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

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The Houston Astros added slugger Trey Mancini to the squad just before the August 2 trading deadline in a trade with the Baltimore Orioles. Mancini got his Houston career off to a scorching start to say the least, and it’s a reminder of what he could do for the Astros later on.

In his second game since the trade, he homered against the Red Sox, and on Friday-evening in Cleveland, he went deep twice in a 9-3 victory over the Guardians. His first homer of the night helped make some history:

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

Currently, Mancini has three hits as Astro, and all three of those hits have been home runs. After Friday night’s big performance, he now cuts .268/.345/.425 on the season. No, Mancini will not continue to hit three home runs every eight at bats for Houston, but he will be a constant source of power throughout the stretch and into the postseason. That’s primarily because he’s a very good hitter, and it’s also because he’ll be a much better fit in his new home baseball.

You will recall that prior to the season, the Orioles resized left field at Camden Yards. The new wall in left field is about 10 meters further from home plate than it used to be, and also 1.5 meters higher, according to estimates made by The Baltimore Sun. While Mancini has power over all fields, he was badly hurt by those changes in Baltimore. Now he’s in Houston, with arguably the most accommodating left field porch in all of MLB. Perhaps not coincidentally, Mancini has shown a more pull-heavy approach since trading. Yes, the data sample is ridiculously small, but it’s important to see if that trend continues.

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

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