Though they haven’t been stellar yet, the Astros’ offense has the pieces to be one of the best in the AL. They’ll come around. There were questions about the pitching heading into the season, especially for a division favorite, though. For example: Dallas Keuchel won the Cy Young in 2015 but had a 4.55 ERA and 1.29 WHIP last season. Well, he was great in his debut on Monday.
Next up, youngster Lance McCullers needs to avoid the DL and probably also take a step forward to become a solid two for them. On Tuesday against the Mariners, McCullers allowed only one run on five hits in six innings with seven strikeouts. That works.
Further, after an awful start to the season, Ken Giles was pretty disappointing in 2016. Through two outings in 2017, Giles has a pair of saves with five strikeouts in two innings. He looks every bit as filthy as many thought he would last year. Will Harrisand Luke Gregerson have also combined for three scoreless innings.