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Astros: Three Underperformers Thus Far in 2017

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Apr 16, 2017; Oakland, CA, USA; Houston Astros manager A.J. Hitch address the media after the game against the Oakland Athletics is postponed due to rain at Oakland Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 16, 2017; Oakland, CA, USA; Houston Astros manager A.J. Hitch address the media after the game against the Oakland Athletics is postponed due to rain at Oakland Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports /
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Apr 17, 2017; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Astros shortstop Carlos Correa (1) watches action from the dugout against the Los Angeles Angels during the third inning at Minute Maid Park. Correa did not play due to a hand injury. Mandatory Credit: Erik Williams-USA TODAY Sports /

Struggling Player #3: Carlos Correa

Before I delve too much into Correa’s early season struggles, let me be clear: the Astros shortstop is one of the best at his position, at least in terms of offense, and he will turn it around. And it is difficult to be down on a player that has been on the shelf with a sore hand when you consider the circumstances.

On to the metrics!

In terms of wRC+, the only Astros with a lower measurement is the batter we mentioned earlier, Mr. Beltran. He had a 71 wRC+ entering yesterday. Correa’s 75 wRC+ is the second-lowest on the team, which obviously hasn’t changed in recent days. The .234/.315/.298 slash line reflects these struggles.

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Another interesting metric is Correa’s .064 ISO. Unlike Beltran though, Correa’s hard hit percentage has actually jumped to 41.0%. But the medium hit percentage has dropped by 8.0% compared to his ending measurement from last season. In turn, Correa’s soft hit percentage has climbed by 4.2%. So, this may shed a portion of light onto his early season issues. But like I stated for Beltran earlier, this is still a relatively small sample size.

**Statistics and information courtesy of Fangraphs**

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