The Astros went 3-3 in six road games this week. Once again it’s an improvement over the previous week. If the club can continue on this path a winning homestand could be the result. The offense was pretty good this week. That is until today’s game when two of the team’s hottest hitters were left on the bench. Humberto Quintero was given the day off after doubling home the winning runs in the tenth inning of last night’s game. Quintero had five hits in 11 at-bats while driving in three and scoring three runs during the week, earning him honorable mention in the coveted SPOTW award standings. Several players provided consistent offense but one stood out from the rest. And the award goes to…
The Astros first baseman had ten hits in 21 at-bats for the week. Wallace was rested on Sunday and the offense struggled without him. Brett stroked four doubles on the week, all coming in games the Astros won. Wallace seemed to be in the middle of every important Astros rally during the week, scoring seven runs in only five games played. Wallace has been a pleasant surprise in the early going. His average is now up to .324 and Wallace currently boasts a .400 OBP and a .451 slugging percentage. Wallace credits his recent success to an adjustment recomended by hitting instructor Mike Barnett. After getting jammed by pitchers on a regular basis Barnett had Wallace move a little farther away from the plate. The results have been more than encouraging. Wallace is beginning to show why he was such a highly touted prospect and a key component in trades involving superstar players such as Matt Holliday.
The senior member of the CTH staff (in more ways than one) I have been rooting for the Astros since long before any members of the current roster were born. My favorite players through the years include Bob Watson, Glenn Davis, Steve Finley, Mike Hampton, and Roy Oswalt. Even though the results on the field have been poor for for the last few seasons, I still enjoy following and writing about the team. I'm keeping hope alive that things are going to get much better soon.