“Strange the way the year’s worked out…” – Astros Manger, A.J Hinch.
Although the Astros have had a rough start to their season with only 6 wins in 19 games played, one thing that they have been consistent with is supplying the American League with their Player of the Week. The Houston Astros are the first team to have three consecutive winners of this award, not a bad way to start the season. The three winners are, starting with the first to receive the honor, Tyler White, Jose Altuve, and most recent Colby Rasmus. Now, lets get to know these players and see why the AL thought they deserved to win their Player of the Week.
First basemen Tyler White earned this recognition during opening week of the season. The Astros rookie not only reached base in all of the first six games of the season but also set a team record in total hits of a player’s first five games. Not to mention, at that point in the season he was leading the American league in hits, but since then has lost his position at the top. White shows great potential and hopefully can rise back up to where he was at the start of the season.
Second baseman Jose Altuve won Co-Player of the Week along side the Orioles’ Mark Trumbo. It was Jose Altuve’s performance in the series against the Detroit Tigers that led the Astros to their first series win this season. According to the Houston Chronicle, during the week of April 11-17, Altuve “hit .407 with eight runs scored, three doubles, three home runs, seven RBI, two stolen bases and a 1.336 OPS (.484 OBP/.852 SLG) in seven games against the Royals and Tigers.” If that doesn’t deserve the AL Player of the Week, I don’t know what does!
Finally, lets discuss the most recent winner, Outfielder Colby Rasmus. Currently, Rasmus leads the American league in home runs, is second in runs batted in, and hit a beautiful grand slam last week against Boston. In an interview with Brian McTaggart from MLB.com, Rasmus says, “It feels good putting the work in and trying to continue to stay up on what these pitchers are trying to do, and trying to help my team win ballgames and do good things…” and that he “feels blessed” to receive this honor.
Keep up the hard work boys, and the wins will surely come!
Allyson Poujol (Group Three)