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Triple Milestones 2011

November 5, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Offensive production in the major leagues continued to decline slightly in 2011 but not as much as in 2010. The number of runs per game has declined each year from 9.72 in 2006 to 8.57 in 2011. The home run rate of 1.87 per game was the lowest since 1993. The major league batting average, […]

World Series 2011 Observations

October 29, 2011 by · 2 Comments 

The 2011 World Series will be remembered as a great one despite an anti-climactic Game 7.  Before that there were 4 nail-biters plus Albert Pujols epic game and an unforgettable game 6. If ever there was a team of destiny, it’s the 2011 St. Louis Cardinals. Future regular season and World Series comebacks will be […]

Triple Milestones–Final 2011

October 1, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Seven players reached the milestones of a .300 batting average, 30 home runs and 100 RBI this year. Four American Leaguers and three National Leaguers made it.  The only repeaters are Miguel Cabrera and Paul Konerko. The three National Leaguers who made it last year, Albert Pujols, Joey Votto and Carlos Gonzalez fell short but Pujols […]

Triple Milestones 2011–Ten Games to Go

September 21, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

Despite 2011 being considered a pitchers year, a surprising number of players are making a run at the triple milestones of a .300 batting average, 30 home runs and 100 RBIs.  Here’s the lineup. (Stats as of Sunday, September 18.) Already In Ryan Braun .336 31 103 Matt Kemp .320 34 113   Will Make […]

New Look for the Astros in August

September 1, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

The month of August represents a turning point in the future performance of the Astros. Gone are Hunter Pence, Michael Bourn and Jeff Keppinger to be replaced by several promising rookies this year and some promising prospects in the years to come. So far, it has worked well. Three players promoted from AA Corpus Christi […]

Recapping the 2011 Season’s First Half

July 2, 2011 by · 2 Comments 

The first three months of the 2011 baseball season are history and most teams have reached the halfway point with at least 81 games in a 162 game schedule.  Indications are that the decline in offensive production that started last year is continuing with most measures of offensive performance at the lowest level since the […]

Who Were the Most Productive Offensive Players in 2010?

December 7, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Numerous methods have been devised to measure offensive performance. The most common are batting average, on-base percentage and slugging average. Since none of these averages provides a complete picture by itself, a more comprehensive measure of offensive performance is useful. Such a measure would include the following elements: 1. The ability to get on base. […]

Triple Milestones – 2010

November 6, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Offensive production in the major leagues in 2010 was down significantly from 2009. The number of runs per game has declined each year from 9.72 in 2006 to 8.77 in 2010. The home run rate of 1.90 per game was down from the 2.02 rate in 2009. The major league batting average, on-base percentage and […]

Astros Begin Reloading in 2010 Season

October 7, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

After a miserable start to the 2010 season, the Houston Astros made a mid-course correction in July.  Astro icons Roy Oswalt and Lance Berkman were traded for 6 younger players and the Club made a modest recovery in the second half of the season with rookies manning four positions in most games.  Catcher Jason Castro […]

Astros Come to Life in August

September 3, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

In the final month of the Astros forgettable 2009 season, the Astros inexplicably swept the National League Champion Philadelphia Phillies in a 4 game series in Houston.  The 2010 schedule also included a 4-game series with the Phillies, this time in Philadelphia in August.  The result was the same as the Astros brought their brooms […]

Hitters not Forgotten in a Pitchers Year

August 24, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

As the baseball season reaches the three-quarter pole. pitchers continue to dominate with several strong candidates for the Cy Young Award in both leagues.  However, hitters have not been completely left out as eight hitters are on target to reach a .300 batting average with 30 home runs and 100 RBIs.  Four others are close. […]

Memories of the Shot Heard Round the World

August 18, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

I suspect everyone my age with an interest in baseball knows where they were when Bobby Thomson hit his historic home run in 1951.  I was in my 11th grade physics class at South High School in Denver.  I was an avid Brooklyn Dodger fan growing up and listened to part of the game on […]

SABR 40 Convention Report

August 14, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

By all accounts, SABR 40 in Atlanta was a big success although registration was below the total in recent years.  I know I sure had a good time. SABR is clearly in a time of transition.  Executive Director John Zajc is resigning to pursue other interests.  His replacement is Marc Appleman who has had an […]

Break Up the Astros

August 2, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

The Houston Astros finished the month of July with 4 straight wins, outscoring the opposition 25-2.  It was the first winning month for the Club with a record of 13-11.  Most of the credit goes to the pitchers with the starters compiling a 2.54 ERA, the best in the league for the month.  Brett Myers […]

It’s Not Just a Year for the Pitchers

July 6, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

A lot has been written this year about the resurgence in domination by pitchers. It’s true that it has been a good year for pitchers but hitters have not completely disappeared although it may seem that way when a player like Omar Infante is selected for the All-Star Game. Last year, only 5 players batted […]

Astros Break Even in June

July 1, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

The Houston Astros had their best month of the season in June with a 14-14 record.  They were 11-2 against National League teams but only 3-12 in Interleague games against teams from the American League including the Yankees, Rangers and Tampa Bay Rays, three of the strongest teams in the league. The team averaged 4.4 […]

What Ever Happened to the 2005 Houston Astros?

June 13, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

In the last week, Eric Bruntlett was released by the Washington Nationals, Jason Lane was released by the Florida Marlins, Adam Everett was designated for assignment by the Detroit Tigers and Mike Lamb was designated for assignment by the Marlins.  All four were members of the 2005 Houston Astros team that won the National League […]

Are the Astros Really This Bad?

June 2, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Anyone who saw the first two games of the Cincinnati series last week and the Washington game on Monday would obviously answer yes. The Astros are on a pace to lose 108 games this year after never having lost 100 in their 48-year history. After getting in a hole with an 8-14 record in April, […]

Where Is the Offense?

May 6, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

The Houston Astros have started slowly for several years (9-13 in April, 2009 and 13-16 in 2008).  However, the month of April, 2010 (8-14) was even worse.  After the Club started 0-8, there was a brief ray of hope when the team went 8-2 in the next 10 games including a 3 game sweep of […]

Live From Spring Training ’10: Cardinals vs. Astros

March 22, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Astro starter, Wandy Rodriguez, couldn’t find a pitch he could get past the St. Louis Cardinals’ all right handed batting order in the first inning and was rocked for 5 runs in a Monday game at Kissimmee..  The big blows were a 2-run double by Ryan Ludwick and a 3-run homer by David Freese.  After […]

Live From Spring Training ’10: Yankees vs. Astros

March 20, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

A sun-drenched, record crowd of 7,020 fans saw the Houston Astros overcome a 4-0 deficit to defeat a New York Yankees split squad 8-6 in Kissimmee Saturday afternoon.  The Yankees struck early against Brett Myers with a home run by Robinson Cano in the second inning and two more runs in the third on a triple by […]

Live From Spring Training ’10: Blue Jays Vs. Astros

March 19, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

In a game played primarily by backup players and minor leaguers, the Houston Astros defeated the Toronto Blue Jays, 2-0, Friday afternoon in Kissimmee. The Astros scored one run in the first inning on a leadoff triple by Jason Bourgeois and a groundout by Jeff Keppinger and another in the second inning on a wind-aided […]

Live From Spring Training ’10: Red Sox Vs. Astros

March 17, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

On a perfect day for baseball, the Boston Red Sox and Houston Astros showcased their ace pitchers before a capacity crowd in Kissimmee.  Roy Oswalt and Jon Lester each worked the first four innings with Oswalt departing with a 1-0 lead for the win.  Oswalt focused on locating his fastball while Lester mixed in more off speed and […]

Analyzing the 2010 Hall of Fame Vote

January 15, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Andre Dawson was the only player to receive 75% of the votes necessary for induction.   Roberto Alomar and Bert Blyleven came close and are well positioned to be elected in 2011. Here are the numbers:

Rating the 2010 Hall of Fame Candidates Based on Win Shares

December 21, 2009 by · 6 Comments 

One of the first items of business in baseball each year is the announcement of players elected to the Hall of Fame. This leads to lots of speculation and a little analysis prior to the announcement which is scheduled for January 6, 2010.

Astros End Season on a Low Note

October 12, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

The Houston Astros limped to the finish line in 2009 with a 74-88 record after being swept by the lowly Mets on the final weekend. Starting on September 1, the Astros went 11-20 as the Club fell short in all aspects of the game.

Six Players Reach Triple Milestones

October 6, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

Only six players reached the triple milestones of a .300 batting average, 30 home runs and 100 RBIs in 2009, the lowest figure since the strike year of 1994 when only three made it. Joe Mauer (.364-28-96) could raise the total to 7 if he gets 2 homers and 4 RBIs in the playoff game […]

Triple Milestones-2009, One Week to Go

September 29, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

With one week to go in the season, four players are in with .300-30-100 seasons.

Triple Milestone Update

September 21, 2009 by · 1 Comment 

With two weeks remaining in the 2009 regular season, the Division and Wild Card races appear to all be pretty well settled. This may result in greater attention to some personal accomplishments by players. Only four players are currently on target to reach the triple crown milestones of a .300 batting average, 30 home runs […]

Triple Milestones 2009

September 3, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

For the last several years, I have tracked the players who hit with power and enough consistency to record seasons with 30 home runs, 100 RBIs and a batting average of .300. In the year 2000, 26 players reached all three, but the number has fallen off to seven or eight the last few years.

Astros Falter in August

September 2, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

After rising to the level of semi-respectability at the end of July, things fell apart for the Houston Astros in August. The team compiled a record of 12-16 to fall well off the pace being set by the Division leading St. Louis Cardinals.

Up and Down Month for Astros in July

August 1, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

The Astros put together their second straight winning month in July (15-12) following a 16-11 record in June. The centerpiece was a three game sweep of the Cardinals in Houston reminiscent of a similar sweep in September last year that kept the Astros in the running for the wild card until the last weekend of […]

A Dismal Month of May for the Astros

June 1, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

The Houston Astros had a team batting average of .289 in the month of May. The only major league team with a higher average in May was the Dodgers. That’s the good news.

April Again Unkind to Astros

May 7, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

The Astros record of 9-13 in April was not much different than last year (13-16). Bad starts and strong finishes have become the norm in recent years.

Live From Spring Training ’09: Astros vs. Phillies

March 27, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

The Houston Astros made it seven in a row today with a 6-5 win over the Philadelphia Phillies as I watched my final spring training game this year from the seat occupied by President Bush, 41, for a couple of games earlier this week. Ryan Howard and Jimmy Rollins didn’t make the trip, but the […]

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