Not a lot to like in the Astros performance this week offensively. They finally got shut out last night by the A's. They almost got no-hit by the Indians. They've scored exactly three runs in the last 30 innings.
YET! The sky isn't falling. I was able to find three whole players who actually deserved to be mentioned here.
Who are your choices? Who's jumped out at you as making the most improvement from last season offensively?
Though his power isn't back, Castro is not striking out at a super-high rate right now and he's walking quite a bit. Those
In 2014, Castro's walk rate dropped by nearly four percent from where it sat in his first two seasons. His strikeout rate also spiked three percent over 2013 and was nearly 10 percent higher than it was in 2012.
Castro will strike out this year, probably about a quarter of the time. But, if he can walk around 10 percent of the time and continues to hit with an ISO around
Look who showed up to start the season.
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Lowrie has struck out more than he probably
If you had given me eight choices on
It's not sustainable, given his minor league track record. I mean, in the last two games alone, his average has plummeted nearly 100 points.
Yet, the speedy center fielder is hitting for average, for power and not striking out a ton. Do those things for a couple of months and Marisnick should be pretty productive.
Again, all he needs to do is hit at a league-average rate. Right now, he's hitting about 30 percent better than that. He's got some room to fall back to earth and still be a very nice member of this starting lineup.