Week 9 Hitter:
Carlos Correa (Owned in 99.2% of ESPN leagues)
One swing may have put the 2015 AL Rookie of the Year back on the map in 2016. On his day off yesterday, Correa hit a pinch-hit three run home run to give the Astros the lead and eventually the win in the top of the 13th.
His season to that point has not been the greatest. Correa is hitting .245 with eight home runs and 23 RBIs. His slugging percentage has dropped 101 point to .411 in 2016.
So what has been Correa’s issue in his sophomore campaign? His strikeout percentage has gone up to 24.9%. Also, his isolated power average, which is slugging percentage minus your batting average, is at a measly .167. So, from the middle of the lineup, Correa is striking out more, and when he makes contact, the power in his bat hasn’t been there.
However, if there is a time to change his season, this upcoming series against the Arizona Diamondbacks may be it. Last season, Correa hit .323 with a 1.242 OPS in 31 at bats against the Diamondbacks last season. He hit five homers and drove in 13.
The weekend series against the Oakland A’s is a bit of a different story. In 37 at bats, Correa only hit .189 with a .701 OPS.
The word potential is still attached to Correa’s name. If he wants to meet that potential, “Showrrea” is going to have to show up in some of these games, just like it did in that one at bat yesterday. The Astros have been doing better as of late, winning five of their last six, and if the Astros want to take advantage of these sub .500 teams they will face in the next couple of weeks, Correa has to be the center of that offensive attack.
The mediocre pitching that the Astros will have to face should prove well for Correa owners. Make sure he is in your lineup for the weeks ahead.
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