The Astros are off to a rough start to their 2019 season, however, there are players stepping up.
Although the Astros are 2-5 to start the season, there are still some positives to take away. For one, we actually have real baseball again, which is always nice. The world just seems a bit brighter when we have the pleasure of watching baseball that matters. We are also seeing some incredible plays, even in defeat. Secondly, there are a few Houston players that stand out. Yes, even in the losses.
Trending Up: Carlos Correa
You can make an argument that Correa is the most talented player on the Astros’ roster today. Yes, that may be blasphemy among some fans, but it is plausible to come to that conclusion. Seriously, look at this amazing defensive play earlier in the week.
Then there is the bat. The sample size is awfully small, Correa is third on the team in wRC+ (173). He’s also third on the team in average exit velocity at 88.4 MPH with peak exit velocity of 112.1 MPH. Although he missed the first three games of the season with a stiff neck, the 24-year old looks ready to tap into his potential.
Trending Up: George Springer
The lineup has really struggled out of the gate, especially with runners in scoring position. However, Springer has been hitting quite well since Opening Day in Tampa with a team-leading two home runs and a 176 wRC+ in 31 plate appearances. The Astros will continue to need Springer’s contributions at the plate, especially if the rest of the lineup continues to sputter for a while longer.
Trending Up: Brad Peacock
It’s rather difficult to choose between some of Houston’s pitchers as the season is still in the infancy stage. Although his second start wasn’t exactly smooth, Gerrit Cole has pitched well enough to start the season. Wade Miley had a nice debut as an Astro. Collin McHugh was impressive in his lone start of the season. However, I was really encouraged with Peacock’s outing (6 2/3 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 5 SO), which was the only game that the Astros won in Arlington this week.