Reason 3: Colby Rasmus and the rest of Crush City
Oct 9, 2015; Kansas City, MO, USA; Houston Astros left fielder Colby Rasmus reacts after hitting a solo home run against the Kansas City Royals in the third inning in game two of the ALDS at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports
Earlier I wrote about how Rasmus is propelling the Astros offense as he has driven in the first Astros runs in the first three games this postseason. You can read the article here: The Houston Astros’ Colby Rasmus is Turning Heads in the Playoffs. Rasmus has hit three homers and a double in three games so far this postseason, and they have all been majestic shots if which probably even surprises Rasmus.
I wanted to present the main evidence as given by CTH writer Aric Cisneros the other day in his piece: Houston Astros: Three hitters to focus on in the ALDS. Look at the stats below for Rasmus’ stats compared to team wins or loses in 2015.
In wins (73)- .312/.386/.684 23 HRs
In losses (64) – .154/.227/.234 2 HRs
When Rasmus struggles in any given game, the team lost 64 of those games. However, when Rasmus was hitting well or hitting Colby Jacks, the Astros got 73 wins of their 83 wins with his support. Despite the great game at the plate for Rasmus on Friday in the loss, he still made the most of his plate appearances.
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The entire Astros offense is so potent, but not always reliable. They seem to perform better when their backs are against the wall, which is probably a good thing that the Astros were not locked in a playoff berth. The Astros were not complacent after playing non-meaningful games at the end of the season. The Astros are the 2014 Royals who ran a hot streak into the World Series before their luck fell short versus the Giants. The Astros have their mojo back, and I’m not worried about one loss.
Should the series go to five games, the Astros have Collin McHugh ready to take the mound if needed in the playoffs. The road is where McHugh pitches best and he has already taken care of the Royals in this series.