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George Springer: CTH’s Hitter of the Month For June

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The month of June is over, and Major League Baseball has moved into the third full month of the season. For the Houston Astros, it was a month with mixed results. After a decent May, Crush City finished June with a 15-14 record though it was their third consecutive month with a winning record (first time since 2001). Houston also scored more runs (137) in June than they did in May (116) in the same number of games (29). Not too shabby.

Of course Houston couldn’t have done this without some outstanding hitting. During the second full month of the baseball season, the Astros were lead at the plate (and in the field) by Super George Springer. Over the 29 games played, he was the Astros’ offensive catalyst and has proved himself hitting out of the leadoff spot.

Through those 29 contests, Super Springer had 112 at-bats (124 plate appearances), and hit a spectacular .321/.387/.518 with a 36 hits, four doubles, six home runs, 12 RBI, 10 walks, and two stolen bases. He led the Astros in runs scored, hits, batting average, on-base percentage, and OPS. He was second in slugging percentage and home runs (tied with Chris Carter).

Springer’s performance in June is also remarkable because he went hitless in only eight of those games; however, he did take a walk in four of them, meaning he reached base in 25 out of 29 games this month. Springer also had a 14-game hitting streak from June 7 – 21, during which he hit .458/.492/.729 and had a five-hit game against the Chicago White Sox on June 10. To cap it all off, George rewarded the home crowd with free chicken sandwiches from Chick-fil-A when he hit the “Fowl Pole” near the Crawford Boxes on June 30 to boost his team in a victory over the reigning American League champion Kansas City Royals.

You may be amazed by this, as I am, but fans around the rest of the country are not as enthusiastic about Springer as we are. Overall, Springer is having a good season, but, believe it or not, Super Springer has not received enough votes to become an All-Star selection. He is All-Star worthy, so if you get a chance today, log-in and go vote 35 times for him. Vote for Jose Altuve as well.

(On a final note, Super Springer’s July got off to a bad start after he was hit by a pitch in the final game against the Royals. Hopefully, it is minor, and he won’t miss any time. The Astros need him.)

Honorable Mention

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The honorable mention goes to the phenomenal rookie shortstop Carlos Correa. If this comes as a surprise, it shouldn’t be. Correa earned CTH’s Hitter of the Week honors for the final week in June, after having several solid weeks of play for the Astros.

Correa’s June was almost as good as George Springer’s. In 22 games last month, the rookie slashed .287/.309/.543 with 27 hits, nine doubles, five home runs, 15 RBI, four stolen bases, and three walks. He led Houston in doubles and was second in hits.

Carlos Correa has a ton of buzz surrounding him and for good reason. Even with a relatively late debut, he already has some people talking about him as a Rookie of the Year candidate. If the rest of his 2015 season continues to his June, he’ll be in the running.

Next: Jose Altuve: A Real All-Star

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