Astros: Three players trending down despite the win streak
The Astros are currently tearing through the competition with a twelve game win streak, but some players still trend down despite recent successes.
The hottest team in baseball, the Astros, are currently on a twelve game win streak. And while the team is rolling, some bats have cooled off a tad. This is the case with such a deep line-up. While not ideal, the Astros are one of those teams that can afford to have some sleeping bats during such an offensive outburst and not feel the difference.
During the twelve game win streak, the Astros scored a total of 55 runs and allowed only 24. Let’s take a look at who was taking a nap during recent successes.
Trending Down: George Springer
A familiar face to the trend up list, George has seen 23 at-bats in the last week and managed only three hits in five games preceding Monday’s game. He also had two hitless games in that span and tallied five strikeouts. He has also earned three walks. Don’t worry as his .282 batting average is still 26th-best in the American League. Slumps like this can are bearable when your team is winning, but Springer’s downward trend is something to look back at if you have time.
He will aim to get over his slump against the Rays for the next couple of days. He’s struggled against them in the past only batting .127 for his career. He will also have another shot at the Royals, this time at home. We’re hoping Springer can turn things around and keep the streak alive.
Trending Down: Brian McCann
It’s a luxury that the Astros carry three catchers on their rosters. I’ve said this many times before. While Evan Gattis is putting up monster numbers and Max Stassi being very serviceable allows for McCann to find his early season grove again.
In his last five games, McCann has seen seventeen at-bats and connected on just three of them, which dropped his season average to a low .215. Since his return to the line-up from the DL, McCann has gone 4-for-21 with one home run and 3 RBIs. Like his teammate Springer, the Astros’ depth at the position allows for a mid-season funk while the team is rolling. McCann will need to find his groove soon in-case other bats get cold despite the weather heating up.
Trending Down: Lance McCullers
McCullers has pitched twice in the past week. He threw on June 12th in Oakland and June 17th in Kansas City. He won the game on the game against the A’s and received a no-decision a couple of days ago bringing his season record to 8-3.
McCullers has been on and off all season with eight great wins, but his hits have been climbing. He allowed five and six hits in his last two games. And his ERA is now a 3.77 on the season. That ERA is getting lower. And Lance has only allowed four total earned runs in 13 innings pitched but the hits allowed is whats trending down. Besides Dallas Keuchel, who’s a story-line in his way, McCullers has allowed the second-most hits on the team with 72 thru fifteen games. Batters are hitting a .224 against him.
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McCullers has turned things around since he was roughed up early this season, and we’re happy. Just keep an eye on the hits given up. He’s fortunate to have such a solid defense to bail him out of jams.