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Video: George Springer extends playoff hitting streak to 10 games

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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.

Video reviews overturn 42% rate; Boston most successful

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NEW YORK (AP) Video reviews overturned 42.4% of calls checked during Major League Baseball’s shortened regular season, down slightly from 44% in 2019.

Boston was the most successful team, gaining overturned calls on 10 of 13 challenges for 76.9%. The Chicago White Sox were second, successful on eight of 11 challenges for 72.7%, followed by Kansas City at seven of 10 (70%).

Pittsburgh was the least successful at 2 of 11 (18.2%), and Toronto was 7 of 25 (28%).

Minnesota had the most challenges with 28 and was successful on nine (32.1%). The New York Yankees and Milwaukee tied for the fewest with nine each; the Yankees were successful on five (55.6%) and the Brewers three (33.3%).

MLB said Tuesday there were 468 manager challenges and 58 crew chief reviews among 526 total reviews during 898 games. The average time of a review was 1 minute, 25 seconds, up from 1:16 the previous season, when there 1,186 manager challenges and 170 crew chief reviews among 1,356 reviews during 2,429 games.

This year’s replays had 104 calls confirmed (19.8%), 181 that stood (34.4%) and 223 overturned. An additional 12 calls (2.3%) were for rules checks and six (1.1%) for recording keeping.

In 2019 there were 277 calls confirmed (12.5%), 463 that stood (34.1%) and 597 overturned. An additional nine calls (0.7%) were for rules checks and 10 (0.7%) for record keeping.

Expanded video review started in 2014.