This is just one of those what if’s that bloggers do to fill the time, but it is interesting to think about. We do not know exactly when the season will start in 2020, if it does start, but just for argument sake let’s say it starts on June 1 after two months delay.
Now let’s look at what this might have meant for some important Astros in 2019. How could it potentially have changed how we look at last season?
Based on the full season, this was an extremely close race between Justin Verlander and Gerrit Cole. If we look at what their seasons looked like from June 1st onward…..not so much.
Stats from June 1st to end of the season:
Verlander – 13-4 / 143.2 IP / 2.76 ERA / 0.844 WHIP / 205 K
Cole – 15-0 / 140.2 IP / 1.73 ERA / 0.820 WHIP / 214 K
It is not like Verlander collapsed the last 4 months of the season, but Cole was insanely good and would have won the Cy Young in a runaway.
Rookie of the Year
The final results of the vote would have been no different, but it is interesting to see how Yordan Alvarez fared against his two closest competitors for ROY after the June 1st marker. Those two were John Means of Baltimore and Brandon Lowe of Tampa Bay.
Stats from June 1st onward:
Alvarez (who after all came up after the 1st of June) – 58 R / 26 DBL / 27 HR / 78 RBI / .313 BA / .412 OBP / 1.067 OPS
Means – 7-7 / 100.1 IP / 4.04 ERA / 1.16 WHIP / 76 Ks
Lowe – 14 R / 5 DBL / 6 HR / 16 RBI / .256 BA / .341 OBP / .827 OPS
This award would have been the ultimate no-brainer (it was anyways), if only stats after June 1st are considered. It shows just what a spectacular job Alvarez did after his call-up putting up numbers in 87 games that would look pretty darned good over a whole season. Means was solid after June 1st and Lowe missed so much time he might have fallen out of the top 10 of the race completely.
Some Position Player “Stuff”
Let’s look at what the season would have looked like for three of the players on the Astros.
Stats from June 1 to the end of the season
Jose Altuve – 68 R / 21 DBL / 23 HR / 53 RBI / .320 BA / .363 OBP / .953 OPS
Carlos Correa – 16 R / 3 DBL / 10 HR / 24 RBI / .244 BA / .355 OBP / .966 OPS
Yuli Gurriel – 59 R / 26 DBL / 27 HR / 84 RBIs / .316 BA / .366 OBP / .982 OPS
The numbers show how much both Altuve and Gurriel turned their seasons around after bad starts by both. Those numbers are stout. Correa’s numbers show how little he contributed over 2/3 of the season, though his OPS was surprisingly high due to a good slugging percentage when he did play.
So, is this just a silly number effort? Does it have any value?