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In Houston, the offense is not the problem


This article is part of our weekly hitter rankings series.

The Houston Astros are one of the most disappointing teams during the first quarter of the season, but their problems have been more in the pitching book than in the hitting. This isn’t to say their offense is up to their usual standard, but they have the seventh-highest wOBA and average the 14th-most runs per game. This portends another strong week for the Astros’ bats with seven home games, starting with four against Oakland and then a trio of interleague games with the Brewers.

The Boston Red Sox are also preparing for a big week, as they project to score the most runs with four home games against the Rays, followed by a three-game weekend in St. Louis.

Matchup experts will want to have their White Sox and Mets right-handed hitters ready to face four lefties. Meanwhile, the Red Sox and Rays are scheduled to face seven right-handers.

As usual, individual hitter projections will be added on Sunday night, in addition to updating the team rankings.

Week of May 13 to 19

Team Batting Rankings

KEY (100 neutral)

  • HR LHB/HR RHB – Average HR Park Factors
  • SB – Stolen Base Rate
  • P LHB/P RHB – Opposing pitcher quality index
  • Racing – Racing Score Index
M.T. MSG vLHP vRHP HOME FAR HR LHB HR RHB S.B. P LHB P RHB CAREERS AVE LHB AVE RHB TOTAL
ARZ 6 2 4 6 0 83 81 89 117 118 91 98 99 99
ATL 6 1 5 6 0 102

The Houston Astros are one of the most disappointing teams during the first quarter of the season, but their problems have been more in the pitching book than in the hitting. This isn’t to say their offense is up to their usual standard, but they have the seventh-highest wOBA and average the 14th-most runs per game. This portends another strong week for the Astros’ bats with seven home games, starting with four against Oakland and then a trio of interleague games with the Brewers.

The Boston Red Sox are also preparing for a big week, as they project to score the most runs with four home games against the Rays, followed by a three-game weekend in St. Louis.

Matchup experts will want to have their White Sox and Mets right-handed hitters ready to face four lefties. Meanwhile, the Red Sox and Rays are scheduled to face seven right-handers.

As usual, individual hitter projections will be added on Sunday night, in addition to updating the team rankings.

Week of May 13 to 19

Team Batting Rankings

KEY (100 neutral)

  • HR LHB/HR RHB – Average HR Park Factors
  • SB – Stolen Base Rate
  • P LHB/P RHB – Opposing pitcher quality index
  • Racing – Racing Score Index
M.T. MSG vLHP vRHP HOME FAR HR LHB HR RHB S.B. P LHB P RHB CAREERS AVE LHB AVE RHB TOTAL
ARZ 6 2 4 6 0 83 81 89 117 118 91 98 99 99
ATL 6 1 5 6 0 102 102 89 98 95 101 94 92 92
ball 6 2 4 6 0 127 85 95 116 107 94 103 95 98
bos 7 0 7 4 3 91 100 100 97 98 120 111 112 112
CHC 7 2 5 4 3 100 100 112 83 81 106 104 104 104
ACS 6 4 2 3 3 124 109 101 61 63 96 80 80 80
NIC 7 2 5 0 7 102 108 103 68 68 107 95 96 96
C.L.E. 6 0 6 3 3 110 103 84 76 78 92 83 83 83
COLUMN 6 1 5 0 6 85 85 89 95 96 88 87 87 87
DET 6 3 3 3 3 82 86 84 100 100 99 91 91 91
hou 7 1 6 7 0 112 112 112 121 117 116 126 124 124
kc 6 2 4 3 3 90 92 93 118 116 93 99 98 98
THE A 6 1 5 3 3 120 105 77 96 97 93 92 91 91
YOUNG GUY 7 1 6 4 3 98 107 120 80 84 109 104 106 106
missing in action 6 1 5 3 3 88 91 98 101 100 93 92 92 92
THOUSAND 6 1 5 3 3 111 109 85 120 119 101 102 101 101
MINIMUM 6 2 4 3 3 107 96 108 93 95 94 91 91 91
NYM 7 4 3 2 5 99 97 117 96 100 106 110 112 111
NY 6 0 6 3 3 110 95 100 78 80 104 86 85 85
OAK 7 2 5 0 7 101 97 106 120 117 103 119 117 118
FI 7 3 4 5 2 105 106 133 104 104 115 118 118 118
PIT 7 3 4 0 7 103 102 112 66 64 109 96 94 95
South Dakota 6 3 3 3 3 100 98 89 119 119 94 100 100 100
S.F. 6 1 5 6 0 74 77 94 102 101 92 92 92 92
SEA 6 1 5 3 3 110 95 96 117 119 90 100 99 99
STL 6 1 5 3 3 105 99 98 120 119 93 101 100 100
tuberculosis 7 0 7 0 7 105 112 112 120 114 113 121 119 119
TEXAS 6 2 4 6 0 112 101 103 118 122 98 103 104 104
HILL 6 2 4 3 3 121 102 99 106 111 91 97 97 97
WSH 6 2 4 0 6 121 114 104 94 96 92 91 92 92

Pitcher Matchups

Equipment MON SEA GET MARRY THU FRI HE SAT SUN
ARZ Ashcraft R green r Abbott L. Skubal L Flaherty R. Maeda R.
ATL Imanaga L Wesneski R Asad R. Musgrove R. Waldron R. Darvish R.
ball Berrios R Bassitt R. Kikuchi L. Miller R. castlel Kirby R.
bos Eflin R Cival R Bradley R. Littell R. @GibsonR @Mikolas R @RobberseR
CHC @Lopez R @Sale L @MortonR jones r Skenes R. Missing L Keller R.
ACS Williams R. Parker L. Corbin L. @Cortés L @Gil R @Rodón L
NIC @Montgomery L @Cecconi R @Pfaadt R @PaxtonL @Buehler R @KnackR @Yamamoto R.
C.L.E. @LorenzenR @Leiter R @Gris R Woods Richardson R. Ober R Paddack R
COLUMN @Vásquez R @Cesar R @King R @NegroR @Harrison L. @HicksR
DET Sanchez R. L Times Rogers @nelsonr @Gallen R @Montgomery L
hou young man r SearsL Bido R. Blackburn R. Peralta R Wilson R. Rear
kc @Kirby R. @Gilberto R. @woo r Wood L young man r SearsL
THE A Robberse R Gray R lynn r. @HeaneyL @Eovaldi R @LorenzenR
YOUNG GUY @HicksR @WinnR @webb R Lodolo L Montas R Ashcraft R green r
missing in action @Maeda R @Olson R. @MizeR Severino R. Megill R. Manaea L
THOUSAND Keller R. Priest R Perez L. @Verlander R @brown R @BlancoR
MINIMUM Rodon L Stroman R. SchmidtR @McKenzie R @Allen L. @Bibee R
NYM Sanchez L. Nola R. @Suarez L @Walker R. @luzardol @GarrettL @Sanchez R
NY @Paddack R @Lopez R @RyanR Clevinger R. Soroka R. Flexen R
OAK @brown R @BlancoR @valdezl @JavierR @RagansL @LugoR @singer R
FI @Manaea L @ButtoR QuintanaL Scott R. irvin r Gore L. Williams R.
PIT @Rear @RossR @Gaser L @SteeleL @Taillon R @Hendricks R @Imanaga L
South Dakota Blach L. Quantril R Gomber L @Frito L @Elder R @Lopez R
SEA singer r. wacha r Marsh R. @Medios L @Kremer R @Burnes R.
S.F. Yamamoto R. stone r Glasnow R. Feltner R. Hudson R. Blach L.
STL @SorianoR @Detmers L @CanningR Bello R. CrawfordR Pivetta R.
tuberculosis @CrawfordR @Pivetta R @HouckR @Criswell R @Gausman R @Manoah R @Berrios R
TEXAS Bibee R. R animated Carrasco R. anderson Sandovall Soriano R.
HILL @Burnes R. @Bradish R @Irvin L. Alexander L. Eflin R Cival R
WSH @FlexenR @FeddeR @CrochetL @WheelerR @Sanchez L @Nola R.