Astros gaining confidence after good road trip

Astros gaining confidence after good road trip

CLEVELAND -- The Astros wrapped up their 10-game road swing through Boston, New York and Cleveland on Sunday with a 5-5 record, the team's third .500-or-better road trip this season.

Playing that well through those three cities is difficult enough for any team. But for the youngest group in the Majors, it's proof of progress being made and provides a certain boost through the dog days of the season.

"The goal is to win every series. You take it one series at a time, one game at a time," Astros manager Bo Porter said. "It would be a huge confidence booster, I think, for our club."

It might even be a sign of the team turning a corner in its development.

"Guys are getting at-bats, getting more comfortable, getting more experience -- and seeing different things and starting to understand situations," Astros outfielder/first baseman Marc Krauss said. "That's one of the biggest keys in moving forward with your development and, so far, I think everybody's doing a pretty good job of taking the steps they need to to make this team a legit contender here in the next couple years."

Steve DiMatteo is a contributor to Daniel Popper is an associate reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.