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September thou art a heartless witch….


The Astros are melting like the Wicked Witch caught in a car wash as the heat of the pennant race is cranked up in the month of September. Heading into Saturday’s games they are 4-12 for the month and except for a miracle last Sunday would be on an eight game losing streak instead of a five game losing streak.

Here is a quick look at how the hitters have been doing in the month of September.

Hitter                            BA      OPS        HR     RBI
Luis Valbuena            .190    .498          0          2
Jason Castro              .200    .533          0          0
George Springer        .231     .599          0          1
Evan Gattis                .224     .631           2          8
Carlos Correa            .238     .685           2          7
Hank Conger             .244     .712           2          11
Jose Altuve                .369      .748          1          5
Marwin Gonzalez     .303      .797          1          1
Colby Rasmus           .283      .836         2          4
Jed Lowrie                 .267      .839         3          10
Chris Carter               .286     .946          1          3
Carlos Gomez            .306     .992          2         4
Jake Marisnick         .346      1.088       3          8

In general, a number of the guys they really need to carry them down the stretch (Springer, Correa and Gattis) have been struggling and Valbuena has been almost a total zero in September. Some of the most productive guys (Gomez, Lowrie and MarGo) have been missing time, Conger has been letting in as many runs as he produces, Carter is a mirage based on very few ABs and Marisnick and Rasmus are in and out of the lineup. There certainly has not been anyone carrying this club the last few weeks.

The pitching has been more consistent than the hitting – consistently below average to bed.
Pitcher                     W-L       IP        ERA
Lance McCullers    0-1        18         3.00
Scott Kazmir          0-1        17.1       4.15
Mike Fiers              0-1         18         4.50
Collin McHugh      2-0       16.2       5.40
Dallas Keuchel       1-2       18.2       5.79
Scott Feldman       0-0       2.2        10.13

Chad Qualls           1-0         5.1         3.38
Will Harris             0-2        7.0         3.86
Tony Sipp               0-0        2.0        4.50
Luke Gregerson    0-1         3.1         5.40
Oliver Perez           0-1         3.0        6.00
Pat Neshek            0-3         4.2         7.71
Josh Fields            0-0         6.0        12.00

McCullers has really been the best thing happening in September for the pitching side of the club. The bullpen has as many losses as the starters (6 each) and the starters beginning with Keuchel have been under-performing this month.

The Astros have ridden solid starting pitching, a top three bullpen and clutch hitting to their best season in many years. All three of those areas can take blame for their recent troubles.

Questions:

  • Any comment on the September stats above?
  • Are the Astros choking?
  • Are the Astros, especially the pitchers, just tired?
  • If you could wave a wand and have one area of the team come alive (starting pitching, bullpen, or hitting) which one would you choose and why?
  • Which three players need to step up and carry this team the last 14 games of the season?
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About Dan P

Dan Peschong is a full time engineer and a long time Astros lover from the days of Joe Morgan to the days of Jose Altuve.

38 comments on “September thou art a heartless witch….

  1. Zanuda
    September 19, 2015

    Looks like a bad case of the September Flu. Just about everybody has caught it. Maybe time for some vitamins or something.

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  2. daveb
    September 19, 2015

    Actually, it’s the pitching that has really gone south. Apparently, per the broadcast guys tonight, Kazmir’s velocity is down. And we know that Keuchel has never thrown so many innings. I do think the pen is gassed, even though they really have not been overworked.

    Can’t help but to note that my buddy Domingo now has 8 dingers and 23 RBI’s along with a .275 average in 120 at bats. Sure he’s striking out, but still has produced a .360 OBP.

    Congrats to Matt Duffy, a two base hit in his first ML at bat, just missing a dinger. Give the kid a start. Try something new!

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    • Devin_
      September 19, 2015

      daveb, I’ve said it before…I’d be surprised if Phillips is a bigger loss (from that trade) than Santana. You have to especially like his chances to be a star playing in that home park.

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    • 1oldpro
      September 20, 2015

      dave, did you realize that Preston Tucker only has 69 plate appearances in all of August and September. And he has 18 doubles and 13 HRs in 300 plate appearances this season?
      Santana’s getting a chance to play. Tucker’s not.

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      • daveb
        September 20, 2015

        Unfortunately, Tucker has not hit lefties, but as you correctly note, he has not had too many chances against them. But for the life of me, I still can’t understand why he’s sat against righties even when Gattis is at DH.

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      • daveb
        September 20, 2015

        And you know oldpro, Santana never got a chance with the Astro organization. Carter, Gattis, Valbuena, Conger, all the negative WAR stiffs playing and we’ve got a kid under our noses, continually ignored. Another reason Luhnow is not my favorite GM.

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  3. astrocolt45
    September 19, 2015

    Just saw a flash on the screen that said Qualls has allowed 0.00 ERA vs the A’s this year. Talk about a 180. I am not sure he got any of them out last year. He has done well since coming back from the DL. Glad to see Gattis get a 3 run dinger.

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  4. daveb
    September 19, 2015

    In spite of everything, it does not look like the Twins want into the post season.

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  5. Billy Castillo
    September 19, 2015

    Heh….didn’t realize there was a new thread…I’d been posting in the other one!

    Happy for my boy Stassi…not just that opposite-field shot, either. Looked good behind the plate. Turned it on at just the right time, too.

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    • sandy
      September 19, 2015

      We’ll see if he and Duffy made an impression. If it’s the same old thing tomorrow….
      Well I’ll just have to give up.
      Happy for the two of them tonight though.

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  6. Zanuda
    September 19, 2015

    The doctor said a dose of Stassi and Duffy should take care of the September Flu bug.

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  7. Dan P
    September 19, 2015

    Duffy had an impressive at bat when he hit the double. He kept spoiling the tough pitches until he got one he could do something with and he did not miss it.
    And Stassi made his mark too. Hope it means something.

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  8. Steve Fredrich
    September 19, 2015

    Stepper uppers: Starting now and for the next x number of years, Correa and Springer have got to be the leaders by on-fields performance (assuming Altuve will just continue to do his thing. And right now I think Gattis needs to come up big too.

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  9. 1oldpro
    September 19, 2015

    If I could wave a wand I would wave it for the starting pitchers to wake up. They have been awful this month.

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    • Dan P
      September 19, 2015

      Steve I agree on your stepper uppers and op – yes the starting pitching needs to come back – but will they?

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  10. Tim
    September 19, 2015

    Chipalatta bloggers can thank me for the win. I stayed true to my word and did not watch an inning tonight choosing to watch 50 Shades of Grey with my sexy wife. You can take it from there.

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    • Dan P
      September 19, 2015

      Watching 50 Shades of Grey or Sonny Gray – hmmm – quite a difference.

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    • 1oldpro
      September 19, 2015

      At my age there are only eleven shades of gray and most of that is in my beard.
      I didn’t watch or record the game. I took everybody out for dinner.
      Then Mrs. 1op tells me she recorded it. What a gal!

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  11. Becky
    September 19, 2015

    Well……..slap me naked and hide my clothes!! The boys pulled one outta the ditch
    tonight! Went to the Casino, thought I’d give myself a break from the cellar we’ve all been living in! AND……..DID STASSI GET TO CATCH??? AND…..DID DUFFY GET TO HIT??? Somebody go check and see if Hinch has come down with a fever!!
    WOW!! Kazmir has been uh…….a *bust* for all we gave to the A’s for him. I want a do over……so far I’m not impressed. Going to bed, see ya’ll back here tomorrow!

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  12. Mr. Bill
    September 20, 2015

    I am in a time zone six hours ahead of you all for the rest of this bloody September, and have only occasional access to internet, so I won’t be able to watch any games. But I will be checking in when I can and will be relying upon you all to keep me informed about the status of the recovery of our beloved patient.

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  13. Tim
    September 20, 2015

    The Fresno Grizzlies held on for a 2-1 win last night to force a 5th and deciding game today. Wojo was the winning pitcher and Big Jon had both RBIs last night. Mark Appel has a chance to prove he is worthy of being the top pick in 2013 as he is the starting pitcher tonight.

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    • Devin_
      September 20, 2015

      Singleton’s go-ahead HR came off a lefty on some sort of breaking pitch.

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  14. sandy
    September 20, 2015

    Hey Dan, what’s up with Brian? Did he have to go back into therapy after that game he attended in Minnesota?

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    • Dan P
      September 20, 2015

      Sandy – not sure but I sent him a note to let him know he is missed.

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  15. 1oldpro
    September 20, 2015

    I have been working on my pitching staff for next year. Assembled by Luhnow, I’m only going with 12 because of the experience factor.
    Bedard
    Humber
    White
    Ely
    Rasmussen
    Harrell
    Peacock
    P Clemens
    J. Williams
    Blackley
    Fausto
    Weiland
    If I decide to add a closer, I’ll go with
    F. Cordero
    I fully expect this to be a playoff caliber staff.
    We’re satisfied with the players we have.

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    • astrocolt45
      September 20, 2015

      Boy, I hope I don’t get on your bad side —- again. 🙂

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      • 1oldpro
        September 20, 2015

        September, thou art a heartless…..

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    • Billy Castillo
      September 20, 2015

      lol

      In all seriousness, Cordero announced his retirement a couple of days ago (and Bedard did back in June). And from looking at that list, well, it’s amazing how far we’ve come.

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  16. astrocolt45
    September 20, 2015

    DaveB, not only was Kazmir’s velocity down, his control was way off. I wonder if there was something wrong with him (stomach flu????) that Hinch knew about and came and got him. But also, on my computer, MLB TV feed kept showing Sonny Gray was in the high 80’s with his fastball. And he too was all over the place with his control. Lucky for us, FRod, that we all love and remember, showed up. And it did not look like Will Harris expected to face one batter. Maybe he is our Roogy.

    I believe all pitchers are tired right now.

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  17. astrocolt45
    September 20, 2015

    DanP: As to September stats, these next 7 games will determine whether it is wild card, division winner, or go home early. This is Super Bowl week for this team. Win and advance, or go home. And that is the way the season should end. If I had a magic wand, I would wave it over all 3.

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  18. Becky
    September 20, 2015

    Sassi behind the plate today!!! Somebody go get a thermometer Hinch has a fever!!

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    • Becky
      September 20, 2015

      Stassi.

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    • Dan P
      September 20, 2015

      We have a ever – a fever for more cowbell – oops – more Stassi.

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      • Dan P
        September 20, 2015

        Fever

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    • Billy Castillo
      September 20, 2015

      Awesome! Too bad I have to work today…hopefully someone will have the game on!

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    • sandy
      September 20, 2015

      What does Duffy have to do to bureau into this lineup?

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  19. Kevin
    September 20, 2015

    Thanks everyone I stayed away and we won, I see stassi and duffy were set free Yah. Lunschmuk must have taken the night off cool!

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