The Astros’ Trey Mancini is off to a great start with his new team, and it could be a sign of things to come


The Houston Astros have added slugger Trey Mancini to the fold just before the August 2 trade deadline during a trade with the Baltimore Orioles. Mancini, to say the least, got his Houston career off to a flying start, and it’s a reminder of what he could mean to the Astros down the road.

In his second game since the trade, he homered against the Red Sox, then on Friday night in Cleveland he went deep twice in a 9-3 win over the Guardians. His first home run of the night helped him make history:

And his second homer of the night was the first grand slam of his MLB career:

As of this writing, Mancini has three hits as Astro, and those three hits have been home runs. After Friday night’s great performance, he’s now slashing .268/.345/.425 on the season. No, Mancini isn’t going to continue to hit three home runs every eight at bat for Houston, but he’s going to be a steady source of energy throughout the stretch and into the playoffs. It’s first and foremost because he’s a really good hitter, and it’s also because he’ll fit in much better at his new ballpark.

You will recall that the Orioles before the season adjusted the dimensions of left field at Camden Yards. The new left-field wall is about 30 feet farther from home plate than it was before, as well as five feet taller, according to estimates made by The Baltimore Sun. While Mancini has the power in all areas, he has been badly hurt by these changes in Baltimore. Now he’s in Houston, which has perhaps the most accommodating left-field porch in all of MLB. Perhaps not coincidentally, Mancini showed a heavier approach from the trade. Yes, the data sample is ridiculously small, but it’s worth watching to see if this trend continues.

We know Mancini has a lot of power. He has a season of 35 home runs under his belt, and after missing all of 2020, he hit 21 last year in his first season since winning his battle with colon cancer. Now that he’s in a home stadium that isn’t actively working against him – and will most likely help him significantly – you could see the return of the Mancini peak.

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