Straw went 2-for-3 with a walk, two RBI and a run scored in Friday's 10-4 win over the Rangers. Straw was part of a rare uprising from the bottom of the order. The normally anemic trio of Kyle Tucker, Straw and Martin Maldonado were a combined 6-for-10 with seven RBI and four runs scored. Straw has hit safely in three of the last four games, going 5-for-15 during that stretch to raise his season average to .220.
Straw isn't starting Wednesday's game against the Angels, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports. Straw had gone 2-for-19 with a double, two RBI, three walks and four strikeouts in his last six games. Chas McCormick will take over in center field and bat eighth.
Straw went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI in Monday's 5-4 loss to the Angels. On a night when the Astros had issues delivering men in scoring position, they got rare production from a member of the lower third of the order. Straw, who entered the game with one hit and zero RBI over his last 15 at-bats, delivered an RBI single in the second inning and an RBI double in the fifth. Straw was never meant to be a true replacement for George Springer in center field, but the Astros surely hoped for something more than his current .214/.302/.268 slash line. Houston ranks 29th in MLB with a .541 OPS from its center fielders.
Straw went 2-for-2 with a walk, a stolen base and an RBI in Wednesday's 7-5 win over the Mariners. Straw reached base all four times he stepped up to the plate in Wednesday's come-from-behind win. He singled home a run in the second to give the Astros a 2-0 lead and followed that up with another single, a hit by pitch and a stolen base, and then a walk in the eighth. Straw is now tied for fourth in baseball with five steals, though he's slashing a mere .228/.303/.278 with nine RBI, nine runs scored and an 8:16 BB:K. The 26-year-old doesn't possess much power, so he'll need to do a better job of getting on base while remaining active on the basepaths to maintain fantasy relevance.
Straw batted leadoff and went 0-for-3 with a walk in Sunday's 4-2 loss to the Angels. Straw stepped in at leadoff while Carlos Correa was rested for the first time this season. The leadoff spot has been a rotation since Jose Altuve was placed on the COVID-19 protocols list. With Altuve set to return Monday, Straw should return to his normal eight-hole in the order.