One of the biggest names traded this summer was first baseman Trey Mancini. Since arriving at the Houston Astros he has been a massive force offensively, adding a ton to an already stellar lineup. Here is how his first few games with Houston have gone.
Mancini Goes Blastoff
During his time with Baltimore he has always had big power and he definitely brought that with him to Houston.
His first big opportunity came on August 3rd, when the Astros finished up a series at home against the Boston Red Sox. After only getting one at-bat in the previous game, Dusty Baker started him at first base and put him seventh in the lineup.
In the bottom of the second inning, Mancini made some noise. After Kyle Tucker led off the inning with a single Mancini came up to bat. On a 2-1 pitch he launched a ball into the Crawford Boxes for a no-doubt two-run homer.
Although that was his only hit of the game, his first hit with the Astros was truly memorable.
The Astros went on to win that game 6-0.
His second start with the Astros came Friday in Cleveland against the Guardians. This time he moved up to fifth in the lineup.
He came up for his first at-bat of the game with one out in the top of the second. After the Guardians took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first Mancini aimed to tie things up. On a 1-2 pitch he blasted a ball towards the right field bullpens for a solo homer.
In the top of the third, the Astros’ offense went wild as they recorded three singles and a walk. All of this offense brought Mancini back to the plate with a run-in and the bases loaded. Mancini found himself in a 3-0 count before accidentally fouling off a pitch out of the zone.
He is probably happy with the foul ball as it gave him another chance to bring home some runs. On the very next pitch, Mancini launched a ball down the left field line for a massive grand slam.
He made quite the statement as he led the Astros to a 9-3 victory.
Mancini Makes Personal History
Trey Mancini has more than proved his worth in only a few days with the Astros. He has put on quite the show that not even Baltimore Orioles fans saw much of.
The game in Cleveland was not a common day for Mancini. The last time he had a multi-homer game was June 20, 2021, against the Toronto Blue Jays. His last five RBI game was on May 19, 2021, against the Tampa Bay Rays. That game on the 19th was also a two-homer and five RBI game.
His last time with three or more homers in a stretch of two starts was May 19 and 20, 2021 against the Tampa Bay Rays.
Finally, this was the first career grand slam for Mancini. After not hitting one in 2651 at-bats with Baltimore he did it in only eight at-bats with Houston.
The Houston Astros made a splash by acquiring Trey Mancini and so far he is doing more than they could have ever asked for. Mancini has spent his entire career with the underperforming Orioles and now he is on one of the best teams in all of baseball. If Mancini can keep up his power the Astros will cruise to another American League West title.
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