Astros: Houston outfielder Josh Reddick is Burning it Down
The left-handed, often forgotten, Astros’ right fielder is enjoying a career month watching his average inflate from .308 to an AL leading .386.
Wooo! Wooo! Wooo!
(flamboyantly pats biceps and chest)
He’s the high flying. Woo. Baseball crushin’. Woo. Wheelin’, dealin’. Woo. SON OF A GUN!
(takes off jersey and throws it on the floor, promptly elbow dropping it.)
Is anyone else seeing what I’m seeing? Normally, Astros fans are accustomed to seeing multi-hit games out of the likes of Jose Altuve, Alex Bregman, or even George Springer (who is on fire as well).
Josh Reddick, however, is
quietly having himself a career month. Only once in his career has he reached an average over .300. That year was 2017. We all know what happened that year.
Starting the month of April, the WWE enthusiast was hitting a very respectable slash line of .303 AVG / .361 OBP / .664 OPS. However, there were no home runs, no RBI’s. Not much to speak of and fans were irrationally asking if it was time to move on.
Fast forward 24 days and Reddick is now hitting a monstrous .386 /.427/.970 line. Belting his third home run in a week, and collecting six RBI’s in the process. Those numbers have him leading the team in average, third on the team in OBP to only Bregman and the often lambasted Tyler White, and second in OPS to only previously mentioned Bregman.
Astros’ beat writer Brian McTaggart has summed up Reddick’s performance at the plate nicely in this simple tweet.
Talk about a massive bump in production.
Reddick is also doing something that, in the era of the defensive shift is necessary, is starting to learn to hit to the opposite field. During his torrid April, Reddick has had multi-hit games in 7 of his 10 games played. How many of those had opposite field hits? Four. One of those opposite field hits being an Oppo-taco. Are you kidding me?
The change of approach at the plate has been a major boon in the cap of Reddick. If this continues, this lineup will be even scarier from 1-7. We haven’t even mentioned the fact that Michael Brantley is having himself quite a season too. That, however, is another story for another day.
In a lineup full of franchise faces, Reddick is often lost in the shuffle. However, after this month, Reddick is on a mission to be a face to know. Also, if you are friends with a Monster, you can’t help but have a monster season
Rick Flair once said, “to be the man, you got to beat the man. If you don’t like it, learn to love it.” No better words can be said to opposing pitchers. As WWE Superstar Seth Rollins theme music goes, Reddick is on a path to BURN IT DOWN!