The Houston Astros, after six games, are the leaders of the tough AL West division with a 4-2 record.
That’s actually one of the best records in the majors, after the 5-2 New York Mets and a couple of teams that are 4-1.
But some people, even in the media, will always feel the need to nitpick.
Astros second baseman Jose Altuve, the AL MVP of the 2017 season, had to face an odd question, after just six games of the season.
“Jose Altuve, in response to a question about the Astros’ slow offensive start: ‘I think this is our sixth game. We’ve won four. Next question’,” Chandler Rome, who covers the Astros for the Houston Chronicle, tweeted on Thursday.
Jose Altuve, in response to a question about the Astros' slow offensive start: “I think this is our sixth game. We’ve won four. Next question.”
— Chandler Rome (@Chandler_Rome) April 14, 2022
Indeed, the Astros’ offense hasn’t yet played like it is used to: it isn’t firing on all cylinders yet.
The Offense Is Yet To Fully Click, But It’s Still Early
Through six games, they rank 18th in runs scored with 24.
However, it’s just six games: the sample size is too small for people to be alarmed, and the Astros’ lineup is too talented to keep struggling for long.
Most of them remain elite hitters, in their primes, and healthy enough to mash sooner than later.
It’s also good that the Astros’ pitching staff and bullpen have stepped up when the offense hasn’t been at its best.
Houston’s bats will get hot eventually: they are just too good to be in the lower half when it comes to offensive production.