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Taking a look at the Astros historically bad first series of 2015.

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Things could have gone better for the Astros offense in the first series of the season. The Astros struck out 38 times and posted a .085 batting average in three games against the Indians. Small samples became the talk of the day:

There is no way to sugarcoat these stats, they're bad. Bad in a historic way. But there was some good that came out of the Opening Series this season.

  • The Astros won their third-straight Opening Day.
  • Jed Lowrie, George Springer, and Jose Altuve combined to go 4-for-4 in stolen base attempts.
  • Dallas Keuchel and Scott Feldman combined to allow just one run through 13.2 innings, striking out nine in the process.
  • The bullpen has allowed just two runs through 9.1 innings of work. Samuel Deduno was strong in his first turn has the Astros long man, striking out four in four innings of one run baseball.
  • Luke Gregerson is one-for-one in save opportunities.

My point is not to ignore the strikeouts and the poor start to the offense, but to put them into the context that this is only three games. Sure, if the problem continues throughout April than the team can hit the panic button. Until then, just enjoy the fact that baseball is back.