Here's how Astros red-hot offense now measures up to league's best

The Houston Astros are coming off another series win, and the offense appears to be getting hot at just the right time. Sunday's finale against the Padres featured the “Death lineup” which had Michael Brantley, Chas McCormick, and Yainer Diaz batting 7th, 8th, and 9th.

With a lineup that goes nine deep, Houston is getting comparisons to this year's Braves team, and of course the 2019 Astros.

While the offense hasn't been as good at home as it is on the road, it was nice to see the club drop 21 runs on the Padres over the 3-game series at Minute Maid.

Hopefully, the Astros can make some hay with the A's and the Royals next up on the schedule, while the Mariners try to keep pace against the Angels and Dodgers.

Finally, while there is still plenty of work to be done for the 'Stros, the Mariners and Rangers will beat up on each other for another 7 games before the regular season concludes. That certainly works in the favor of the Astros.

Be sure to watch the video above as we discuss how this Astros lineup compares to Atlanta's, and much more!

Don't miss Stone Cold 'Stros (an Astros podcast) every Monday afternoon on SportsMap Houston's YouTube channel.

Listen to ESPN 97.5 and 92.5 FM for Houston's best sports talk.

Most Popular

The Houston Astros managed to win the AL West once again, and while things got a little nerve wracking toward the end of the season, when it mattered most, the 'Stros took care of business.

It certainly didn't hurt to get a little help from the Mariners, beating the Rangers 1-0 on Sunday, paving the way for the Astros to secure the division. Rangers fans and members of their broadcast team were none too pleased with the Diamondbacks resting some of their starters on Sunday.

But let's be real, with the division on the line, the Rangers couldn't even manage to score a single run on Sunday against Seattle. That's why they're playing in the Wild Card series, not because of how Arizona approached Sunday's game.

So what did we learn during these must-win games over the last week? A lot was made of GM Dana Brown's comments on the team's flagship station. Brown was hoping manager Dusty Baker would put the best offensive lineup on the field. Yainer Diaz did not start a single game of the Diamondbacks series. But Chas McCormick played every game of the Mariners and Diamondbacks series, except for the finale against Seattle, after being hit in the back with a fastball the night before.

Michael Brantley played in two of three against Arizona, so he appears to be an option Dusty will turn to moving forward. And with the Astros only scoring 1 and 2 runs in two of the three wins against the D-Backs, the Astros need every bit of offense they can get.

Plus, we discuss how getting extra rest for Michael Brantley, Jose Abreu, and the bullpen could pay huge dividends for the club. And don't look now, but Jose Abreu is getting hot at just the right time!

Be sure to watch the video above for the full discussion.

And be sure to watch Stone Cold 'Stros (an Astros podcast) every Monday on SportMapHouston's YouTube channel.

Listen to ESPN 97.5 and 92.5 FM for Houston's best sports talk.

Most Popular

SportsMap Emails
Are Awesome

Listen Live

ESPN Houston 97.5 FM