Dave Hudgens is sporting an enormous smile lately. With good purpose. The previous Mets hitting coach has completed an superior job with the Astros.
The Yankees will probably be dealing with a way more explosive staff within the ALCS that begins Friday night time at Minute Maid Park in Houston than they confronted within the Indians within the Division Collection.
“This group does so many issues nicely,’’ Hudgens advised The Submit after the Astros knocked out the Pink Sox in 4 video games within the division collection. “Every hitter is just not afraid to move the baton to the subsequent hitter. They put together higher than anyone I’ve ever been round, and their recreation plan is true they usually execute it.’’
Getting fired by the Mets in late Might 2014 turned out to be a blessing for Hudgens, who additionally has been a championship supervisor in winter league baseball. His hitting recreation plan has been a hit in Houston.
“There are such a lot of good younger gamers right here, they usually have completed an ideal job of scouting and improvement and we’re reaping these rewards now,’’ Hudgens stated.
Hudgens, 60, has a easy philosophy. Get a great pitch to hit and do injury so be ready to see some huge swings from the Astros’ deep lineup, beginning with leadoff hitter George Springer, who hit .412 towards Boston. Hudgens’ hitters don’t get cheated.
“I don’t need my guys swinging at a pitch until they will do some injury,’’ Hudgens stated after the Astros did all types of injury to Purple Sox pitching, together with profitable the decisive Recreation four by attacking Chris Sale and nearer Craig Kimbrel within the ultimate two innings, fairly the star pitching combo. “In case you go in with that mindset, you’re not going to overlook your pitch as typically.”
That has been true within the common season and the postseason.
The Astros hit .333 towards the Purple Sox with a .402 on-base proportion, a .571 slugging and a .974 OPS. They blasted eight residence runs towards Boston whereas putting out solely 22 occasions and scored 24 runs.
That adopted the identical sample because the common season, when their .282 common led all of baseball and the Astros’ 1,087 strikeouts have been the fewest within the recreation. That speaks to the Astros’ strategy on the plate and their unimaginable expertise, led by possible MVP Jose Altuve, who hit .533 within the ALDS. Yuli Gurriel batted .529.
In the course of the common season, the Astros have been second in house runs with 238. Solely the Yankees (241) hit extra.
The Astros additionally led the majors…