Houston Astros manager A.J. Hinch is changing things up after a week in which he saw his team score five runs over the last four games. Outfielder George Springer will take over the top spot with second baseman Jose Altuve batting in the No. 2 hole -- flipping their spots for the extent of the season upon to this point.
.@dougfister58 starts the series opener for the #Astros. First pitch at 7:10pm.— Houston Astros (@astros) May 24, 2016
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Springer has batted first in 47 games during his three-year career with the Astros. He has batted .290 (54x186) with 28 runs scored, 5 doubles, a triple, seven home runs, and 13 RBIs. He added 19 walks and .374 OBP percentage. Springer career batting average and on-base are highest in the No. 1 spot.
Hinch noted that the logic behind the move is to get runners in front of Jose Altuve, who is currently .328/.413/.582.
Hinch on top of order changes pic.twitter.com/eI4Cs2OtHq— Brian McTaggart (@brianmctaggart) May 24, 2016