Post All-Star break Star Performer of the Week


Since the All-Star break the Astros have dropped six of nine games, including the last three against the Cubs. As trade winds swirl Hunter Pence has fallen into his first slump of the year. But one player has stepped up his game. The Star Performer of the Week Award goes to…

… Michal Bourn. The Astros leadoff hitter had at least one hit in all nine games, raising his average to .301 for the year. Bourn has five multi-hit games included in the nine game streak and continues to play his typical Gold Glove caliber defense. Bourn has also been the topic of trade rumors. I am hopeful that the Astros will keep both Bourn and Pence. Both players are still in their twenties and reaching the height of their abilities. Another Houston outfielder gets runner-up honors this week. Carlos Lee went 12 for 33 with five walks and only four strikeouts over the nine game period, raising his average nine points. Perhaps more impressive was his outfield assist that cut down Jerry Hairston Jr. at second base in the eighth inning of Tuesday’s win. El Caballo also launched a go-ahead homer late in yesterday’s game, but the bullpen couldn’t make it stand up. Although he failed to notch a win again this week, I am giving Jordan Lyles an honorable mention. Lyles was outstanding in Monday’s start against the Nats. He pitched into the ninth inning and had it all working. Yesterday the rookie battled when it appeared he didn’t have his best stuff. He kept the Astros in the game and gave them a chance to win. I think it won’t be long until Lyles chalks up that elusive first W.