Houston Astros: Carlos Correa rewrites the history books yet again

Houston Astros shortstop Carlos Correa (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
Houston Astros shortstop Carlos Correa (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images) /

Houston Astros shortstop Carlos Correa made history against the Oakland A’s last night and he called his father to tell him about it. What happened?

The Houston Astros fell short of putting together an amazing victory that seemed like a pound-for-pound heavyweight slugfest between them and the Oakland A’s.  It seemed as if it were a contest to see who would hit the most home runs possible and it certainly was a game that didn’t disappoint.

Aside from the atmosphere in the stadium, the game had all the fixings of a competitive postseason matchup sans the capacity-crowds that a matchup like that would entail.  Nope, we’re talking Oakland Coliseum where last night’s attendance rounded out to a modest 15,323 which is actually quite good for the A’s.

The stadium’s capacity could be expanded to up to 60,000 so the fact that is all they drew certainly is a sign of the times and what probably a new baseball stadium will fix.  I’m positive that is in the works but it remains to be seen when the A’s will get some well-deserved new digs.

But nonetheless, there was a ton of magic that happened in the stadium including the Houston Astros being part of Coliseum history.  For the first time ever, there were 10 combined home runs between both teams last night.  You would think the number would be a lot higher considering teams the A’s fielded in the late 80s — including the World Series win in 1989 — but yet history was made in 2019.

What a game…

And speaking of history, shortstop Carlos Correa made some of his own last night.  At 24 years and 327 days old, Correa is the youngest player in franchise history to reach 100 home runs in their career.

No other Houston Astros player comes close to that notion — Cesar Cedeno (65), Alex Bregman

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(58) and Jimmy Wynn (49) are behind Correa in terms of the runs that they smacked early in their careers.

That’s quite impressive but it’s no surprise that he’s putting up such great numbers.  It’s clearly obvious that he’s put his mysterious rib injury behind him and he’s ready to do everything he can to help this team win another World Series title.

Correa called his Dad to tell him about as well.

I remember the pitch as well — Mike Fiers was trying to work Correa down but had been unsuccessful as the count was already down 3-1.  Fiers kept going to his two-seamer and it wasn’t yielding great results.  The fifth pitch yielded a homer that looked like it was headed into San Francisco Bay!  It ended up being 417 feet total with a new title added to Correa in the history books.

Correa had 24 homers in 2017 but at this pace, he’s definitely breaking that record.  But the bigger story is him hitting the century mark so early in his career.

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I’m just thrilled that he’s feeling loose and confident out there and this lineup teeters along the lines of invincible, especially when his bat is hot.

This is so awesome — go Houston Astros!

Correa’s slash line is currently .290/.366/.579 along with 19 homers and 55 RBIs through 295 plate appearances in 68 games this season.