It’s no secret that the Houston Astros are incredibly feeble in just about every single offensive category save home runs. This is why George Springer was brought up. But aside from them being completely awful at hitting the ball in general, they are exceeding their own awfulness in hitting during clutch situations.
It’s the same story as last year. The Astros are hitting .149 with RISP. That’s near 50 points lower than any other team in the majors. They can’t hit late in the game, and they can’t even hit when winning.
But it’s not just the situational hitting that’s a major letdown, but the players who are doing it. Traditionally, first baseman are one of the primary power hitters in a lineup. Look at Chris Davis, Prince Fielder, etc. The Astros’ first base platoon is laughable. Between Chris Carter, Marc Krauss and Jesus Guzman, Guzman is the best choice solely because he can crack .200. The Astros’ first baseman are hitting .164, good for last in the league. They’ve got three RBIs, also last in the league.
And then comes the DH. That’d be the “designated hitter” with an emphasis on the second word. The Astros’ DHs are hitting .141, 20 points behind the next closest team. But, they are tops in the league with one DH-specific stat — strikeouts.
It’s ugly. It really is. Jon Singleton needs to be called up now. Jason Castro should primarily be DHing and Max Stassi should be suiting up behind the plate. If nothing else, it can’t be any worse than what’s happening now.