Let’s have a fun time looking at some situational stats and know how are the Astros doing.
Statistics are always fun, right? And they’re even better when they help us evaluate a player’s performance. Split stats can do that for us and it’s time to take a look at them and see what we can find on every Astros’ regular position player profile in 2021.
Let’s start with our catcher…
To be honest, there’s nothing good about Martín Maldonado’s season so far. But there’s a deeply painful fact about him this year. He’s gone hitless in 18 at-bats with runners in scoring position. Of those 18 outs —or six innings of play, call it what you want—, eight were strikeouts.
After a disappointing 2020, Gurriel has been money for the Astros in ‘21. You can have a glimpse of that by looking at his high-leverage numbers: 6-for-12 with two home runs and nine runs batted in. But even better, when the game is late and close, Yuli is .455/.571/1.000 with two goners and six ribbies.
Late & Close are Plate Appearances in the 7th or later with the batting team tied, ahead by one, or the tying run at least on deck.
The second baseman’s season has been a coin and its two sides. Altuve’s destroyed left-handers so far, posting a .400/.432/.450 slash line with two doubles and five runs batted in. However, it’s been a different, creepy story vs righties: .091/.158/.242 off them (3-for-33).
Just in case Altuve goes on the IL again, Dusty Baker already has a candidate to replace him batting leadoff: CORREA (joking). No, but seriously, the young star is hitting .407/.407/.815 (11-for-27) with two doubles and three home runs when he leads off an inning.
No matter if you’re Gerrit Cole or Shane Bieber, Alex Bregman is gonna get you in the early stages of the game. This season, between innings one and three, he’s 11-for-32 (.344) and has registered three of his four dingers and 12 of his 15 RBIs.
Brantley is a professional hitter who knows what to do and how to do it. When you think he’ll take a 3-0 pitch, he swings. And when he goes after a 3-0 ball, he’s hitting for a .455 average (5-for-11) with two doubles. Maybe he’ll do it more often, right?
I know Straw probably isn’t the guy you want in a high-leverage environment. I bet you’re thinking Carlos, Yordan, or Bregman. But let me tell you something surprising: this season, Straw has seven hits in 20 high-leverage at-bats. His .350/.417/.400 slash line probably changed your mind, didn’t it?
Everyone here knows Tucker’s woes haven’t stopped, but there’s one thing about him during this season. His performance has been much better against teams with a +.500 winning percentage, with all of his five homers and all of his 15 driven in.
Having runners in scoring position with two outs might easily be one of the most liked scenarios by a hitter. And Yordan takes advantage of those. This season, he already has 10 RBIs and five hits (four extra-bases) in 12 at-bats with RISP and two down, along with a .417/.500/1.000.