Jake Meyers’ return to the Houston Astros lineup has been much anticipated as the piecemeal platoon of Jose Siri and Chas McCormick was not very consistent. Meyers finished his shoulder rehab from his ALDS injury last season and finally joined the Astros in New York on June 24th. The Astros took the return of Meyers in stride, going on a hot streak and only losing one of the 8 games he has played in this season. He will continue to play regularly in his second season with the Astros, a step up from his role last season in which he barely passed the rookie threshold with 163 at-bats.
It only took one game for Meyers to knock the rust off, as he went 0-3 at the plate his first start against the Yankees with three strikeouts. Meyers followed up with his next start, going 2-4 and then followed up a few starts later by knocking in his first RBI against the Mets on June 28th. The Meyers train really started rolling against the Angels in the Astros most recent series as he went 3-8 (.375) with one home run and five RBI.
For his first eight games, he has slashed .276/.276/.414 with an OPS of .690. It’s way too early to project but just for the fun of it, if Meyers was to continue hitting at his current rate for the rest of the season, he would finish with 14 home runs and 82 RBI which would be a great value add for a little more than half of the season remaining. Either way, Astros fans and players alike look forward to his regular contributions anchoring the center field position and the seventh or eighth spot in the lineup. If he gets more time under his belt, he could easily compete for the two hole in the lineup or the sixth spot, depending on how the Astros roster looks in the future.