Houston Astros: Expect a gradual rise to normalcy with Yordan Alvarez

Houston Astros designated hitter Yordan Alvarez has been clear to return back to the club making his insertion into the lineup imminent. What to expect?

The Houston Astros have navigated their way to an 8-10 record and a third-place hold in the AL West standings.  Considering all that they’ve gone through, they’re still hanging on — hopefully not be a thread — to try to make the most of their 2020 campaign.

This said campaign has been beset by an immense amount of injuries to the pitching staff, anemic offense at times and their fight to prove to the sports world that they’re legitimately talented enough to be associated with the word “contender.”

Jose Altuve, Alex Bregman, George Springer, Carlos Correa, Michael Brantley and more will be the key components of ensuring that this team remains whole as well as the rest of the supporting cast.

As we expected, it would’ve been worse if fans were allowed in ballparks, is the elevated amount animosity toward the Houston Astros since the bombshell of a story dropped early this year about their sign-stealing scheme that occurred during the season of their lone World Series championship back in 2017.

It has caused a myriad of fines, suspensions and two notable bench-clearing incidents against the Los Angeles Dodgers; to which most recently, the Oakland Athletics.

Sadly, there will be more of these incidents and it will be a matter of how this team responds to the vitriol that has been expectorated toward them because of that happening.  But I think they can overcome it and make the most of this season.

What’s going to help?  The Houston Astros have announced that Yordan Alvarez has been

removed from the injury list and is clear to return back to the team, likely meaning that his insertion into the lineup is imminent.

Although this offense has been potent enough, they could certainly use a guy like Air Yordan coming back into the fold.

There are times when things go stale for the Houston Astros and if there’s a guy like him that can consistently pop dingers into the bleachers, this team’s success will flourish and there will be a sense of normalcy once again.

The reigning AL Rookie of the Year is likely going to be a bit rusty out of the gate while he gets his swing back against competition outside of his teammates but I think because of his age and innate talent, he’ll be back there before you know it.

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It’s just great to hear that he’s back in the lineup and I can honestly start humming the tune to Mark Morrison’s highly-successful track “Return of the Mack,” expect it would more of like a “Return of the Jack,” which is what he’s going to do with baseballs once he really starts feeling it.  It isn’t easy to pop 27 homers in the short timeframe that he did so last season so take that as food for thought.

I’m hoping for the best and I can’t wait to see him out there — let’s go Houston Astros!