Springer went 2-for-4 with a home run, a walk and another run scored in Sunday's 7-1 win over the Mariners. Springer's solo shot was accompanied by a trio of two-run bombs off Houston's bats in support of Justin Verlander. Despite playing only 129 of a possible 149 games this year after suiting up for all 162 in 2016, Springer has eclipsed last season's total of 29 home runs by three. The leadoff man's slashing career highs across the board at .291/.374/.535.
Springer is not in the Astros' lineup for Game 2 of their Saturday doubleheader, Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle reports. Springer went 0-for-3 with a strikeout in the opener, and he'll give way to Cameron Maybin, who's playing center field, in Game 2. The Astros' typical leadoff bat should be back in action Sunday.
Springer went 2-for-4 with a two run home run and two runs scored during Saturday's win over the Mets. The outfielder had been in a bit of a funk and had gone 10 consecutive games without a multi-hit showing. However, the dry spells have been few and far between for Springer, as he's now up to 30 homers, 73 RBI, 94 runs and a .292/.370/.546 slash line for the campaign. It's also worth noting that he's posted those high-end numbers in just 114 games.
Springer notched three singles in five at-bats and scored twice Wednesday against the Diamondbacks. Springer once again excelled at setting the table out of the leadoff spot, pushing his OBP to .380 while raising his season run total to 86 in his 100th game. The 2011 first-rounder has been mired in a serious power slump by his lofty standards with just one homer in the past 19 games and remains one shy of last year's career-high 29.
Springer is out of the lineup Sunday against the Rangers. Springer has started in all of the Astros' four games since being activated from the 10-day disabled list, so manager A.J. Hinch will just build in a day of rest for the outfielder in an effort to limit the strain on his legs. Though Springer has underwhelmed after rejoining the lineup, going 3-for-16 with two walks in the four contests, there's been no indication he's experienced any sort of setback with his right quadriceps. Springer looks like a safe activation heading into the upcoming week.
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