Astros: How the 2021 Team Ranks in Franchise History
By Paul Conlon
2) Hits: 6th out of 60
This season, the Astros notched 1,496 hits, good for their sixth best showing in franchise history. The 2017 roster accumulated the most hits of any Astros squad with 1,581.
3) Home runs, Rank: 5th out of 60
During 2021, Houston belted 221 home runs. During 2019, the Astros squad that would go on to lose the World Series in seven games homered 288 times in the regular season.
4) Runs Batted In: 4th out of 60
The ’21 Astros finished fourth best in franchise history with 834 RBIs. If you are wondering, a Craig Biggio and Jeff Bagwell-led 2000 NL Central squad holds the distinction of reaching 900 RBIs for the only time in franchise history.
5) Team Batting Average: 7th out of 60
Thanks to contributions from the likes of Yuli Gurriel and Michael Brantley, the ’21 Astros achieved the seventh highest batting average in franchise history. Which Astros’ squad came in first in this category? None other than the 2017 World Series winners, who achieved a .282 team batting average.
Not far off, the 1998 Astros, featuring Biggio and Bagwell in their prime—along with the likes of Derek Bell and Moises Alou—finished in second place of all Astros rosters with an impressive team batting average of .280.
6) Team On-Base Percentage: 11th out of 60
The ’21 team finished in the top-20 percent of all previous squads in franchise history with a .339 team on-base percentage. That’s not to imply the ’21 Astros’ offense was stagnant; but, the Killer B’s of another era hold the top-four spots in franchise history in this category. The Astros’ high-water mark came in 2000, when the team achieved a collective .361 on-base percentage.