In the politics (if you can call them that) of All-Star Game voting, much has been made about the Kansas City Royals roster and their stranglehold on eight of nine starting spots for the upcoming Midsummer Classic in Cincinnati. Currently, Angels outfielder Mike Trout is the only player not in Kansas City to lead at his position.
Since May 1, George Springer has been the Houston Astros most consistent hitter, getting at least one knock in 28 of his past 40 games. Over those 40 games, he slashed a .322/.418/.527 with 47 hits, nine doubles, seven home runs, 23 walks, and five stolen bases. Of the 12 nights that he did not get a hit, he worked a base on balls in eight of them, meaning he’s reached base in 36 of his past 40 games.
Call to the Pen
During the month of June, Springer may be the hottest hitter in all of Major League Baseball. The Houston Astros right fielder has batted .406/.446/.594 with 28 hits, four doubles and three home runs over 17 games. He has eight multi-hit games this month, including a 5-for-5 night back on June 10, and has raised his batting average +.053 pts during that period.
This performance has launched Springer to the top ranks of the leaderboards. All of his stats rank right up there with the best of his American League outfield peers.
Here’s how Springer fares among his AL outfielder brethren:
All-Star votes are mostly subjective, but given that George Springer ranks in the top-10 in eight out of eleven categories, I think he’s worthy of the vote. Furthermore, Springer missed six games with a concussion and he’s still near the top of the pack. And while his performance at the dish has been wonderful, the offensive numbers don’t take into account Springer’s jaw-dropping glove work this season.
How many times have we seen Super Springer snatch a potential home run or make a spectacular dive to prevent a hit? I don’t have those numbers, but it seems like it’s a weekly occurrence. Too bad there isn’t a WebGem tracker to see how many times a player has made the list, because I’d bet that George Springer is a leader in that category, too.
So get out there, Astros fans. Stuff those ballots, err…click those mouses. Vote Springer. Let’s get another worthy Houston player into the Midsummer Classic and prevent the All-Star game from becoming a Royal disappointment.
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