The Astros offense has been on fire during the month of June. And three players stand out during this win streak.
The Astros are winners twelve consecutive games! The hottest team in baseball now owns sole possession of 1st place in the AL West by two games over the Seattle Mariners and 9.5 over the Angels.
The bats came alive in this past week scoring 50 runs in six games. The allowed only twenty runs to their opponents. The pitching has been great. The defense has been stellar, and the offense is grooving. So let’s dive right into this week trending up list.
Trending Up: Marwin Gonzalez
The streakiest player of them all, Gonzalez finds himself on the right side of the trendings list this week. And what a week it’s been. In the last five games preceding Monday’s match, Marwin has seen 17 at-bats and connected nine times for a .529 batting average. This includes three multi-hit games and going 3-for-4 on June 16th. He accounted for three RBIs and scored four runs of his own. Notably, he’s only struck out twice in this span.
Finding his name on the trending down lists not long ago, Gonzalez’s bat has heated up as is the weather this summer. Here’s to hoping he stays on this side of the trend. Last year’s RBI leader was a crucial piece to their success. Hopefully, he will return to form yet again.
Trending Up: Evan Gattis
“El Oso Blanco” has been red-hot. He has been absolutely mashing the ball. No one had a better week besides Gonzalez than Gattis has. In his last six games, Gattis has seen 24 at-bats and managed ten hits for a sweet .416 average. Speaking of mashing, Evan drilled four long-balls and accounted for fifteen of the 50 runs scored this past week.
Gattis has built up his season average to a.254 and climbing. It’s the highest it’s been since early April. The only downfall of Gattis red-hot streaks is striking out seven times. Imagine if he connected on a few more. The Astros will gladly take his ten hits and four homers any day in any week. It’s fun watching this version of Gattis. Keep it up!
Trending Up: Brad Peacock
Would you look at who has decided to return to the trending up the list? Of course, you have a place here, Peacock. After starting the season as a perennial closer, Peacock has had a forgettable end of May thru early June stretch. In his last seven games including three this past week, Peacock has gone for 7.1 innings and allowed only five hits, and one earned run. He brought his ERA to a 2.48 and a remarkable 1.23 in the month of June.
Peacock got the call in the bullpen three times in this recent trending’s list and answered to the tune of 2.1 scoreless innings. He fanned five batters, and his strikeout rate is around 74% in this past three-game set. Batters are only hitting a .185 against Peacock. We all know the bullpen needs help, but it’s nice to see it take shape, especially when the Peacock we know returns to form.