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Astros Now Have Six .300 Hitters, Thanks to Yuli

July 22, 2017

Yulie Gurriel got his lucky head of hair massaged again last night in Baltimore.

 

Yuli Gurriel’s big 4 for 5 game in last night’s 8-7 Friday opener win over the Orioles in Baltimore finally has pushed the Astros into having six legitimate .300 plus hitters on their roster for the first in history at this point in any previous MLB baseball season. Unfortunately, Correa (.320) is now on the long-term DL with hand ligament surgery and Gonzalez (.311) still lacks the “AB” totals he needs to be ranked. Otherwise, the Astros could have had six .300 hitters, all ranked among the Top 18 in the American League, all starting at the same time.

AMERICAN LEAGUE BATTING AVERAGE LEADERS

THROUGH GAMES OF FRIDAY, JULY 21, 2017

RANK PLAYER TEAM AB H 2B 3B HR BA
1 JOSE ALTUVE HOU 364 128 27 2 14 .352
2 JEAN SEGURA SEA 290 98 18 0 6 .338
3 JOSE RAMERIZ CLE 356 116 30 5 17 .326
4 CARLOS CORREA HOU 325 104 18 1 20 .320
5 BEN GAMEL SEA 288 92 18 2 5 .319
6 ERIC HOSMER KC 362 114 20 1 14 .315
7 COREY DICKERSON TB 372 117 27 3 18 .315
8 AARON JUDGE NYY 332 104 13 3 31 .313
9 AVISAIL GARCIA CWS 323 101 17 3 13 .313
10 t DUSTIN PEDROIA BOS 315 98 16 0 6 .311
10 t GEORGE SPRINGER HOU 360 112 22 0 27 .311
NR * MARWIN GONZALEZ HOU 251 78 15 0 17 .311
14 JOSH REDDICK HOU 290 88 22 3 9 .303
18 YULI GURRIEL HOU 320 96 27 0 12 .300
   

* GONZALEZ NEEDS MORE “AB”S TO QUALIFY FOR RANKING.

Last night was the first time I’ve noticed Yuli Gurriel wearing glasses during a game and, if anything was said about it, I didn’t hear. All I know is what I see and hear. And what I’ve been seeing in Gurriel is a guy who studies the pitchers as closely as they seem to study him. Rarely does a pitcher get Gurriel to make the same mistake twice in the same game – and never, in my observations of him, twice in the same time at bat. And he can hit with power – or spray the ball to any part of the field the defense is leaving open. What a cool guy to have in the lineup – at any place in the lineup. He, nor can anyone else, can really make up for the absence of Carlos Correa in our game, but he is sure helping to make the pain of that more bearable.

With the collapse of the pen in the 9th, Yuli Gurriel is one of five names that jump to mind as last night’s saviors of a game our beleaguered relief staff almost gave away at the very end. The first, of course, was Mike Fiers, whose 1 run allowed over 7 innings was the flat-out welcomed rarity of “good pitching gone deep.” The next was Yuli Gurriel, who also kicked in an early HR and 2 RBI as big payoffs from his 4 hits – and then rookie call up Colin Moran, whose triple and 8th inning HR accounted for 2 RBI – and Brian McCann, whose 6th inning solo shot proved itself as yet another measurable difference maker in the end.  – And finally, thank you, Ben Giles, for throwing that punch-out dagger with two already down in the 9th. The sigh of relief you brought to us last night was wonderful.

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Bill McCurdy

Principal Writer, Editor, Publisher

The Pecan Park Eagle