The Astros had a nice week, winning five straight before dropping the last two games against Baltimore. Brett Oberholtzer, Collin McHugh, and Alex Presley all delivered solid performances. But one player stood out from the crowd.
George Springer is the winner of the latest edition of the CTH Star Performer of the Week Award.
Springer slashed .321/.424/.750 in the seven game period. George was 9 for 28 with four walks, three doubles, three homers, and seven RBIs. His 2-run shot in the seventh inning of Thursday’s game broke a 1-1 tie and propelled the Astros to a 3-1 win over the Orioles.
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Springer should also be in the running for the American League Player of the Month Award for May. Edwin Encarnacion and Nelson Cruz are probably the two favorites, but Springer has to be taken into consideration. It is more likely, however, that the Astros’ rightfielder takes home the A.L. Rookie of the Month Award.
Springer was far and away the most productive rookie hitter in May, putting together a .294/.385/.647 slash line. His month included his first ten big league homers, 25 RBIs, and 22 runs scored. George also became the first rookie in 75 years to hit seven homers in seven games. His biggest competition for the award should come from Yankees pitchers Masahiro Tanaka and Dellin Betances.