Grantland's Jonah Keri has his weekly baseball rankings and the Texas Rangers remain at the bottom at No. 30. There are some interesting things Jonah has to say about the Houston Astros, who took two-of-three from the Rangers over the weekend in Houston:
Though it hasn’t shown in the wins column, the Astros have started to assemble an intriguing collection of position player talent. Second baseman Jose Altuve, a 24-year-old with two All-Star berths already to his name and a possible batting title in his sights, is a franchise player. Outfielder George Springer and DH Chris Carter have developed into one of the most potent power duos in the league, mashing a combined 45 homers, albeit with injury issues for Springer and far too many whiffs for both players. Carlos Correa is out for the year after fracturing his fibula but remains one of the most highly regarded prospects in the minors. And while Jon Singleton is batting below the Mendoza Line in his rookie season, Houston hopes he’ll also become a significant power source and a fixture in the everyday lineup.
Rangers manager Ron Washington was raving about Altuve and his efforts this season.
As for the Rangers, they take on the Tampa Bay Rays in a four-game set at Globe Life Park starting tonight.