Astros Offense Has a Chance to Reach a Team HR Record
Sep 4, 2015; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Astros catcher Hank Conger (16) hits a grand slam during the fourth inning against the Minnesota Twins at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
The Houston Astros’ 2015 season has been a magical ride for the city of Houston thus far. Although the 2015 Astros have often been chastised for their “boom or bust” approach, the team is within reach of the record books. With a few more home runs from a couple of players, the Astros will be the first team in MLB history with 12 different players in double-digit home run totals.
On Friday night, Hank Conger etched the 2015 team’s spot in the Houston record books with a fourth-inning grand slam to put the Astros up 7-0 as he became the 10th player on the team to reach 10 home runs on the season – a first in Astros history.
The previous franchise record was held by the 2000 Astros when they had nine players reach double-digit home runs and hit a still-standing franchise record 249 home runs.
The 2014 Astros finished with a 70-92 record but ranked 4th in all of Major League Baseball with 163 home runs. Chris Carter‘s monster second half and George Springer‘s breakout rookie campaign led the power surge, but only five players reached at least ten home runs.
Houston Astros 2014 Home Run Leaders
- Chris Carter – 37
- George Springer – 20
- Matt Dominguez – 16
- Jason Castro – 14
- Jon Singleton – 13
- Dexter Fowler – 8
- Jose Altuve – 7
- Jonathon Villar – 7
- Five Players – 6
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