Astros Beat Athletics Thanks to Two Home Runs by Carlos Correa
The Houston Astros are threatening to run away and hide from the rest of the American League West. Through games of June 29th, the Astros (54-26) led the second place Los Angeles Angels (42-41) by 13 1/2 games. One of the big contributors to Houston’s success has been shortstop Carlos Correa. The 22 year old Correa hit a pair of home runs and drove in four runs in the Astros’ 6-1 victory over the Oakland Athletics in Houston on June 29th.
After a slow start to the season (he was hitting just .196 on April 22nd) Correa is hitting .309 with 16 homers and 53 RBIs as the Astros head into a weekend series at home against the New York Yankees. Correa is in his third big league season; last year he hit 20 homers and drove in 96 while hitting .274, and is on pace to exceed those numbers this year.
After the Yankees series, the Astros take to the road with a two game set in Atlanta and four games in Toronto before the All Star Break. After the break they will then have six games at home before a nine game road trip to Baltimore, Philadelphia, and Detroit. The Astros are probably looking forward to life on the road; Houston has a record of 29-9 away from home.