The Houston Astros had another one of those weeks. The offense was either ice cold or smoking hot, and the results lead to a 2-4 record. While it would’ve been nice to take a W in Chicago, it was really fun watching the Houston lineup treat the Mariners pitching like a beer league softball team.
On the bright side, we got to see the anointed one, Carlos Correa make his major league debut and so far it has been everything we’ve all hoped for. We also saw Vincent Velasquez make the jump from double-A to the big leagues, and he was super in his debut, as well. The Houston Astros now have so many rookies on the roster (four), that it feels like we should add a Rookie of the Week honor (we didn’t).
On to the awards.
Pitcher of the Week
Brett Oberholtzer had a spectacular game in a 10-0 win over Seattle on June 12. After Houston dropped three close games on Chicago’s south side, they needed to bounce back against their division rivals. Obie provided the start the team needed after getting some early run support, and the Astros cruised to victory. Obie’s line:
8.0 IP, three Hits, two BB, five SO, .111 Batting Average Against
That was a much needed victory as Obie outdueled his pitching opponent, Felix Hernandez, who was tagged for eight runs in 0.1 IP.
Hitter of the Week
George Springer had one helluva week at the dish. In fact he was so hot, that he raised his batting average + 0.23 points over the six games during the previous week, from .236 to .259. He tried his best to jumpstart the Houston Astros offense out of the 1-spot in the batting order, but only partially succeeded. He even put on a show with his five hit performance in a 4-1 loss to the White Sox. Super Springer put in the effort, but got little support from his team.
Here’s Springer’s line from this week:
.440/.462/.600, 11 Hits, four Doubles, two RBI, BB, SB
Springer is en fuego.
Jake, from center field, was absolutely dreadful this week. During the earlier part of the season, Jake Marisnick provided an offensive spark for this ball club. During the month of June, though, he has been almost absent with his bat. This last week was particularly bad, as Marisnick managed a 1 for 19 effort. He couldn’t even buy one base on balls. Maybe he’s taking too many calls at 3 am from his clients.
His total line:
.056/.053/.111, Hit, Double, two RBI, six Ks.
Nothing to swoon about here.
Take off the khakis, Jake! The Houston Astros need you.
Colby Rasmus gets the nod for redemption player this week. He’s been alright for the Houston Astros, neither standing out nor quite fading into the background. It’s like he’s just there; nothing spectacular, just doing his job.
The reason he gets a redemption vote this week is because through his first nine games in June, and a total of 11 consecutive games, Rasmus had not logged a single RBI. However, in Sunday’s blowout game over the Mariners, Rasmus accounted for three runs batted in. Maybe this will spark his bat to life and he can become a more consistent contributor at the plate.
That’s it for this week. Here’s the links to previous weeks:
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