Astros’ George Springer wins AL player of the week
By Eric Huysman
George Springer wins the AL player of the week after the offensive domination of the Twins and Rangers by the Astros.
Just when it seems like the Astros are winning everything, another player gets rewarded for his success. The Astros are in the midst of a 10-game winning streak leading to the best record in baseball at 41-16. How are they doing it? It starts with their dynamic leadoff hitter in George Springer.
On the way up to Arlington, I was listening to Chris Gordy and Micheal Connor host the Josh Innes show. I called to talk for a little, and we were talking about All-Star worthy Astros. While I typically agree somewhat with what Connor says, but both Gordy and I were shocked with what he said. He said that he didn’t think Springer was an All-Star.
Not trying to bash on Connor, but Springer is having an exceptional season. He plays great defense and has really broken out his power stick recently. There was a dry spell after he hit his seventh homer for 19 games. During that stretch, he batted .257 with an OPS of .679. He woke up during Game 2 of the Yankees series where he hit two homers on Derek Jeter Day.
Let’s look at what Springer has done during this 10-game winnings streak. His slash line is .435/ .480/ .913/ 1.393 with seven homers and 13 RBIs. Springer has three multi-homer games on the road at New York, Minnesota, and Texas.
That’s not even the best part of it. He was hot this past week batting .500 scoring 11 runs and hitting five homers while driving in nine runs. This led to Springer being the AL player of the week.
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His batting average was hovering in the low .200s for a while, but he has raised it up to a respectable .280. He has hit 16 homers while driving in 37 runs. Springer’s OPS has raised to .895, which explains why the Astros are on top. When Springer does well, so does the team. He is the heart and soul of this team.
***Stats from Baseball-Reference***