Houston, we have an offense.
After breaking all of the wrong records in the first week of the season, the Houston Astros offense erupted on Tuesday night, putting up 16 runs on 22 hits in an offensive battle with the Seattle Mariners. The end result was a 16 – 9 victory for the Astros, their first win since opening night, and a final scoreboard that fantasy baseball players love.
Although any fantasy potential remains borderline non-existent for the Astros lineup, several players did have breakout games on Tuesday night.
Second baseman Jose Altuve hit a two-double in the Astros six run first inning, then launched his first home run of the season in the fourth, a two run shot. He ended the night 4 – 6 with two runs scored, four RBI and a home run, raising his season average above the .350 mark. Chris Carter went long twice in the game, going 4 – 6 as well with two home runs, three RBI, and two runs scored. Carlos Pena managed two RBI on a couple of hits, J.D. Martinez hit a two run shot in the second, and Marwin Gonzalez went 3 – 3 with a solo home run and a few runs scored.
Of that bunch, Altuve is the most important from a fantasy perspective. He came into this season as a good potential source of hits, runs, and steals, and aside from the average he’s been a bust. His two runs on Tuesday night were his first of the season, and he’s yet to steal a base in eight games. To see him hit a home run and manage four RBI is promising, though.
Beyond Altuve, there’s really no one else. Carter and Pena finally put something worthwhile on the stat sheet, but they aren’t worth a glance on the waiver wire unless you’re really, really desperate. Martinez and Gonzalez are a long ways from a fantasy roster.
Overall, Tuesday night was a great night for Astros fans and a great night for anyone who happened to have a player in that game. However, it doesn’t change the fact that the Astros still possess the worst lineup in baseball. Don’t take much, if anything, from it. In fact, until things turn around for the team as a whole, steer clear of any Astros player in fantasy baseball not named Altuve. That’s final.