Week 12 Hitter:
Jun 17, 2016; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Astros first baseman Marwin Gonzalez (9) celebrates with designated hitter Evan Gattis (11) after scoring a run during the sixth inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
Marwin Gonzalez (Owned in 4.6% of ESPN Fantasy Leagues)
As the Astros inch closer to .500 and try to get back into the AL West hunt, they have done many things right in the month of June. One of the players that are helping in the Astros 10-7 start to the month of June is utility man Marwin Gonzalez.
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In his 59 at bats this month, Gonzalez has been red-hot offensively, with a .322 batting average and a .799 OPS.
With Hinch moving him to the number two spot in the lineup, Gonzalez has been a table-setter for the middle of the lineup. Even though he only has four extra base hits with three doubles and a home run, Gonzalez has still been productive, recording seven runs and driving in four runs this month.
If a fantasy owner is struggling with hit total and batting average, Gonzalez is an underrated option that will bring both of those categories up. Another perk of Gonzalez is that he has eligibility at first base, third base, and shortstop.
Another key reason for getting Gonzalez this week is his home/away splits. These first three games this week for the Astros are very important. Good thing that Gonzalez has been very successful at Minute Maid Park. In his 29 games this season,
Gonzalez has a .275 batting average and a .835 OPS compared to only a .559 OPS on the road. With Gonzalez hitting all five of his home runs this season at home, it automatically makes him a factor is such an important series against the division rival Los Angeles Angels.
With his bat and with a variety of places to put him, Gonzalez is a factor in both the home series against the Angels and when the Astros go to play three games against Kansas City this weekend. Pick him up as a utility man or use him off the bench.
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