Carlos Correa took another big step forward in his age-22 season, setting new career-highs in homers (24), batting average (.315), on-base percentage (.391) and slugging percentage (.550) while cutting his strikeout rate down to 19.1 percent. The counting stats could have been even better if he hadn't lost two months to a thumb injury suffered while he was sliding into home plate in early July. After returning in September, Correa hit just four homers in the final month of the season, but he swatted five in 18 postseason games while doing his part to help the Astros bring home a World Series title. After reaching double-digit stolen bases in each of his first two seasons with Houston, Correa had just two steals in 2017, which is a particularly surprising shift when you consider that he was 27-for-34 (79.4 percent) in his career prior to last season. With an excellent supporting cast returning around him in Houston, Correa could emerge as an MVP candidate with a completely healthy season in 2018.
Correa is out of the lineup Sunday against the Red Sox. The Astros are using Sunday as a chance to rest a handful of their regular starters, so Correa will get the day off. Marwin Gonzalez will start at shortstop in his place. Correa will carry a .315/.391/.550 line into Thursday's playoff game against Boston.
Correa went 4-for-4 with a double, a home run, a walk, three runs scored and three RBI in Thursday's 12-2 win over Boston. Correa has produced consecutive four-hit efforts while combining for three home runs and two doubles in those two games. It looks like the thumb injury Correa suffered earlier this season is fully behind him, which is great news both for the talented infielder with the playoffs approaching and for fantasy owners benefiting from his heroics down the stretch.
Correa went 4-for-5 with a double, two home runs and four RBI during Wednesday's win over Texas. While missing approximately a month and a half of the season due to a thumb injury definitely robbed Correa from a career-best showing, he's still posted an impressive fantasy campaign. He's now up to 23 homers, 81 RBI, 78 runs with a .308/.382/.539 slash line for the year and still has a few more games on the schedule to pad those statistics.
Correa went 3-for-3 with a walk, a double, three RBI and a run scored in Saturday's 6-2 win over the Angels. Correa's transition from a thumb injury hasn't gone as smoothly as he'd like, as he's .182 (12-for-66) in 17 games since the Astros activated him off the 10-day disabled list. He had missed so much time due to the injury, it's natural that it's taking Correa some time to get back to form. He squared up a couple of balls and received an intentional free pass Saturday, a good sign he's rounding into form for the postseason. Perhaps Friday's day off was just the ticket.
Correa is out of the lineup Friday against the Angels. Houston's star shortstop hasn't been himself at the plate lately. Over the last three games he's gone 0-for-10. He'll get his first day off since returning from the DL on Sept. 3 as Marwin Gonzalez moves in from the outfield to fill in for Correa.