All Things Astros and a whole lot more
If this was the month for the rest of the AL West division, the rest of the AL and the rest of baseball to make hay and cut into the Astros lead in the standings, the rest of baseball may be in trouble. Despite having four of their five starters on the DL during the month including the AL pitchers of the month for April and May, Dallas Keuchel and Lance McCullers Jr., the Astros put up a solid 16-11 record in June. That is the equivalent of a 96 win pace. For those keeping track, the Astros in their previous 55 seasons have only put up 96 or more wins three times. They have never put up 109 wins, which is their current pace.
So looking back at June – who gets the prestigious Chipalatta awards for this month?
Everyday Player of the Month – George Springer
Springer is putting up the season that everyone pictured when he went on his amazing run in May of his rookie year. This month took a lot to claim this award as so many players were stellar for the Astros. George’s numbers? 24 runs, 11 HRs, 21 RBIs, .333 BA, .412 OBP and monster 1.145 OPS. Here at Chipalatta we will trade those numbers for no stolen bases any time.
Starting Pitcher of the Month – Mike Fiers
Is it more amazing that Fiers was a starting pitcher this month or that he was the starting pitcher of the month? He was not as killer dominating as Keuchel and McCullers had been the previous 2 months, but he gave the team a shot in the arm they needed badly. With a 3-1 record, 2.32 ERA, 0.968 WHIP, .189 BA against, .517 OPS against, Fiers took back a starting rotation spot he almost gave away with a bad April and May.
Runnerup – Brad Peacock (3-1 record, 3.33 ERA and a 12.9 K/9 IP) – He did not pitch very deep into games, but he was asked to jump directly from the bullpen to the rotation and pitched about as good and long as could be expected.
Reliever of the Month – Chris Devenski
Beyond the fact that he had the coolest bobble head give-away of the season (Devo riding on a Game of Thrones dragon), he was back to being the best option out of the bullpen. He went 1-0, 1.04 ERA, .692 WHIP, .133 BA against, .464 OPS against, which are great numbers.
Best Rookie Cameo – Derek Fisher
Fisher’s numbers in a five game call-up belie the fact that he struggled a bit, but it was obvious that he belonged. He whacked a couple HRs and put up a .278 BA/.381 OBP/.992 OPS and left the fans thinking that he could be a nice boost to the lineup later in the season.
Stats That Don’t Match the Eyeball Test – Carlos Beltran
In a month where he struggled to a .200/.260/.660 line – Carlos scored 13 Runs, hit 4 HRs and had 15 RBIs. That is equivalent to 78 R, 24 HRs and 90 RBIs for a full seaason. Some of that is from being in the middle of a killer lineup, but it is far more productive than one would have thought from watching games for the month. Heck, Marwin Gonzalez only had 6 runs scored and 9 RBIs in June.
Runnerup – Never would have thought that Nori Aoki would be hitting .300 BA / .707 OPS for the month.
It may be unfair to throw Musgrove in here as he was working around an injury, but his 0-3 record, 10.29 ERA and 1.929 WHIP were eye opening in a bad way. Hoyt struggled with a 8.36 ERA, but his biggest problem was giving up 4 HRs including 2 grand salamis in 14 IP.
Biggest Disappointment for the Year – David Paulino
Paulino makes one wonder if PEDs can be transmitted from the user to the ones he is pitching to as he gave up 7 HRs in 25 innings pitched this year. He did give the Astros 2 wins in his 5 starts, but anytime a player is suspended for something he should not be doing, he lets down his teammates, his fans and himself.
Flash of the Future – Francis Martes
He wasn’t great, but he was decent and he is only 21 years old. Two of his three starts in the month were good though a little on the short side and with Paulino out of the picture he will certainly get some more starts in July until the cavalry arrives – Charlie Morton, Collin McHugh and Dallas Keuchel.
We at Chipalatta wish all of our dear readers and their families a great 4th of July.