Go take a look at Carlos Correa’s stats from May 1 to 11. Disgusting, right? Do the same with Martín Maldonado’s numbers from Opening Day to May 4 and you’ll cry. But fortunately for the Astros, they have recently put things together.
Before turning things around, Correa had just two hits in 35 at-bats in May as he went hitless with 10 strikeouts and only three runs batted in over seven of his first nine games of the month (.057 BA).
But Correa found his groove since May 12, when he was 3-for-3 against the Angels on a 9-1 victory. Since then, across 13 games until May 26, he’s compiled 17 hits in his last 48 at-bats. In that span, Correa’s registered three doubles, two home runs, seven ribbies, 11 scored runs, and eight walks, while slashing .354/.446/.542.
The star shortstop has recorded at least a hit in 10 of his last 11 games. One of the most positive things for him during this stretch is that he’s struck out just five times, a great improvement after his 10 strikeouts to begin the month.
Going to Maldonado’s side, things have gone from the floor to the sky for him. You guys can already stop thinking he’s an automatic out.
It all clicked for him in New York vs the Yankees, on May 6. That day he powered the Astros to a 7-4 victory, going 3-for-4 with one four-bagger and two RBIs. Since that day, he’s played in 16 games, slashing .241/.305/.444.
And while that line isn’t near elite, it’s impressive and pretty encouraging considering Maldonado posted a .091/.167/.136 line in his first 21 contests of the regular campaign with only six hits in 66 at-bats, 29 strikeouts, AND NO RUNS BATTED IN.
In the course of this offensive episode, Maldonado’s hit two doubles, three dingers, and has nine driven in.
These good performances from the Astros’ regular shortstop and catcher combine with Myles Straw’s good moment at the plate. Though he doesn’t hit for power, the center-fielder is getting on base consistently and has compiled 13 hits (all singles) and two walks in his last 11 games (42 ABs), posting .310/.341 BA/OBP.