Houston Astros: Lineup Starting To Produce Consistently

By Josh Sippie
Troy Taormina – USA TODAY Sports

Don’t look now, Astros fans, but the team is starting to put up some decent-looking numbers. The Houston Astros have won three of their last four series, and it’s been all thanks to one group of players. No, not the old veterans, but the young guys. The future may be closer than expected if these numbers can keep up.

This Astros’ team used to have only two guys batting over .240 and now over half of the lineup is above that mark. The added speed is pushing the Astros near the top in the league in that department, with the Astros ranking fourth in team steals in August.

Here’s a look at what some of the young guys have been doing in August:

All-star catcher Jason Castro is hitting .355 with four home runs and 12 RBIs. Newly-acquired L.J. Hoes is hitting .351 with seven stolen bases. Everyday third baseman Matt Dominguez has hit four home runs in his past 10 games, launching his power numbers to 18 home runs and 63 RBIs on the year. Speedy shortstop Jonathan Villar is hitting .297 out of the no. 9-spot in the lineup.

Most impressive of the bunch is still Robbie Grossman, who has hit .323 with three home runs and 16 RBIs in August out of the leadoff spot.

All of this success and winning is being done around a slumping Jose Altuve, who is batting just .224 out of the three-hole, and Chris Carter, batting .176 with 34 strikeouts in 68 at-bats out of the clean-up spot.

More promise keeps coming for the Astros, with the young guys proving that their confidence is not being affected by the ineffective bullpen. Also, these young guns that the Astros are stocking the lineup with still lack such names as George Springer and Jonathan Singleton, two of the Astros’ top three prospects. So just think what could happen when these two join the MLB squad.

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