If you hear you’re doing the same as Manny Ramírez and Derek Jeter did in the postseason, it’s because you’re doing great. That’s the case of Michael Brantley, who is just two games away from tying Manny, Jeter, and Hank Bauer with the longest hitting streak in postseason history (17). Uncle Mike finished the Division Series with 15.
There have been only eight men in history to have 15-plus consecutive games with at least one hit. Those are Rickey Henderson, Marquis Grissom, Alcides Escobar, Pat Borders, Bauer, Jeter, Ramírez, and Brantley, who just broke George Springer’s record for the Astros (14).
Of that group, Henderson, Grissom, and Escobar snapped their streak in 15. Borders —Brantley’s next target— is the only one stopped at 16 while the other three made it to 17, with Manny being the last one to join (2003).
During the brilliant 15-game period, Brantley has compiled 23 hits over 64 at-bats, along with two doubles, three home runs, 13 runs batted in, eight scored runs, four bases on balls, and a .359/.406/.531 slash line.
In the first two games of the ALCS, beginning on Friday night, he will face starters Chris Sale and Nathan Eovaldi. Against Sale, he’s 8-for-41 in his career (.195) including postseason; against Eovaldi, he’s gone 2-for-10 (.200) also including October baseball. If he gets a hit tonight, he will become the first player in MLB to reach 16 games in a row during the playoffs with a hit since 2003.
Just for you to have an idea of how good the veteran has been with the Astros, he’s gotten at least one hit in all but seven of his 35 postseason games with Houston. In his career wearing the Astros uniform in the playoffs, he’s posted .319/.389/.426 averages with 45 total hits, seven extra-bases, and a formidable .814 OPS. And the best part of everything is that it’s not over yet!
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Game 1: Chris Sale (LHP, 5-1, 3.16 ERA, 52 K’s**) vs Framber Valdez (LHP, 11-6, 3.14 ERA, 125 K’s**)
When: Friday, October 15th @ 7:07 pm CDT
Listen: Red Sox - WEEI 93.7, ESPN Radio, WCCM 1490 AM/103.7 FM, WAMG 94.9/890 AM / Astros - KBME 790 AM/94.5 FM HD-2, ESPN Radio, TUDN 93.3/KLAT 1010
Watch: FOX, FOX-INT