Week 4 Hitter:
George Springer (Owned in 98.3% of all ESPN Fantasy Leagues)
Through 3 weeks, the Astros have a record of 6-13 going into two important AL West series’ against the Seattle Mariners and the Oakland Athletics. After a three-game sweep by the Rangers last week in the Astros first AL West action of 2016, the Astros offense needs to step up and produce, especially with the big names at the top of the lineup.
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Batting second in the lineup, George Springer will have to have an excellent week offensively for the Astros to succeed in these division road games.
The signs are there. The past week and a half, Springer has been very productive offensively. Since April 16th against Detroit, Springer has hit .578 with three home runs, 6 RBI, and five runs scored.
Springer is having a solid year overall. In 19 games, he is hitting .282 with four home runs, 11 RBIs and 10 runs scored.
However, Springer has 22 strikeouts compared to only six walks, which is something you don’t want to see at the top of the lineup. Also, another area Springer is struggling in to start the season is in the stolen base department. Thus far in 2016, Springer is 1-4 in stolen bases and has an American League-leading 3 times he was caught stealing.
What Springer needs to do in these next six road games is to be a consistent two hole hitter. With the two spot comes many responsibilities on starting or continuing a rally depending on what the leadoff man Jose Altuve does. With this role comes the potential of a high batting average and runs scored. With Springer, his ability to be a five-tool player is a fantasy dream. If he cuts down on the strikeouts this week and manages to hit the way the Astros expect out of him, Springer is set to have a monster week offensively.
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