Bregman went 1-for-5 with a two-run home run in Sunday's 7-5 loss to the Angels. Bregman had gone 27 games without a home run before hitting his 17th blast of the season Sunday. He had been a slugging machine for one 30-game stretch after the All-Star break, looking like a shoo-in to reach 20 homers, but Bregman's fallen off during the month of September. Still, he rebounded nicely after a shaky first half to post respectable numbers. As the 23-year-old former shortstop adds to his frame, he should put together more sustained power outbursts.
Bregman will hit leadoff in Saturday's game against the Angels. George Springer has been in the leadoff spot for all but one game since Aug. 14, but he'll sit Saturday, giving Bregman a chance to hit atop the order for the second time this season.
Bregman is not in the lineup Wednesday against the White Sox. Bregman will receive a rare night off Wednesday and give way to Marwin Gonzalez at third base. Bregman, who's hit .279 with an .809 OPS over 144 games this season, figures to rejoin the lineup for Thursday's series finale against the White Sox.
Bregman went 2-for-4 with a stolen base, an RBI and two runs scored in Thursday's 5-1 win over Texas. The Astros foundered in August, finishing up their worst month of the season with an 11-17 record, but it was Bregman's best month. He slashed .345/.395/.584/.979 over 28 games. The 23-year-old, who played his 23rd game at shortstop Thursday, is closing in on a 20-20 season, sitting at 16 homers and 15 steals entering September.
Bregman went 3-for-5 with an RBI in a blowout loss to the Rangers on Tuesday. Bregman's somewhat quietly been one of the league's most productive hitters for the past month; dating back to July 30, he's posted a .357/.408/.634 batting line with six homers, 22 RBI and five steals over his last 28 games. That's helped him lift his season average to .288, and while Bregman's season-long counting stats aren't all that impressive, he's clearly developing into the high-end hitter everyone expected him to become. Even worse news for the rest of the league: He's only 23 years old.
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