The Houston Astros were unsuccessful in getting to the World Series in 2018, but 2019 looks to be the year their fortunes turn.
The big picture: With the Astros already having two 10-game winning streaks less than halfway through the season, just how good are the Astros?
The 2017 Astros aimed for the stars: The 2017 Astros were dominant in all facets of the game.
They led MLB in:
Runs and RBI
Least amount of strikeouts
Batting average, on-base percentage and slugging.
That was thanks in part to the amazing play of the Astros’ three-headed monster on the infield: Jose Altuve, Carlos Correa and Alex Bregman.
Altuve, despite his height, played like a giant, hitting 24 home runs and knocking in 81 RBI.
Correa also hit 24 home runs with 84 RBI.
For his part, Bregman had 19 home runs with 71 RBI as well.
Additionally, a pitching staff headed by aces Justin Verlander and Dallas Kuechel was the 11th best in MLB, averaging a collective 4.12 ERA and a win percentage of 62 percent that was third behind only the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Cleveland Indians.