7) Team Fielding Percentage: 4th out of 60
Defense wins championships, so they say. So how did the ’21 Astros fare when it came to fielding percentage? Well—the Astros’ defense finished tied for fourth best in franchise history. The ’21 Astros turned in a .988 fielding percentage, way above the Major League average.
Did you know—the last four consecutive seasons for the Astros were all top-five finishes in franchise history in fielding percentage? Put another way, not only have these teams made the playoffs so frequently over the last half decade, they have outcompeted almost every Astros squad to ever suit up when it comes to making the fewest errors on defense.
The ’21 ball club performed at a superior level compared to most previous seasons. While nothing is guaranteed in the postseason, fans should feel lucky to receive such highly ranking on-field regular season results, especially when compared to most previous seasons in franchise history.