Houston Astros Must Be Pleased With Matt Dominguez's Progress

By Josh Sippie
Rick Osentoski - USA TODAY Sports
Rick Osentoski – USA TODAY Sports

Houston Astros third baseman Matt Dominguez is currently the hottest hitter on their roster. And while it may be tempting to point out that it’s not hard to be the hottest hitter on a fizzling offense, Dominguez is hitting to the tune of .317 over his past ten games. He’s riding a seven-game hitting streak as well as a four-game multi-hit streak. As such, the young third baseman has moved on up the lineup into the clean-up spot, taking it from the woeful duo of Chris Carter and Jesus Guzman.

Dominguez has a breakout 2013, hitting .241 with a surprising 21 home runs and 77 RBIs. While those numbers may not have seemed like much, it’s coming from a guy who was mainly touted for his defense with average offensive potential.

Since then it’s been all good news for Dominguez, who’s finding himself as one of the only consistent offensive tools in the Astros’ lineup alongside Jose Altuve. At 25 years old, he’s still an unfinished product, but he’s showing a lot of maturity at the plate, as he’s only struck out 26 times in 125 at-bats. That’s a number that has to make Astros fans happy when the majority of the power hitters are boasting a strikeout every three or so at-bats.

Dominguez does not get enough credit on the Astros. As mentioned, he’s one of the few consistencies in the lineup, which is invaluable. His five home runs and 13 RBIs may seem underwhelming, but he’s hitting .333 with runners in scoring position in just 21 at-bats. This is testament to the lack of supporting cast around Dominguez.

Either way, Dominguez is progressing unbelievably well and has become as solid a fixture as Altuve.

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