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The Astros have improved the last two seasons as they have dug out of the depths of the 2013 season (51-111) up to the subterranean levels of 2014 (70-92) and finally to the sunshine of a 2015 playoff run (86-76).
The box below shows how the Astros improved in both run scoring and run prevention over the last two seasons.
|Year||Runs Scored/ Game||AL rank||Runs Allowed / Game||AL Rank||Run Differ. / Game||AL Rank|
The Astros improvement from 2013 to 2014 was gained almost exclusively on the backs of an improved starting rotation. The improvement from 2014 to 2015 came from both sides of the ball as the revamped bullpen helped lower their runs/game allowed to the best in the AL, while their runs scored per game improvement raised them to the top 5 in the AL.
In the end, the Astros 0.69 runs / game differential, which was 2nd in the AL only resulted in the 5th best record in the AL and they trailed their division rivals the Texas Rangers by 2 games even though the Rangers only scored 18 more runs (0.11 runs / game differential) than they gave up for the season.
This is not a complete surprise to Astros fans as their run scoring was a hot / cold faucet during the season. When they were hot, they would score a lot more runs than they needed and when they were cold, they left their pitching staff starving for support. This was almost entirely due to their reliance on hitters with strong SLG numbers and bad K/BB numbers, which led them to a very good OPS as a team for the season, but fairly poor BA and OBP numbers.
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