Michael Brantley is picking up where he left off last season. The 14-year veteran has been a spark for the Houston Astros at the plate since he joined the team. His consistency and mechanical mastery at the dish earned him the nickname, “The Professional.”
And this season, he’s still showing why he’s one of the best hitters in the game.
Through 24 games, Brantley is leading the team in batting average (.278) and hits (27). A big reason the Astros wanted to go after Brantley after the 2018 season was because of his ability to hit. Our MLBbro has not disappointed at all and he’s not showing any signs of slowing down at the plate.
This season, Brantley has had numerous clutch hits, just like he has throughout his career.
Michael Brantley RBI triple. Game tied at two. pic.twitter.com/X08naU1Z5F
— Mark Berman (@MarkBermanFox26) May 7, 2022
On May 7, the Astros trailed the Detroit Tigers 2-1 in the eighth inning. With the game on the line, Brantley was calm, cool, and collected as he hit a triple to score Jose Altuve and tie the game.
Brantley would later come in to score to give the Astros the lead and secure the win. He was pleased with how his team fought in that game against the Tigers.
“Tip your cap, but at the same time, this lineup’s always going to fight to the end,” Brantley told the Houston Chronicle. “We got a great group of guys that work hard to grind out at-bats and put up good at-bats over and over and over. So it’s not necessarily how you draw it up, but we’ll take the win.”
“I just think we’re playing as a team,” he said. “Our pitching staff is carrying us, but we’re actually getting some good knocks and some big hits at the times that we need it for this win streak.”
The confidence that this brother has at the plate is amazing. He’s that player that you always want in your lineup because you know he’s going to make the most of his at-bats each and every time he steps in that box.
His presence in the lineup affects the entire team in a positive way. If the Astros find themselves struggling at the plate, Brantley is the guy that can change the whole dynamic of the offense.
This season, he has eight multi-hit games and was recently riding a four-game hitting streak.
Houston is a team that can make some noise going into the postseason and Brantley does not shy away from the big stage.
The numbers speak for themselves when talking about how good of a hitter Brantley is. When his career is over, he will always be considered as one of the top hitters in the game.
And a big reason why he’s the best of the best is the work he puts in during the offseason. Let’s be real, one of the hardest things to do in baseball is hit a ball.
You never know what pitch is coming or how hard it is going to come at you.
But Brantley makes it look easy out there and he’s going to continue to have success this season at the plate because he’s a professional hitter.
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Houston Astros outfielder Michael Brantley is the true definition of a hard worker. And that is why he continues to be a success on the field in his 14th season. The five-time All-Star is in his fourth season with the Astros and has quickly become a fan favorite.
The 34-year-old looks to be in good physical condition and has not lost a step out there. Through seven games this season, he’s hitting just .241 with two RBI and two runs scored, but his track record indicates that he’s sure to pick it up.
Last season, Brantley had one of the best seasons of his career as he helped the Astros to a World Series appearance. He finished the 2021 regular season with a .311 batting average with eight home runs and 47 RBI. During the postseason, he posted a .319 batting average with nine RBI. Brantley will look to continue to have that success at the plate this season.
Michael Brantley, professional hitter. pic.twitter.com/dmlxOp7iop
— Houston Astros (@astros) April 13, 2022
This man is well respected amongst his teammates and opponents. In an article from the Houston Chronicle, Brantley’s teammates talked about the type of player he is and how he continues to impact the game.
“Professional is something that I think maybe gets thrown around a little bit haphazardly in this business, and while we’re all professionals, I think Mike epitomizes what being a professional baseball player is all about,” catcher Jason Castro said.
“I always knew he was a very good hitter just from playing against him. But when you see the way he goes about his work and he’s very methodical about everything he’s doing and trying to feel on a daily basis, it’s probably one of the most impressive things I’ve seen.”
Watching Brantley hit is a sight to see and the way he’s able to make adjustments at the plate is remarkable.
The MLBbro Black Knights of the Night for 6/21:
3) Willie Calhoun (TEX): 2-4 and a run scored for the Rangers in an 8-3 win over OAK.
2) @TheRealSmith2_ (NYM): 3-6 w/ 3 RBI in a DH split with the Braves.
1) Michael Brantley (HOU): 3-3, 2 BB, 3 runs, 2 RBI for @MLB’s top hitter. pic.twitter.com/qXsZ12K2Mr
— MLBbro.com (@MLBbrodotcom) June 22, 2021
“Facing him, I hated it. Love/hate. You know you’re always going to get an unbelievably professional at-bat, and that is the best compliment I can give. He knows what he’s doing, I know what I’m doing, and it’s going to be a battle. He never gives in. It’s a lot of fun but frustrating as hell. Over the years, I loved to hate him,” Justin Verlander said.
“Being his teammate, I think he’s remarkably even-keeled and does a great job of helping those around him be even-keeled. Which seems easy. But in this game, it’s one of the most difficult things you could do, especially as a hitter, because it’s so hard to be successful. It’s a game of failure for them. He’s imparted some of that in me as well, just whether it’s through the way you think about things or your routine or the attention to detail. All of those little things matter, and he does and teaches all of those things extremely well.”
The Astros have a special and talented player in Brantley. Having the .298 career hitter in the middle of the Astros order makes them one of the more offensively-efficient teams in baseball. The Professional continues to show why he’s one of the best hitters in the game today.
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