State of the Astros: Week 10

The last week of the Astros season was not one of the more impressive ones. The Astros split the series with the Royals 2-2 and dropped a series at home to the Angels 1-2.

After an impressive 11 game win streak headed into this past week, the Astros underwhelmed, dropping four of their next seven. Here is a quick recap of what went wrong and where our Hometown team stood during this hiccup.

The Bats:

During this seven game stretch, Houston still had an impressive .286 combined batting average, ranking them sixth in MLB for the week.

Houston had 34 RBIs and 9 home-runs during this timeframe, ranking them 9th and 10th for the week in each category respectively.

The Astros came in 10th this week at wOBA at .341, and 6th in wRC+  at 116.

Overall the offense looked pretty good during this small slip up.

The Starters:

The starting rotation as it stands is hurting; Dallas Keuchel, Charlie Morton and Joe Musgrove have all gone on the Disabled list (as temporary as it may be) and Colin McHugh is still recovering from the “Dead Arm” he exhibited during Spring Training, so essentially 4/5 of the starting rotation is currently NOT in the Starting rotation. Lance McCullers is currently the only starter still going out there every five games (and some fans are concerned about his health).

During the last seven games, Astros’ starters ranked 18th in innings pitched, with 34.2.

13th in ERA, 4.67.

7th in FIP, 3.50.

14th in WHIP, 1.38.

Outside of the IP, the Astros starters have been above average for the last week despite amount of starters currently on the DL.

The Bullpen:

This looks to be where things went wrong during the week. Because of the lack of starters getting deep into games, the Astros bullpen was forced to pitch 27 innings, ranking them 3rd highest in baseball.

The Bullpen ranked 25th over the week with an ERA of 7.67.

11th in FIP at 3.40

17th in WHIP , 1.41

For what many have noted as a fairly good bullpen, this seven game stretch was quite taxing on them. Of course once some of the starters get back into the mix, this tired bullpen should get some relief.

Some Notes on particular players:

Brian McCann seems to have found his swing since coming back from his concussion. During the past week McCann has hit three home runs and drove in nine runners while posting a batting average of .474 and a wRC+ of 295 in that timeframe.

Nori Aoki reached a career milestone connecting on his 2000th career hit between MLB and Japan. In this stretch Aoki posted a batting average of .353 and a wRC+ of 109.

Yuli Gurriel was impressive the last seven games, as he posted a batting average of .348 and a wRC+ of 165.

Carlos Beltran continues to underwhelm, as during the past seven games Beltran has a batting average of .111 and a wRC+ of -4 (yikes).

Alex Bregman is still struggling at the plate. Bregman seemed to be climbing out of his slump a few weeks back, only to fall right back into it. I have been trying to make a case for Bregman all season about how solid of a hitter he has been with runners on and outs recorded. That has not been the case over the last seven games. With runners on and at least one out, Bregman has gone .182 with only two RBIs over that stretch. Despite that, in those situations he still managed a good wRC+ of 124. Over the seven games he has still been decent enough with the bat with a wRC+ of 104 despite a .200 batting average.  Overall I would like to see the untouchable prospect begin to come into his own a little more, and I think he will.

Where we Stand:

Overall, I would not worry too much, the talent is there and this just seemed like a rough week for the home team.

Your Astros still sit atop baseball with the best record in the game as well as a 12 game lead in the AL West.

I would expect them to get back on track this week as they open up a three game series at home against the Texas Rangers.

I would also expect many fans to continue to call for a huge trade that will land the likes of Chris Archer, Jose Quintana, Sonny Gray, or Gerrit Cole; and with the rotation currently experiencing injury hell, I would assume that Jeff Lunhow and Co. may seriously begin to kick the tires on a trade.

Keep enjoying the ride Astros fans, even great teams will have hiccups along the way, please don’t start calling for AJ Hinch’s job just yet.  

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