Astros: Kyle Tucker’s case for AL Player of the Week
The Astros have an obvious candidate for American League Player of the Week — Kyle Tucker.
Kyle Tucker’s rough start to the season is in the rear view mirror now, as the Houston Astros‘ right fielder went off in the past two series. The lefty’s return to form in the 2022 season began on the road in Texas in the Rangers’ Choctaw Stadium.
Even though his numbers were hurt from his teammates lack of production, Tucker started the road trip to going 3-for-4, knocking in one of the two runs the Astros scored in the game along with a stolen base.
Tucker and the Astros fortune changed the final three games of the series as Tucker continued to escalate his play going 3-for-9 with two home runs and eight RBI. Tucker’s performance led the way to the Astros taking the series three games to one and getting back on track in the hunt for the American league West.
Tucker was responsible for nine of the Astros’ 11 runs for the series, showing how he clearly is the Astros’ Player of the Week and how he is on his way to be the AL Player of the Week.
The Toronto series was a tough setback for the Astros, losing two of three. But despite the two losses in one run games, Tucker continued his hot streak. The lefty was 7-for-11 in the series with two RBI and two stolen bases.
Most of the Astros’ 14 runs came in Game 1 of the series, where Tucker knocked in two. Tucker was responsible for three of the Astros’ 14 runs in Toronto, while putting the Astros in a position to score in Sunday’s contest where Tucker reached scoring position three times by either hitting a double or twice hitting singles and stealing second base.
For the past seven days, Tucker made his case for Astros’ Player of the Week and AL Player of the Week by slashing .520 with an .880 slugging percentage, hitting two home runs with 11 RBI and stealing three bases.
Whether Tucker takes home the AL Player of the Week award or not, one things for sure, Tucker was the Astros’ MVP this week, and after raising his average from .127 to .250 in the span of one week, I have only one thing to say to Astros’ opponents, “King Tuck” is back so watch out!