In baseball, as in life, there are ups and downs. If not, take a look at what Carlos Correa has gone through this season during April and May. The first month of the regular campaign marked a great start for the Astros’ shortstop, but things have cooled off for him as of late.
In April, Correa was one of the sparks of the offensive order, hitting .303/.352/.495/.847 across 108 plate appearances. Over that span of 25 games, he compiled 30 hits, seven doubles, four home runs, and 13 runs batted in. He recorded a hit in 20 of those 25 contests.
However, it’s been a whole different story for him in his first nine games of May. First, it took him six games to get his first hit. Second, he’s slashing .057/.108/.143/.251 with one home run and three RBIs after 37 plate appearances. Coincidence or not, the Astros lost five of those nine games.
There’s more than that for Correa. He went from showing 6.5 BB% and 14.8 K% ratios during last month to worse 5.4 BB% and 27.0 K% registers. Besides, Carlos’ batted ball profile changed between months, according to FanGraphs:
- April: 19.0 LD% | 41.7 GB% | 39.3 FB%
- May: 12.0 LD% | 52.0 GB% | 36.0 FB%
As you just saw, more ground balls, fewer line drives. If you add that he’s chasing more pitches (O-Swing% went from 26.5 to 32.2) —which is completely understandable as he might be desperate looking for hits—, it all gets worse.
But there’s hope for the star shortstop. Correa’s average exit velocity is even better in May than in April. It climbed slightly from 90.8 MPH to 91.5 MPH. And taking into account his poor .042 BABIP, you can say Correa is being a victim of bad luck and certainly a victim of himself hitting too many grounders.
While the 26-year-old’s slump may not last, his total numbers have taken the biggest blow of his recent struggles. His offensive line is now at .239/.290/.403, and he’s got a strikeout in every game of the current month. Hopefully, Correa will get it going again very soon to help the Astros reach the A’s.