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
Astros— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) April 10, 2015
are batting .096 through 3 games, lowest BA by team through 3 games in MLB's modern era (since 1900) (via @eliassports)
With 36 strikeouts in 3 games the Astros— CJ Nitkowski (@CJNitkowski) April 9, 2015
areon pace for 1,944 strikeouts, or 409 more than the current MLB record, which they setin 2013.
Evan Gattis is the 1st player in Astros history to strike out 4 times in consecutive games— Baseball Reference (@baseball_ref) April 9, 2015
Astros— Brian McTaggart ⚾️ (@brianmctaggart) April 9, 2015
have struckout 36 times through three games. When they set strikeout recordin '13, they had 43 strikeouts through three games.
Even if #Astros— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) April 9, 2015
managea hit, these up-to-the-minute numbers for their offense aren't good: 37 strikeouts, 11 walks, 24 innings.
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.