Kike Hernandez Hitting 2nd for Remainder Season Would Make Houston Astros’ Lineup Better

Enrique Hernandez Should be Hitting Second

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The more you watch Enrique Hernandez play, the more you see that he is going to be a solid major-league player. The 22-year-old utility player passes the eye test, and that was evident in the series with the Chicago White Sox, going 5-for-11 and raising his average to .318. He squares up the baseball often and has a smooth, short swing which rarely allows a slump to grow past a few games. With as poor as the Houston Astros‘ offense has been at times, they need their best hitters at the top of the lineup, which is where Hernandez belongs.

The Astros are hurting for productivity in their lineup. Leaving Hernandez in the second spot will make the team better on offense. He rarely strikes out, only eight in 54 at-bats, which is crucial for a player at the top of the order in front of your guys who are going to drive in runs. His average is the second highest on the team, no matter how long he has been with the major-league club. He has shown the ability to go hitless in a series and then bounce right back and have a good series. That is a good sign when you are looking at evaluating whether a player can stick in the majors.

He is the perfect complement to the lineup when hitting behind Jose Altuve because he is reliable in putting the ball in play. He has very solid bat control, which is perfect for the second hitter. If Altuve gets on base, which has been happening a lot this season, Hernandez has the ability to let the Astros try for a big inning. He can let Altuve try and steal by taking pitches and hitting with two strikes, or he can hit-and-run.

There is no sense wasting Hernandez at the bottom of the order. It is simple baseball; your best hitters hit early and get more at-bats. Hernandez is one of the better hitters on the team and needs to get as many at-bats as possible if the Astros want to have big innings, instead of just hoping for a home run to come along at some time during the game.

Lucas Davis is a Houston Astros writer for Rantsports.com. Follow him on Twitter @LDinthe260, like him on Facebook or add him to your Google network.

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