The Astros record in 2015 was 86-76 and including the post-season they were 89-79. That means there are 79 opportunities for improvement for the team entering 2016.
Some overall numbers relative to their 2015 season, including the post-season:
- Road record. 35-50 even though they outscored the opposition 376-351
- Home record. 54-29 outscoring the opposition 377-292
- One run games. 21-30
- Blowouts (won by 5+). 21-13
- Extra inning games. 8-6
- Interleague games. 16-4
- The Astros had a winning record against 13 teams, .500 record against 2 teams and a losing record against 4 teams
- They were 6-13 record against the Rangers
The road numbers, the one run games and the games against the Rangers stand out as areas where they need to improve to take the next steps in their development. Even a .500 record on the road would be a nice boost at this point.
An interesting way to look at how the offense and the pitching performed last season is to look at how the team fared when scoring a certain amount of runs and allowing a certain amount of runs.
|RUNS SCORED IN A GAME|| RECORD W-L
|RUNS ALLOWED IN A GAME|| RECORD W-L
A number of things fall out of reviewing the year this way.
- The pitching staff was absolutely nails when getting enough support. They were 71-17 when the team scored 4 or more runs last season. That is impressive.
- The offense had a lot of games with good run support, but way too many games scoring between 0 and 2 runs – 49 games which resulted in a 2-47 record in those games.
- The Astros record when the pitching staff gave up 3 runs in a game (14-13) and 4 runs in a game (13-13) would seem to point to the offense not coming through when just average support could have ruled the day. Even the 18-9 record when they only allowed 2 runs would seem to be an area that could be improved.
Most of this data backs up what loyal fans saw with their own eyes last season. The inconsistent offense by the Astros was one of the few things holding the team back. It was a team that tended to pile runs on when they were not needed and struggle to score more than a couple runs when many games were begging to be won.
A few questions for you to ponder:
- Is there anything that sticks out to you in the information above?
- Where should the Astros put an emphasis this season to avoid some of those 79 losses?
- What have the Astros done this off-season to address the problems that led to the losses?
- What decisions are critical in Spring Training to have a more successful season?