The Astros through 19 games
The Astros snapped an 11-game losing streak against the Brewers with a 7-5 win Wednesday in Milwaukee. Here are some post-game notes:
- Jose Altuve went 4-for-5 with an RBI and three runs scored, setting a career high in hits. He went 8-for-13 (.615) in the series against Milwaukee with a homer, two RBIs and five runs scored and leads all Major League second baseman with a .377 batting average and is tied for first in the NL with 10 multi-hit games (Matt Kemp also has 10).
- J.D. Martinez tied a season high with three RBIs and went 3-for-4 at the plate. He also walked to improve his on-base percentage to .432. He’s slugging .507 for an OPS of .937. Martinez has walked 14 times in 81 plate appearances.
- Jordan Schafer has reached base safely in all 19 games to start the season, which is the longest stretch by an Astros player at the start of a season since Ricky Gutierrez had a 23-game run in 1998. He has reached base exactly one time in six of his last seven games.
- At 7-12, the Astros have the same record through 19 games as they did last year, but they have been much more competitive. Through 19 games last year, the Astros had been outscored 99-80 and outhit 186-169. This year through 19 games, they’ve outscored opponents 89-81 and outhit them 176-169. They have committed six more errors (19-13) through 19 games than they did last year.
- Here are some more comparisons through 19 games: .262 average/.318 on-base percentage/.376 slugging percentage with nine homers and 74 RBIs through 19 games in 2011. .262/.338/.379 with 11 homers and 84 RBIs through 19 games this year. Their team ERA has improved to 3.96 this year from 4.63 at this point last year.