UConn in the MLB: Springer on fire, Barnes and Oberg shaky

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Houston Astros' George Springer is congratulated by teammates after hitting a solo home run off Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Mike Clevinger during Game 3 of the American League Division Series on Monday, Oct. 8 in Cleveland. (David Dermer/AP)

Houston Astros’ George Springer is congratulated by teammates after hitting a solo home run off Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Mike Clevinger during Game 3 of the American League Division Series on Monday, Oct. 8 in Cleveland. (David Dermer/AP)

October baseball is in full swing and a few former Huskies are still alive to make it to the Fall Classic. Let’s check on how they’ve been doing.

CF George Springer, Houston Astros

Springer has picked up this postseason exactly where he left off last year, batting .429 with three home runs, three RBI and a massive 1.500 OPS as the Astros swept the Indians out of the playoffs to advance to their second straight ALCS. He set an Astros franchise record with his 10th playoff home run and has seven in his last seven playoff games. The Astros will now rest and await the winner of the Red Sox-Yankees series.

RP Matt Barnes, Boston Red Sox

Barnes has only made one appearance this postseason, and it wasn’t a pretty one. He recorded a scoreless inning with a walk and a strikeout, however he struggled with command of his pitches and allowed an inherited runner to score. If not for some exceptional plays by his catcher Sandy Leon, Barnes easily could have had three or four wild pitches. He’ll look to rebound in Game 3 and 4 in New York.

RP Scott Oberg, Colorado Rockies

Rocktober has come to an unfortunate end as Oberg and the Rockies were swept in the first round by the Milwaukee Brewers. Oberg had been on a strong run up until the deciding Game 3, pitching four scoreless outings including four strikeouts in an inning and a third against the Cubs in the wild card game, earning the win in the process. He allowed two runs in Game 3 on a balk and a wild pitch as the Rockies fell 6-0 to end their season. For the postseason Oberg’s statline was 3.2 IP, 4.91 ERA and 10 Ks.

OF Rajai Davis, Cleveland Indians

Davis, a UConn Avery Point alum, did not appear for the Indians in the postseason as they were swept by the Astros in three games.


Neil Simmons is a campus correspondent for The Daily Campus. He can be reached via email at neil.simmons@uconn.edu.

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