Oakland, Calif. – So much of the Astros’ offense this season has been about power over lack of consistency. The Astros hit more than all home runs (63) except for three other major league clubs, although there have been 35 with none on base. Houston, batting on Monday, entered the scoring position with .241 runners and an average of 4.025 runs per game.
Perhaps no one on Houston’s roster represents the trend better than Yordan Alvarez. The slugger is known for his raw power, but hit .244 with .775 OPS in his first 45 at-bats with runners in the scoring position. He reached Oakland amid a game-winning RBI single and a 10-game home run drought in Seattle.