Houston just made a huge addition for the stretch run, activating outfielder George Springer from the disabled list after he missed two months with a fractured wrist.
Springer has played 159 career games since being called up in mid-April of last year, hitting a combined .247 with 33 homers, 81 walks, 19 steals, and an .813 OPS. He strikes out a ton, but few players can match his mix of power, speed, and plate discipline.
Springer figures to play right field nearly every day, with Carlos Gomez in center field and Colby Rasmus, Preston Tucker, or Jake Marisnick in left field. Houston is in first place at 73-61, holding a two-game lead over Texas in the AL West.
Rays right-hander Chris Archer dominated the Astros tonight, allowing just one hit in a 1-0 victory at Minute Maid Park in Houston.
Archer struck out 11 batters and walked just one in the victory. The only hit was a fifth-inning single by Colby Rasmus. Archer needed only 98 pitches to go the distance, so this qualifies as a “Maddux.” For those not familiar, a “Maddux” is a shutout thrown with fewer than 100 pitches.
The only offense of the night came on a Desmond Jennings RBI single off Collin McHugh in the fourth inning. However, it was enough with Archer dealing.
This was Archer’s third career shutout and his first since 2013. The 26-year-old right-hander owns a 2.77 ERA and 205/42 K/BB ratio in 169 innings across 26 starts this season.
Today Michael Baumann of Grantland takes an enjoyable look at Evan Gattis. Specifically, at the weirdest thing about his 2015 season. He’s a triples machine:
So it’s become a source of great joy that on a team with quite a few guys who can both hit and run — Carlos Correa, Jose Altuve, Carlos Gomez, Colby Rasmus, and the now-injured George Springer — Gattis leads the Astros in triples, with nine. In fact, he has more triples than the rest of the Astros combined. He’s tied for the second-most triples in baseball.
Along the way Baumann ranks Gattis’ nine triples and says an awful lot of funny things about Gattis. Such as the fact that “He has a beard not because it’s cool, but because men like him have beards the way most of us have a liver or kidneys — as a necessary life function.”