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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: Nathan Eovaldi drawing interest from at least nine teams

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Former Red Sox right-hander Nathan Eovaldi is up for grabs this offseason, and Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe says that as many as nine suitors are interested in bringing the righty aboard. While the Red Sox are eager to retain Eovaldi’s services after his lights-out performance during their recent postseason run, they’ll have to contend with the Brewers, Phillies, Braves, White Sox, Padres, Blue Jays, Giants, and Angels — all of whom are reportedly positioned to offer something for the starter this winter.

It wasn’t all smooth sailing for the 28-year-old in 2018, however. After losing his 2017 season to Tommy John surgery, he underwent an additional procedure to remove loose bodies from his right elbow in March and didn’t make his first appearance until the end of May. He was flipped for lefty reliever Jalen Beeks just prior to the trade deadline and finished his season with a combined 6-7 record in 21 starts, a 3.81 ERA, 1.6 BB/9, and 8.2 SO/9 through 111 innings.

Despite his numerous health issues over the last few years, Eovaldi raised his stock in October after becoming a major contributor during the Red Sox’ championship run. He contributed two quality starts in the ALDS and ALCS and returned in Games 1-3 of the World Series with three lights-out performances in relief — including a six-inning effort in the 18-inning marathon that was Game 3.

A frontrunner has yet to emerge for the righty this offseason, but Cafardo points out that the nine teams listed so far might just be the tip of the iceberg. Still, he won’t be the most sought-after starter on the market, as former Diamondbacks southpaw Patrick Corbin is expected to command an even bigger payday following his career-best 6.0-fWAR performance in 2018.