Five Major Questions for the Houston Astros in 2016

Photo Credit: Thearon W. Henderson, Stringer

Photo Credit: Thearon W. Henderson, Stringer

Can they improve their road woes?

Last year the Astros finished with a 33-48 record on the road, as they compiled the worst road record for any team qualifying for the 2015 postseason. Oddly enough, their pitching struggled mightily on the road posting a 3.95 ERA, in comparison to a 3.22 ERA at home. The offense didn’t fare much better as the team combined for a meager .310 OBP and .723 OPS away from home. Their high propensity for strikeouts was particularly magnified as the team struggled all season in opposing ballparks. Championship caliber teams typically play at least .500 ball on the road, so the Astros must improve their play away from Minute Maid Park if they hope to be perennial contenders.

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  1. jake

    Great article Adam – cya at the B&B soon… Dead-on per the starting pitching. You have to think Keuchel will slide back some, and McHugh was a very lucky 19-7 last season… I love McCullers Jr., but it’s a slippery slope in the 4 and 5 spots… Definitely a do or die season for Singleton at 1B, and yes, Reed appears to be the future of the 1B spot for the Astros anyway… Valbuena needs to pick up that dismal BA and OB% at 3B too… I honestly think a healthy Springer would be the best player on the team, and that says a lot when you look at how great Correa and Altuve already are… Go ‘Stros !

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