With only one player ever cracking the final round of the Home Run Derby, the Astros have not had success in Major League Baseball’s most exciting contest of the summer. Lance Berkman put on a show for the home crowd back in 2004, but other than that, the Houston performances have been pretty bleak.
Tonight, Alex Bregman looks to snap that trend by hitting a lot of line drives to left field. Overall, it will be a tough task for Bregman, as he’ll have to get through Kyle Schwarber in the first round and then potentially upset the home favorite, Bryce Harper, in the championship round.
So far this season, Bregman has clubbed 20 home runs in 96 games, taking advantage of the Crawford Boxes in Minute Maid Park for a fair share of those long balls. Although the left field wall in Nationals Park is significantly lower, the distance is further by about 22 feet. Down the line to left field at MMP at 315 feet, while Nationals Park is 337 feet down the left field line.
Overall, it should be a fun evening in our nation’s capitol. The Astros certainly do not have a participant in the Home Run Derby every season, so make sure to watch and enjoy tonight.
You can watch the Home Run Derby on ESPN starting at 7:00 p.m. CDT.