Three former LSU baseball players reach 2021 MLB playoffs
BATON ROUGE, La. – Three former LSU players will make the 2021 Major League Baseball playoffs starting on Tuesday.
Former Tigers who are on active MLB playoff rosters include New York Yankees second baseman DJ LeMahieu, Houston Astros third baseman Alex Bregman and San Francisco Giants pitcher Kevin Gausman. .
A total of 40 former LSU Tigers have played for MLB playoff teams since 1990; 13 of the players have been members of World Series championship teams during this time.
The 2021 American League Wild Card Game will pit LeMahieu and the Yankees against the Red Sox on Tuesday night in Boston. The teams will meet in a knockout contest, with the winner advancing to face the Tampa Bay Rays in the Divisional Round.
Bregman and the Astros open their AL Divisional Round game with the Chicago White Sox on Thursday in Houston, while Gausman and the Giants begin the National League Divisional Round Friday against the winner of Wednesday’s NL Wild Card game. between the Los Angeles Dodgers and St. Louis Cardinals.
LeMahieu, who is in his 11e Major League season and third with the Yankees, produced .268 in the 2021 regular season with 24 doubles, a triple, 10 homers and 84 runs scored. A three-time All-Star and Gold Glove recipient and two-time Silver Slugger Award recipient, LeMahieu won the MLB and American League batting titles in 2020.
He became the first player in modern Major League history to win a batting title in each league, as he also won the MLB and National League batting titles in 2016 while playing for the Rockies. from Colorado.
Bregman, 2017 World Series champion, double All-Star and 2018 All-Star Game MVP, hit .270 during the 2021 regular season for Houston with 17 doubles, 12 homers, 55 RBIs and 54 runs scored. Bregman is in his sixth season with the Astros, who selected him as second pick in the 2015 MLB Draft.
Gausman, a 2021 National League star, is 14-6 this season for the Giants with a 2.81 ERA and 227 strikeouts in 192 innings. Gausman is in his ninth season in MLB – his second with the Giants – and he already has playoff experience with the Baltimore Orioles in 2014 and the Atlanta Braves in 2018.
(Press release provided by LSU Athletics).