The Astros had a relatively quiet offseason with the two biggest additions being Ken Giles and Doug Fister, but those upgrades, coupled with the optimism that surrounds first base at the moment, could lead to big things for Houston in 2016. TOday we saw our first glimpse of the team, and there was plenty to be excited about. Tyler White showed he can still hit, collecting a single in the second, Alex Bregman, last year's top pick, was on television for all to see, and Fister struck out four batters in two innings. But one common theme from last season appeared in the 'Stros spring opener: men left on base.
It's only one game into the exhibition season so we are far, far away from panic mode, but this is one area that we should certainly keep an eye on. Overall the team went 0-for-11 with runners in scoring position.
George Springer collected the first hit for Houston, a double in the first, but was wiped out when the next batter, Preston Tucker lined into a double play to left. Springer was well on his way to third, and it was an easy double-up for the Phils. The Astros scored their first run on a bases loaded walk, and their second on a throwing error, but it was Matt Duffy in the fifth that collected the first Astros homer of the year.
This should be a day for celebration, however. Baseball is back and the Astros collected their first (of presumably many) wins in 2016, 3-2 over the Phillies. Now for some nice defensive plays from MLB.com: