Each week we will, through the magic of small sample sizes, find out who the best hitters the Astros have had over the past handful of games. There will be surprises for sure as there will be obvious candidates. It is a good way to get some recognition for guys who may fly under the radar over the course of a season, but for a few glorious days are the belle of the ball. We have a couple of new additions this week, including a new top spot. As always, we will start with the...
It's honestly tough to not give the award to George Springer this week. He has been spectacular in the leadoff spot for the Astros. Houston is 6-1 since he took over in the No. 1 hole. He is batting .419 (13x31) with five runs scored, two home runs, four RBIs. Springer has also posted .471 on-base percentage and a .677 slugging percentage.
He posted a 3-for-5 day with four total bases on May 28 against the Angels, and a 3-for-4 day against the Orioles on May 24. Springer went 2-for-4 on May 26 with tow home run against Baltimore.
This really should be called the Jose Altuve TCB Astros Hitter of the Week award. Altuve struggled during times this month with the BABIP gods. But, he turned it around enough to still bat .310 (9x29) with three RBIs in his last seven games.
He Went 4-for-6 on Sunday with an RBIs. Altuve has five game hitting streak coming into Tuesday.
The call-up of Colin Moran must have been a wake-up call for Luis Valbuena. Valbuena went .381 (8x21) with three home runs and six RBIs over his last seven games.
Valbuena didn't have a home run in April and .183 (11x60) during the month.Valbuena posted a .480 on-base percentage and a .810 slugging percentage.
He has found his stroke once again with power to all fields. Valbuena hit a home run in three straight starts, two of which helped tie or put the Astros in the lead against the Orioles in a series sweep.
Valbuena had multiple hits in three games this past week. So it may be no surprise that the Astros sent Moran back down this week with Valbuena holding down third base with the bat.