Brantley hit .316 (6-for-19) with a home run, a double, three walks, four RBI and three runs scored over eight Grapefruit League games.
The health concerns of 2016 and 2017, when Brantley played a combined 101 games, have been mostly put to rest as he recorded a second straight season of more than 600 plate appearances in 2019. The 32-year-old outfielder picked up this spring where he left off last season, when he hit .311/.372/.503 while launching a career-high 22 home runs. He'll be the Astros' starting left fielder in 2020 while slotting into the top half of the batting order where the potent Houston lineup gives him ample opportunity to score and drive in runs.
Brantely went 1-for-2 with a walk, a home run and two runs scored in Friday's game against the Marlins.
This was Brantley's second spring appearance, and he's reached base safely in four of five plate appearances. Brantley loved life in the potent Houston lineup last season, and he'll be in a similar environment in 2020. The 32-year-old outfielder batted second Friday but is presumed to be the No. 3 hitter in the regular season, safely tucked in between Jose Altuve and Alex Bregman.
Brantley is not in the lineup for Saturday's game against the Angels, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports.
Brantley will receive another day off as the Astros continue to gear up for the postseason. Josh Reddick, Jake Marisnick and George Springer will start from left to right in the outfield for Houston's penultimate game of the regular season.
Brantley went 1-for-4 with a three-run homer in Friday's 4-0 win over the Angels.
The Astros had only four hits in the game, and Brantley's was the biggest of them all, an eighth-inning blast off Angels reliever Luis Garcia. Brantley exited the game in the bottom half of the inning as Jake Marisnick entered as a defensive replacement. Brantley is hitting .311/.372/.502 in 147 games this season, adding a career-high 22 homers as well as 89 RBI and 88 runs scored.
Brantley is not in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Mariners, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports.
Brantley will head to the bench after starting the previous two contests and has a .167/.243/.258 slash line through 18 games in September. Kyle Tucker is starting in left field Wednesday for the Astros.
Brantley is not in the lineup for Saturday's game against the Angels, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.
The Astros want to keep Kyle Tucker involved to an extent; on Saturday, Tucker's start will come at Brantley's expense. Brantley could probably use another breather anyway, if his numbers so far in September are any indication (.172/.246/.276).
Brantley will not start Friday against the Royals, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Brantley owns a career-high .899 OPS and a career-best 21 homers. He'll get a rest Friday, with Kyle Tucker starting in left field.
Brantley is not in the lineup for Sunday's game versus the Mariners, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports.
Brantley will head to the bench after starting the last six games and going 3-for-26 with one home run and four RBI in that stretch. Kyle Tucker will start in left field and bat sixth Sunday.
Brantley went 2-for-6 with a home run and three RBI in Thursday's extra-inning victory over Seattle.
Brantley helped Houston overcome an early seven-run deficit and reach extra innings with a sacrifice fly that knotted the score in the eighth inning, then ended the game with a walkoff two-run homer in the 13th. The 32-year-old has thrived in his first year with the Astros, tying a career high with 20 long balls while slashing .324/.384/.524 in 570 plate appearances.
Brantley is not in the lineup Saturday against the Blue Jays, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Brantley has started the past eight games, slashing .310/.394/.448 with a home run and a 3:4 BB:K during that stretch. He'll give way to Jake Marisnick in the outfield in this one.
Brantley went 1-for-3 with a home run, two RBI and an additional run Saturday in the Astros' 5-2 win over the Angels.
Brantley has plated a pair of runs in three of his last four starts to give him 80 RBI on the season, leaving him just four short of matching the second-best total of his career. His 19th home run also leaves him one short of his career high, which he achieved in his first All-Star season with the Indians back in 2014. He'll start in left field and bat second Sunday in the series finale with the Angels.
Brantley is not in the lineup Wednesday against the Tigers, David Barron of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Brantley will get what appears to be a regular day off after starting 13 of the past 14 games for Houston, slashing .444/.500/.722 with two home runs and a 5:5 BB:K during that stretch. In his place, Myles Straw is starting in left field and hitting ninth.
Brantley went 3-for-4 with a pair of home runs and another run scored in Thursday's 7-6 loss to the A's.
Brantley kept the Astros in the game with two pivotal game-tying home runs. He hit his first long ball in the sixth inning off Mike Fiers, followed by a solo shot off Blake Treinen in the eighth. Despite Brantley's valiant effort, the Astros came up short in what turned into a home run shootout for both sides. The long balls were Brantley's first of the month and 18th of the year as the veteran outfielder remains on pace to surpass his career-best 20-homer campaign in 2014 with Cleveland. Overall this season, Brantley leads Houston in both batting average (.332) and hits (148).
Brantley is not in the lineup for Game 2 of Tuesday's doubleheader against the White Sox, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Brantley started in left field for the matinee and went 1-for-4 with a walk. Josh Reddick, Myles Straw and George Springer represent the Astros' outfield from left to right in his absence.
Brantley went 1-for-4 with a triple, two RBI and a run scored Sunday against the Orioles.
Brantley knocked home a pair of runs in the ninth inning on a triple to right field, giving his team the lead. However, Baltimore would strike for three runs in the ninth to take the series finale. The 32-year-old has now hit safely in six straight games, going 11-for-25 with four extra-base hits and nine RBI over that stretch.
Brantley is out of the lineup Sunday against the Mariners, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports.
Brantley heads to the bench for just the second time since the All-Star break in what likely amounts to little more than a veteran maintenance day. The 32-year-old came up big in Saturday's 9-0 win, going 3-for-5 with two doubles, four RBI and two runs. Jake Marisnick will enter the Astros' outfield in Brantley's stead.
Brantley went 3-for-5 with two doubles, two runs scored and four RBI in Saturday's 9-0 win over the Mariners.
The 32-year-old continues to thrive in Houston. Brantley is now slashing .320/.379/.516 with 16 homers, 61 runs and 67 RBI, including 16 RBI in his last 13 games.
Brantley went 3-for-3 with a walk, two home runs and three RBI in Sunday's 5-3 win over the Rangers.
After a stretch during which Brantley homered just twice in 51 games, he's gone yard three times in the last four. The outfielder may be enjoying his finest season at age 32, posting career highs in average (.332), on-base percentage (.391) and slugging (.530).
Brantley is not starting Friday against the Rangers.
Brantley owns an excellent .421/.465/.658 slash line over his last 10 games. He'll get a rest Friday with Tony Kemp starting in left field.
Brantley went 1-for-3 with a two-run home run and another run scored in Wednesday's 11-2 rout of the Angels.
Brantley got the Astros on the board by swatting his 100th career home run, a two-run shot off Felix Pena in the first inning. He then scored again in the fifth after getting hit by a pitch. It's just business as usual for the veteran outfielder, who is now slashing .324/.382/.508 with 13 home runs, 51 RBI and 51 runs scored.
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