The Astros started the month of September with another winning week, going 4-1 in Anaheim and Oakland. Once again, there were a number of outstanding performances. Collin McHugh, Scott Feldman, and Dallas Keuchel all had great starts. Jose Veras and Tony Sipp were excellent coming out of the bullpen.
This week’s award eventually came down to two players. Dare I say, the usual suspects? Jose Altuve and Chris Carter continued to pace the Astros offense. Both players chipped in with productive weeks. Altuve duplicated last week’s feat of getting at least one hit in every game. Jose went 9 for 21 with a homer, four RBIs, five runs scored, and a couple of stolen bases. But that wasn’t quite enough to bring home the virtual hardware in back-to-back weeks.
This week’s Star Performer Award goes to Chris Carter. Installed in the cleanup spot by interim manager Tom Lawless, the Astros DH went 8 for 18 with three homers and seven runs batted in. Carter drew three walks, two of which were intentional, and scored five runs. Chris also stole two bases to go along with his .429/.455/.714 slash line.
This is the fourth Star Performer Award of the season for Carter. Altuve leads the team with five. Suddenly, we have a legitimate race for the Star Performer of the Year Award.