Astros: 10 Key Stats for Astros vs. Red Sox ALCS

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1) Team Home Runs

Over the course of the regular season, the Astros hit 221 homers, while the Red Sox slugged 219. Considering that the Red Sox nearly matched the Astros total home run production, and did so in 169 less plate appearances, this one goes to Boston.

Advantage: Red Sox

2) Team Runs Batted In

The ’21 Astros finished fourth in their 60-year franchise history by driving in 834 RBIs. Meanwhile, Boston’s offense knocked in 783 RBIs on the season. These numbers remain close. The Red Sox averaged earning an RBI on 14.2 percent of every at-bat.

Meanwhile, Houston achieved a slightly better average of earning an RBI in 14.9 percent of every Houston at-bat. While both lineups remain dangerously capable of driving in runs, the advantage ever so slightly goes to Houston.

Advantage: Astros

3) Team Batting Average

The ’21 Astros finished with a .267 batting average, while the Red Sox completed the season with a team batting average of .261. Houston achieved this superior clip in nearly 100 more at-bats than Boston, sustaining the higher team batting average over a larger sample size.

Advantage: Astros

4) Team Slugging Percentage

The Red Sox achieved 572 extra base hits on the season, while the Astros accumulated 534. Over their respective 162-game seasons, Boston’s offense outcompeted Houston’s by achieving 31 more doubles and nine more triples than the Astros during the ’21 season.

Moreover, while the Red Sox received 169 less plate appearances on the season than the Astros, Boston only trailed Houston’s run production by 34 runs. In other words, Boston’s offense might have outscored Houston’s in run production if the Red Sox benefited from as many extra at-bats as the Astros enjoyed over the regular season.

Advantage: Red Sox