The Houston Astros pummeled the Cleveland Indians 11-2 last night after top-shelf, talented starter Corey Kluber exited the game. With team in a rut at times on offense, they came through and Carlos Correa made some history. What happened?
Although the Houston Astros struggled a bit out of the gate this season, they’re starting to pull away in the AL West standings, with last night’s 11-2 win over Cleveland Indians being their fifth consecutive.
As it stands, the Houston Astros are 34-18, a full three games ahead of the 30-20 Seattle Mariners and 5.5 games ahead of the Los Angeles Angels. I’m sure us fans wondered if this was going to be a dogfight at the end of the season — and could still be — with all signs are pointing to this team going on a nice stretch littered with W’s to take this division over once and for good.
Part of the team success as of late is one of shortstop Carlos Correa. He’s one of the best all-around players of this generation but there’s always something in one’s tool set that can be improved.
Apparently the Houston Astros felt that he could improve on his defense. That’s certainly the case for this season as Correa just finished up his 60th consecutive game without a fielding error which
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is a marvel within itself.
The last time he committed an error was Sep. 19, 2017, a late-season game — to which he surprisingly committed in a meaningless game — which is a hell of a streak to boast about. But there’s no boasting with Correa, he just goes out and does his job, day in and out.
This would certainly allude to the fact that Correa has not committed an error this season.
According to Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle, it’s the work he did with incoming bench coach Joe Espada as well as first-base coach Alex Cintron during Spring Training that helped put his relentless streak of defense out on front street.
Correa worked on his quickness with balls in play as well as being able to read his opponents swings in a more improved manner. His positioning was everything and this is certainly he has paid close attention to this season as well.
In contrast, Correa had nine errors last season, 14 in 2016 and 13 in 2015, his rookie season. He has seen continuous improvement each season that he has donned a Houston Astros uniform and that’s certainly something to be proud of.
Will this streak continue through the rest of the season? Likely not but I could see it lasting a long time to where he will hold this record for eons.
Correa’s commitment to excellence is second to none and it’s why he’s so valuable to this team, especially one that is trying to defend its first World Series title.
Keep chugging along Carlos!
The Astros take on the Indians at Progressive Field tonight at 6:15 p.m. CDT. The game will be televised on AT&T SportsNet Southwest and broadcast on SportsTalk 790 AM/La Ranchera 850 AM in Spanish.