Rodriguez is showing total command of the strike zone, and throwing his changeup more. He has cut down on his walks per 9 innings, which has led to a decrease in his fly ball %. The Astros are starting to score runs, leading to a 3 start win streak for Rodriguez. He’s pitching in a weak division and should maintain a low ERA/WHIP to go along with a decent amount of wins.
Ruiz is smoking hot at the plate possessing an 8 game hitting streak. The power numbers have been there as well (3 doubles/3HR/14RBI). His saber metrics are in line with his career statistics, so ride out this hot streak while you can.
The former 2nd overall pick in the 2008 Draft is one of the hottest hitters in baseball. In the midst of a 7 game hitting streak, Alvarez has assembled 5 multi hit games. He’s amassed 8 runs/ 9RBI’s/3 doubles and has 3 homers in his last 5 games. His BABIP is a modest .286 and he’s hitting the ball all over the field. His GB% is the lowest it has ever been, which could be a sign the power is going to continue.
Former closer Carlos Marmol has been removed and Dolis is reportedly the prime candidate to fill the role. He picked up his 2nd save of the season Friday night in an effortless inning of work.
Keep an eye on Cody Ransom. Manager Kirk Gibson told reporters “he’s going to be playing more than he normally would due to the hot start”. He is just one injury away from seeing starters playing time and carries a SS designation. He is not lineup worthy right now, but deserves a spot on your watch list. In 29 AB’s he’s hitting .345AVG/1200 OPS/5 runs/3 doubles/3 HR/10RBI.
If you are in need of power and RBI’s Scott is your man. He is the classic platoon player because of his struggles versus lefties. However he is killing right handed pitchers and hits in a good lineup. If you have an extra spot on your bench you can’t go wrong with Scott and playing the matchups.