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Enrique Hernandez Should at Top of Order for Astros

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Once again, during tonight’s game against the Oakland A’s, Enrique Hernandez has shown why he deserves to be at the top of the Houston Astros’ lineup. He had two hits, a triple and a double, and drove in two runs, while scoring one of his own, for the Astros in their late-inning loss to the Athletics. With George Springer on the disabled list, the Astros need all of the offense at the top of the order that they can get, and that means Hernandez should be in the two-hole.

Hernandez puts the bat on the ball at an alarming rate. This is a rare feat for an Astros team that whiffs at a high rate up and down the lineup. The only other player on the Astros that doesn’t miss much is their leadoff hitter, Jose Altuve. Wouldn’t it make sense to bat both of those players 1-2 in the lineup?

Hernandez’s .289 average is second highest on the team. That having been said, it makes absolutely no sense to me as to why manager Bo Porter keeps Hernandez down in the order. You want your best hitters to get more at-bats. Hernandez is definitely one of the Astros’ best hitters.

I understand wanting to give a player a chance to establish himself by not putting too much pressure on him as he transitions into the majors, but Hernandez is approaching 100 at-bats and looks very comfortable at the plate. The kid is fortunate that he can play almost anywhere on the diamond because it gives him more opportunities to get regular playing time. He just keeps proving that he belongs in the lineup at any position. Once Springer and Dexter Fowler come off of the disabled list, the Astros will have a decision to make as to what to do with Hernandez.

Watching Hernandez play, it is clear he is a natural infielder. He is a decent outfielder for being a work in progress, but his skill set makes him best suited for shortstop in the Astros’ lineup. Unfortunately, Porter feels the need to continue to allow Marwin Gonzalez to prove he is an everyday shortstop, which he isn’t. Once the team gets healthy, it is either left field or shortstop for Hernandez because there is no way the Astros can afford to take one of their top hitters out of the lineup.

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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