Astros’ Trey Mancini is kicking off a hot start with his new team and that could be a sign of what’s to come

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The Houston Astros added a weaker Trey Mancini to the fold just before the trading date on August 2 in exchange with the Baltimore Orioles. Mancini, to put it mildly, started his Houston career with a great start, and this is reminiscent of what could mean for Astros in an episode.

In his second game since the deal, he pounced against the Red Sox, then dived twice in Cleveland Friday night, winning 9-3 against the Guardians. His first homer of the evening helped him do some history:

And his second Homer that evening was the first grand slam of his MLB career:

In this writing, Mancini has three hits as Astro, and all those hits were home runes. After a great performance on Friday night, he dropped .268 / .345 / .425 for the season. No, Mancini will not continue to score three home runs every eight bats for Houston, but will be a steady source of energy later in the season and beyond. This is mainly because he is a very good hitter and also because he will fit much better in his new home.

Recall that the pre-season oriole adjusted the dimensions of the left field in Camden Yards. The left field’s new face is about 30 feet farther from home base than it used to be, and also five feet higher, according to an estimate by The Baltimore sun. Although Mancini has power in all fields, he was badly hurt by these changes in Baltimore. He’s in Houston now, which has arguably the most accommodating left porch in all of MLB. Perhaps it was no coincidence that Mancini showed a more far-fetched approach since trading. 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 35-year season to his credit, and after skipping all of 2020 last year, he reached 21 his first season since winning the fight against colon cancer. Now that he’s in a house that doesn’t work against him – and will most likely help him a lot – you can see Peak Mancini return.

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