With the Houston Astros‘ offense dominating in parts from one to nine, Kyle Tucker among two others haven’t had that spark in their bat this season. As the left-hander hit the ground running in 2020, he hasn’t mirrored his potential in 2021 but is finally coming around.
In the pitching dual of Lance McCullers Jr. verses Shohei Ohtani of the Los Angeles Angels, you can’t expect a high scoring game, but Tucker was able to launch a solo shot off the two-way player. As the Astros snuck away with a 5-1 win late in the ballgame, it is evident that Tucker is hitting like he once was.
As the Angels bullpen collapsed, Kyle Tucker, who has been hot as of late, was the only Astro to tee off on Shohei Ohtani.
With Yuli Gurriel continuing to tear up opposing pitching, the tide of this offense continues to shift with the void of George Springer being filled by other players’ bats. As Yordan Alvarez is picking up numbers, Tucker is also coming back around to what he was in 2020.
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The left-hander started the season slumping hard with hard-hit balls across the field that weren’t falling in his favor. With a lot of power behind Tucker’s swing, it makes sense that the left-hander is looking for the seats in the outfield, but with every slump, a change in approach is needed.
In past seven games, the Tucker is slashing .316/.458/.842 with two home runs and six RBIs. The left-hander is finding his pitches at a better rate, while walking five times to his three strikeouts. With the offensive production sky rocketing compared to his other seven day splits, Tucker is showing lights of improvement in his approach and pitch selection.
With Tuesday’s nights game being the shortest of the season (2:33) for the Astros, it is was a quick turn around from almost playing four hours the night before. The Astros are back on the field on Wednesday at 7:10 p.m. to close out a three-game set with the Angels. Jose Urquidy will matchup against left-hander Andrew Heaney.