Washington Nationals: 5 storylines to watch in trip to Houston

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Bregman flling in nicely at shortstop

With Carlos Correa on the disabled list, it has been up to Alex Bregman to fill in at shortstop. Bregman was a shortstop at LSU when he was teammates with Andrew Stevenson, but has played mainly third base during his major league career.

In August, Bregman is hitting .309 with 12 extra-base hits and 14 RBI’s. His 23 hits are tied with Jose Altuve for the second most on the Astros this month (Yuliesky Guerriel leads with 25).

During the Astros weekend series against the Oakland Athletics, Bregman had a RBI in each game and had two home runs. In addition to his success this past weekend, he has four multi-hit games in his last six.

When you look at this Houston lineup, they are so deep that the 23-year-old Bregman finds himself hitting in the seventh spot in the order on most nights. As a team, Houston is tied with the Yankees for the most hits in baseball out of that spot in the order and they are second in home runs with 26.

If you contrast that to the Washington Nationals bottom of the order, Houston gets good production with Carlos Beltran, Marwin Gonzalez, or Bregman. Meanwhile, the Nats are waiting for Michael Taylor to find his rhythm again and they are hoping for more consistency from Matt Wieters.

Bregman hasn’t reached the star levels like Correa, Springer, and Altuve have, but he is working his way towards that and that is scary for the rest of the league.

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