Saturday, April 21, 2012

Astros Are Competitive Despite Record

The Houston Astros are 5-9 through the first 14 games of the season after suffering a 3-1 loss to the Dodgers last night. The record indicates that they aren't that good but some of the stats suggest they are better than the record.

The Astros are sixth in the National League in batting average at .253 and fifth in runs scored. The Astros have 123 hits that ranks them fourth in the NL behind St. Louis, Atlanta and Washington. The Astros are sixth in on base percentage, stolen bases and tied for seventh in RBIs. With runners in scoring position the Astros are hitting .321 and .279 with runners in scoring position and two outs. They rank one and two in both categories. The pitching staff has a team ERA of 3.52 which ranks them seventh in the NL. They have also been a more patient team this year as they are tied for fourth in bases on balls.

The bad is they hit only .176 with the bases loaded and have only seven homers ranking near the bottom of the league in both categories. They are just a middle of the road team when it comes to doubles with 23.

The Astros record of 5-9 is currently the third worst in the National League though most of the stats have them in the middle of the pack. This could mean that their record could improve as the season goes on and if so they could be more of a middle the road type team instead of a bottom feeder.

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