Friend of the blog Old Pro wrote about how the Astros are one of the best offensive teams around until …….there are people in scoring position, where they are very middle of the road. Which is unfortunate, since they have people in scoring position more often than any team around.
This made your humble writer wonder about who is and is not clutch on this team and this season in two situations – runners in scoring position (RISP) and 2 outs with RISP. The following mini-spreadsheet has the players ranked from best to worst in those situations. It is plain to see that while some of the players are Clutch Cargo, others appear to be clutching their throats in these key situations.
|2 outs RISP||48||2||24||.354||.446||1.051|
|2 outs RISP||28||2||15||.357||.419||1.134|
|2 outs RISP||63||4||26||.280||.366||.906|
|2 outs RISP||32||4||15||.313||.450||1.200|
|2 outs RISP||40||3||15||.225||.340||.890|
|2 outs RISP||20||2||11||.300||.400||1.040|
|2 outs RISP||36||1||10||.222||.349||.682|
|2 outs RISP||41||4||23||.244||.404||1.014|
|2 outs RISP||36||1||10||.167||.302||.608|
|2 outs RISP||33||0||7||.242||.286||.680|
|2 outs RISP||41||0||9||.171||.261||.456|
|2 outs RISP||23||0||4||.174||.269||.442|
- Eyes are not deceiving on the two best hitters in the lineup, especially in the clutch. Both Michael Brantley and wunderkind Yordan Alvarez are insanely good with RISP and are as good or better when it happens with two outs.
- Alex Bregman is fairly effective despite his bad BA in both situations. Just imagine what those numbers would look like if he was hitting like last season (.388 BA/.488 OBP/ 1.219 OPS with RISP and .368/.446/1.201 with 2 outs RISP)
- There is no wonder why Tyler White is gone.
- There is also no wonder why folks are thinking Josh Reddick may head elsewhere in the off-season.
- Carlos (Glass Menagerie) Correa is really solid with RISP, unless…..there are 2 outs. Then he is below average as is his buddy Mr. Springer.
- Yuli, Jose and Aledmys are actually quite good with RISP. End of the lineup guys like Chirinos, Marisnick and Reddick show why they are end of the lineup guys.
So, how would you rank these guys and who do you want to see up or sitting in the dugout when the spotlight brightens?