“Ah, Nothing is too late, till the tired heart shall cease to palpitate.”
― Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Never say this blog fails to bring culture to the world. Of course our usual shots at culture are about as sophisticated as a Jack in the Box Munchie Meal, but dear Mr. Longfellow was a literary Hall of Famer. And he seems to have some words that speak directly to the Astros’ fans as we are emotionally tied to a team that seems to wait until the last minute to score and does not care if the stress of this causes its followers to have their hearts ready to cease palpitating for them.
The Astros have been the Komeback Kids this season as through Tuesday night 2/3 of their 18 wins have been of the comeback variety. Why is this necessary? Well let’s take a look at their offense by inning and compare it against the rest of the AL.
|Inning||Runs||Rank in AL||BA||Rank in AL||OBP||Rank in AL||OPS||Rank in AL|
|7 and Later||60||1||.311||1||.377||1||.842||1|
|8 and Later||38||1||.322||1||.389||2||.861||1|
|9 and Later||17||3||.319||1||.385||2||.821||4|
There is a lot of meat there, but the most important lines may be the ones that show they are ranked 10th in the league in runs scored during innings one thru six, but then are ranked 1st in runs scored from the 7th inning onward. This shows they have scored almost as many runs (60 vs. 66) in about one half the innings. Impressive.
Even more impressive are those late inning numbers – .311 BA / .377 OBP / .842 OPS – all first in the AL and the equivalent of having one of your best batters take everyone of those ABs.
So if it seems like the Astros tend to let that scoring lag to late in the game, that is because it is true.
And now if our hearts can just hold on…