MLB Odds News on Houston Astros’ Carlos Correa

Posted by Daniel Strum on October 7, 2015 in

Houston Astros shortstop Carlos Correa only came up from the minor leagues on June 7, but it seems to MLB betting fans like he’s been performing in Houston for longer than that. When he arrived, he went shopping for an apartment with a real estate agent, choosing one that had floor-to-ceiling windows and a clear view of Minute Maid Park. It’s a two-bedroom unit on the penthouse level that has an open floor plan. The only personal touches right now include a June 2015 Rookie of the Month trophy.

Taking a Look at the MLB Odds News on Houston Astros’ Carlos Correa

That is, until you walk into his closet. Then you’ll see just about every type of the Kanye West-designed Yeezy sneaker, all in size 13. He also has a ton of designer clothes and suits. When it’s a game day at home, he gets up at 11:00 and then goes to the ballpark in a white BMW M5, where he stays for up to 12 hours, and then he’s back home in bed by two. He does not go carousing – at least not yet.

The Astros took Correa with the #1 overall pick in the 2012 draft, a choice that shocked observers. Even with that doubt hanging over him, Houston’s front office predicted that after he came up in June, he would keep an average over .250 and hit at least eight home runs with ten steals to boot. It only took 34 games for Correa to hit eight home runs – and 57 games to steal his tenth base. His average at the end of the season was .279, with 22 home runs and 14 steals. His WAR (Wins Above Replacement) was an amazing 4.1 given the fact that only 19 position players have finished a season with a higher number at his age. On that list are 10 Hall of Famers and several others who are headed there (Ken Griffey Jr., A-Rod, Bryce Harper, Jason Heyward, Mike Trout and Manny Machado). The Astros GM, Mike Luhnow, says that Correa’s play fits in the 99th percentile of anticipated outcomes, and there’s reason to believe him.

For a 21 year old, though, Carlos Correa exhibits a discipline well above his years. Jose Altuve, the 2014 batting champion n the American League and a three-time All-Star in his own right, calls Correa the best player in the Astros’ clubhouse. He gets a lot of comparisons to A-Rod because of his height (6’4”) and skills, and to Derek Jeter because of his cool demeanor.

He really doesn’t fit, if you think about it. People who hit with that much power don’t usually play shortstop. Players who are 6’4” generally don’t play shortstop with as much skill as he does. He can gun the ball 97 mph over to first. He also shows poise beyond his years. The final analysis: next to Altuve, Correa has the Astros’ middle infield locked down for years to come.