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Astros welcome Colby Rasmus back, late season run?

The Return of Mr. Astros’ October with Colby Rasmus return.

Good morning Astros fans, the 2016 campaign is coming to a close with 30 regulation games remaining. Through approximately 81% of the season thus far, the Astros find themselves a 70-62 record. Last night, the Astros offense got a big boost with the return of a healthy Colby Rasmus to the lineup batting sixth. Brian McTaggart reported that he could return as soon as yesterday, but most people thought he would need a rehab assignment.

Rehab, who needs a rehab assignment. Rasmus did some workouts following surgery to remove a cyst from his ear and the Astros felt like he was ready. They could have sent him to play in the minor leagues for a few days, but they would have recalled him on Thursday anyway. Why waste the money on the travel expenses?

To gear up for the playoff race, the Astros felt that Rasmus had enough experience to know how to get back into game speed. Rasmus said before the game that it’s not the first time that he has returned from a DL stint without rehab. The Astros desperately needed a left-handed power stick with Luis Valbuena out for the season. A.J. Reed may be the future, but he’s not providing much power at the moment.

The Astros lineup has struggled at times with Valbuena and Rasmus’ absences. But, could Rasmus be the X-Factor for the stretch drive like he was last season? In 2015, Rasmus had a slash line of .289/ .385/ .614/ 1.000 with eight homers and 15 RBIs in September and October. Should he have this type of month this year, he could be the catalyst behind the Stros resurgence.

The return of the #ColbyJack

In last night’s game, Rasmus returned to the lineup sporting a fresh cut for the team pictures. While he was only 1-3 in his first game back, the one hit was a big time blast. After Evan Gattis had hit into a double play, Rasmus stepped up to the plate to send a trademark Colby Jack into the right field bleachers. If Rasmus could be the player he was down the stretch, the Astros offense gets suddenly better. With that homer, he ended a 0-23 slump.

While Rasmus’s return is good, it will have a domino effect on several other players. The most obvious could be Teoscar Hernandez and/or Jake Marisnick. While Marisnick looks to get the bulk of the starts in center field, Hernadez might find it hard to get playing time. Yulieski Gurriel could also be affected as he was last night when he rode the bench. Marwin Gonzalez will continue to play at first and around the diamond.

Let’s hope we see Rasmus shirtless with goggles on again this postseason. Rasmus played dizzy for a while early in the season with his ear issues, but he looked good to go in last night’s win. Hopefully, it’s the first of many.

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***Stats from Baseball-Reference***

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