Prior to the Houston Astros’ ten game road trip, they split a four-game series with the Boston Red Sox, who at the time had the best record in baseball and split a short two game series with the Seattle Mariners, who at the time were a game ahead of the Astros in the division. Since that rocky homestand, the Astros have been undefeated.
The first stop on the road trip was Arlington, Texas where the Astros played the Texas Rangers in a four-game series. In those four games against the Rangers, the Astros scored 24 runs. For a short time, Astros fans might have been worried that the offense was not clicking since Carlos Correa and Jose Altuve have been have not have as productive years as last season, but that all changed on this road trip.
During that series against the Rangers, Altuve hit an astonishing .500 (8-16) and raised his batting average from .332 to .342. During that series, the Astros were missing their All-Star shortstop, Carlos Correa to an injury. Prior to that injury, Correa had been struggling at the plate and not producing like he did last year.
Since returning to the lineup from the injury, Correa has been on an absolute tear. Correa has hit .360 and drilled three home runs since retuning from the lineup on June 12. Correa has also driven in eight runs in that time span as well. With Correa starting to heat up and look like the Carlos Correa from last season, expect this winning streak to go on a little bit longer.
After sweeping the Rangers, the Astros went on to sweep the Oakland Athletics in a three-game series. In that series, Yuli Gurriel turned out to be the hero as he went 6-15 including two extra base hits. Gurriel also drove in four runs in that series to become a growing threat in this Astros lineup. Gurriel is hitting .358 so far in the month of June including 12 RBIs.
The Astros wrapped up the ten-game road trip with a series against the Kansas City Royals. The hero of this series turned out to be Evan Gattis. In game one he blasted a grand slam and scored twice. He went 5-12 in the series and drove in five. Gattis has been known for his power but has never been able to hit for average in his career. He has seven home runs so far in the month of June and can prove to be a power threat once again towards the bottom part of this Astros lineup.
The Astros are now a game and a half ahead of the Seattle Mariners in the AL West. They look to continue their eleven game winning streak as they head home for a series against the Tampa Bay Rays.