All Things Astros and a whole lot more
Baseball can be one of the most non-linear of sports when individual performances are looked at month-to-month or season-to-season. With that in mind, here are a few head scratchers as the Astros wind down on a better, but not good, 2014.
In 2014, Jason Castro was an All Star. Yes, he was not a good defensive catcher, but as catchers go, he was very good offensively and might have set some club records for HR and RBI by a catcher if not for the injury bug (again). This season he has been a disappointment: BA down from .276 to .230, OPS down from .835 to .678, HRs down from 18 to 14, extra base hits down from 54 to 35, all in basically the same amount of games. It seems almost weird that he will likely end up with more RBIs except for the fact that there are about 15% more people getting on base in front of him than last season.
Singleton, a long time 1B prospect in the Phillies’ organization who was blocked by similar high K, big power 1B Ryan Howard, finally made it to the majors this season. His .181 BA and .659 OPS have made us wonder if he will pull a Chris Carter and turn things around or be the kind of hitter Luhnow’s computer would hate.
Tuesday night he got the big hit to win the game and made some glorious plays. Other times he makes errors that would embarass you at a Sunday softball game.
After hitting solidly in the second half of 2013, Dominguez has been a poor offensive 3B this season. His OPS has dropped from .690 to .608, and after 77 RBIs last year he will be lucky to reach 60 this season. He has no speed but a steady glove for a team that features a ground ball centric pitching staff.
So what do you think?