The first-place Astros trounced the first-place Twins on Wednesday by a 17-6 score, completing a sweep in the first leg of the team’s 10-game road trip. DH George Springer had quite a day, batting 4-for-4 with a pair of home runs and a pair of walks with four runs scored.
One of those home runs was a 473-foot solo shot to the upper deck in left-center field off of Ryan Pressly in the top of the seventh inning, extending the Astros’ lead to 7-5. According to Statcast, only the Diamondbacks’ Jake Lamb (481 feet) has hit a home run for more distance this season.
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The Astros improved to 38-16 with Wednesday’s win. Meanwhile, after Wednesday’s action, Springer is batting .265/.342/.500 with 13 home runs, 31 RBI, and 39 runs scored in 221 plate appearances.
Phillies outfielder Andrew McCutchen would have opened the regular season on the injured list if it had started on time. Now, with the start of the season pushed back at least a few months due to coronavirus (COVID-19), the veteran five-time All-Star says he will be “ready to go” whenever the season begins, he told NBC Sports Philadelphia.
McCutchen, 33, tore his ACL in early June, ending his 2019 campaign. To that point, he had been quite productive for the Phillies, batting .256/.378/.457 with 10 home runs and 29 RBI over 262 plate appearances. If and when the 2020 season does begin, he will likely reprise his role as the leadoff hitter, this time under new manager Joe Girardi.
2020 marks the second year of McCutchen’s three-year, $50 million contract initially signed with the Phillies in December 2018. The Phillies also hold a $15 million club option for the 2022 season with a $3 million buyout.