“Here come the Astros burning with desire, here come the Astros, they’re breathing orange fire.”
The Astros may be breathing orange fire again, but they sure as hell aren’t making a lot of contact these days. In three games, they have struck out 13 times, 15 times, and 15 times again. For the math impaired, that makes 43 times in the first three games alone. They have come to the plate 96 times which means they have a K rate of 44.8 percent.
You might wonder what this has on the price of tea in China, but the implication couldn’t be more clear. If you have a pitcher to pick then pick anyone facing the Astros. Sadly, the Astros have an off day, so you will have to actually work to pick your second pitcher. However, they aren’t the only team that has struggled to hit the ball this season.
On Monday (the first full day of the season), there were four shutouts in twelve games. Tuesday saw two shutouts (including the almost perfect game against the Astros), and Wednesday saw three shutou...