THE SUPERSTAR

Springer's huge series earns him MVP award

George Springer won the MVP award. Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

The entire World Series changed when George Springer got hot. And he stayed hot long enough to win MVP of the Series.

In Game 7, Springer went 2-for-5 with a home run and two big RBIs as the Astros won 5-1. He tied for the most HRs in World Series history with five. He hit homers in four straight games to end the Series. He set a record for most total bases in the Series. He hit .379 with five homers and seven RBIs.

Springer’s huge series followed a breakout regular season, where he hit .283 with 34 homers -- nine leadoff homers -- and 85 RBIs. He tailed off in the second half, and did not do much for the Astros in the ALCS victory over the Yankees, hitting just .115.

The World Series did not start off well, as Springer was 0 for 4 with four strikeouts. But after that, he was on fire. In Game 2, he went 3 for 5 with a key 11th-inning HR. He stayed hot from there, and was at his best in Game 7.

One of the Astros core young stars, Springer came up huge when he was needed most. And the Astros are champions because of it.

And Springer is the MVP.

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Framber Valdez was dominant on Thursday. Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images.

The Astros came into this game against the Rangers looking to take the finale of the 3-game series, and they did exactly that.

Framber Valdez had another classic performance, pitching seven innings while allowing zero runs and four hits. Valdez also recorded 8Ks and 1BB.

On offense, it was a big day for Yuli Gurriel who bounced back with 3 hits after going 0-5 the previous night. Alex Bregman and Martin Maldonado both went yard, hitting 2 and 3-run bombs respectively.

Maldonado's came in the bottom of the second inning, giving the Astros a 3-0 lead.

Bregman's put the Astros on top 5-0 in the bottom of the 5th.

The Astros added two more runs in the 7th after Bregman singled to drive in a run, and a sac fly from Aledmys Diaz.

Heading into the 8th inning, Seth Martinez took over for Valdez protecting a 7-0 lead. That lead wouldn't last long after Martinez allowed a couple of base runners and gave up 2 runs off a pair of singles from Nathaniel Lowe and Leody Taveras.

The Astros headed to the bottom of the 8th up 7-2.

After a scoreless bottom of the 8th, Rafael Montero came in to close the game out in the 9th.

Montero gave up a solo homer to Marcus Semien with 2 outs in the 9th before shutting the door.

Final: Astros 7, Rangers 3

Next up: Oakland comes to Minute Maid to play the Astros Friday night at 7:10PM.



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