The Astros went 17-13 for the combo-month of September and October, which allowed them to just hold off the Mariners for the AL West and the White Sox for home-field advantage in the opening round of the playoffs. The month was a relatively blah run to the playoffs featuring nothing better than a 4 game winning streak and nothing worse than a 4 game losing streak.
However, what is really important is who takes home the coveted Dundee, correction ChipalattAwards for the month plus three…
September / October results will be grouped here together to include the three games that lapped into my favorite month of the year.
Here is a quick chart of the Astros’ pitchers in September/ October
|Lance McCullers Jr./td>||3||1||0||30||3.00||1.067||.181||.275||.580||—|
Note – I added the IR (Inherited runners) / IS (Inherited runners who scored) stat to this month’s ledger for the relievers. Some interesting numbers there.
Starting Pitcher of the Month. Lance McCullers Jr. was by far the best and most effective of the pitchers, leading them all in wins, innings, ERA, WHIP, and BA/OBP/OPS against.
Runner-up. Framber Valdez – OK – if I was truly honest, I would look at the stats and say that Jake Odorizzi had the second-best stats. But C’mon man – I can’t do that. The guy can barely get through 4 innings without wearing us all out. It comes down to Urquidy or Valdez, and I give Framber a slight thumbs up on ERA and slashing numbers against.
Last Month – Starting Pitcher of the Month – Framber Valdez / Runner-Up Luis Garcia
Relief Pitcher of the Month. Ryne Stanek – I think this is the first time this season that this was not Ryan Pressly, who was quite mediocre this month. Stanek had that wonderful 1.46 ERA and those great .178 BA/ .260 OBP and .504 OPS against. And he did not allow an inherited runner to score, though it helps that he inherited no runners.
Runner-up. Blake Taylor. No, Kendall Graveman’s 1.69 ERA did not earn him this spot, not while allowing 4 of 5 inherited runners to score and putting up a bothersome 1.875 WHIP. Taylor did give up that game-tying home run in the 9th inning of the last game, but we know that was just to allow Yuli Gurriel to have his big moment in the sun. Right? He only allowed 1 of 9 inherited runners to score and had very good numbers across the board.
Last Month – Relief Pitcher of the Month – Ryan Pressly / Runner-up – Rafael Montero
Special Recognition Award. Brooks Raley had the best slash against numbers on the staff for the month, allowing a .167 BA/ .231 OBP/ .481 OPS.
Positional Player of the Month. Kyle Tucker was plain old nasty for the month, hitting 10 doubles and 8 HRs and slashing a sensational .346 BA/ .438 OBP/ 1.130 OPS. And he did a lot of this damage out of the 7th spot in the lineup. Now, who were we going to trade him for?
Runner-up. Yuli Gurriel. OK, this probably should be Jose Altuve and his 28 runs, 6 HRs and 15 RBIs for the month, but we give it to the 37 year old Cuban in a rebound season, who rode a .343 BA in the last month-plus of the season to a well-deserved batting title.
Last Month – Positional Player of the Month – Yordan Alvarez / Runner-up – Jake Meyers
Special Recognition Award (Part 2). Jason Castro – Castro entered the season’s last month slashing a barely better than Martin Maldonado .190 BA/ .320 OBP/ .653 OPS. But his bat roared down the stretch, especially late in the games, as he scored 6 runs, hit 4 HRs and knocked in 8 runs in only 23 ABs. That .478 BA/ .556 OBP/ 1.599 OPS slash looks like a misprint, but it isn’t.
Biggest Surprise (Positive). Has to be Castro. I thought he was totally washed up as a hitter.
Runner-up. Let’s give a tie to those two lefties, Taylor and Raley, for a solid month. Raley surprises the most for doing well for two months in a row.
Last Month – Biggest Surprise – Brooks Raley / Runner-up – Taylor Jones
Biggest Disappointment. Zack Greinke. Maybe it was the illness. Maybe the injury. But he had been struggling a bit the whole second half of the season, and though he had a great attitude about helping out of the bullpen….he has looked eminently hittable.
Runner-up. Cristian Javier. This guy has too much stuff to scrabble as much as he did at the end of the season. Maybe he just needs to pitch more and more consistently.
Last Month – Most Disappointing – Jose Altuve / Runners-up – Kendall Graveman
A Bad Stat…..Many young hitters are upside down in the BBs vs Ks, but no one more so than Jose Siri with 1 walk and 17 Ks for the month. And the only reason his on-base percentage is .347 (besides a .304 batting average) is that his showboating got him plunked a couple times to go with that single walk.
As usual, it is your turn to comment. Any awards you disagree with? Any you want to award?