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Astros rookie George Springer has homered in four straight games

May 26, 2014, 11:42 PM EDT

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After a bit of a slow start in the majors, Astros rookie outfielder George Springer is beginning to figure things out.

Springer homered in his fourth straight game tonight while going 4-for-4 with two doubles, three RBI, a walk, and five runs scored in a 9-2 victory over the Royals. The 24-year-old has five home runs and 11 RBI during this recent stretch and is now batting .268/.348/.500 with eight home runs and 25 RBI over his first 35 games in the majors. Among players with at least 150 plate appearances, he’s tied for 14th in the American League in slugging percentage and ranks 17th with an .848 OPS.

Springer scuffled to the tune of a .170 batting average through his first 12 games in the majors, but he’s hitting .319 over his last 23 games. Strikeouts have still been an issue for him even during his recent run of success, but there’s reason for Astros fans to be very excited here.

  1. crimson428 - May 26, 2014 at 11:55 PM

    Loving it. Can’t wait for a few more of the prospects to get the call.

  2. perryt200 - May 27, 2014 at 1:19 AM

    He wants out of Houston BAD….

    • Old Gator - May 27, 2014 at 10:28 AM

      He told you so?

    • Old Gator - May 27, 2014 at 10:28 AM

      He told you so?

  3. hvoigt21 - May 27, 2014 at 7:48 AM

    Perry200..too,bad,it won’t happen. This team is slowing improving and the scary part is the farm system is stocked with studs. Correa is the SS real deal Like Springer, and he is the future at SS very soon which makes Villar, also a very good everyday player himself expendable in a trade.They have Singleton, Appel, Foltzy, Stassi, Mcllures, coming soon……Stassi is a stud catcher, so you can trade him or Castro…The light in Houston is getting brighter as the days go,by.

    • timmmah10 - May 27, 2014 at 9:14 AM

      Villar is nothing special. Doesn’t field consistently, doesn’t get on base enough to use those wheels.

      The problem with prospects is that they aren’t guaranteed to translate. Appel looks legit, Singleton has to get over himself before he’ll succeed in the league, and calling Stassi a stud when he’s barely worn a uniform as a professional ball player is very pre-mature.

      I hope the Astros pull it together, but temper expectations, or you’ll look like KC Royal fan who probably figured they would have 2 or 3 trips to the world series based on their prospects over the last 5 years.

  4. Carl Hancock - May 27, 2014 at 8:05 AM

    @hvoigt21 The Astros do have a great Minor League system right now. But if you think all, or even the majority of those prospects are going to pan out into stud big league players you need to pay more attention to history. It just doesn’t work that way. I think Correa will be a stud and it’ll be nice to see as he appears to be a genuinely good kid on top of being a great player. But don’t expect all of their prospects to pan out. Don’t even expect most of them to pan out. It’s not how things work in the real world. Especially in baseball where things can and will change on a dime.

    • stex52 - May 27, 2014 at 10:35 AM

      Don’t worry, Carl. My expectations are extremely tempered. I understand the prospect thing (see Jordan Lyles, Brett Wallace). I also get that the best shot for a playoff does not occur before 2016 at the earliest. But factor in another year of top draft choices and the fact that Houston has committed to upping the salary structure. And at some point they will get the cable network straightened out.

      It’s been a long time in the wilderness for Astros fans. A little excessive exuberance is understandable for the moment.

  5. Old Gator - May 27, 2014 at 10:30 AM

    I’m very pleased for my pal stex. He’s finally going to have a team worth watching. We’ve been exchanging sympathies for several years now, and with any kind of luck, we can sit back and compare more positive notes for a while.

    Before the Iron Giant gets sent packing ahead of Scrooge McLoria choking on his arbitration demands.

    • stex52 - May 27, 2014 at 10:39 AM

      Thanks, OG. We’re not by any stretch out of the wilderness yet, and Springer isn’t the Iron Giant yet. But it doesn’t take much hope to liven an Astros fan these days. Luhnow is still a bit on the bubble with me. We are charting a radical course. I hope it works.

      I think the Marlins are showing a little more feistiness than most expected this year. And the Giant has really established himself as a league talent.

      • Old Gator - May 27, 2014 at 1:44 PM

        Yeah, didn’t you just dig that kraaaayyyyyzeeee Captain America sleeve?:

  6. musketmaniac - May 27, 2014 at 2:03 PM

    Vulture goggles

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