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Home Sweet Home, Minute Maid Park

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The young Astros love to play at home.

Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Minute Maid Park has always been an oddball. There is a train in the outfield, a hill in center, and mini-green monster in left. But, it's the Astros oddball. In 2015, Houston has proved they love to play at their oddball ballpark.

The Astros finished tied for the best record at home in 2015 with the hard-charging Blue Jays. Houston has been lights out at home, and appear to have figured out their issues on the road for the most part.

Astros Splits
GP W L AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BA OBP SLG OPS
Home 81 53 28 2605 367 658 134 14 128 351 0.253 0.321 0.462 0.783
Away 81 33 48 2854 362 705 144 12 102 340 0.247 0.31 0.413 0.723

Twenty more wins, more runs on less hits, 26 more home runs, more RBIs, and better batting average. The young Astros are comfortable in their home setting. Not to forget the dominance of Game 3's starter Dallas Keuchel at home.

Dallas Keuchel Splits
ERA W L GP GS CG IP H R ER HR BB SO AVG
Home 1.46 15 0 18 18 2 129.1 87 22 21 4 28 139 0.186
Away 3.77 5 8 15 15 1 102.2 98 46 43 13 23 77 0.253

Keuchel has found his groove at home, becoming the first pitcher in Major League history to go 15-0 and undefeated at home in one season. Keuchel is a ground ball master (61.7% ground ball rate), which helps in the short porches in left and right.

Yes, the majority of this article is a statement of fact. The Astros play better at home plan and simple. It will help as the Astros are down to a three-game* series with the Royals with home-field advantage.

(Yes, I know it's a five game series. We're all even at 1-1.)