Despite moves in the MLB 2022 trade deadline to boost the roster, no action has been taken to address the problem in the center field.
That’s why the calls for more playtime for Chas McCormick have increased. Especially as he blossomed into a dependable piece of the American Western League leaders.
McCormick helped underpin the Astros’ recent racing victories and his slasher streak in the .236/.325/.425 season was much better than that of struggling Mayer. One just needs to look forward to Thursday night’s win as McCormick went 3-for-5 with a home run and three from the RBI.
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However, Houston’s penchant for continuing to believe in the “Regulars” means McCormick will likely be relegated to the fourth player role when Kyle Tucker returns. Trey Mancini’s addition only reinforces the assumption.
However, Meyer’s struggles have left a glaring hole in the Astros’ lineup despite having the potential solution in McCormick staring them straight in the face. Meyer OPS+ of 66 devastatingly hampers the lineup. McCormick’s 113 OPS+ is not only above average for all MLB, but well ahead of his center stack. The choice seems simple.
If Houston wants to compete seriously and make the push in late October, they will need to improve their lineup by putting players in positions for success regardless of status and duration. McCormick is the obvious choice on center field for the remainder of the season, regardless of his condition for next year.
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