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What makes the Astros the best team in baseball?

The Houston Astros own the Authentic  Alejandro De Aza Womens jersey best record in the majors, and that isn't exactly surprising. After all, that infamous Sports Illustrated cover in 2014 declared them your 2017 World Series champs. After earning a wild card in 2015 and losing a tough division series in five games to the Kansas City Royals, the Astros were unable to overcome a slow start http://www.authenticoaklandathletics.co … ard-Jersey in 2016, and they finished 84-78. That lack of improvement led to questions about how good the 2017 team could be, and the Astros entered the season more or less as co-division favorites with the Texas Rangers. "The team we have now is head and shoulders above what we had in 2015," pitcher Dallas Keuchel told reporters in late April. "I think we played out of our minds in '15, and it kind of showed in '16. We actually weren't that good, to be honest. We kind of played the hide-and-seek method, and nobody could find us. This year, we're pretty good, and we know that going in. And that's why we're so confident each and every night we play. That just makes it even more fun." If Keuchel was having Craig Biggio Youth jersey fun on April 30, imagine how he feels now. The Astros entered Tuesday riding an 11-game winning streak and were on pace for 117 wins, which would set a single-season record. Hey, we told you back in the first week of the season that the Astros were the most fun-to-watch team in baseball. OK, they blew a 7-1 lead to the Royals, lost on a ninth-inning walk-off home run Tuesday and now are on pace for just 115 wins, but that's still fun! What has made them so good? When you're on this kind of pace, you're basically good at everything. Look at the Astros' American League rankings entering Wednesday: The Astros aren't a great defensive team, but at plus-5 defensive runs saved, they're solid enough. The one liability has been third http://www.authentichoustonastros.com/J … ell-Jersey baseman Alex Bregman at minus-5 DRS, but he has made just four errors and as a former shortstop has the tools to improve with more experience. Otherwise, this seems like a team without a flaw. Let's break down the components:
Among the holdovers, Evan Gattis has cut his K rate from 25.5 percent to 14.4 percent, and Carlos Correa has slightly decreased his rate as well. This has helped turn the Astros from a middle-of-the-pack offensive team to the best in the AL. They are scoring more than a run per game more than they did last season. The impressive thing about this group of position players is that there is no obvious weak spot. Compare the Astros to four other great teams of the wild-card era: the 2016 Cubs (103-58), 2001 Mariners (116-46), 1998 Yankees (114-48) and 1995 Indians (100-44, a 112-win pace over 162 games). This chart lists each position's ranking among all MLB clubs, factoring in both offensive Authentic  Matt Duffy Womens jersey and defensive contributions from all players to play those positions (via Baseball-Reference.com): The Astros have three of the best in the majors in Jose Altuve, Correa and George Springer. Of our super teams, only the 2001 Mariners had more top-two positions players in Bret Boone, Mike Cameron, Ichiro Suzuki and Edgar Martinez. Boone, Cameron and Suzuki were all superlative defenders. Houston's two weakest positions are still average -- Yuli Gurriel at first base and Bregman -- and both players have been hitting better after slow starts. Marwin Gonzalez's hot start has helped prop up the overall ranking for left field, where he has been playing a lot as of late, sharing time with Aoki. Starting rotation Heading into the season, this http://www.authentictampabayrays.com/Co … son-Jersey was a concern, given that Keuchel and Lance McCullers were both coming off injuries. Both have pitched like All-Stars, however, with Keuchel 9-0 with a 1.67 ERA and McCullers 6-1 with a 2.72 ERA. They rank fourth and sixth in the AL in FanGraphs WAR and first and 15th in Baseball-Reference WAR. The rest of the rotation hasn't been as strong, with Mike Fiers, Charlie Morton and Joe Musgrove sporting ERAs over 4.00. What's more, Morton and Musgrove are currently on the DL with minor injuries, and that has led to some spot starts for Brad Peacock and David Paulino. Fiers is the biggest red flag, as he has surrendered 18 home runs in 57.2 innings and owns a 6.52 FIP. If the Astros make a trade, it would probably be to add a starter who can step in as the No. 3 guy in the rotation.

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