Houston Astros: Hottest Team in MLB?
The Houston Astros have won seven of their last eight games and are the hottest team in the major leagues. After their victory over the Baltimore Orioles on Wednesday, the future is very bright for the franchise. The Astros offense has scored 45 runs in their last 10 games while only giving up 31 runs.
Second baseman Jose Altuve has lead the Astros with a .295 batting average with 67 hits and has become a clutch hitter since the All Star break. Left fielder Chris Carter has racked up 32 runs batted in and has helped the Astros become one of the hottest teams in the nation offensively.
On the defensive side of the ball, right-handed pitcher Bud Norris leads the team with 44 strikeouts and five wins and has anchored the pitching staff for the Astros during the 2013 season. Norris also leads the Astros with a 3.39 earned run average this year.
Center fielder Brandon Barnes leads the team with a 1.000 fielding percentage through 44 played games and has been a big factor in keeping the Astros in games defensively. Altuve also boasts an impressive .989 fielding average and has helped turn 50 double plays this year.
The Astros still have a long way to go in becoming a contender in the American League West division, but they are making huge strides in the right direction recently. With an improving base of players already on the team, some impressive minor league prospects and a chance at landing a few big time draft picks this year, the Astros are in good position to finally move out of the cellar of their division and possibly make a run at the playoffs next year.