The Houston Astros of the American League West

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How Many Kemps

Andy K, Saturday, 27 April 2019 23:22 (nine months ago) link

Reddick with the #astros catch of the year pic.twitter.com/fAxRevByLI

— Houston Sports Talk Podcast (@HSTPodcast) May 10, 2019

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Friday, 10 May 2019 15:42 (nine months ago) link

It's early and this won't last and all of the qualifiers you choose to apply here, however, were one so inclined you could look at the best-ever wRC+ leaderboards and..

129 -- @astros, 2019
126 -- NYY, 1927
124 -- NYY, 1930 & 31
122 -- @astros, 2017
120 -- CIN, 1976 (+3 others)

— Mike Petriello (@mike_petriello) May 10, 2019

mookieproof, Friday, 10 May 2019 18:53 (nine months ago) link

two weeks pass...

How stacked is this Astros team? If the top six Astros weren’t allowed to bat and instead of replacing them with minor leaguers, the team filled in the missing plate appearances with the remaining players’ 2019 lines, the team would project to score roughly 4.5 runs a game after accounting for park factors. With the team’s great pitching (3.53 runs per game allowed), their Pythagorean winning percentage would be .611. The hobbled Astros would have the fifth-best Pythagorean winning percentage in baseball. Want it in BaseRuns? That still works out to a .610 expected winning percentage, fourth-best in baseball.

https://blogs.fangraphs.com/the-astros-are-ludicrous/

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 28 May 2019 14:42 (eight months ago) link

three months pass...

Houston's offense:

https://www.mlb.com/news/astros-have-historically-good-offense-in-2019

Most hitters with at least a 130 OPS+ in 250+ PA
1) 2019 Astros: 7
2-T) 1993 Tigers: 6
2-T) 1987 Tigers: 6
16 teams tied with 5, including 2019 Yankees

(The seven: Altuve, Brantley, Bregman, Gurriel, Springer, Correa, and Alvarez.)

clemenza, Monday, 9 September 2019 21:01 (five months ago) link

team wRC+ is now 124, tied for second-best ever behind the '27 yankees

mookieproof, Monday, 9 September 2019 21:04 (five months ago) link

(Had no recollection of that '93 Tigers team as being especially noteworthy, and when you look at them, it's somewhat misleading in that they had a bunch of guys just clear the 130+ mark--two guys were at exactly 130+, and their leader was at 138+. The Astros, by contrast, have four guys in the 130-139 range, Springer at 148+, Bregman at 159+, and Alvarez at 174+ in half-a-season.)

clemenza, Monday, 9 September 2019 21:07 (five months ago) link

Winning 11-0 after three tonight; they've outscored the Mariners and A's 32-1 over 12 innings.

clemenza, Tuesday, 10 September 2019 01:23 (five months ago) link

two home runs for this year's AL rookie of the year!

Mad Piratical (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Tuesday, 10 September 2019 01:25 (five months ago) link

alvarez the second player ever to reach houston’s top deck in right

i’ll buy you a beer if you can guess the first

mookieproof, Tuesday, 10 September 2019 02:11 (five months ago) link

Albert Pujols off Brad Lidge. I'll take a pilsner please.

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Tuesday, 10 September 2019 05:22 (five months ago) link

that was in left

mookieproof, Tuesday, 10 September 2019 08:39 (five months ago) link

The only other player to do so prior to Alvarez was former Met Jeromy Burnitz back in 2000.

(yes i cheated)

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 10 September 2019 14:54 (five months ago) link

dang Jeromy Burnitz hit 315 home runs.

omar little, Tuesday, 10 September 2019 15:29 (five months ago) link

i'm trying to imagine where that puts him on the alltime list. In the 60s or 70s?

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 10 September 2019 15:43 (five months ago) link

lol, i should've known: 130th

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 10 September 2019 15:44 (five months ago) link

No guarantee at all that they'll win everything--the best team on paper rarely does--but with that offense + Verlander/Cole/Greinke (Miley would be the #1 starter for more than a few teams), and Osuna (good enough), they look '70 Orioles/'75 Reds/'98 Yankees good right now.

clemenza, Tuesday, 10 September 2019 18:22 (five months ago) link

Run diff:

The #Astros have had quite the spike in recent days 👀👀👀 pic.twitter.com/CCL1gD3IAk

— Daren Willman (@darenw) September 10, 2019

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Tuesday, 10 September 2019 19:05 (five months ago) link

howbout the '54 Indians?

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 11 September 2019 01:10 (five months ago) link

'84 Tigers and '86 Mets, for sure. I don't know...I'm probably contradicting myself, but to be included in this group, winning the Series seems important.

clemenza, Wednesday, 11 September 2019 01:21 (five months ago) link


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