HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Astros are on top of the AL West and their two-strike approach is a key part of one of baseball’s best lineups. Yuli Gurriel, Michael Brantley and Yordan Alvarez all rank among baseball’s top two-strike hitters by batting average. And the Astros’ team batting average with two strikes also leads the majors. While strikeouts, spin rates and sticky substances have been the talk of baseball this year, Gurriel and company are among a group of hitters still putting up quite a fight with two strikes. Astros manager Dusty Baker says two-strike hitting is a matter of pride.
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