Houston Astros: 16 Astros Resolutions for 2016
#7: Visit home more often
Sep 21, 2015; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve (27) is out at home plate as Los Angeles Angels catcher Carlos Perez (58) applies the tag during the fifth inning at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
Make smarter decisions on trying to score
By: Eric Huysman
With Carter and Conger out of the picture, the Astros need to take more advantage of the fresh legs of Springer, Correa, and Altuve to try to get that extra base to get into scoring position. The Astros were fifth in the league in scoring runs with 729 of them. The Blue Jays led the league with 891 of them in 2015 behind that high powered offense. The Astros can’t win 86 games in 2016 and still make the playoffs, so they need to be more aggressive going first to third.
Instead of going for the deep fly every at-bat and striking out, the Astros need to aim for better contact to get on-base, When on base, they need to be carefully aggressive and not make boneheaded blunders on the basepaths. The base coaches have to make better calls based on the situations.
Should the Astros score 40-50 more runs with their pitching rotation, it should be really easy to reach mid-nineties wins or higher in 2016. The offense needs to be more consistent all around, but this team is on the brink of being special.
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