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Houston Astros rookie hits sixth home run in as many games

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The Houston Astros may have been the worst team in baseball last year, but in George Springer they have one of the sports best young talents.

Springer, has taken baseball by storm in the last week, hitting six home runs in six games, the last of which came last night against the Kansas City Royals, breaking the Astros record for most home runs in a month by a rookie.

This year hasn't all been plain sailing for the 24-year-old. He was called up to bring a desperately needed spark to a struggling offense but in the first couple of weeks in the 'Big Leagues', he mustered just a .477 ops (on base and slugging percentage combined) and struck out 25 times in his first 68 at bats.

He soon put his slump behind him, though. Last night's home run was his ninth of the young season, and he currently leads all of baseball in home runs, RBIs and OPS for the month.

For the year, Springer is averaging .269 with 27 RBIs in just 37 games to go along with his nine home runs, the most for a rookie in the month of May since Mark McGwire hit 15 in 1987.

He is also the favourite to win the American League Rookie of the Year thanks to this month's exploits. There is however, a long way to go in the season but barring a catastrophic slump or a long-term injury there is no reason that he can't continue this form and become the Astros' star man.

The only issue to date is his fielding. He has already picked up six errors in his first 36 games. However, Springer is a risk the Astros have to take if they want to avoid losing 106 games or more for the fourth season in a row.

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