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Aug 11, 2016; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Houston Astros shortstop Carlos Correa (1) scores during the fifth inning against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Marilyn Indahl-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 11, 2016; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Houston Astros shortstop Carlos Correa (1) scores during the fifth inning against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Marilyn Indahl-USA TODAY Sports /
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The Astros Score 25 runs in Yesterday’s Doubleheader and Giles to Paternity Leave.

Aug 11, 2016; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Houston Astros shortstop Carlos Correa (1) scores during the fifth inning against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Marilyn Indahl-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 11, 2016; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Houston Astros shortstop Carlos Correa (1) scores during the fifth inning against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Marilyn Indahl-USA TODAY Sports /

We can take the Houston Astros’ offense off life support now following 12 days of inactivity. They would get a hit here or there, but they would not go anywhere scoring less than three runs a game. Who would have known after the devastating loss Monday versus the Twins that the Astros would wake up offensively? Monday’s game will go down as the beginning of the end for Carlos Gomez in Houston.

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Following the poor offensive showing Saturday and Sunday versus the Rangers, then losing Monday partly due to Gomez’s costly miscues, the Astros fan base was in a depressed state. The Astros won Tuesday’s game despite the poor performance by Mike Fiers who has been solid recently. The team scored seven runs that night, the most runs since the last game of the Angels series (July 24) where they scored 13 runs.

Most people will say that the reason the Astros have started hitting is because Gomez is gone but I think the Astros were at a new low following that game Monday. I thought of it as a slap in the face for being shutdown versus a bad Tyler Duffey and wasting a decent performance by Collin McHugh. Sometimes you have to fail before you succeed.

No matter the reason, the Astros offense exploded for 32 runs in the last three games of the Twins series. In yesterday’s doubleheaders, the Astros exploded for 15 runs on 19 hits and ten runs on 16 hits. The Twins were unprepared for this offense, and they had to overuse the bullpen to get through the two games. In fact, the 25 runs the Astros scored today were how many runs they have scored in the past 11 games.

Next: Notes From August 11th, 2016

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