Don’t look now, but the Houston Astros sit in first in the power-happy American League with nine home runs. Now obviously this is due in large part to the five they knocked out in their last game, but still, as it stands, the Astros are the most powerful team in the AL and second in the entire MLB.
This is obviously a welcome sign coming from a team that sought to fill the power-void over the off season. The other accompanying welcome sign is that the home runs are spread out. Whereas last year the gross majority of the home runs came from Chris Carter, Matt Dominguez and Jason Castro, this year sees the nine home runs divided between seven people.
Since we’re on the subject of promising signs that come with this new-found power, it does beg to be noted that one of the newest Astros, Jesus Guzman, has knocked out two of those while hovering at a respectable .250 average.
This isn’t to say that the Astros will run the table and dominate the league in power numbers because, obviously, that’s not a realistic expectation, but they’re clearly starting to reap some of the benefits of all the hard work they’ve put in toward fixing this team as soon as possible. While the only real power threat the Astros added was Guzman, it may be that some of their highly-touted prospects are starting to grow into some power.