So remember when George Springer was a struggling prospect, overmatched at the big league level? A hacker, basically.
Yeah, that's not so much the case anymore.
Springer exploded over the holiday weekend, homering four times in three games, delivering a perfect 4-for-4 line on Monday with five runs scored. In total, his three-day binge produced these stats: 7-for-13, 8 R, 4 HRs, 6 XBH, 10 RBIs.
Somewhere out there, I'm sure some fantasy manager is peeved that Springer hasn't attempted to swipe a bag since last week's hip flexor malfunction, because you guys never stop wanting things. But you'll just have to accept the power surge in lieu of steals.
Under normal circumstances, when a buzzy young player is on an unsustainable tear like this, we'd advise you to visit the trade market. Springer is still striking out in 31.6 percent of his plate appearances, after all. We're not talking about a flawless prospect.
However, when you take a look at Houston's upcoming opponents...
5/27 - at KC, Jeremy Guthrie
5/28 - at KC, Danny Duffy
5/29 - Bal, Ubaldo Jimenez
5/30 - Bal, Miguel Gonzalez
5/31 - Bal, Chris Tillman
6/1 - Bal, Wei-Yin Chen
6/3 - LAA, CJ Wilson
6/4 - LAA, Wade LeBlanc
6/5 - LAA, Garrett Richards
6/6 - at Min, Phil Hughes
6/7 - at Min, Kyle Gibson
6/8 - at Min, Samuel Deduno
...I think you'll conclude, as I have, that Springer's homer streak is gonna last at least 10 or 12 games — possibly longer, if he can get to Richards. Then maybe it goes 18 or 20. I'll have to run the simulations to be sure.
(No, that's a joke. But you're not scared off by that list of pitchers above, right? Surely not.)
I'm pretty much with Pianowski on the Springer plan moving forward: enjoy the ride. I'm not gonna be the expert who tells you it's time to deal.
In two of my leagues — including Yahoo! Friends & Family — the Springer owner actually vaulted into first place on Monday. If you made a similar leap, feel free to share details with the community in comments. And if you've been fielding offers for Springer, please give us the names.