Batter to Watch: Carlos Correa
When you think of the Astros’ lineup, Carlos Correa should immediately come to mind. His numbers would’ve been close to MVP-worthy if it weren’t for his left thumb injury in mid-July. If Correa turns it on in the ALCS, the Yankees will need to be on high alert.
Oh, wait, they are most likely on high alert right now.
The main reason I put Correa in this list is the threat of him showing up in a big way in this series. He has the capability of taking over and pilot the Astros to a World Series berth. That’s how good the shortstop is as a batter.
You can bet that the Yankees fully know what Correa is capable of in the batter’s box.
2017 Offensive Metrics vs. NYY: .500/.531/.786, 2 HR, 10 RBI, 3 BB, 4 SO in 32 PA
While the Astros are capable of beating the Yankees in a best-of-seven series without this kind of production from Correa, you better believe they would feel much better about their chances. Correa did have a pretty good ALDS against the Red Sox as he hit two home runs to go with an 151 wRC+ in 19 plate appearances.
Oddly enough, the Astros’ shortstop could be much better. Much better. There were a few instances when he left multiple baserunners in scoring position. A hit or two could’ve allowed the Astros to sweep Boston. Or not. But Correa did leave opportunities out there on the diamond. While he may or may not succeed, look for Correa to aim on capitalizing on these opportunities soon.
As we look forward to the ALCS later this evening, the Astros have a prime opportunity in front of them. Thankfully, they possess one of the deepest lineups in baseball. If they can click on all cylinders, the Yankees pitching staff may be in for a rough week.
**Statistics courtesy of Baseball Reference and Fangraphs**