Prior To the MLB live game Astros vs Indians American League Department Series starts Friday at Minute Housemaid Park, Houston Chronicle baseball editor Steve Schaeffer will break down the positional matches in between the groups.
By trading for Martin Maldonado, the Astros considerably updated their defense behind the plate. In 2015, the were the majors’ worst group at throwing away opposing base thiefs, however Maldonado was the second-toughest catcher to work on this year.
He captured practically half (17 of 35) of those attempting to take versus him, which can’t be underplayed versus a Cleveland group that led MLB with 135 taken bases. With a. 231/.257/.398 slash line, he’s not a huge offending hazard.
Yan Gomes does have some pop for Cleveland; he struck.295/.323/.468 in 43 video games after the All-Star break and amounted to 16 homers for the season. He captured 29 percent of opposing base thiefs.