…you see a picture of the 2017 Astros.
The Astros are the best team in the major leagues. Beyond that they are the very best offensive team in the majors.
The team with the most runs/game? Astros 5.76 r/gm
They are #1 in the majors in BA (.287), .352 (OBP), .493 (SLG), .845 (OPS), 1457 Total Bases, 848 hits, 186 doubles, and 136 HRs.
They have the least amount of Ks in the majors (273).
Sacrifice flies – They are second with 32 (slackers!)
Interestingly and providing a view into their philosophy, they are dead last in sacrifice bunts with five. They give away outs to score runs, but not to move them 90 feet from first to second.
When you look at their numbers by position (based on what any of their players hit while playing that position) you see why they are so dominant in the AL.
C. First in AL with 64 RBIs, and 48 runs, second with 17 HRs and 17 doubles and .332 OBP, third with .268 BA, .477 SLG and .808 OPS.
1B. First with 26 doubles, second with .307 BA, 4th with 55 RBIs, .521 SLG and .853 OPS.
2B. First with .343 BA, .413 OBP, .558 SLG, .971 OPS, second with 53 RBIs and 26 doubles and 4th with 14 HRS and 57 runs
SS. First with 59 runs, 17 HRs, 62 RBIs, .386 OBP, .529 SLG, .915 OPS, and third with 20 doubles and .308 BA
3B. Second with 19 doubles, sixth with .261/.343/.438/.781 slash
RF. Second with 67 runs, 17 HRs, .305 BA, .530 SLG, .893 OPS, third with 19 doubles and .363 OBP
CF. First with 23 HRs, 56 RBIs, .571 SLG, .941 OPS, Second with 65 runs and .301 BA and third with .371 OBP
LF. Not as much here, but 3rd with 17 doubles, and 6th in HRs
DH. Again a weaker spot, but … second with 50 runs and first with 22 doubles.
By Spot in Lineup
OK, not going to hit every spot, but the Astros are dominant in the American league at the following spots
Leadoff. Tops in runs scored, HRs, RBIs, SLG and OPS, second in BA and OBP
2nd spot. Tops in runs scored, doubles, SLG and OPS, second in BA and third in OBP.
3rd spot. First in runs scored, BA, OBP, SLG and OPS, fourth in HRs and RBIs
7th spot. First in doubles, RBIs, BA and OPS, second in runs scored, HRs and SLG
8th spot. First in runs scored, doubles, HRs, RBIs, OBP, SLG, OPS and second in BA
They are solid at most of the other spots, especially the ninth spot, but their dominance at these particular spots in the lineup make them a formidable force that rolls the lineup over and over.
This is a tremendous lineup that can score runs by the home run or by stringing singles and doubles together in what must be a nightmare for the opposing pitchers.