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Karablog: Astros bats that are making a difference

Marwin Gonzalez came out of a midseason slump to become one of the Astros' top hitters in August. Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images

I cannot tell you how close I came to dropping Houston Astros utility option Marwin Gonzalez in the weekly office league in which I seem to be a long shot to win, as the power categories seem to be key and Gonzalez, through four months, was not helping much in that respect. As one relief pitcher after another on my squad got hurt, traded to become a setup man (miss you, Fernando Rodney) or simply became ineffective (thanks but no thanks, Seranthony Dominguez), I chased saves but lacked the roster spots to acquire them. I held on to Gonzalez, perhaps against conventional thinking because I could plug him into three infield positions and the outfield whenever necessary, which is valuable in a deep league, and we saw how he hit last season.

Gonzalez certainly was not endearing himself to fantasy managers when he entered August hitting .228 with six home runs, but if you were patient or perhaps simply not paying attention, well,