It had been a rough start to the season for the Houston Astros, with nearly 40 points between their team average and the team that was second to last. That being said, it’s been a pleasant run as of late, with even Chris Carter hitting his own weight.
In fact, in the last seven games, the Astros have six guys hitting over .250. Prior to that, they had not a single player hitting over .250 in the entire lineup.
Going back to the past seven games, the Astros have Alex Presley hitting .450, Matt Dominguez and Dexter Fowler hitting .333, Jose Altuve hitting .290 and Carter hitting .286. With the pitching excellence of Collin McHugh, it’s all of a sudden incredibly exciting in the Astros’ camp.
The only person who has yet to break into the current mood is George Springer. At times Springer looks terrified to be at the plate. There were several times he had runners on third with less than two outs and he looked scared to swing the bat. All Springer needs is to hit that first home run and all the pressure will be lifted. It may just be that he’s trying too hard. Another problem may be that Springer was shoved into the clean-up spot in the lineup, heightening the pressure. He just hasn’t been able to deal with it so far. It may be time to drop him in the order to alleviate that pressure and give one of the hot-hitting Astros a chance.
Regardless of Springer, the Astros are hitting all of a sudden and in clutch situations to boot. Let’s hope this is the actuality of their lineup and not the .189 team average that they had been rocking.