Some players take time getting acclimated to a new city and a new team. It can take a while to learn your role on a new club and adapt it into your game. Well, Dexter Fowler clearly doesn’t know what that’s all about.
Since coming over to the Houston Astros, Fowler is 6-for-12 with four of those six hits being extra-base hits. Clearly, he came to Houston to play.
However, Fowler was stricken with a stomach flu that landed him in the hospital, and his absence was immediately felt in the series against the Los Angeles Angels, where the Astros dropped the first two games by a combined score of 16-2. While they salvaged the series finale, it’s quite clear that Fowler is already an irreplaceable part of this lineup.
Some are already anointing him the Astros’ team MVP and All-Star favorite. While I won’t be that hasty, it’s pretty obvious that he could be a potential game-changer for an Astros squad that sorely needs one.
Fowler is also trying to learn the logistics of being a clubhouse leader, a role he’s not accustomed to. If leading by example is the best policy, then he can check that off his to-do list as well. Now he just needs to get healthy and back into action so the Astros can continue to display the dominance they showed early on with him setting the table from the leadoff spot.