Today we return to a fabulous Chipalatta tradition of Free Blog Weekend. You can take the discussion anywhere you want as long as it is respectful and has some ties to the Astros or baseball.
As per normal, the blog will toss out a discussion point in case you are not feeling too original today.
Clutch Performance – Offense
If you are wondering why the Astros are 2-5 and trailing the first place 7-1 M’s by 4-1/2 games one week into the season, you really don’t have to look farther or deeper than a few stats relative to offense between the two teams.
Offense – Runners in Scoring Position (RISP)
With runners in scoring position, the Astros are last (30th) in the major leagues with a .095 BA/ .220 OBP and are 29th in OPS (.458) and 28th in runs scored (10).
The M’s are 9th in BA (.297), 5th in OBP (.408) and 6th in OPS (1.003), but 1st in runs scored (41) when runners are on 2nd and or 3rd base. The M’s have 5 HRs and 21 hits with RISP while the Astros have only 4 hits total with RISP.
This also extends to RISP with 2 outs where the M’s have scored 24 runs vs. the Astros pitiful three.
Offense – Late
Even though the Astros are hitting for a slightly better batting average in the 7th inning and later (.183 vs. .169 BA) – the M’s have scored 7 runs in the late innings while the Astros have scored ZERO from the 7th inning onward! Slightly choking there Houston?
In general, the Astros offense is struggling. They have scored 15 runs in 7 games (29th ahead of the Reds who have played one less game) while the M’s have scored 56 runs in 8 games.
The Astros are kind of middle of the road so far in getting people on base, but are a huge fail in getting them home. Something better change soon.
OK – talk about that or whatever you fancy on this early April weekend.