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Astros: Is it Jake Marisnick Time?

Will Jake Marisnick be getting more playing time for the Astros?

The Houston Astros are entering into the closing end of a season. They are trying to beat out the Texas Rangers for the division title in hopes of a playoff appearance. The problem for Houston is their lack of hitting at the moment. Injuries to Luis Valbuena and Marwin Gonzalez certainly hurt the lineup, and Alex Bregman‘s slow start is alarming, but the biggest hole in this lineup has been from the center field position. Brian McTaggart highlighted the struggling offensive woes as a whole.

The solution to the center field position could already be on the roster. A fourth outfielder who plays every play like it is his last and fans throughout the team and city feel the same; Jake Marisnick. Marisnick has always been known for his defensive wonders in the outfield, so much so that if he started a full season, he would most likely earn himself a Gold Glove with plays like this:

 

His bat, or lack there of one, has held him from being an everyday starting center fielder in the majors. The bat has heated up as of late, while Rasmus and Gomez’s have cooled, creating a chance for Marisnick to get some more every day at bats.

Colby Rasmus started the season off as one of the best hitters in Houston, even winning player of the week. Since then, he began to slump to the tune of a .038 average since the all star break and is 3-63 for his last 63 at bats. Of those three hits, two were home runs. Carlos Gomez has been atrocious since his three-week span of consistent hitting following his stint on the DL. He is hitting to the tune of a .188 Avg since the All-Star break. In this same time frame, Marisnick is hitting .341 with five doubles. The only hitter on the team better than Marisnick in that time: Jose Altuve.

Should Marisnick play more often?

With that being said, why not play Jake every day? His defense has always been top notch. His energy seems to lift up the players around him on defense or on the basepaths and all he is finally hitting like we all envisioned three years ago when he was traded for in the Jared Cosart trade. Marisnick helped defeat the Texas Rangers last night with a 1-3 showing that was really 2-4, but he got on base due to a throwing error forced on by his speed.

His single in the third inning sparked a four-run inning and the only runs of the game. As we look towards the future and improvement, it is safe to say Jake has earned a chance to show us if he has indeed improved his swing and can be a consistent hitter. If he can just hit above .250, look out. Landan Kuhlmann and I spoke about Marisnick’s recent surge the other night. Astros talk starts at the 49-minute mark.

Julia Morales reported that Jake and his four-game hitting streak will start in tonight’s game versus Lucas Harrell and the Texas Rangers. Let’s see if he can continue his hitting hot streak.

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