The Astros’ Trey Mancini is off to a good 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 fold just before the August 2 trade deadline in a trade with the Baltimore Orioles. Mancini, to say the least, is off to a blazing start to his career in Houston, and it’s a reminder of what he could mean for the Astros down the stretch.

In his second game since the trade, he homered against the Red Sox, and then went deep twice in Cleveland on Friday night in a 9-3 win over the Guardians. His first home run of the night helped him make a bit of history:

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

As of this writing, Mancini has three hits as an Astro, and all three hits have been home runs. After Friday night’s breakout performance, he is now slashing .268/.345/.425 on the season. No, Mancini won’t continue to hit three home runs every eight at-bats for Houston, but he will be a constant source of energy down the stretch and into the postseason. That’s primarily because he’s a very good hitter, and also because he’s going to fit in much better in his new home ballpark.

You’ll remember that the Orioles before the season adjusted the dimensions of left field at Camden Yards. The new left-field wall is about 30 feet farther from home plate than it used to be, as well as five feet taller, according to estimates by baltimore sun. While Mancini has power on every field, those trades in Baltimore hurt him badly. He is now in Houston, which has perhaps the most accommodating left-field porch in all of MLB. Perhaps it’s no coincidence that Mancini has shown a stronger focus since the trade. Yes, the data sample is ridiculously small, but it’s worth looking at to see if that trend continues.

We know that Mancini has a lot of power. He has a 35-homer season under his belt, and after missing all of 2020, he had 21 outs last year at his first season since winning his battle with colon cancer. Now that he’s in a local ballpark that isn’t actively working against him, and will most likely help him significantly, he may see the return of the Mancini spike.

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