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ATLANTA – Alex Bregman has competed at the World Series for three of the past five years and knows what to expect. He and some of his longtime Houston Astros teammates know every aspect of the process intimately, from the trip to the games and the interviews that followed.

So Bregman knew, when starter Luis Garcia answered a reporter’s question in Spanish early Saturday morning after Houston lost World Series Game 3, that an interpreter was about to provide the English translation of Garcia’s response.

But Bregman playfully cut it with a catch-all, cliché response.

“He is thankful to God for the opportunity to play in the World Series,” added Bregman.

The room where the press conference was held burst into laughter as Bregman took a sip from a water bottle, leaned back and smirked.

Impeccable timing is the signature of successful comedians and baseball hitters. Bregman usually has it. A career .281 hitter who finished second in the American League’s Most Valuable Player vote two years ago, Bregman – along with Carlos Correa and Jose Altuve – was instrumental in the Astros’ success during the last half decade.

But with a few exceptions, the three didn’t hit the way they would like during the AL Championship and World Series in October, and the situation came to a head in Game 3 on Friday when Houston was held without a blow. sure in seven rounds. and barely scratched a pair of singles in a 2-0 loss to Atlanta.

Bregman landed one of the hits, a single in the defensive quarter leading to the ninth inning. But he never even made it to second as Yordan Alvarez, Correa and Kyle Tucker all made outings. It was Bregman’s first hit in the series, and he only hit .217 in the ALCS

“I feel better today at home plate,” he said after the game. “I’m just trying to swing some good shots today, good shots to hit. I missed one, my second at batting, and just missed it back. But overall, j can’t wait to continue competing in the box.

Correa hit a big home run in Game 1 of the ALCS, but since then he’s gone 4 for 30 (0.133) with one extra base hit, one run batted in and nine strikeouts. He went 1 for 10 in the first three games of the World Series.

Altuve hit a home run in Game 2 of the World Series, which he hoped would get him out of a crisis. He has only had two hits in 26 at-batting appearances in the previous six games and in Game 3 he went 0 for 3 with two strikeouts.

Combined, the three Astros stars are 4 for 32 in the World Series – add Alvarez, the clean-up hitter and most valuable player in the ALCS, and they’re 5 for 40 – which helps explain why Atlanta leads the series. , two games against one.

“You rely on these guys,” manager Dusty Baker said. “But no one can hit all the time. You are spoiled by the fact that they strike almost every day. I always refer to the law of averages. The more these guys go out, the closer they are to a drummer from a hot streak. This is how hitters think.

“It’s like, OK, ‘If I don’t knock today or tomorrow, then someone’s going to be in trouble in the near future, in the very near future.'”

Baker is hoping that will happen in Game 4, which is set for Saturday night, weather permitting, and he knows his heart has already done it. Bregman, Altuve and Correa’s infielder have played two World Series 7 games and all the other playoff games needed to get there. They won Game 7 in 2017, the year they used illicit means to steal signs from opposing teams, and lost in 2019, the only World Series where the home team lost all seven games.

In 2017, Bregman, Altuve and Correa each hit two home runs in the series and totaled 16 points. Bregman hit three home runs in the 2019 World Series. After seeing everything he has over three World Series, Bregman didn’t seem panicked about the situation, nor did he miss the opportunity. add a touch of comic strip to ease the tension. This might be exactly what Astros hitters need.

“It’s fun,” Bregman said. “Both teams are really good. This is the whole story. That’s why you play the game, to play in the World Series, two of the best teams in the game participating in it. “

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