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Astros: Michael Brantley is a dark horse MVP candidate

Three consecutive sweeps, 10 straight wins, offensive and rotational dominance have all been major headlines for the Houston Astros over the past two weeks. While sweeping the Baltimore Orioles in shutout fashion, the Astros ran up six runs on a former farm hand of their’s: Thomas Eshelman, who was traded in a package for Ken Giles.
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Astros' Michael Brantley: Stays hot Monday

Brantley went 3-for-3 with a double, two walks, two RBI and three runs scored during Monday's 10-2 win over the Orioles. Brantley has been on an absolute tear since returning from a right hamstring injury June 8, going 24-for-47 (nine XBH) with 12 RBI, all while striking out just four times. He'll look to take advantage of another favorable matchup Tuesday when Houston goes up against right-hander Jorge Lopez.

Astros' Michael Brantley: Cranks fourth home run

Brantley went 1-for-4 with a three-run home run in Thursday's 10-2 win over the White Sox. All of Brantley's offense came in the first inning to get the Astros up 3-0 on his three-run home run off Dylan Cease. He extended his current streak of reaching base safely to 15 games. The 34-year-old is slashing .342/.386/.548 with four home runs, 24 RBI and 31 runs in 215 plate appearances. His batting average trails only Nick Castellanos (.348) for the best amongst qualifiers in all of baseball.

Michael Brantley has 4 of Astros' 20 hits in rout of Twins

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Michael Brantley had his second four-hit game of the series and drove in four runs, part of a 20-hit attack that helped the Houston Astros rout Minnesota 14-3 Sunday to take two of three from the Twins. Minnesota’s Michael Pineda (3-4) left after four innings due to...
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Astros: Michael Brantley has gotten better with age

Like a fine wine, the Houston Astros have gotten their money’s worth with the signing of aging outfielder Michael Brantley. The left-hander has been nothing but excelling in his new home of Houston since 2019, and while returning to an old rival’s field in Minnesota, Brantley continued his menace against the Twins.
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Michael Brantley, Astros pound Twins pitching in series finale

The Minnesota Twins wrapped up their six-game homestand on a sour note, falling to the Houston Astros 14-3 on Sunday afternoon. The Astros came out swinging against Michael Pineda, turning a leadoff single from Jose Altuve into an Alex Bregman sacrifice fly in the first inning. With Pineda struggling, he allowed a two-run homer to Kyle Tucker in the fourth inning that put Houston up 3-0.

Astros' Michael Brantley: Racks up four hits in win

Brantley went 4-for-4 with a double and an RBI in Friday's 6-4 victory versus Minnesota. After getting a day off to rest Thursday, Brantley went right back to his hot-hitting ways Friday, notching his second four-hit game of the campaign. In the process, he upped his season average to .328 and extended his current hit streak to 10 games. Over that stretch, Brantley has batted .413 (19-for-46) with three doubles and six RBI.

Astros Set To Activate OF Michael Brantley From IL

In his weekly spot with SportsTalk 790, Astros manager Dusty Baker announced that Michael Brantley had been activated from the 10-day injury list. Brantley missed more than two weeks with tightness in his hamstring. The Astros are flushed with talent at the moment in their lineup, so cracking the top...

Michael Brantley back in Astros' lineup, but Dusty Baker playing it cautious

BOSTON — The Astros activated Michael Brantley from the injured list prior to Tuesday’s series opener against the Boston Red Sox, swapping him for utilityman Aledmys Diaz. Díaz is scheduled to miss six to eight weeks after fracturing his left hand during Saturday’s loss against the Blue Jays. He officially hit the injured list Tuesday.

Astros' Michael Brantley: Raps out three hits

Brantley went 3-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored in Wednesday's 8-3 win over Boston. In his second game back from a hamstring injury, Brantley put together a solid performance. He's now 4-for-9 with a double, an RBI and two runs scored in his last two games. For the season, the outfielder has slashed .313/.351/.460 with three home runs, 16 RBI, and 27 runs scored across 188 plate appearances. He served as the designated hitter Wednesday after playing in left field in his return Tuesday -- that may happen at times to keep the 34-year-old fresh.

Astros' Michael Brantley: Doubles, scores in return

Brantley went 1-for-4 with double with a run scored in Tuesday's 7-1 win over Boston. Brantley was activated off the injured list for Tuesday's game and batted sixth, which may be a temporary assignment, according to Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle. Manager Dusty Baker wants to monitor Brantley's hamstrings and promised to move him up in the order. He'd been the primary two-hole hitter prior to his injury, but Baker may not want to disrupt the surging Carlos Correa (16-for-40, five HR), who has settled in behind leadoff batter Jose Altuve. The two hole is an ideal spot for a hitter, getting protection from Alex Bregman, Yordan Alvarez and Yuli Gurriel.

Astros' Michael Brantley: Returning Tuesday

Manager Dusty Baker said Tuesday that Brantley (hamstring) will be activated from the injured list and start in Tuesday's series opener against the Red Sox, SportsTalk 790 reports. Reports last week indicated that Brantley was on track to be reinstated from the 10-day injured list early in Houston's road trip,...