Alex Bregman’s return wasn’t YouTube Player of the Game worthy, but his slash line and plays in the field benefitted the Astros.
While the Houston Astros will no longer have to deal with the Kansas City Royals again this season, they saw a great performance from Alex Bregman in his return, who replaced Jacob Wilson on the active roster. Jake Meyers, who was awarded the YouTube Player of the Game, walked-off the Royals in the 10th inning with a groundout to the right side, scoring Bregman from third.
Bregman might not be running at full speed just yet, as he will examine his run effort in game situations. The right-hander didn’t score from second on a single from Kyle Tucker in the previous at-bat, but the Astros won the series in the end.
Bregman finished his day 2-for-5 with a run and an RBI, while his peripherals showed productive at-bats even in his outs. The right-hander posted exit velocities of 97.4 MPH, 100.7 (393 ft), 104.5 (392 ft), 99.8 and 90.2 on balls in play on Wednesday. Needless to say, Bregman’s power isn’t an aspect of his game worth worrying about in his return.
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The third baseman had two of the top distances in Wednesday’s contest (393 and 392 ft), as one of them was a long fly out to centerfield.
Bregman flashed his glove as well, while assisting on four outs in the game. The right-hander made clean throws across the diamond, while also contributing in a 1-5-6 out.
After missing 59 games, the Astros were even in record with and without Bregman (35-24). While never hitting the 60-day injured list, Bregman spent all of his two months away on the 10-day, as he last played against the Texas Rangers on June 16 when he injured his quad.
The Astros are back in action on Friday at 7:05 p.m. in Arlington against the Rangers, as Jake Odorizzi will hit the rubber.