Houston Astros manager reveals polarizing lineup adjustment against Mariners


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Alex Bregman will hit 5th on Tuesday night against Seattle. Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images.

Coming off a tough loss on Monday night, the Astros will be making some adjustments to the batting order for Tuesday night's game in Seattle.

Houston manager Joe Espada made his weekly appearance on the Astros flagship station and said he plans on moving Alex Bregman down to fifth in the lineup.

Bregman has three hits in his last 30 at-bats, with zero home runs and just 2 RBIs. The last time Bregman was dropped in the order (May 13) he hit sixth against the A's and responded with a huge two home run game.

The following day, he hit fifth and recorded another home run. After that, Bregman returned to the cleanup role, and has yet to hit another dinger.

Perhaps moving Bregman back down will get his bat going once again. Many questioned at the time why Espada would move Bregman back to fourth if he was producing in the five or six spot. Why mess with a good thing? But here we are, moving Bregman back down just two weeks later.

Hopefully, this could provide another spark that could help propel the Astros to a series win over Seattle.

On the bright side

Espada said in his interview today that Luis Garcia is ahead of schedule in his Tommy John rehab and could begin facing hitters soon. If that goes well, rehab starts could be right around the corner. This could be critical to the team's success if Jose Urquidy and Cristian Javier continue to miss time with forearm discomfort.

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Jose Abreu is no longer an Astro. Composite Getty Image.

The Houston Astros released José Abreu on Friday, cutting ties with the former AL MVP less than halfway through a three-year, $58.5 million contract.

The 37-year-old Abreu was batting .124 (14 for 113) with two homers and seven RBIs this season, during which he spent time in the minors trying to fix his swing. The Astros still owe him $30.8 million from the deal he signed before last season.

A three-time All-Star during his nine years with the Chicago White Sox, Abreu was named MVP during the pandemic-shortened 2020 season. He was the AL Rookie of the Year in 2014 after defecting from his native Cuba the previous year.

His production dropped off significantly with the Astros. He batted .237 last year, the lowest average of his career, with 18 homers and 90 RBIs.

Abreu is a career .283 hitter with 263 homers and 960 RBIs in 11 seasons.

Houston owes him $30,822,504, including $11,322,504 remaining from this year’s salary and $19.5 million for 2025. Any team can sign him for a prorated share of the $740,000 major league minimum, with the Astros responsible for the rest.

Be sure to watch the video above as Charlie Pallilo, Brandon Strange, and Josh Jordan of Stone Cold 'Stros react to the news.

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