HOUSTON – This is not your 2019 Astros, possibly the club that the future Houston team will be judged by in the regular season. They don’t have one of the two Cy Young combos at the top of the turnover, like Justin Verlander and Gerrit Cole, and they probably won’t set a major league record on the percentage drop like they were a few years ago.
This year’s Astros have not faded from elite titles and have numbers to push for the fifth consecutive American League Championship Series.The Astros improve to five games in the higher season. 500 (22-17) with a 10-4 win – their fourth straight victory – over the Rangers on Friday night at Minute Maid Park.
In a season in which pitchers dominate and their offensive game plummets, the Astros continue to tighten their muscles with one of the game’s most potent lineups. Even without Jose Altuve, who was given a Friday holiday, the Astros posted their 15th double-digit run in 39 games.
“Our lineup has just stepped up and ran on the board like we try to do every night,” said right fielder Kyle Tucker.
The Astros have walked a maximum of eight times in the season and scored a double-digit number for the third straight game on Friday, jumping to a 7-1 lead after three innings rocking Rangers starting Wes Benjamin. It was three runs in 1 2/3 innings and released Brett. De Gaius was four times in a third of innings.
Martin Maldonado added a two-run homer to fifth in the bottom third of Astros’ orders – Tucker, Milesfang and Maldonado -. Combine to go 6-for-10 with four runs and seven RBI.
“They came strong. That’s what we hope to be in the lineup, especially on some days where the middle or upper doesn’t do that, ”said Astros manager Dusty Baker. [Brantley] And Breggy [Alex Bregman] Is the only one that is not popular It’s huge when you can rely on everyone, not just a few men. ”
Here’s an overview of some of the damage the Astros are doing as a team and more recently:
• The Astros have won seven of their last nine games, during which they slash wins. 299 / .376 / .525 with 18 pairs, 17 homers and walking 39 times, they averaged 6.7 runs and 1.9 home runs per game during that stretch.
• After 39 games, the Astros’ running difference reached a plus-51, second-best in the Major Leagues, dominated by the White Sox (Plus-64). The past 22 games were a plus-52, during which the club was 15-7.
• In his last 12 games, the designated hitter Yordan Alvarez is Slash. 412 / .412 / .765 with five home runs and no walking. He had three of the four hardest hits in Friday’s game at speeds of 108.7, 106.4 and 106.1 mph.
Tucker was 10-on-21 in his past six games with three homers and nine RBIs.He slashed .476 / .560 / 1.048 in that range and increased his average 37 points, 52-based percentage base points and Reduced percentage. 110 in those six games
First-person Yuliku Real-bases walked alongside each other on Friday and now has 156 more walks (20) than attacking (19) in his last seven games.Gurriel is 10-on-25 with three ho. Mercury and 10 RBI and slash .400 / .467 / .840 with 1.307 OPS. He hit twice in his last 30 plates.
• Altuve, who was not in Friday’s lineup, Slashed. 389 / .436 / .694 with three homers and eight RBI in his last eight games. That came from a 2-for-28 slump, which coincided with his return from staying on the COVID injured list he will return to Saturday’s show.