Nobody expected the Houston Astros to do much this year, but everyone expected to see improvements, especially given the new wave of talent that was supposed to be hitting the majors, combined with the established players they already had. After a semi-rough start, the Astros have raked in three consecutive wins.
The Astros are continuously putting up nine or more hits a game, and their offense is steadily moving up the team batting average boards. Where they once hit .189, now they hit .233, and are continuing to improve. The pitching rotation for the Astros has been a rock lately, and Dallas Keuchel has been the foundation. But that has been pretty well established all season. It’s the offense that’s finally coming to terms with its full potential.
In fact, in the month of May, the Astros team batting average is a stern .273, good for sixth in the league. They’re eighth in runs scored as well with 78. They’re still clobbering home runs, as they’ve hit 19 in May, good for seventh in the league. Speed continues to be the biggest asset of the Astros, however, as they’ve swiped 17 bags in May, good for second in the league while maintaining fourth overall in stolen bases on the season.
It’s so exciting to see the Astros excelling. Guys like Jose Altuve and Matt Dominguez are really exceeding all possible expectations, while George Springer is starting to live up to his. It’s only a matter of time before this becomes consistency and not an aberration.