Monday night, Mauricio Dubón essentially vaulted the Houston Astros to victory over the San Francisco Giants. He was a part of the first four runs scored by Houston en route to a 7-3 victory over his former ball club. He made a slight adjustment in his swing with help from Yordan Alvarez, and now, it appears that Mauricio Dubón is the best hitter in all of baseball.
Dubón is hitting .317 and has an OPS of .746, so not the most abnormal numbers, or ones you see from the best hitter in baseball. He was however thrust into the every day starting lineup due to Jose Altuve’s injury in the World Baseball Classic. Most Astros fans groaned at the idea of watching Dubón in the lineup every single day, and now, we are all wondering how many clutch hits he’ll have on a game to game basis.
The Astros have been the kings of depth in recent seasons during the Golden Age, and somehow they’ve turned yet another castaway hitter into one of the best in the league. Dubón’s numbers won’t jump off the page, but the way he stepped into the leadoff spot in this lineup will.
Now Astros fans are asking how will the team be able to keep him in the lineup as Altuve and Michael Brantley come back from injuries. These are good problems to have as the best team in baseball for the last six seasons gets even better and deeper.
I’m not entirely sure where Dubón will end up hitting in the lineup, but I would expect him to be playing four or five times a week once everyone is back from injuries. The rich get richer and it appears that Mauricio Dubón is the best hitter in all of baseball.