The first series win comes after beating the Tigers Sunday afternoon 5-4. With the win, they pull out their second win in the three-game home set. The Astros had a chance at a full sweep but in the second game Jarrod Saltalamacchia took Collin McHugh deep putting the Tigers up and that was pretty much all she wrote.
Jose Altuve leaves the homestand batting .314 and with two good innings of work setup man Ken Giles ERA falls from 12.27 to 7.94.
Below are three takeaways from the Astros series win over the Tigers.
Time to sit Carlos Gomez
I am not advocating an all out benching, but it's time to give him a few days. The Astros rested him on Sunday and with the off day on Monday he'll have two days off before batting again, but is that enough?
In 48 at-bats he has 8 hits, 1 walk, and 11 strikeouts. In the Tigers series, he had 1 hit in 7 at-bats. A lot of times he can look overmatched at the plate wildly swing at pitches. It's guaranteed at least once a game that he will swing so bad he will fly out of his shoes.
They have the guys to survive without Gomez not in the lineup for a few days if A.J. Hinch wanted him to sit and have him just work on his swing for a while.
George Springer has been awakened
George Springer caught fire against the Tigers, even managing to bring back the #SpringerDinger. In 12 at-bats he had 6 hits, 2 home runs, 3 RBI's and only strikeout 2 times.
The last couple of series, Springer looked pretty bad at the plate, but for whatever reason he has been the money of late. He did manage to connect with the ball more and even the outs he made were well-struck.
One of the more noticeable problems of the Astros early on has been the lack of timely hits with runners in scoring position.
In the first game, they had the bases loaded twice and the Tigers managed to get out of the inning scoreless both times. It didn't come back to bite them but it would have made the night much easier had some runs came across the plate.
The second game they didn't have many runners make it to second base so it wasn't too noticeable.
In the final game, Altuve did manage to snag a RISP, with a two-run single. But the other times they'd put runners on second, someone would strikeout or ground out to end the frame.
This is becoming a little bit of an issue. It seems the main problem is because the back end of the lineup isn't getting the job done. Colby Rasmus, Tyler White, Springer, and Altuve are doing their jobs. Jason Castro, Luis Valbuena,and Gomez are not.