Houston Astros vs. Oakland Athletics

Houston Astros starting pitcher Zack Greinke gets a visit from pitching coach Brent Strom after a hit by the Oakland Athletics' Vimael Machin in the top of the fifth inning during the second game of a doubleheader on Saturday, August 29, 2020, at Minute Maid Park.

Now officially into the second half of the shortened MLB season, the Houston Astros are firmly in the American League playoff race and, considering a slew of injuries that has threatened to derail the Astros’ season, much of the credit for the Astros’ winning ways has to go to pitching coach Brent Strom.

While the same can be said of any of the Astros’ recent seasons, it can certainly be argued that the 2020 campaign has been the finest coaching performance yet for the Astros’ Svengali of spin rate (if that’s not already an official nickname for Strom, it needs to be).

James LaCombe: 409-683-5242, james.lacombe@galvnews.com or on Twitter @JamesAtGalvNews

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