Astros Finish First Half of Season at 53-28

With 30 RBI thru June 28, 2018, Evan Gattis now holds the all time club record for the most RBIs in one calendar month to date.

Astros Finish First Half of Season at 53-28

By Bill Gilbert

On June 26, the Astros completed the first half of the 2018 Season with a record of 53-28, in first place in the American League West Division, 3 ½ games ahead of the Seattle Mariners. If they maintain this pace, they will finish 106-56 which would be their best season ever.

The Astros are competing with the New York Yankees (52-25) and the Boston Red Sox (53-27) for the best record in the major leagues to get home field advantage in the playoffs.

The Astros success in the first half was due to 1.) no serious injuries, and 2.) exceptional pitching, especially by the starters. None of the five starting pitchers missed a start and the pitching staff compiled an ERA of 2.82, by far the best in MLB. The Astros are scoring 5.17 runs per game while holding opponents to 3.04 runs per game, which equates to a run differential of 185.

Astros leaders in the first half were:

Batting Average – Jose Altuve .345

On-base Average – Altuve .408

Home Runs – George Springer and Evan Gattis 15

Runs Batted In – Gattis 51

Runs – Springer 58

Stolen Bases – Altuve 11

Innings Pitched – Justin Verlander 113.2

ERA – Verlander 1.82

Strikeouts – Gerrit Cole 146

Wins – Charlie Morton 10

Saves – Ken Giles 11

 

Bill Gilbert

6/27/2018

 

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Bill McCurdy

Principal Writer, Editor, Publisher

The Pecan Park Eagle

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