We saw it in opening night of the baseball season, the Astros offense explodes for eight runs against an American League West rival, so we knew it could happen. In large part because Houston was shut out in three of its next six games, we just didn’t know if or when we would see it again.
It turns out Tuesday was the day the Astros’ offense exploded. But how big was the offensive outburst? We put it into context.
The Astros scored 17 runs on 22 hits and hit five homers Tuesday. The last time Houston scored 15 on 20 hits and five home runs? Never.
Including the eight runs scored on opening night, the Astros scored 17 runs in their first seven games. Houston scored 16 Tuesday.
The most hits the Astros had in any three-game series so far was 23 against Oakland. Houston had 22 Tuesday.
They hit three home runs in the first seven games of the season. Chris Carter, J.D. Martinez, Marwin Gonzalez and Jose Altuve combined to hit five on Tuesday.
The Astros’ team batting average heading into Tuesday’s game was .201. On Tuesday the team went 22-47, which comes to a .468 average. Tuesday night raised Houston’s team batting average for the season to .246.
The Astros' batting average with runners in scoring position the first seven games of 2013? .263. On Tuesday it was .409.
Houston had 10 hits with runners in scoring position the first seven games of 2013. The Astros had nine on Tuesday.
The Astros said they believed that the hitting would be contagious. Hopefully for the Astros, it's more than a 24-hour bug.