Wednesday night the Houston Astros beat the Texas Rangers in Arlington, 8-4. The big story from the game was outfielder Robbie Grossman breaking out of his 0-28 slump and going 4-5 with a home run, double and two singles. It was a big game for the Astros and Grossman. With the win, the Astros moved into a tie with the Rangers for the fourth spot in the American League West division.
Grossman had come into the game in quite a drought. With no one taking control of the left field job in Houston, he could be on the verge of getting hot like late last season and throwing his name in the hat to get regular starts. The Astros are looking for offense in the worst way and Grossman has shown he is capable of providing just that. At the end of last year, he finished on fire for the Astros, looking as if he had established himself against major-league pitching.
Grossman finished August last season hitting .301 in 29 games. He also hit three home runs, added 16 RBIs, while scoring 15 runs and had three stolen bases. This was the player the Astros thought they were getting when they offered him a contract extension in the offseason. Grossman turned down the contract in hopes of improving his play on the field to get a larger deal.
Unfortunately, Grossman’s play did the opposite. The pressure of playing for a bigger deal seemed to get to the young outfielder. He has struggled for most of the year. A game like tonight’s is just what he needed to get his confidence back up.
The Astros are hoping that someone will take advantage of the opportunity to play every day. If Grossman can stay hot and rediscover the magic of late last season, he will have a great opportunity to be a mainstay with the Astros for the rest of the season.