George Springer hits 23rd homer
That makes 23 homers for Springer. If only he could steal a base, he'd be a top-five fantasy outfielder right now. However, he's 0-for-3 in steals this year after finishing 9-for-19 last year. He was actually effective stealing bases before that, going 21-for-27 over 180 games in his first two seasons.
George Springer swats 455-foot bomb in win
Springer connected for yet another prodigious homer in this one. whacking a solo shot off Ariel Miranda in the fourth inning which traveled an estimated 455 feet to dead center. The slugger has now gone yard in four of his last 10 games and boasts a .277/.352/.557 triple-slash with 22 homers and 47 RBI for the season as a whole.
George Springer (hand) hoping to play Friday
Springer lobbied to stay in Thursday's game after taking a pitch off his left hand but was overruled by manager A.J. Hinch. His X-rays came back negative and the Astros are hoping he'll be available for Friday night's series opener. The Astros appear to have dodged a major bullet here.
George Springer day-to-day with bruised hand
His X-rays came back negative. Springer left Thursday's game after being struck by a 92 mph sinker from A's starter Jesse Hahn. The Astros are calling him day-to-day. Springer suffered a similar injury two years ago when he was hit by then-Royals starter Edinson Volquez. Jake Marisnick replaced Springer in center field on Thursday and should start there during his absence.
Springer leaves game after HBP on left hand
A's starter Jesse Hahn struck Springer with the fifth pitch of the afternoon. The star center fielder looked to be in a good amount of pain as he walked off the field. There should be an update soon from Oakland.
George Springer goes deep again on Tuesday
Springer has homered in three straight outings for the first time since April 16-19, 2016. He is hitting .370 (37-for-100) with 12 homers and 14 multi-hit outings over 23 games dating back to May 26, raising his average from .231 to .283.
Mike Leake adds support for a great matchup with the Phillies 82 sOPS+ against GB pitchers
Mike Leake and Mike Montgomery are both ground ball pitchers (GB rate above 50%), who are thought to have two of the best matchups on the slate against the Phillies and Padres and while both are bottom of the league offenses in most senses, only the Phillies are also a bottom five team against ground ball pitchers. Their 82 sOPS+ against worm burners is the third worst mark in baseball, enhancing Leake's matchup tonight. The Padres are far from proficient against ground ballers, but their 90 sOPS+ is only tied for 10th worst in the majors with about half their projected starters above average (100+ sOPS+) in that mark this year. Subsequently, the Phillies have just three batter (Aaron Altherr, Odubel Herrera, and Tommy Joseph) with more than 20 PAs and an sOPS+ against 100 vs GB pitchers. Bad news for Sonny Gray backers as well. Houston is also the offense against ground ball pitchers (142 sOPS+) with George Springer's 262 sOPS+ leading the way.
George Springer belts his 20th homer in win
Springer is up to 20 home runs, slashing a solid .284/.357/.561. At this point last season Springer had manager just 15 homers with 41 RBI with a batting average 20 points lower. He has taken a very nice step forward to put him on track for better than 40 homers and 100 RBI.
Jay Bruce has two HRs (32 PAs) and a 96 mph aEV (16 BBEs) against John Lackey
Jay Bruce has two HRs (32 PAs) and a 96 mph aEV (16 BBEs) against John Lackey. That is the most abundant BvP information on this slate. Oddly, that elite exit velocity has resulted in just a .172 batting average (not something often quoted here) and only one additional extra-base hit. Three other batters have two HRs against the pitcher they are facing tonight in 12 PAs or fewer (Nomar Mazara vs Joe Musgrove, Kris Bryant vs Jacob deGrom, and George Springer vs Yu Darvish) with an aEV above 92 mph each, but with a combined 13 BBEs recorded by Statcast, essentially covering just a few games. In fact, only two other batters on the slate (Neil Walker and Nick Markakis) have more than 10 Statcast recorded BBEs against tonight's pitcher, both with an aEV between 91 and 93 mph, but without an extra-base hit between them. Melky Cabrera does have a HR and 94.4 mph aEV on 9 BBEs in 12 PAs against Wade Miley.
George Springer clocks two-run homer in loss
Springer burned Jesse Chavez for a two-run shot in the third inning, his 17th of the campaign. He has crushed six homers in his last 10 games and had been sneaking up on the MLB leader in homers, Aaron Judge, before Judge went off for three bombs this weekend.