I know its only three games into spring but the Astros are showing the start of a troubling trend.
They have shown absolutely no patience at the plate. As a team they've had 116 plate appearances in the first three games and only seen 217 pitches. This means they are only averaging 1.87 pitches per AB. This is with a team average 22.4% strikeout rate, meaning on ABs that don't result in strikeouts they are more likely to hit the ball into play on the first pitch than see a second pitch.
Here is another way to say this scary trend. If they don't get a hit on the first pitch their strikeout rate goes up over 60%.
This horrible trend is epitomized by Brett "Rally Killer" Wallace, who has had 7 ABs so far (more than any other non-Trogdor player). In these 7 ABs "Rally Killer" has either struck out on three straight pitches or hit the first pitch into an out 3:4 times. Can someone in the front office MAN UP and tell Brett to move onto his next career. He must be a great guy to earn the respect of his coworkers despite his actual record, but this is a team that should be focused on WINNING.
Its great that the Astors have focused on situational hitting, but maybe focusing on taking a pitch or two would be nice as well. It is certainly easier to face a pitcher like Darvish over 7 innings than 9 (unless you're Marwin Gonzalez)