Dissecting the Houston Astros’ Dominant West Coast Road Trip

The Houston Astros might not want to leave the West Coast after series sweeps over Oakland and San Diego and a series win over Seattle. The AL West leaders went 8-1 on this road trip and looked dominant in every facet of the game over their last nine games. Not only has the pitching staff played well, only giving up 32 runs in the nine games (3.5 runs per game), but the offense has found their stroke at the plate as well. Houston scored 66 runs on the road trip (7.3 per game). Even better for the Astros, over half of their total runs on the road trip (40) came in the 6th inning or later as opposed to only ten for their opponents.

Astros starters also had the magic working on this road trip, as the rotation averaged just over 6.2 innings pitched per start and allowed an average of 5.44 hits per game and 2.76 runs per start on the trip. Dallas Keuchel, who has a 0.73 ERA to begin the season, was a highlight on the trip with two starts, allowing one run on five hits in 17 innings for Houston. Houston has not lost a Keuchel start this season.

Houston also got production from everyone in the lineup. Players who struggled to begin the season really found their stroke during the trip as the team compiled 96 hits in the last nine games (10.67 per game), to go along with their 7.3 runs per game.

With one game left in April, Houston sits at 14-7 and is 10-2 in road games. They have won six games in a row, and nine of their last ten games. The Astros trail only the New York Mets for the best record in Major League Baseball (15-6) but definitely are the hottest team in baseball going into the second month of the season. Houston heads home with a 4.5 game lead in the division and has four games against Seattle before welcoming in the struggling Texas Rangers for three more.

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