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Alex Bregman had accomplished something never previously done by a player at his position Joe Blanton Jersey , someone somewhere suggested he’d receive the Barry Bonds treatment when he came to the plate in high-leverage situations.During the Astros’ interleague series victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks, Bregman appeared to experience that cautious approach, producing a .538 on-base percentage despite recording only one base hit: an infield single that ricocheted off Diamondbacks reliever Silvino Bracho in the sixth inning on Saturday. Bregman finished 1-for-7 in the series yet drew five walks, two intentional, and was hit by a pitch in his final plate appearance of the weekend.“At his best, he walks even in the middle of his hot streaks,” Astros manager A.J. Hinch said of Bregman, who is the first third baseman to record 30 home runs and 50 doubles in a season. “I do think people are pitching him pretty carefully and we’re seeing that probably a little more.”Article continues below ...The Astros (94-55) are 7-0-1 over their last eight series and 12-2 this month. They will host the Seattle Mariners for a three-game series starting on Monday at Minute Maid Park.The winner of the set will claim the season series, which is knotted at 8-8. Houston won the season series against the four other American League West teams en route to the 2017 World Series and has clinched the season series against its three division rivals excluding Seattle already this season.Rookie left-hander Framber Valdez (3-1, 2.66 ERA) will make his fifth career start and sixth appearance on Monday against the Mariners. He made his debut in Seattle on Aug. 21, allowing one unearned run on two hits and one walk with four strikeouts over 4 1/3 relief innings http://www.nationalsfanproshop.com/authentic-matt-adams-jersey , earning the victory in the Astros’ 3-2 win at Safeco Field. Over four subsequent starts, Valdez has surrendered seven runs on 14 hits and 13 walks with 14 strikeouts over 19 1/3 innings.Left-hander Wade LeBlanc (8-4, 3.56 ERA) will start the series opener for the Mariners. He has worked a career-high 146 2/3 innings over 29 appearances (24 starts) and is 1-1 with a 1.13 ERA over his last four starts. LeBlanc has faced the Astros five times (including three starts) this season, going 1-1 with an 8.31 ERA. He is 1-1 with a 6.32 ERA over nine career appearances (five starts) against the Astros.The Mariners (82-67) are expecting both left-hander James Paxton and right-hander Felix Hernandez to rejoin the rotation at some point during their current 10-game road trip. Paxton, who last pitched on Sept. 7 against the New York Yankees, has been sidelined by pneumonia. He is scheduled to throw a bullpen session upon his return prior to making his 27th start.Hernandez has been hampered by right hamstring soreness that caused him to exit his start against the Yankees on Sept. 8 after allowing two runs (one earned) on six hits and three walks over four innings. He threw over the weekend in Seattle and could rejoin the rotation in time to pitch in Houston.Hernandez made a start against the Astros on Aug. 20, his first following a brief demotion to the bullpen and first career relief appearance. He did not factor into the decision in that 7-4 home win after allowing four runs on five hits and two walks with six strikeouts over six innings. The Milwaukee Brewers survived a scare Thursday evening, blowing a 2-0 lead before rallying in the 10th to beat the Colorado Rockies in Game 1 of their National League Division Series at Miller Park.Now, thanks to the late heroics of Mike Moustakas, the Brewers have a chance to take a commanding lead in the best-of-five series when it resumes Friday afternoon.“It was a roller coaster ride for the fans tonight,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said after Milwaukee’s 3-2 series-opening victory. “(I’m) proud of the way we pitched the whole night.More Brewers coverageBrewers Final Pitch: Chacin dominates mound in Game 3 of NLCSChacin http://www.nationalsfanproshop.com/authentic-matt-adams-jersey , Brewers blank Dodgers to take 2-1 lead in NLCSDespite struggles, No. 23 Badgers still have hope in Big TenStrong winds could be factor for Brewers, Dodgers in NLCS Game 3Photos of the Week: 10/7/18 – 10/13/18Offensively, however, the Brewers will have to be better against Rockies left-hander Tyler Anderson. Milwaukee stranded 18 runners Thursday and squandered chances to break the game open in the final innings before the Rockies rallied for two runs in the ninth against closer Jeremy Jeffress.“Offensively we’ve got to do a little better job with the opportunities that we had. We had a bunch of opportunities where contact gets us a run, and we didn’t capitalize on that. We left some runs out there because of that.”Anderson didn’t fare well in his only meeting with the Brewers this season, allowing seven runs in a Rockies loss at Miller Park back on Aug. 4.“This team right now is hot,” Anderson said. “They have a good lineup. They’ve been good all year. Obviously, that’s how they’re in this position.They have a lot of dangerous hitters. They have a lot of power, a lot of guys that can hit the ball out of the yard. With any lineup like that, obviously the game plan is to try to limit that power as much as you can.”It’s not exactly an easy task when facing a lineup that includes presumptive National League MVP winner Christian Yelich. The Brewers’ outfielder made a big impact in first taste of postseason play Wilmer Difo Jersey , going 2-for-3 with two walks and a two-run home run.“What a good game,” Black said. “His timing looks like he’s impeccable. He’s on everything. Even his takes are good. It looks like he’s using the whole field, seeing the ball really well. Obviously, he’s in a good spot.”Black things his team is in a good spot, mentally and physically, after a whirlwind week of travel. The Rockies wrapped up their regular season at home last Sunday against the Nationals then traveled to Los Angeles for the NL West Tiebreaker on Monday and Chicago on Tuesday for the Wild Card Game.“I think we’re okay,” Black said. “I think we’re hanging in there. It’s been a rough stretch the last three or four days, but I think the day off yesterday helped, and I think the postseason energizes players, so we’re fine.”Going back to Denver with the series tied at 1 would be even more energizing, and the Rockies will get a chance to do that against Jhoulys Chacin.Chacin will be pitching on short rest after allowing just a hit over 5 2/3 innings against the Cubs on Monday. He’s never started on short rest during his career but doesn’t think it will be a factor Friday.“I feel good Brian Goodwin Jersey ,” Chacin said. “My last, I don’t know, five, six games, I haven’t thrown that many pitches in games. I think that I’m just well to go.“It’s always a challenge to pitch on three days’ rest instead of four, but like I say, I feel well-rested, and I feel I’m up to the challenge.”
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