Astros' Alex Bregman doesn't mind the Mariners will face him more than Yordan Alvarez

With Yordan Alvarez plainly in the Mariners' heads Thursday in the eighth inning of ALDS Game 2, Seattle needed to choose the lesser evil: Alvarez or Alex Bregman?

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The M's trailed by just a run with Alvarez due up and Jeremy Peña on first after a two-out walk.

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Nobody was in scoring position — except if you count Alvarez at the plate, directly following his two-run go-on homer in the sixth and his three-run stroll-off blast in Game 1.

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Seattle supervisor Scott Servais elected to walk Alvarez and take his possibilities with Bregman, whose single drove in Peña to give the Astros their last spat a 4-2 victory.

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Did Bregman, who in Game 1 tied a significant association record for third basemen with his 13th postseason homer, take offense with Servais' choice?

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"No, no," the seventh-year Astro said after his team expected a 2-0 lead in the series. "I was just trying to stay zeroed in on my arrangement … which was just hit the ball hard someplace. When he was strolled, I just said, 'OK, let's go.' "

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Batting cleanup these days, Bregman understands the man hitting in front of him is looking rather extraordinary right at this point.

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"He's an elite, elite player in this game," Bregman said, "and very glad to be in his team.

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Confronting one of the most outstanding pitchers in the world (Luis Castillo in the sixth), and he had the option to settle a tough pitch.

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It was presumably a ball off the plate, and he had the option to square

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it up and give us the lead (with an opposite-field homer to the Crawford Boxes). Can't express enough about him. He's so clutch."

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