Houston Astros Target three players to strengthen performance

To be competitive in 2024, the Astros need three players to get better.

The 2024 MLB season is halfway through, and many surprise teams have already emerged, with some having had unimpressive debuts.

The Houston Astros, who are now 12-22 and in fourth place in the American League West, are the team with the worst start. The players need to get things together fast if they want to compete, having spent the better part of the previous ten years as royalty in the AL West.

For the Astros to have a chance to improve in 2024, these three players must perform well.

Josh Hader is a reliever.

2024 statistics: 24 strikeouts in 14.2 innings pitched, 6.14 ERA, 1.43 WHIP, and 1-3.

Hader, the Astros’ highly sought-after offseason acquisition, is off to a rough start in 2024.

Before becoming a free agent this past winter, the 30-year-old left-hander with the Milwaukee Brewers and San Diego Padres was named to five NL All-Star teams. He signed a five-year, $95 million contract with the Astros.
Hader has given up 10 earned runs in 14.2 innings pitched, giving him a 6.14 ERA and allowing opponents to bat.255 against him in contrast to his lifetime average.160 against the batting average.

Hader gave up three home runs in 56.1 innings of play the previous season; in his 15 appearances this season, he has already given up two.
Hader has not been the team’s rock at the conclusion of games, which has allowed opponents to take games from the struggling Astros, even if the team’s problems are not all his fault.

At $19 million a season, he is the second-highest paid bullpen pitcher in Major League Baseball, therefore the Astros cannot afford for him to perform mediocrely.
Third baseman Alex Bregman.

2024 stats: 31 games played,.202/.284/.269, 1 home run, and 11 RBI

Bregman, who finished second in the 2019 AL MVP race, has not been able to duplicate his 41 home runs and 112 RBI from that season.

following up two strong seasons in which he averaged 24 home runs and 96 RBI with the bat.In 2024, Bregman has been having trouble at the plate (261).

With just six extra-base hits and eleven RBI, he is currently slashing.202/.284/.269 for a failing Astros squad that is in dire need of productivity.

Nor is his Baseball Savant page particularly uplifting.
The 30-year-old, who is in the final year of his contract, is having his worst season as an Astro, so he needs to improve quickly before he can enter free agency.

Player Chas McCormick

2024 stats: in 21 games played,.236/.325/.278 with three extra-base hits and eight RBI

a breakout player for the Astros in 2023, slashing.273/.353/.489 with 22 home runs, 70 RBI, and  stealing 20 bases, McCormick has looked like a totally different player in 2024.

The 29-year-old has only mustered three extra-base hits and eight RBI in 21 games for the Astros this season, with zero home homers.

The Astros’ at-bat problems are exacerbated by the fact that McCormick’s Baseball Savant page appears worse than Bregman’s outside of his strikeout percentage.

In addition to missing time this season due to right hamstring strain, his strong defense has suffered. In the previous season, his range value was in the 87th percentile; by 2024, it had fallen to the 76th percentile.

McCormick will try to turn things around as the Astros attempt to recover from a bad start, with plenty of time to go on a run.

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