George Springer, who was Mr. Golden Sombrero in Game one of the World Series, is named Series MVP.
After Game 1 of the World Series, Houston Astros fans were clamoring for George Springer to drop in the order. Springer struck out four times versus Clayton Kershaw and the other Dodgers pitchers. The Astros dropped the first game 3-1, but they ended up winning the series in seven games.
During Talking Stros on SportsTalk 790, callers were suggesting that A.J. Hinch move Springer in the order. Instead, the next day Hinch stuck with his guy though. Hinch was rewarded in Game 2 of the World Series.
Springer brings the wins to Houston!
In Game 2, the Astros got their first World Series behind Springer’s three hits in five at-bats. He had a double and single, plus the go-ahead homer in the 11th inning off Brandon McCarthy. Springer saw the ball better again with a little faith from Hinch.
In the final four games of the World Series, Springer homered in four straight games. After batting .115 in the ALCS versus the Yankees, Springer bounced back and had a slash line of .379/ .471/ 1.000/ 1.471. With five homers and seven RBIs, Springer often led the Astros to victory late in the game with his heroics.
In the stunning Game 6 loss, Springer accounted for the lone run with his homer. Unfortunately, the Astros weren’t able to secure the victory with Justin Verlander on the mound. Instead of being down after losing in Game 6, Springer was upbeat looking giddy about being able to play in a winner takes all Game 7.
Getting off to a great start!
Springer got the team off to a great start with the leadoff double last night. He and Alex Bregman put the early pressure on Yu Darvish, which led the first run scoring on an error. The Astros went on to score five runs in the first two innings versus Darvish, including the death-blow of Springer’s two-run homer.
Despite the one bad play in Game 5 where Springer dove for a ball that got past him to the wall, he played great defense. In fact, after Springer allowed the go-ahead run on that play, the next inning he homered. The defense around the field was great, but Springer leads the way.
In a team full of stars, Springer is and will be my favorite players. Springer was the light at the end of the tunnel during the process. He graced the SI cover where they predicted the Astros would be a World Champions in 2017. Springer was named the World Series MVP, deservedly so. Can’t wait for the parade on Friday at 2 pm CT.
***Stats from Baseball-Reference***