When you have two guys reach base in each of their five plate appearances in a single game, it may be of some note. Well, the Houston Astros‘ offense is starting to come together. With the help of the newly arrived George Springer, the Astros have put up an incredible couple of games.
They finally have an everyday lineup, and it’s paying dividends. Even with Jose Altuve scuffling with a 1-for-5 game, the two through four hitters combined to go 8-for-11 with five runs, six RBIs and four walks. But the top of the order wouldn’t have been able to click so well if it weren’t for Alex Presley and Marwin Gonzalez in the eight and nine spots in the order combining to go 7-for-10.
It seems to be contagious. When in previous games it was the first, second and third place hitters running the show, tonight, when the leadoff man struggled, there were others there to pick up the slack. Dexter Fowler and Springer alone combined to go 6-for-6 with five runs, four RBIs and four walks. The connection between the second and third-place hitters may stem from Fowler, allowing Springer to live with him until the new arrival could find a place of his own.
Regardless of how it happened, it’s incredibly fun to watch. It’s gotten to the point where each game, the Astros are expected to win. All they need is a more consistent middle-to-bottom half of the order. Someone like Jon Singleton would be a premium candidate. Hopefully Robbie Grossman can sort out his troubles and start contributing as well.