Well, I never thought this would happen, but it would appear that Chris Carter is no longer the sole leader on the Houston Astros in strikeouts. Teammate Jason Castro has joined the ‘slugging’ first baseman with a whopping 43 strikeouts. Castro has decent power numbers though, with five home runs and 17 RBIs to his name. However, his .214 average is not at all what’s needed out of the No. 3 hitter.
Castro had a breakout season last year despite missing substantial time due to injury. His .276 average was second on the team among every-day players.
It’s been a struggle for just about everyone in the Astros’ lineup thus far. But for most of the young guys in the lineup, that’s to be expected as part of the growing pains. Jonathan Villar and George Springer have had up-and-down years to be sure, but again, they’re young. Castro is now a veteran in this lineup, and he’s not backing up that status.
The season is still young, and Castro clearly has the talent to turn it all around. It’s just a question of him getting into a grove. It still remains to be seen if he’ll remain as the every-day catcher or start splitting time at first base or DH.
Whatever happens position-wise, one thing is certain, and that’s that Castro needs to be the reliable rock in the lineup, much like Jose Altuve is.