30 May 2014

George Springer has been simply sensational for the Astros

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Considering how awful the Houston Astros have been the last few years, no winning seasons since 2008 and a combined 324 games the last three seasons, it was going to take a lot for them to become watchable as their rebuilding process continues. However, George Springer has shown that he can help change that in a big way.

Springer began the 2014 season as the 18th ranked prospect in baseball by Baseball America but he was not expected to be brought up right away so that Houston could delay his arbitration clock. However, it took a couple of weeks before Springer hit the show and once the calendar hit May, that was when Springer became the show.

What Springer has done this month is truly remarkable. He has a triple slash of .319/.413/.617 with ten home runs. Those ten home runs have him tied for 19th in baseball already, tying him with such guys as Paul Goldschmidt and Mike Trout, who have played 18 and 14 more games, respectively. And what he has done in the last seven games is historic as he has done something that has not been done in almost 67 years.

In his last seven games, Springer has hit seven home runs. The last guy to do that? None other than the immortal Rudy York of the Detroit Tigers, who did it from August 22nd through 27th in 1937. Springer's statistics during this stretch has been tremendous with a .416 batting average, 14 RBIs and 11 runs.

What is even more important is that Springer has helped sparked a six game Houston winning streak. Of course, Houston is still only 23-32 and 9.5 games back of the AL West-leading Athletics but at least they could end this evening with a record that is not the worst in the Junior Circuit (it is a good thing that I picked Tampa Bay to get to the World Series). Plus, according to the great Jeff Passan, Springer has helped to inject the Houston dugout with some much-needed energy and has helped a woebegone franchise have some hope over what the future can bring.

Can Springer keep up his torrid pace? While that would be extremely impressive, eventually every rookie will go through some sort of a slump and struggle a little bit. But for Springer, might as well let the good times roll on.

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