There is much uncertainty when it comes to Carlos Correa and his future with the Houston Astros. But, whatever the future holds, Correa certainly left his mark with Astros fans in what could be his final regular season game with the franchise.
How Carlos Correa made Sunday memorable for Houston Astros fans
Correa, who is set to become a free agent at the end of the season, has made it clear he is open to returning to the Astros. However, there will be plenty of teams who will be interested in the 27-year-old shortstop, a dynamic player who has totaled 34.0 bWAR during his seven seasons in Houston.
The first overall draft pick in the 2012 Major League Baseball amateur draft, Correa entered Sunday’s regular-season finale at home against the Oakland A’s with 25 home runs and 91 RBI on the campaign. However, in his final at-bat of the game, Correa extended both of those numbers.
On a 2-1 pitch from Oakland reliever Domingo Acevedo, Correa took the pitch opposite way, just over the right field wall, to expand the Houston lead to 6-3.
Houston has already clinched the American League West and the second seed in the AL postseason. They will host the Chicago White Sox in Game 1 of the American League Division Series on Thursday, October 7 and play Game 2 in Houston the following day (all times are still to be determined). That means that, worst case, Correa would still have two games in front of the Astros faithful before he would potentially test the waters of free agency.
Correa has had plenty of moments to remember with the Houston Astros, including winning AL Rookie of the Year in 2015, a pair of All-Star Game appearances, and slashing .276/.300/.517 in 30 plate appearances during Houston’s World Series win over the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2017. With the postseason upcoming, Sunday’s home run was certainly by no means his last chance to have a highlight with the Astros.
However, if Correa and the team part ways in the offseason, Sunday’s blast was a good chance for Houston fans and the shortstop who has grown up in front of them to share one final cheer together.