Who is the top Astros’ offensive performer, who’s not playing up to expectations, and what player has surprised us. Springer, White, & Brantley maybe?
We’re approximately one-fifth of the way into the season and the Astros are, as usual, in first place in the AL West Division. Let’s take a step back and do an assessment of performances of George Springer, Tyler White and Michael Brantley.
Some have played a large role in keeping the team on top, a few haven’t necessarily carried their weight, and then there are those that have played beyond what was expected of them. Let’s break it down and see who is the offensive MVP, disappointment and surprise up to this point in the season.
Offensive MVP- George Springer
HOUSTON, TEXAS – MAY 09: George Springer #4 of the Houston Astros hits a solo home run in the third inning against the Texas Rangers at Minute Maid Park on May 09, 2019 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
On the verge of having the best season of his career, Springer is off to a great start to the year. His slash line is .301/.386/.623, all three numbers better than any of his previous five seasons. Springer leads the team in Runs 29, RBIs 33, HRs 13, SB 4, and Total Bases 91. He also is on top with a 1.009 OPS and a 170 OPS+.
Not only is Springer leading the team in those categories, but he’s also in the top ten in the AL in at least 17 different offensive statistics. Including 1st in HRs, TBs and RCs (Runs Created) at 36. He’s definitely on track to make his 3rd trip to the All-Star Game and garner quite a few votes for MVP.
Springer is becoming the ultimate and complete leadoff hitter utilizing speed, power and contact hitting. Amazingly, he has reached base in all but two of the 38 games he’s played to date. It’s a tough call at this point, with several players having great seasons, but he gets my vote for offensive MVP of the team at this early stage of the season.