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Astros' Carlos Gomez appears to have his swagger back after home run, bat flip

You can hear me now?

Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Carlos Gomez has been a lightning rod from the moment he joined the Houston Astros last season after the trade deadline in 2015. Gomez's start to the 2016 season only turned fans off, even more, he was hitting just .182 with zero home runs before being placed on the 15-Day Disabled list with a bruised left rib cage earlier this season.

But Gomez has returned and found his groove again. Gomez is batting .248 (27x109) with four home runs and 15 RBIs in his last 30 games. He is batting .351 (20x57) with a home run and 11 RBIs in his last 15 games, and he is batting .296 (8x27) with six RBIs in his last seven games.

Gomez was at his peak Friday night as he hit a two-run home run in the seventh inning to put the game out of reach for the White Sox. The swagger was back for Gomez. The bat flip was back and most importantly the smile was back.

Before Gomez was put on the DL, he clearly wasn't enjoying the game and was pressing. He's saying the ball better now.

To cap it off, Gomez was his crazy self in the post game interview:

"You can hear me now"

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