The Astros had a decent week, going 3-4 on the road against division rivals Los Angeles and Seattle. But that doesn’t tell the whole story. The week produced some of the most impressive individual performances Astros fans have seen in a long time. Three Houston players turned this into the most difficult decision in the history of the Star Performer Award.
At the risk of copping out, I’m going to share this week’s award among three incredibly hot players. Jose Altuve, Dallas Keuchel, and George Springer are all deserving winners. Baltimore’s Nelson Cruz might be the only one standing between these guys and the American League Player of the Week Award.
Jose Altuve had 14 hits in 29 at-bats during the week. He had two or more hits in each of the four games in Seattle. Mariners announcers said they would be happy to drive Altuve to the airport. Altuve added three stolen bases and scored seven runs during the week. His 70 hits and 17 stolen bases are both tops in the A.L.
George Springer had six hits in 19 at-bats for the week — including four homeruns. Despite missing two games with a hip injury, the rookie drove in a team high nine runs. And, by the way, the Astros lost both of the games he missed. Winning!
What more can we say about Dallas Keuchel? The Astros lefty has been on fire! In his two starts this week, Keuchel threw 17 & 2/3 innings. A close play at first base with two outs in the ninth inning of Monday night’s game was all that kept Keuchel from his second straight complete game shutout. Dallas followed up that effort with another complete game victory Sunday in Seattle.
Keuchel allowed only two earned runs and nine hits en route to picking up a pair of victories. He totaled 14 strikeouts and only one walk along the way. Keuchel now has six wins on the year, tying his total for all of last season.
Way to go guys. Those outstanding performances made it a fun week for Astros fans. Keep it going!