Here is a look at how Chip, Dan and Brian’s predictions for the 2015 Astros worked out:
Astros wins in ’15
|AL West Winner||Seattle||Oakland||Los Anaheim|
|Most Wins/pitcher||15/Keuchel||16/McHugh||15/ Keuchel, McHugh|
|Most HRs||Springer||Springer 42||Springer|
|Most RBI||Carter||Springer 93||Springer|
|Altuve over/under BA||.334||.330||.331|
|# players with 150+ Ks||5||4||4 (Rasmus is injured)|
|# players with 25 HRs||3||3||3|
|Most likely to be traded at deadline||Oberholtzer||Feldman||Rasmus (if not injured)|
|Most likely to bomb by deadline||Rasmus||Hernandez||Hernandez|
|Best Astros’ Rookie||Wojciechowski||Wojo||Wojo|
|Trade deadline: Buyer or seller?||Buyer||Buyer||Seller, barely|
Well – based on this, do not go to Vegas on the happy trios picks, though it was not a total crash and burn.
- All three were very close on the Astros final total of 86 wins.
- All picked three different AL West teams to win the division, which did not include the two actual playoff teams, the Rangers and the Astros.
- All picked the Astros third, which was two games from being true.
- All chose Dallas Keuchel and or Collin McHugh for the most wins, but all three were below the 20/19 win marks.
- Dan hit Luke Gregerson’s save total of 31 on the schnozz, while his buddies were close.
- All genuinely loved George Springer for most HRs and RBIs (well Chip, picked Chris Carter on the RBIs)
- Chip picked Luis Valbuena as the surprise player (which he was as he hit more HRs and less of anything else than expected). Dan and Brian chose Jed Lowrie, who was totally unsurprising as he missed more than half the season hurt – again.
- Comeback players Scott Feldman, Jonathan Villar and Jason Castro will be lucky if they are invited to come back next year. (Just kidding Jason – no one wants to live and die with Hank Conger).
- Jose Altuve was a bit under the .330ish BAs predicted, but his 15 HRs and .812 OPS were solid.
- Only 2 Astros, Carter and Colby Rasmus exceeded the 150 K mark.
- All predicted 3 players with 25 HRs or more and nailed it as Valbuena (25), Rasmus (25) and Evan Gattis (27) led the team. Nobody would have predicted eleven Astros with double digit HRs and 2 more at 9 HRs.
- All picked the wrong three guys to be traded by the deadline, though perhaps not for lack of trying by the front office.
- Rasmus did not bomb by the trade deadline, but Roberto Hernandez was gone by then.
- The best Astros’ rookie was not Asher Wojciechowski, though truthfully none of us thought that Carlos Correa and Lance McCullers Jr. would leap from AA to the majors in time to dominate this season.
- The Astros were a Buyer this trade deadline and not a barely seller.
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