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The Astros earned their 11th straight win Monday with a 7-3 victory over the Royals.
It seems as though a new Astros player steps up every day. This time, it was Brian McCann. Despite entering the game with just one hit in 19 at-bats since May 16, the veteran catcher went 2 for 4 with a home run, two RBIs, a double and three runs scored.
Game Youth Luke Joeckel Jersey Normally known as a pull hitter, Smoak has been working the ball to opposite field more often this season. His on-base percentage has jumped from .299 and .314, during his first two seasons with the Blue Jays, to a healthy .347 this year. Smoak’s slugging percentage, which reached a career-high in 2013 at .412, is now at .565.
Basically, he is doing everything right so far this season after struggling to make consistent contact with the ball during the first seven years of his MLB career.
Blues Jays fans likely thought the loss of Edwin Encarnacion would be a huge detriment to the lineup. But heading into Wednesday’s game, the new Indians slugger had just 10 home runs and 22 RBIs.
Smoak has not only been better than Encarnacion through the first two months-plus of the season, he is among the American League leaders in home runs and RBIs, and his 1.5 WAR is on pace to set a new career high.
Why: It’s difficult for managers to get in the Hall of Fame, with just 23 men enshrined as managers. For whatever reason, though, it’s been impossible thus far for coaches to get inducted, even if cases could be made for a variety of men from Mazzone and Sain to hitting guru Charlie Lau to Tony LaRussa’s longtime pitching coach, Dave Duncan.