Alex Bregman’s hitting stroke of late has been as smooth as his face after a mid-game shave.
The Albuquerque native and Houston Astros infielder has heated up along with the weather. He was named the American League player of the month of June on Monday. He also was named player of the week that just ended.
— Houston Astros (@astros) July 2, 2018
His stats at the plate, last week: 13 for 28, a .464 batting average and 1.170 OPS (on-base plus slugging percentage) with five homers, 10 RBIS and two stolen bases. Including a walkoff two-run homer on an 0-2 pitch Wednesday for a 7-6 win Toronto, 10 of his 13 hits went for extra bases.
Manager A.J. Hinch wasn’t surprised that Bregman came through for his team.
Even when the Astros cooled off, getting swept in climate-controlled Tampa Bay this past weekend, Bregman still homered to plate the Astros’ only runs on Friday and Saturday.
Bregman, 24, drew attention two Sundays ago, when he shaved off a budding mustache between at-bats.
He’s been hitting ever since, and now his name is coming up in conversation for an AL all-star nod.
Bregman won’t get an automatic berth on the team, since Cleveland’s Jose Ramirez has a comfortable lead (1.81 million to 1.05 million) over Bregman, who has surged past the Yankees’ Miguel Andujar, at the third base position and voting ends Thursday. But Hinch, the AL manager who ultimately will get to select the reserves, sounds like he’s making room for the Albuquerque Academy alum.
“He’s standing out as a guy who should get that recognition, if it’s available,” Hinch told MLB.com. “We haven’t gotten into the final conversations about stuff like that, but I’m on Team Bregman.”