CTH’s Houston Astros Players of the Week (Aug 24 – 30)


When the Houston Astros went on a road trip this past week, you could almost imagine the fans’ groans. While the Astros have been phenomenal at home (45-21), they have been atrocious on the road (27-38). Of course they started by getting shutout 1-0 against the Bronx Bombers, but came back to win the next two games in the series, one with a 15-1 drubbing. Then they traveled to Minnesota to face a young and upcoming Twins team. While they lost two of three there, they never quit after being down 7-0 in yesterday’s match and dropped a 5-spot in the ninth before ultimately losing 7-5.

So, fans could say that this road trip was a success with a 3-3 record. Or at the very least, it wasn’t horrible.

On to the awards!

Pitcher of the Week: Scott Feldman

The Houston Astros received some solid pitching performances from several guys this week, including Mike “No-No” Fiers and Dallas Keuchel. However, Scott Feldman, arguably the most underappreciated member of this clubhouse and rotation, was excellent in his start against the Yankees on August 24.

8.0 IP, six hits, zero earned runs, six strikeouts

Feldman did everything he could to keep the Astros in the game. The hitters, though, couldn’t solve Nathan Eovaldi and Feldman took a hard luck loss.

Houston fans, stop turning your noses up at Feldman. He was on fire during August and let’s hope he carries it over to September.

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Hitter of the Week: Evan Gattis

El Oso Blanco was very good at the plate this past week with three multi-hit games, including a two home run game against the Yankees on August 26. While Jose Altuve and Marwin Gonzalez also had excellent performances at the dish, Gattis’ home run and RBI count topped them both, which gives him the edge. His line for the week:

.318/.423/.727 with five runs, seven hits, three home runs, seven RBI, four walks, two strikeouts

Perhaps the only disappointment is that he didn’t add to his triples count.

Maul on, Gattis. Maul on.

Weekly Goat: Jed Lowrie             

Jed Lowrie has had a rough time getting back in the groove after a long layoff with a thumb injury. He may have been the Houston Astros best hitter before he hit the DL, but since his return at the end of July, things haven’t been clicking. Last week was no different. His line over four games:

.000/.111/.000 with two walks and two strikeouts

It’s tough trying to bounce back from an extended layoff and to learn playing a new position. Let’s hope the Jed-i returns to form in September.

Redemption Player: Carlos Gomez

Initially, Astros fans were happy that Jeff Luhnow traded for fiery Carlos Gomez back in July. When Car-Go got off to a slow start in Houston, the joy turned to sour disappointment and bitterness on social media.

Well, Gomez is finally warming up and showing why the Astros pursued him. This past week was his best in an Astros uniform:

.280/.308/.480, four runs, seven hits, two doubles, home run, four RBI, walk, stolen base

That’s the guy fans were hoping to see. Everyone take a deep breath. In Luhnow we trust, right?

That’s all for this week!

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