The Astros are the best team in baseball so far in the young season. They just swept the Rangers and are riding a 10 game winning streak. They are now 41-16 and no team has started this hot since the 2001 Mariners, who went on to win 116 games. For the next 4 games they will play the Royals in Kansas City. Here are a few notes to keep an eye on throughout this series:
Game 1 Mike Fiers vs Ian Kennedy
18 HR allowed
Vs Royals Opponents:
Lorenzo Cain. 250/.308/.667 (1 HR/5 RBI)
Alcides Escobar .364/.364/.455 (0 HR/1 RBI)
Alex Gordon .300/.333/.300 (0 HR/1 RBI)
Eric Hosmer .400/.500/.400 (0 HR/0 RBI)
Salvador Perez .111/.273/.444 (1 HR/1 RBI)
Career against Kansas City
Vs Astros Opponents:
Carlos Beltran .250/.379/.625 (2 HR/6 RBI)
Brian McCann .273/.333/.591 (2 HR/3 RBI)
Nori Aoki .462/.563/.538 (0 HR/3 RBI)
Jose Altuve .250/.333/.625 (1 HR/1 RBI)
Career against Houston
In 2017 when opponents face him for the first time in a game, he has allowed 7 Home runs. With guys like Springer, Correa and almost everyone player on the Astros, this could be trouble for Ian Kennedy.
When batters hit the ball to the outfield against Kennedy:
Astros hitters should feast off this stat line.
Kennedy’s numbers don’t look completely awful. Hitters are only batting .198 against him this season, but walks have been a problem. He’s walked 23 batters to only 40 strikeouts. This is not a good recipe against an Astros team that doesn’t strikeout.
Last 22 games played for Carlos Correa
Last 24 games played for George Springer
Last 25 games played for Jose Altuve
The Astros are 10-11 when games where they allow 5 or more runs. Almost .500, which is amazing. No teams do this. The best winning percentage in a season is .500. This was the 1995 Indians, who were 31-31 in such games.
I will keep throwing out cool stats for the rest of the season. Hope you guys enjoy.
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* Stats provided by Baseball Reference*