Even with a reduced schedule this season, specific numbers are easy to interpret while others are not.
The Astros only have one hitter over the .300 standard (Carlos Correa: .310) after 20 games. The Astros have five pitchers who have started games with ERAs at 3.00 or under (though for some this includes some relief innings): Justin Verlander (3.00), Zack Greinke (2.53), Cristian Javier (2.91), Framber Valdez (1.90) and Brandon Bielak (1.76). Those numbers we can understand. Others are tougher to judge, so we will try to help you with some equivalencies of how these would project over a 162 game season, based on games through Saturday.
- Kyle Tucker leads the team with 14 runs scored (113 projected), which is crazy considering he has only 14 hits and 3 walks. Consider that Correa has 22 hits and 10 walks and only 7 runs scored at this point. (Tucker kept this up on Sunday, scoring two runs with his walk-off home run as his only hit on the day).
- RBIs? Well, Alex Bregman with 14 (113 proj.) is at the top, which makes sense. He is tied with…..Martin Maldonado, which is crazy. Bregman has the 14 RBIs with 21 hits, while Maldonado has 14 RBIs on only 10 hits on the season. Of course, it has not helped Bregman that for a big chunk of the season he was hitting behind two sub-Mendoza dwellers in George Springer (.185 BA) and Jose Altuve (.181 BA).
- After slashing a couple of dingers in games 19 and 20, Yuli Gurriel took over the top spot in home runs with 5 (40 proj.). Yuli took a big power step last season going from a career-high of 18 to 31 homers in 2019. He is back at it again in 2020.
- Gurriel and Correa are tied with 22 hits (178 proj.). It is weird to see Jose Altuve back at 15 hits (that is only 121 projected) when he has not been injured or missed time.
- Along with leading the club with his .310 BA, Correa also leads with a .402 OBP. Gurriel, on the other hand, is leading the team in slugging with .577 and OPS with .960.
- Cristian Javier, Brandon Bielak and Lance McCullers Jr.were all tied with 2 wins (16 projected) at the 20 game mark, while McCullers took the lead Sunday at three.
- Ryan Pressly is leading with 2 saves (16 projected), but since he had a late start to the season, it is hoped that he picks up the pace over the last 40 games of the season.
- The top inning eater to date has been Framber Valdez at 23.2 IP (192 IP projected), which has been a great help, especially considering how well he has pitched.
- With all the injuries and all the extra-inning games, the bullpen has seen a lot of action in the early going, but none more than Cy Sneed and Blake Taylor, who have been in eight games (65 projected) to date.
- Despite walking almost one batter per inning, Andre Scrubb and his wonder drop curve have yet to have an earned run charged against him (0.00 ERA).
- Behind Justin Verlander and his fabulous 0.667 WHIP in his only start, Cristian Javier is next in line with a terrific 0.831 WHIP in 21.2 innings pitched.
- On the plus side, Josh James has been leading the team with 12 Ks/ 9 IP, while also “leading” the team by allowing 12 walks/ 9 IP. Which pretty much explains why he is no longer starting.
Anyways, that is where the Astros stand 1/3 through this shortened season. What has caught your attention to date?