Astros: Alex Bregman finishes trophy-worthy regular season
Alex Bregman finishes one of the best seasons in Astros history.
The 2019 regular season has come to an end, and Alex Bregman has put up some incredible numbers. This will go down as one of the best individual seasons in Astros history and could net him some serious hardware.
He finishes with a .296/.423/.592 slash line with 41 homers, 112 RBIs, 119 walks and only 83 strikeouts. He also popped 37 doubles and finished with a 1.015 OPS. Here’s a closer look at how his numbers stack up.
Astros Single Season History
Bregman’s 41 homers are the seventh-most in Astros history in a single season, and the most by a player who didn’t play first base or the corner outfield. His 112 RBIs rank 15th in club history, and also the most by a non-first baseman/outfielder.
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His 119 walks also come in sixth in team history; incredibly, Jeff Bagwell drew 149 walks in 1999 that still holds the record. Bregman joins Joe Morgan as the only players in club history to draw 100 or more walks and strike out fewer than 90 times in a season.
He’s also the only Astros player to hit 40 or more homers in a season while striking out fewer than 100 times. His on-base percentage is 10th in team history, his slugging percentage is seventh, and his OPS is 11th.
Finally, his overall WAR of 8.4 is second in team history only to Craig Biggio‘s 9.4 mark in 1997. Without a doubt, Bregman’s season could be ranked as one of the 10 best individual seasons in Astros history.
Across the Majors in 2019
Bregman managed to pass Mike Trout in WAR for the season, finishing with 8.4 to Trout’s 8.3. This gives Bregman the best WAR in the AL. He finished second in on-base percentage, third in slugging and third in OPS.
He also finished third in the league in home runs, fourth in runs scored, fifth in total bases and fifth in RBIs. He led the league in walks, runs created and times on base. Bregman finished third in adjusted OPS+, fifth in extra base hits and second in both Adjusted Batting Runs and Adjusted Batting Wins.
It seems inevitable that he’ll grab a Silver Slugger Award, but what of the MVP? It’s tough to tell at this point, as Trout still leads in several categories despite missing the end of the season with an injury. Voters will have to weigh the value of playing the entire season and of being on a playoff team, and Bregman’s lead in WAR will help his case.
Unfortunately, we’ll have to wait until after the playoffs for the results to come out. For the time being, we’ll remain in suspense as the Astros chase another championship.
***Statistics courtesy of MLB.com and Baseball-Reference***