It may not be the best season for the Houston Astros, but anytime they face off against the Los Angeles Angels, fans are reminded of what it feels like to win. Their most recent series with the division foes was no different as the Astros secured another series win.
Matt Dominguez was the MVP of the game as he powered out a three-run home run to break the tie and give the Astros a 6-3 lead after the Angels chose to intentionally walk Carlos Corporan with two outs. The young third baseman finished 4-for-5 with three RBIs, putting his power numbers at a very respectable 16 home runs and 60 RBIs on the year. His average now stands at .237, but knowing Dominguez’s streaky hitting, it’s impossible to know where it will go from there.
In short outbursts, he trends one way or the other in extremes, as his average has gone back and forth from .250 to .210 for nearly the entire season. For example: in April, he hit a decent .247, but followed it up with a .229 May and a .211 June before returning to respectability at a mediocre .267 in July. It’s been feast or famine with Dominguez with nothing in between.
It’s clear that he is capable of being a potent offensive tool, but now it’s up to dubious Houston hitting coach John Mallee to get his streaky hitting turned into a consistent .275.
At only 23-years old, Dominguez has put up effective numbers, being one of the few everyday players to make it through the season for the Astros. At some point though, that .220-.240 average fluctuation needs to turn into .250-.270.