What to Do About the Houston Astros Third Base Job?
The 2016 version of the Houston Astros has some warts, which doesn’t come as too much of a surprise given their less than stellar record. Among the more glaring problems has been, the worse than mediocre play coming from third base. Whether it’s Luis Valbuena, Marwin Gonzalez, or Colin Moran, the production just hasn’t been there.
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Through 46 games the Astros slash line at 3rd is .173/.254/.314. Four home runs and 14 RBIs both rank 21st in the major leagues. Among all other third base groups, no one has a lower OPS than the folks manning the hot corner for the Astros. Nowhere to go but up right? Fortunately for Houston, they aren’t short of potential solutions internally – or externally.
Gonzalez continues to be serviceable, but the club needs his versatility at the other infield positions keeping him out of the competition for the everyday job at third. Colin Moran’s call-up was a bit puzzling for many fans, and he is stilling looking for his first big league hit after going 0-7 in three contests. Barring a two week Tyler White-esque stretch, he’s on the outside looking in as well.
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