Astros: Alex Bregman and Yordan Alvarez get top monthly awards
By Brian Murray
Astros once again dominate the monthly awards with Alex Bregman getting AL Player of the Month and Yordan Alvarez winning Rookie of the Month honors.
The August awards for the best players in the league have been announced and for the third month in a row, Astros players have been awarded two of the three top monthly awards. Phenom Yordon Alvarez has won his third straight Rookie of the Month Award and Alex Bregman took Player of the Month.
Alvarez has simply taken over the race for Rookie of the Year ever since hitting that home run in his Major League debut on June 9th. He has now won the Rookie of the Month Award every month he’s been up with the Astros.
The August award was earned by slashing .309/.425/.670 with a 1.095 OPS. In his 27 appearances of the month, Alvarez knocked in 26 runs and scored 23 while hitting nine homers and eight doubles. The League is definitely starting to take notice, evidenced by his 25 walks with three of those being intentional.
This is the second month in a row the Player of the Month Award went to an Astro with Alex Bregman taking the honors for August following up Yuli Gurriel‘s July win. Bregman is having the finest season of his four-year career and is finally being recognized for it.
In August, he had a very impressive slash line of .404/.487/.747 and an OPS of 1.235. Bregman amassed 31 RBIs and 27 runs in the 26 games he appeared in. He racked up 14 doubles, six homers, and a triple in 99 ABs.
If Bregman continues at this pace he may give Mike Trout his run for the money for Most Valuable Player of the Year for the American League. He has already tied his 2018 total runs for the year of 105 and has eclipsed last seasons 31 home runs with 32.
This is the first month since May that Houston didn’t take the Pitcher of the Month Award with Gerrit Cole taking the award in June and July. But the way September is starting, it may be a race between him and Justin Verlander to take it this month. Maybe the Astros can end the season by sweeping all three awards.