Week 13 Hitter:
Jun 20, 2016; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Astros center fielder Carlos Gomez (30) celebrates in the dugout after scoring a run during the third inning against the Los Angeles Angels at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
Collin McHugh– 7 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 0 W, 2.57 ERA, 0.86 WHIP
Gomez’s 2016 turnaround seems to be legit. With power coming back into his bat and his average climbing back up, he is turning into the Gomez that we paid so much for at the trade deadline last season.
In the month of June, Gomez is hitting .278 with a .808 OPS. He has hit seven extra-base hits, including three home runs, and has driven in 11 runners and scoring himself 11 times.
Part of Gomez’s newly found success at the plate has to do with his more patient approach. After only walking two times in 80 at-bats in the month of April, Gomez has come back, after an injury-plagued month of May, to raise his on-base percentage from .241 to .285.
This past seven games for Gomez had shown his patience. He has a .290 average with a .370 on-base percentage. He has also scored three times and has driven in four.
One of most shocking stats for Gomez this season has been his ability to hit with runners in scoring position. In 46 at-bats, Gomez has a .304 batting average with a .853 OPS. He also has five extra base hits and has driven in 14 runners. Gomez has become a clutch hitter in those run-scoring spots. This will prove to be important this week in two series against the Los Angles Angels and the Chicago White Sox respectively.
Gomez’s outings against the Angels have been very consistent. In last week’s series, he had three hits in nine at-bats, driving in one and scoring once. Overall this season, Gomez has a .364 batting average with a .417 on-base percentage in 11 at bats.
However, one thing to look at this series against the Angels is if his power is a factor. All four of his hits this season have been singles and out of the five times he has been on base against this team, he has only scored once.
Gomez has proved to be a valuable bat near the bottom half of the lineup for the Astros. If he can get on base consistently in the next six games, Gomez will continue to be a fantasy option in an outfielder or FLEX position.
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