With every article from the past weekend, we have to discuss how explosive the Houston Astros‘ offensive was, as they demolished the Oakland Athletics. There are a few things to discuss on how the Astros are still a top team in the American League from the lineup to the pitching staff. As they open the year with a needed sweep, they are starting to shut some people up.
As the rotation is finding its place this season, the pitching staff has a lot to look to as Jake Odorizzi, Framber Valdez, Andre Scrubb, Josh James, Pedro Baez and Austin Pruitt are making their way back to the 26-man roster on their respected timetables. While there is no need to make amends with anyone in the league, all the Astros need to do is continue their dominance.
Here are three takeaways from the Astros’ 4-0 start:
1. The offense is bouncing back in a big way.
With a 2020 season haunted by poor performances, it makes the most sense that the bats are looking to be hot early in the season. From one to nine, only three hitters are looking at early slumps with Carlos Correa, Myles Straw and Martin Maldonado not hitting to their potential just yet. This isn’t something to worry about, as the season is just getting started.
While Correa and Straw are making good contact, Maldonado is dealing with a strikeout issue that could lead to a few more starts from Jason Castro. But this comes down to which catcher is preferred by an Astros’ pitcher. As the defense has been great all around, a few players are knocking off the rust, but they are making it up at the plate like Yuli Gurriel and Alex Bregman. As these corner infielders both have an OPS north of 1.000, the offense is starting to look alive again like in 2019 and the 2020 postseason.
With hot starts from Jose Altuve and Michael Brantley, the core of the lineup is being aggressive at the plate, and as Yordan Alvarez is picking up where he left off, we can expect more high scoring games in the near future. It is early, but this is the best thing to hear from a team that was getting over injuries and personal battles in 2020.