y other run scored with a single in the ninth inning.
When we talked to Jeremy Booth, a former scout and now president of Program 15, said before Bregman made his debut that he should bat second. The Astros batted him sixth instead. With a hitter like Bregman who is here to stay, you have to put him in the most favorable spot in the batting order. In this lineup, hitting between George Springer and Jose Altuve. He will see more pitches to hit.
One of the reasons that we are frustrated right now is the fact that Bregman always seems to come up with runners in scoring position. Now he is striking out or hitting weak balls in the infield during those situations. This will change as Bregman is a dynamic hitter, just have a little patience.
We will talk to Booth again about Bregman on tonight’s Talking Stros. If you would like to listen in, at 7 pm CST, go to TuneIn and search KTXF or follow this link. We will have two hours of local Astros talk tonight starting at 7 pm.
***Stats from Baseball-Reference***