HOUSTON — For all their offensive may, the Houston Astros stay a staff able to enchancment when it comes to manufacturing runs.
The Astros (sixty two-30) showcased a glimpse of that underutilized facet of their offense of their collection finale with the Minnesota Twins on Sunday, capitalizing on some daring baserunning to attain two insurance coverage runs within the seventh inning of their 5-three victory at Minute Maid Park.
Houston will look to maintain all elements of its offense rolling when it opens a 3-recreation collection with the Seattle Mariners (forty six-forty seven) on Monday night time at Minute Maid Park.
The Astros entered Sunday ranked tenth within the majors with fifty three stolen bases however simply twenty seventh in baserunning runs added at minus-12. Nevertheless, within the seventh, each Jake Marisnick and Jose Altuve turned steals and aggressive pursuits of additional bases into runs to assist key yet one more collection victory.
The Astros lead the majors in house runs (151) and runs scored (544). Within the seek for methods so as to add offensive versatility down the stretch, effectivity on the basepaths in an apparent objective.
“We’re actually athletic,” Astros supervisor A.J. Hinch stated. “Everyone instantly seems to be at our offense or on the hitting and the facility and the shortage of strikeouts — we will create some runs for ourselves. We’ve acquired higher baserunners perhaps than basestealers on a regular basis, not counting Jake and Jose. These guys can steal bases when everyone is aware of it’s coming.
“However we may be an efficient baserunning workforce, and I feel that may be a distinction-maker as these video games get shut or it is advisable win video games the place you’re not (hitting house runs).”
Trying to sluggish the Houston offense on Monday might be Mariners, who accomplished a 3-recreation street collection sweep of the Chicago White Sox with a 7-6, 10-inning win on Sunday.
Seattle has gained 5 of its previous six video games.
Mariners left-hander Ariel Miranda (7-four, four.15 ERA) will get the beginning within the collection opener. He’s 1-2 with a four.32 ERA over 4 profession begins towards the Astros. Three of these outings got here this yr, and he allowed 10 earned runs over 18 innings, going zero-2 with a 5.00 ERA.
The Mariners stay a distant sixteen half video games behind the entrance-operating Astros within the American League West. Nevertheless, their current uptick in wins has stored them within the thick of the race for one of many two AL wild playing cards.
“We’re enjoying good ball,” Mariners supervisor Scott Servais stated. “Our guys perceive we’re type of up towards it. We have to type of flip it on right here heading on this street journey. We stubbed our toe somewhat bit earlier than the break, however it’s good to see guys come again refreshed, lots of power within the clubhouse and our dugout, and it’s enjoying out on the sector.”
Proper-hander Lance McCullers (7-2, three.05 ERA) attracts the beginning for the Astros on Monday.
McCullers is 5-2 with a 2.09 ERA over seven profession begins towards Seattle, together with a pair of victories this season during which he recorded 15 strikeouts and allowed two runs in eleven innings.
After a stretch of 4 wins in 4 begins from Might 12-28, McCullers has only one victory in his previous 5 outings, posting a four.50 ERA in that stretch.
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