The Houston Astros are currently in fit place in the AL West with an impressive 23-11 mark that is already five games better than second place Seattle. The ‘Stros also possess a boatload of gifted young player that make them one of the most Talent-laden young teams in all of baseball.
Now, the big question surrounding the Astros just over a month into the 2017 MLB regular season is whether or not Houston can make it to the postseason after being expected to challenge for a postseason berth a year ago. Thanks to some expert baseball betting analysis, you’re going to have a great idea of just how far the Astros could go this season.
Analyzing The MLB Betting Predictions Can The Astros Make It To The Postseason?
Analysis: As you can see, the Astros are ranked a solid 10th in scoring and third in team batting average, while also ranking an impressive fourth in OP and seventh in home runs. Diminutive second baseman Joe Altuve is a flat-out star that is hitting .295 with five home runs, nine stolen bases and 15 RBI just one year after batting a blistering .338 with a career-high 24 homers and 96 RBI.
Houston is also getting some outstanding power number backup shortstop Marwin Gonzalez who has smacked a team-high nine home runs while driving in 21 runs, though it is 22-year-old shortstop Carlos Correa that gets the majority of headlines after smacking over 20 home runs in each of his first two seasons and driving in 96 runs a year ago. Right fielder George Springer smacked 29 home runs a year ago in his first season as a full-time starter and has a team-high seven with 19 RBI at the time of this writing.
Defense and Pitching
Analysis: Houston has also been very good defensively in the early going this season and ranks an identical second in team ERA, strikeouts and WHIP. Staff ace right-hander Dallas Keuchel has been phenomenal in compiling a perfect 5-0 record and stellar 1.88 ERA in seven starts while relievers Will Harris (1.17 ERA), Brad Peacock (1.35 ERA), Michael Feliz (2.08 ERA) and Chris Devenski (2.14 ERA) have all been equally impressive.
In the end, if you want to know whether the Astros can make the postseason in 2017, the answer is an undeniable ‘yes’. Sure, the Baltimore Orioles, New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox and reigning AL Champion Cleveland Indians will also contend, but I see no reason why the young and up-and-coming Astros won’t either!