The Duel

Astros Unreal Streak of Not Allowing an Intentional Walk is Head Turning

By Braulio Perez
Seattle Mariners v Houston Astros
Seattle Mariners v Houston Astros / Bob Levey/Getty Images
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The Houston Astros are World Series favorites, and you better believe their sensational starting rotation is a big reason why.

The fact that they added Zack Greinke at the trade deadline only makes them that much more dangerous. But, just how good has this unit and the relievers been? Well, this obscure stat only adds to the team's dominance:

As you can see, it's been 153 games since the Astros allowed an intentional walk. Who's behind them? The Angels at 61 games, then it drops to the Indians at 15 games, then the Blue Jays at 13, Yankees at 12, Brewers with 12 and the Giants at 11.

The numbers here truly are mind-blowing. Though it might not be a stat you think about every single day, it's something that showcases just how dominant Houston has been. Normally an intentional walk comes through when a hurler is trying to get out of a pinch.

Well, it's not often Houston finds themselves in a pickle. This is bad news for the rest of the bigs.

With the postseason right around the corner, expectations will once again be high for the Astros to fight for the World Series crown. Right now, they're looking to be in a pretty darn good spot.


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