After a great season like the Astros had in 2017, it is fun to look back at statistical oddities, because so many of them are on the positive side.
Here are nine oddities for the 2017 season:
- In nine previous seasons in the majors, Charlie Morton had only once (7-4 in 2013) won more games than he lost and had a career 46-71 record. And then he won twice as many as he lost (14-7) in 2017.
- In parts of five major league seasons heading into 2017, Brad Peacock had appeared in 60 games, including 46 starts and was 11-17 with a WAR of 0.5 for his career. He had never had a strikeout rate higher than 8.3 K/9 IP. Then in 2017 in 34 games (21 starts) he was an insane 13-2 with 11 K/9 IP and a WAR of 3.2.
- Of the seven pitchers with 10 or more starts, Mike Fiers had by far the worst ERA (5.22). However he also led the team in games started (28) and innings pitched (153.1 IP). Talk about room for improvement.
- Of the 9 Astros with the most ABs in 2017 – George Springer, Brian McCann, Yuli Gurriel, Jose Altuve, Carlos Correa, Alex Bregman, Josh Reddick, Carlos Beltran and Marwin Gonzalez, all of them had increases in BA and OPS over 2016, except Beltran (lower in both) and McCann (BA down 1 point in 2017).
- Gonzalez had 49 walks in 2017. That was more than any two other seasons combined.
- The Astros led the majors with 346 doubles. They in turn were led by someone who had seven career doubles headed into 2017 (Yuli Gurriel with 43).
- The Astros easily led the majors with 854 RBIs, but they in turn were led by the 90 RBIs of Marwin Gonzalez which was tied for only 32nd in the majors.
- The Astros won 101 games during the regular season, but only had three pitchers with 10 or more wins (Morton, Peacock, and Dallas Keuchel). But they did have 18 different pitchers with at least one win and 10 with at least five wins.
- The Astros won at home at a pace that would have equaled 96 wins for the season, but won on the road at a 106 win pace.
Is there anything that caught your fancy statistically about the Astros this season?