The postseason has been good to George Springer. Entering yesterday’s ALCS opener against the Red Sox, the Astros’ hot-hitting outfielder had hit safely in his last nine playoff games with the team, a streak that extended all the way back to Game 1 of the 2017 World Series. On Saturday, Springer brought his record to 10 straight games with a two-RBI single off of Chris Sale that put the Astros on the map in the second inning:
The ball skipped just under Eduardo Núñez’s glove at third base and nearly made it to the warning track in left field before Andrew Benintendi scooped it. By the time it made its way back into the vicinity of the infield, the Astros were already standing atop a two-run lead.
With the hit, Springer not only carries a career-best postseason streak, but is now on the cusp of breaking a franchise record, too. The last Astros player to safely hit in at least 10 postseason games was former outfielder/infielder Lance Berkman, who set the record with an RBI double and solo home run during the Astros’ campaign in the 2004 NLCS. Berkman slashed .415/.478/.780 with four home runs and a 1.259 OPS during his 10-game streak with the team; by comparison, Springer’s last 10 playoff games have yielded a batting line of .429/.510/1.071 with eight homers and a 1.582 OPS.
Springer will attempt to claim sole possession of the record as the Astros face off against the Red Sox’ David Price for Game 2 of the ALCS on Sunday night. The 29-year-old slugger hasn’t exactly destroyed Price during previous matches — he’s played to a .208 average and a single home run in his last 24 at-bats against the lefty — but a dominant start from Price is anything but guaranteed as he posted just 1 2/3 innings of three-hit, three-run ball during Game 2 of the ALDS.