Sunday, in his first game back after missing two because of an injury, Jake Marisnick (quad) was on fire. He went 2-for-4 with a home run, two RBIs, two stolen bases, and three runs scored. He returned to the Astros’ lineup in time to help his team complete their first sweep ever against the Oakland A’s.
Marisnick had sat out Friday and Saturday due to soreness in his right quad. Astros manager A.J. Hinch had planned to sit Marisnick down on Saturday anyway, so he only really missed one game.
Marisnick is now batting .364/.408/.591 with two home runs and six stolen bases in 15 games this season for the Astros, who acquired him from Miami with RHP Francis Martes, IF Colin Moran and a draft pick in exchange for RHP Jarred Cosart, IF/OF Kiké Hernández and OF Austin Wates, in July of last year. In retrospect, it looks like the Astros got the better deal.
The Astros have control over Marisnick, who is not a free agent until 2021, who is arbitration eligible in 2018. When the time comes the Astros may want to consider sign him to a multi-year deal because with Marisnick in the lineup, it’s going to change the landscape of the American League West Division with the Astros’ eyes set on the penthouse.
Astros 411 take: Prior to the season opener, we were very high on Marisnick. Our take is that he is an “everyday center fielder.” Marisnick has batted ninth in every game he played this season, but now that the first month of the season is almost in the books, it’s time for the Astros to consider moving him up in the lineup and get him signed to an extension.