The defending World Series champs don’t have the best record in baseball. The Astros, at 35-20, are tied for third. By the time you read this, they may well even be out of first place in the AL West, with the red-hot Mariners nipping at their heels and the week’s schedule infinitely more favorable for Seattle than Houston. Their .636 win percentage is good, certainly, but not dominant. But one area where they are dominant? The team’s run differential, at +126 (at the time this piece was published), which has them on pace to set a record that’s been in place since before the U.S. entered World War II. Run differential is a simple stat: It’s the difference in runs scored versus runs allowed throughout the…View Original Post
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