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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.

Report: Yankees could be in on Nolan Arenado

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The Yankees appear to have moved on from free agent Manny Machado this winter, but could they be turning their attention to Rockies superstar Nolan Arenado? That’s the idea floated by Andy Martino of SNY, who hears that GM Brian Cashman has been involved in recent discussions concerning the third baseman. No official comments have been made to the press yet, though, and it’s not clear whether the Yankees would prefer to pursue Arenado prior to the 2019 season or partway through it.

The 27-year-old infielder earned his fourth consecutive All-Star nomination, Silver Slugger, and Gold Glove award in 2018 after slashing .297/.374/.561 with 38 home runs, a .935 OPS, and 5.7 fWAR across 673 plate appearances. There’s no question he’s provided immense value to Colorado’s lineup over the last half-decade, and his consistency and incredible power at the plate helped form the basis of the record $30 million arbitration figure he presented to the team last week. The Rockies countered at $24 million, however, and in doing so may have jeopardized their chances of convincing the infielder to forego free agency in 2020 and take a long-term deal instead.

Assuming he declines to negotiate an extension with the Rockies, Arenado’s decorated résumé and career-best 2018 numbers should attract plenty of interest around the league — a reality that could put considerable pressure on the Yankees (or any other interested party) to finesse a deal sooner rather than later. For now, the club is prepared to enter the 2019 season with hot-hitting third baseman Miguel Andújar, whom Martino speculates would be the “centerpiece” of any trade with Colorado.