The Astros just came off of a 6-3 road trip where they averaged 7.33 runs per game, capped off by their 20 hit / 14 run effort against the Minnesota Twins on Sunday. The team has been turning into a juggernaut with production up and down the lineup. How has that looked so far?
Batting Average. The Astros are leading the AL (and the major leagues) with a .274 BA. Second in the AL are the Blue Jays at .264, while the AL league average is way down at .241. The bottom dwellers are the Mariners at .209 (ouch). Individually, the Astros have three players in the top 10 in the AL, Michael Brantley (2nd at .337), Yuli Gurriel (fourth at .323) and Yordan Alvarez (eighth at .302). In addition, they have five players in the top 17 with Jose Altuve (16th at .288) and Carlos Correa (17th at .288). That is strong.
On Base Percentage. The Astros again are leading the AL and the majors with a .344 OBP. Second in the AL are the White Sox at .342, while the AL league average is .313 and the Mariners are again bottom feeders at .286 OBP. The Astros have three players in the top 10 with Yuli Gurriel (3rd at .392), Michael Brantley (8th at .381) and Carlos Correa (10th at .376). They have two more in the next 10, with Alex Bregman at 14 (.366) and Jose Altuve at 19 (.358).
OPS (On-Base Plus Slugging). The Astros complete the sombrero trick here as they lead both the AL and majors with a .789 OPS. The Blue Jays are second in the AL at .781, the league average is .718 and the M’s are again last at .652. For OPS, the Astros have six in the top 25 in the AL, with Gurriel (5th at .929), Brantley (14th at .879), Alvarez (15th at .873), Correa (16th at .868), Kyle Tucker (23rd at .832) and Altuve (24th at .831).
Runs Per Game. The Astros are leading the world at 5.51 runs per game, well ahead of the Blue Jays at 5.10 runs/gm, more than a run above the league average of 4.49 runs/gm and more than 1.7 runs ahead of the cellar-dwelling Tigers at 3.74 (which didn’t prevent Detroit from sweeping the Astros earlier this season). The Astros have two players in the top 6 and four in the top 20 in runs scored. Altuve is 5th in the AL with 45 runs scored, Correa is 6th with 44 runs scored, Tucker is tied for 12th with 42 runs scored and Bregman is 20th with 37.
Interestingly, when it comes to RBIs, Gurriel is tied for 6th in the AL with 47, and Tucker is 12th with 43 RBIs, but they have no one else in the Top 25.
The Astros are second in the league in BAbip (batting average on balls in play) at .310 with the league average of .291. This might show a bit of luck on their part, though they certainly hit a lot of balls solidly.
A little power surge lately has moved the Astros into a tie for fifth in the AL with 81 home runs. However, the only player they have in the top 20 is Kyle Tucker, who is tied for 15th with 13 homers on the season.
That is the thing about this season for the Astros. They are not really riding one or two huge bats on the offensive end this season. They are getting there with good to very good performances almost across the board. As a friend of the blog, Astro Nut, pointed out yesterday, if the Astros started Chas McCormick and Jason Castro in place of Myles Straw and Martin Maldonado, they would have a whole lineup of bats with +.800 OPS and that would be a strong statement.
Again, the offense is only part of the game and a shaky bullpen has given away a number of games for this team. Still, this offense gives them a chance almost every day and what more can you ask?