When this year kicked off and the Houston Astros surprised the world by taking the opening series from the New York Yankees, one of the main reasons for their success was Dexter Fowler. He batted near .450 for the first couple series in the season. However, he came down with a stomach virus, and he had been a completely different hitter since recovering, seeing his average dip down into the low .200s.
But all seems back to normal with Fowler, who is again asserting his value by hitting .303 with two home runs and 10 RBIs in his last 27 games.
Fowler has always been a leadoff hitter in his career, but in batting leadoff with the Astros, he has only hit .191 with 15 strikeouts in 47 at-bats. Obviously it was time to move him elsewhere in the lineup, and manager Bo Porter did just that, implanting him in the three-hole between George Springer and Jason Castro. While hitting third, Fowler is hitting .381 in 21 at-bats, only striking out three times and walking seven.
It’s quite clear where Fowler would prefer to hit.
When the Astros acquired Fowler, he was stepping into a role he was not familiar with as a veteran leader. While he’s leading very well with his on-field performance, he’s also going out of his way off the field as well. When Springer was first called up, he needed a place to stay in Houston until he could find a more permanent residence, and it was Fowler who welcomed Springer into his home.
Fowler is currently riding a 15-game on-base streak, and he’s showing no signs of slowing up any time soon.