5 Takeaways from Houston Astros' Current Winning Streak

5 Takeaways from the Astros' Current Winning Streak

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The Houston Astros are playing their best baseball in recent memory. They’re on their longest winning streak since 2010, and after three straight 100-loss seasons, this is incredibly refreshing. But it’s not just that they’re winning, it’s how they’re doing it. Confidence is overflowing in Houston, and here are five of the reasons why.

5. Astros Have a Pitching Surplus

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5. Astros Have a Pitching Surplus

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The Astros were holding auditions for the final rotation spot, and in no way is that audition closed. Both Brett Oberholtzer and Brad Peacock have proven they deserve it, so now the problem becomes that the Astros simply have too much starting pitching. What a nice problem to have.

4. The Bullpen Can Hold Wins

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4. The Bullpen Can Hold Wins

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The Astros' bullpen has a 1.05 ERA thus far into the win streak. Josh Fields looks like a new man and Chad Qualls looks dominant no matter who he faces. There is no sign more welcome than a reliable bullpen for Astros fans, who have to have last year’s horrendous bullpen still in their minds.

3. This Offense is Potent

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3. This Offense is Potent

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The Astros are putting up around five runs a game through the winning streak. Most importantly, it’s coming in clutch situations, especially in the last two games. The lineup is really starting to come together and pick each other up.

2. George Springer

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2. George Springer

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Seven home runs in eight games is a pretty astounding feat, but what’s more astounding is how quickly Springer turned around his April woes. To be able to adjust that quickly is proof of advanced maturity as a hitter and a fantastic sign of what he can do going forward.

1. Houston Can Win Now

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1. Houston Can Win Now

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That’s right, rebuilding is over. This team is really starting to turn into a team that can start to compete sooner rather than later. Between Altuve, Springer and Keuchel, some young stars are starting to blossom and push this team into relevancy.