The Houston Astros of the American League West

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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 (seven months ago) link

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

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

that was in left

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

dang Jeromy Burnitz hit 315 home runs.

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


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