All of George Springer's postseason home runs, ranked
Astros center fielder George Springer has only played in seven postseason series including the 2015 Wild Card Game, but he already has a whopping 10 taters. With the Astros tied with the Red Sox in the ALCS, 1-1, we thought we'd rank all of the Springer Dingers Springer has dingered in October.
No. 10: Oct. 8, 2018 -- ALDS Game 3 vs. CLE
Part of what makes Springer such a dangerous hitter, especially in October, is his willingness to hit balls to the opposite field. If pitchers, like the Indians' Cody Allen in this case, try to sneak fastballs by Springer on the outer half of the plate, he'll send them back right where they came from.
No. 9: Oct. 8, 2015 -- ALDS Game 1 vs. KC
You know this dinger was a few years ago because Jose Altuve looks like he's five years younger than he is right now.
No. 8: Oct. 5, 2018 -- ALDS Game 1 vs. CLE
In the first game of Houston's 2018 postseason, Springer picked up right where he left off in Game 7 of the World Series by knocking this tater into the Crawford Boxes. This shot gave Springer home runs in five straight postseason games, tying him for the second-longest streak ever with Carlos Beltran, behind only Daniel Murphy's insane run in 2015.
No. 7: Oct. 6, 2017 -- ALDS Game 2 vs. BOS
Springer's first dinger of last postseason was most notable for the amazing fan catch and bananas reaction that came at the end of it.
No. 6: Oct. 31, 2017 -- WS Game 6 vs. LAD
The Dodgers ended up coming back to force a Game 7, but Springer's smash in the third must have made every L,A. fan go, "Ugh, this guy again. Why don't we just walk him?"
No. 5: Oct. 8, 2018 -- ALDS Game 3 vs. CLE
Down a run in the fifth inning, Springer ostensibly ended the series sending a hanging Mike Clevinger offering flying into the left field bleachers. This shot quieted the Cleveland crowd so much, you could easily hear the gaggle of visiting Astros fans go wild as Springer rounded the bases.
No. 4: Oct. 28, 2017 -- WS Game 4 vs. LAD
For a brief instant before the Dodgers came back to win Game 4, Springer launched this Alex Wood offering off the windows in left field -- ruining Wood's no-hitter. In doing so, there was a feeling that this swing might have been the turning point that would allow the Astros to take total control of the series. Thankfully, the Dodgers pushed things to seven games, allowing Springer to pull off even more dramatic levels of heroics.
No. 3: Nov. 1, 2017 -- WS Game 7 vs. LAD
If you had to pinpoint a specific moment when the world knew the Astros were going to win the World Series, it would probably be this Springer home run that extended Houston's lead to five in the second inning. With this smash, Springer joined an elite group of players to hit five homers in a single World Series, alongside Philly icon Chase Utley and the dude literally named Mr. October (Reggie Jackson).
No. 2: Oct. 29, 2017 -- WS Game 5 vs. LAD
So much insane stuff happened in Game 5 that it's easy to forget some of the details, but Springer's game-tying shot in the 7th was a crucial moment. After making a brutal error the inning before that allowed the Dodgers to take an 8-7 lead, Springer pounced on a fastball from the exhausted Brandon Morrow and sent it way, way over the fence in left, setting off actual fireworks at Minute Maid Park in Houston.
No 1: Oct. 25, 2017 -- WS Game 2 vs. LAD
This one gets overshadowed by the madness of Game 5, but it was entirely bonkers in its own right. With the Dodgers up a run heading into the bottom of the ninth, Astros swiss army knife Marwin Gonzalez tied things up with a homer to send the game into extras. The two teams traded blows in the 10th before Springer stepped up with a man on in the 11th and won the thing for the Astros.