All Things Astros and a whole lot more
The danger of beginning to write a post on Friday for a Monday delivery is that the world can turn over in 3 days in the majors. Like George Springer going 0 for 4 with 2 strikeouts on Friday night. But even if George goes hitless (he avoided this with 2 hits on Sunday) for the weekend it does not diminish the type of May he has had and the impact he has had on this team.
Let’s face it – George Springer has:
There has been much discussion lately about how Chris Carter‘s 8 HRs and 21 RBIs feel totally non-impactful (Don’t wince at that made up word Chip). I think there are two places that hitting has the biggest impact.
Let’s take a quick look at Springer’s impact in some of the wins in this fun month of May
May 2 – Springer was 0 for 5 and continuing his poor hitting from April, when he came up in the 11th and won the game 5-4 with a walk off infield single against the Mariners.
May 8 – He was 1 for 3 with a walk and a solo HR in a 6-2 win against Detroit. His dinger brought them back to within one run in the 5th and after his walk he scored the 5th run in the 9th inning.
May 14 – In a 5-4 win over the Rangers he was only 1 for 5, but his 2 run homer in the 7th tied the game at 4-4 and helped fire up the team and the home crowd.
May 17 – Astros beat the W’Sox 6-5 and Springer was 2 for 4 including a triple and a walk with 2 runs scored and an RBI. He knocked in the Astros first run and scored the 2nd in the first inning and then he scored the 6th and eventual winning run in the 7th inning.
May 19 – Springer was 1 for 3 with a walk in a 5-2 win over the Angels and scored the 1st run for the Astros in the 1st inning.
May 24 – The Astros beat the Mariners 9-4 – as Springer went 2 for 5 with 5 RBIs. He hit a 2 run dinger to start the scoring in the 1st and another in the 5th to extend a 4-2 lead to 6-2.
May 25 – In a 4-1 win over the Mariners – George was only 1 for 4 but that one – a 2 Run homer flipped a 1-0 deficit to a 2-1 lead in the 6th and provided the winning run.
May 26 – Springer went bat-chip crazy in a 9-2 win over the Royals as he went 4 for 4 with a walk, 5 Runs scored and 3 RBIs. He scored or drove in 5 of the first 6 runs and ended up with a homer and 2 doubles off the wall at KC.
May 28 – The Astros won 9-3 to sweep the Royals – Springer started them off with a 2 run homer in the 1st and ended up 1 for 3 with 2 walks and 2 runs scored.
May 29 – Springer had a huge 2 run homer in the 7th to take the lead in a 3-1 victory over the Orioles.