Let’s help Springer represent the Houston Astros in the 2016 All-Star Game.
Houston Astros’ centerfielder George Springer has ignited the Astros offense over the past eight games in the leadoff spot. The Astros were at a season low ten games behind the first place Seatle Mariners, and all looked lost for the team. A.J. Hinch made a decision that seemed small at the time but has become the catalyst to the team’s 7-1 record, let’s bat Springer leadoff.
When the Astros were at the bottom of the barrel, it was hard to imagine them having more than one or two Stros on the All-Star roster. With the season that Jose Altuve is having, he was looking to be the lone Astros representative. Carlos Correa could get some votes as the reigning Rookie of the Year, but not too many people outside of Houston know who Springer is.
With four runs driven in during last night’s game, Springer has now leapfrogged Altuve and Colby Rasmus in the RBI lead with 33, compared to the 31 RBI’s from each. According to Brian McTaggart’s Tweet below, Springer is batting .457/3 HR/ 8 RBI since the move. That’s hot, wouldn’t be surprised if he gets nominated for player of the week soon.
Which his recent power breakout, he now leads the team with 12 homers and is second in runs scored with 34 runs. The first All-Star ballot was released yesterday, and Springer is not one of the top 15 AL outfielders getting votes, so Astros fans need to get out and vote Springer on the All-Star ballot.
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I am not naive. I am not voting for every Astros player to be on the All-Star team. While I like Jason Castro, there are a few catchers that have better stats than him. Luis Valbuena has been hot recently, but Josh Donaldson will get my vote there. I will not be voting straight Astros because, unlike Royals fans, I care about the quality of players that go to the All-Star game. I want to see the best players out there, not those out there because they are wearing Royal blue.
With that being said, Altuve definitely needs to start at second base with the level of play this year, but he shouldn’t be the only Astro player on the team. Let’s try to vote for the other players as well, let’s #VoteRasmus, #VoteSpringer, and #VoteCorrea. Colby Rasmus deserves your vote as well, but not over the spark plug that is Springer.
Here are where they stand at the moment.
Altuve: 1st among second basemen with 624,218 votes.
Correa: 4th among shortstops with 304,997 votes.
Rasmus: 12th among outfielders with 208,105 votes.
It’s a shame that with his recent play, Springer is not even on the list. The writers at CTH are looking to change this. When you vote 35 times for George Springer, take a screenshot of the screen and send a Tweet to @AstrosCTH or @TalkingStros with that picture. On June 16th, I will randomly draw a name of one of the fans who voted 35 times for two tickets to an Astros game in July. Vote for who you want, but let’s help Springer and Correa join Altuve in the All-Star game.
***Stats from Baseball-Reference***