The 2022 MLB season got off to a funny start.
Batters are hitting .369 with the new universal designated hitter rule and pitchers can’t use foreign material on the ball.
The Baltimore Orioles have the best pitching staff in baseball, and the New York Yankees offense looks like a below average unit.
The Houston Astros, last year’s best and most productive formation/offense, also show their worst version in the early stages.
“After last night the Astros are down .199 / .282 / .355 as a team. Only the Royals, White Sox and Reds have a lower on-base percentage. Only the Twins, DBacks and Reds have a lower batting average,” tweeted Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle.
After last night, the Astros are down .199/.282/.355 as a team. Only the Royals, White Sox and Reds have a lower on-base percentage. Only the Twins, DBacks and Reds have lower batting averages.
— Chandler Rome (@Chandler_Rome) April 21, 2022
The Astros should bounce back in no time
It’s incredibly hard to believe a team with Jose Altuve, Alex Bregman, Kyle Tucker, Yordan Alvarez, Michael Brantley and Yuli Gurriel struggle so much offensively, but the sample size is also extremely small.
And, as a reminder, the team was without Alvarez for a few games last week, and will be without Altuve for a few days.
The absence of Carlos Correa, who signed a free agent contract in Minnesota, certainly hurts, but his replacement Jeremy Pena is actually the highest ranked player in Wins Above Replacement (WAR) with 1.0 up. here.
He cuts .308/.364/.590, with two homers in 11 games.
The rest of the names mentioned will likely pick it up at some point, especially Altuve, Alvarez, Bregman and Tucker.
But so far their performance has been very disappointing.
Pitching is actually what keeps the Astros afloat, but their offense should be able to return to its dominant ways sooner rather than later.