Alex Bregman went into the MLB Home Run Derby without any pressure. Houston Astros third baseman had a strategy that he hoped would help.
“My key is going to be to hit the homers a little bit lower than the other guys, so it lands sooner, so I want have as much time to wait between swings,” said Bregman ahead of the derby. “When they hit the far ones they have to wait until it goes down. Mine is just going to go in the front row so I will have more time.”
Bregman, the four seed, found his rhythm in the middle of round one. He had to hit 16 homers to tie and 17 to beat the five seed, Kyle Schwarber of the Chicago Cubs. Bregman finished one home run short of tying after hitting a ball that died right at the wall.
Schwarber, in the meantime, got hot and made it all the way to the final round where he lost to Washington Nationals slugger and hometown favorite, Bryce Harper 19 home runs to 18.