Astros star George Springer is all right!
The Houston Astros are off to a great start with an 8-2 record. While they haven’t faced any real good teams yet, they are still getting the job done. The Twins will be the first team that they have faced that had a winning record. The team is getting national recognition as a possible repeat candidate. They just need to keep the players healthy.
One thing we have seen this year is Astros manager A.J. Hinch pulling a player out of the game for minor injuries. During the home opener, Correa left the game early after fouling a pitch off his toe the day before. When you have young stars like Correa, you rather be safe than sorry when dealing with their health. It may be scary when you see them removed but wait for the announcement.
We saw this again tonight when George Springer was removed in favor of Jake Marisnick. Geoff Blum and Todd Kalas were discussing how it wasn’t a typical defensive replacement. Earlier in the game, after Springer got the hit literally off Tyson Ross, he was smiling. But if you watched closely, he was favoring his legs a little.
After the game via Jake Kaplan, Hinch said that he left the game with leg soreness. There is no need for you to worry about it because he is going to return to the lineup tomorrow. Hinch indicated that he would get the day off from the field and be the designated hitter. This was the plan anyway before he left tonight’s game.
Outside of the opening day leadoff homer, we have not seen the power bat much from Springer in the first nine games. He is currently batting .205 with a low .648 OPS and only four extra-base hits. Springer has three doubles and a homer.
This should change soon as he is an established player. You know what you will get from him. He’s just in a slump at the moment. The amazing thing is that the team is still winning with his bat not yet fully awake. Will they play tomorrow is the interesting question with the cold temperatures?
***Stats from Baseball-Reference***