The Astros had a 3-4 record for the week but it wasn’t all bad. The kids got their first ever win at Fenway Park Friday night and duplicated that feat with a blowout win over the Red Sox on Sunday. There were a few excellent candidates for the hardware this week. Here’s my rundown.
Honorable mention goes to Collin McHugh. Collin picked up a pair of wins — which is always big, especially when the team wins only three times during the week. McHugh allowed 11 hits and 4 walks while striking out nine in 12 innings of work. Sure, he’s pitched a lot better than that during the course of the year, but this week was special because of the victories. (Sorry Brian Kenny) After taking a number of tough luck losses earlier in the season, Collin finally had some good luck.
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This week’s runner-up is Jose Altuve. The Astros second-baseman maintained his lead in the race for the American League batting title by going 13 for 32 (.406). Jose belted a couple of homers, including a big grand slam in Sunday’s win in Boston. The fact that he didn’t successfully steal a base all week kept me from giving Jose his fifth Star Performer Award of the season. But, he’s still in the lead for Star Performer of the Year honors.
Chris Carter continued his assault on Major League pitching with another outstanding week. Carter’s .321/.333/.750 line that included four homers and nine RBIs earned the DH his third weekly award of the season. Carter’s prolonged hot streak has vaulted him into the top four in the A.L. in homers, slugging percentage, and ISO.
Congratulations to Chris Carter, winner of this week’s Star Performer Award.