Some days the overwhelming overload of stuff in this pea brain of mine just pleads to be dumped. Today is one of those days.
- Some interesting Jeremy Pena vs. Carlos Correa statistics.
- They have played a similar amount in 2022 – Pena 92 games and 381 plate appearances, while Correa has played 89 games with 385 plate appearances
- They are very close on major stats – Pena (48 runs/14 doubles/ 15 HRs/ 41 RBIs) Correa (49 runs/ 15 doubles/14 HRs/ 39 RBIs)
- Correa has a much better slash (.271 BA/ .351 OBP/ .790 OPS) vs. Pena (.251 BA/ .292 OBP/ .716 OPS) but somehow Pena (in baseball reference) has 3.8 WAR vs. 3.1 WAR for Correa
- From a fielding side – Pena has gotten to a lot more balls than Correa, 248 assists vs. 204, while making a lot more errors, 13 vs. 7. But that does equate to about 37 more outs from Pena
- Of course, Pena has better speed and seven SBs vs. 0 for Correa. One number that is quite interesting is that Correa has grounded into 13 double plays, while Pena has only grounded into 3
- Any way you look at it, Carlos is not bringing $34+ MM more value to the Twins than what Pena is bringing to the Astros.
- Watching the ball come off Alex Bregman’s bat lately is bringing back strong flashes to the 2018-2019 All-Star, near MVP Alex. In the last 35 games, he is slashing .302 BA/ .389 OBP/ .940 OPS with 24 runs, 11 doubles, 7 HRs, and 24 RBIs. And in a hallmark of vintage Bregman he has 18 walks vs. 14 Ks. For the first time in a couple years, he looks right when he is at bat, and the results are plain to see.
- Baseball is just such a weird/streaky sport. It seems like it wasn’t that long ago when the Astros’ offense seemed like Yordan Alvarez with a side of Kyle Tucker. Lately, Alvarez and Tucker were struggling, and suddenly, the offense is coming from other places. Newcomers Trey Mancini and Christian Vazquez have 3 hit games. Pena has a couple multi-hit games, and the ball is snapping off that bat again. Chas McCormick does what he does best, which is to jump all over left-handed pitching. Tucker heats up with some big-time hits against lefties. Maldy continues a recent hot streak. Bregman hits like vintage Bregman. Altuve is solid. Diaz is one of our hottest hitters. Yuli isn’t great, but at least he started hitting a little. And suddenly, this lineup is looking much better even with Alvarez coming back to earth.
- The Astros team Hall of Fame has a problem, which this writer could see coming from the very beginning. When you let in 16 people the first year and then follow up with 6 more the second year, you start running out of Hall of Fame-worthy folks in a hurry. This third year they enshrined Tal Smith, who was there early on as Roy Hofheinz’s right-hand man in building the Astrodome and then being the architect of the Astros’ first playoff team in 1980. I can see that. And then they also chose Terry Puhl. I always liked Puhl as a solid, dependable player for 14 seasons with the team. He usually hit for a good average and next to no power. His 162-game average over his career was 72 runs, 7 HRs, and 46 RBIs. It almost felt like this ordained him for the Hall because he got super hot for a five-game playoff series against the Phillies in 1980 (10 for 19 with 2 doubles and 0 HRs). I mean, if they had let in – let’s say 8 people the first year and maybe 2 the second year, they would be able to sustain this a bit better over time. Maybe it is just Dan P getting a bit snarky over things, but it just doesn’t hit my threshold for the Hall.
- Christian Vazquez has 5 hits in his first 20 ABs with the Astros. Just as a reminder, Jason Castro had 1 hit in his first 22 ABs this season and 5 hits in his first 40 ABs. Just sayin’…..
- The Astros have had 21 players take the mound for them this season, and only 3 of them have put up ERAs higher than the 4.05 ERA of Luis Garcia. That is pretty remarkable. For comparison, in 2021, they had 15 pitchers under 4.05 and 17 pitchers above it for the season. The three this season who are/were above 4.05 are….. The long gone Pedro Baez (11.57 ERA). The long banished back to the minors Robel Garcia (7.11 ERA). And the third is newbie Will Smith (4.76 ERA).
This is my “stuff” to be unloaded today. What about you?