Springer led of Monday's game against the Mets with an opposite-field home run. That was Springer's lone hit in three at-bats and first extra-base hit in five spring outings. Springer experienced a drop in power last season, dipping to 22 home runs after belting 34 in 2017. Other than that, Springer was still a productive leadoff hitter and scored more than 100 runs for a third consecutive season. Atop one of baseball's most potent lineups, the 29-year-old outfielder should top the century mark again in 2019.
Springer will start in center field and lead off Monday in the Astros' Grapefruit League game against the Mets, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports. Springer served as the designated hitter in his spring debut in Sunday's 5-2 loss to the Braves, going 1-for-3 with a strikeout. He'll now be on track for his first field work of the exhibition slate and will likely play only a handful of innings before heading to the bench. The 29-year-old is coming off a bit of a down season in which he posted the lowest OPS of his career (.780 OPS), but he still makes sense as an early round building block in fantasy drafts thanks to his above-average power and spot atop a potent Houston lineup.
Springer went 3-for-6 with two homers and two RBI in Monday's win over the Indians. The victory propelled the Astros to a sweep in the ALDS. They'll await the winner of the Yankees/Red Sox series in the ALCS. Springer has continued his postseason dominance as he has eight home runs in his last nine playoff games.
Springer is out of the lineup for Friday's game at Baltimore, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports. Springer will sit for the second straight game after the Astros secured the AL West title Tuesday. The 29-year-old should be available off the bench, but manager A.J. Hinch likely just wants to give his starting center fielder some additional time to rest a nagging thumb injury.
Springer is not in the lineup against the Orioles on Thursday, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports. Springer will remain on the bench for a second straight game as the Astros coast into the final series of the regular season with their spot and positioning in the postseason all locked down. In his place, Jake Marisnick will get another start in center field.
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