Astros Countdown: Top Five Second Half Storylines
By Colin Gay
The All Star starters
With the best record in the AL coming into the All Star break, the Astros got some national attention with three starters named to the AL All Star team. Now, going into the second half of the season, the Astros will need Jose Altuve, Carlos Correa and George Springer to continue their success to prepare for a deep run into October.
Heading into the All Star break, it seemed as though opposing pitchers could not stop these three. Altuve, Springer, and Correa each had batting averages over .480 with OPS’s over 1.340. Combined, these three hit nine home runs, drove in 31 RBIs and scored themselves 30 times. These were the numbers that helped the Astros average 9.75 runs in the month of July before the All Star break.
Even if they regress, these guys will stay strong.
Those are numbers that are hard to keep up. With offensive leaders like Altuve, Correa, and Springer, the Astros are set. However, it will be interesting to see how the offense performs when each comes back to reality a bit.
The Astros need each of these superstars to perform well offensively. These are the bats that helped create the 16.5 game lead in the AL West. Astros fans will have to see if that continues for the rest of the month of July and into August and September.