It sounds kind of silly, but the Houston Astros should actually be concerned over their current burst in home runs. Even manager Bo Porter has expressed his leeriness over the Astros seemingly only being able to score via the long ball. The Astros are sixth in the league in home runs yet fourth from the bottom in runs scored. That’s all the proof needed to show that the Astros really have trouble sustaining rallies.
Last year the Astros had a considerable power void. So while it is a good sign that they have filled that void, it’s just as concerning that aside from the round-tripper, they can’t score.
Last night against the Kansas City Royals, the Astros managed to score four runs off two two run homers. In the series closer against the Toronto Blue Jays they scored six runs, five of which came from home runs. In between those games they had two 1-0 losses to the Texas Rangers.
With a team batting average of .189 that ranks dead last by about 30 points, Porter is finally showing concern over the offensive woes as he wasted no time calling up George Springer. But with virtual black holes still in the lineup like Chris Carter, sustaining a rally is still going to be incredibly difficult. Matt Dominguez and Marc Krauss aren’t contributing either. Basically, aside from the first four hitters in the order, the Astros have zero offensive tools.
Changes have to be made. It’s debatable if the Astros can sustain this power surge, and even if they can, they have to find other ways to push across runs.