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It was more of the same for Springer from the Astros' victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 2017 World Series. Springer won the series MVP on the strength of a 1.471 OPS and five home runs.This is typically where one pays lip service to the notion that elite postseason performers have a special gene that makes them all sparkly under the October lights. The "clutch gene ," they call it.But while Springer himself can't help but wonder about that, even he hesitated to buy completely into it."I just think it's one of those times where the lights get brighter, the stage gets a little bit bigger, and I think guys tend to concentrate more," Springer said after the ALDS, according to Jesse Dougherty of the Washington Post. "You hone in on stuff, and, again, I don't know. I'm not going to complain about it. I'm happy that it happened."For what it's worth Pedro Martinez Jersey , Springer knows as well as anyone that October stardom can be easy come, easy go.Take how he started his postseason career. He collected only five hits in 23 at-bats in Houston's abbreviated October run in 2015. He caught fire (1.180 OPS) when the Astros took down the Red Sox in last year's ALDS, but the fire quickly went out. He went 3-for-30 over his next eight games. Included within was a golden sombrero (four strikeouts) in Game 1 of the World Series.To his credit, Astros manager A.J. Hinch refused to drop Springer out of the leadoff spot or out of the lineup entirely. He issued a vote of confidence instead, which didn't go unnoticed by the man himself."For him to have my back and say that, 'You're still going to hit first and you're still going to set the tone for us,' it slowed me down," Springer told reporters.What followed was no ordinary World Series hot streak. Springer destroyed the Dodgers to the tune of a 1.693 OPS over the final six games. His five homers tied a World Series record. His 29 total bases set a new record.It ought to have been impossible for Springer to author a worthy follow-up to that performance this time around. But as ESPN's Buster Olney noted, he was back in record territory as soon as he slammed three homers against Cleveland:Buster Olney Buster_ESPNELIAS: Over his last 9 postseason games (dating back to Game 2 of 2017 World Series) , George Springer is 17-for-39 (.436) with eight home runs. That鈥檚 tied for the most homers over a 9-game span in the postseason, done by three others: Reggie Jackson, Jim Thome, Carlos Beltran.Springer didn't go deep Saturday, but his single did run his postseason hitting streak to 10 games. Per's Mark Feinsand, that ties Lance Berkman for the longest in Astros history.Despite his occasional slumps, Springer now has a 1.008 OPS through his first 28 postseason games. That doesn't quite put him on the same level as Carlos Beltran (1.306) and Lou Gehrig (1.263) through the same stage, but it does sandwich him nicely in between Chipper Jones (1.010) and Paul Molitor (1.000).Ultimately, what the Astros have atop their lineup is a very good player who's totally locked in. Whether it's due to a special gene or blessing from the baseball gods Bill Lee Jersey , that's the reality of George Springer right now.Lucky for the Astros, they don't need to question it. They just need to enjoy it for as long as they can. Stats courtesy of Baseball Reference. The Washington Nationalshave decided to wave the white flag, but impending free agent Bryce Harper reportedly will not be among the Nationals traded.Grant Paulsen of 106.7 The Fan reported on Tuesday that the Los Angeles Dodgershad placed a revocable waiver claim on the outfielder. However, Jon Heyman of Fancred followed that up minutes later by tweeting Harper's waivers had expired, meaning he could no longer be traded.At 62-63, Washington is 7.5 games back in the National League East and 6.5 back in the Wild Card race. With just 37 games left to play, the organization decided it was time to start breaking up the team. The Nationals traded three-time All-Star Daniel Murphy to the Chicago Cubsand Matt Adams to the St. Louis Cardinals.Those moves had some wondering if Harper would be the next to leave town. As it turns out, that won't be the case.All of this comes just three weeks after Washington decided not to give up on the season at the non-waiver trade'sMark Feinsandreported at the time that the Nationals had let teams around the league know that Harper was available. However, general manager Mike Rizzo made it clear that the face of the franchise wasn't going anywhere Xander Bogaerts Jersey , via Chelsea Janes of theWashington Post:Chelsea Janes chelsea_janesMike Rizzo just reached out with this message: quot;Bryce is not going anywhere. I believe in this team.quot;That belief quickly vanished as the team dug itself an even bigger hole by going 9-10 in August.Harper is having a relative down year, hitting just .246, which would be the second-lowest average of his career. He does, however, rank tied for second in the NL with 30 home runs and tied for first with 91 walks. He has caught fire, though, in the second half after winning the Home Run Derby at Nationals Park, hitting .350 with seven home runs, nine doubles and 25 RBI.And yet , it hasn't been enough to keep Washington in the thick of postseason contention.Harper is set to become a free agent after the season, so the Nationals are risking losing him for nothing more than a compensation pick. On the other hand, trading him would likely decrease their odds of signing the 25-year-old star in free agency.
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