Monday, April 21, 2014

The Week That Was: April 14-20

*Simulate to end of season*

Through 19 games, the Astros are 5-14 with 173K:56BB. After 19 games in 2013, the Astros were 5-14 with 185K:48BB. So that's a 3.09 K:BB ratio in 2014, better than last year's 3.85 K:BB ratio. I guess.

The week that was!

April 14: First off-day of the season
April 15: 4-2 loss vs. Kansas City
April 16: 6-4 loss vs. Kansas City *SPRINGER DAY* (11 innings)
April 17: 5-1 loss vs. Kansas City *DO YOU THINK YOU'RE INVISIBLE*
April 18: 11-3 loss at Oakland
April 19: 4-3 loss at Oakland
April 20: 4-1 loss at Oakland

Oh yes. That's a 7-game losing streak, my friends. You have to go all the way back to September 2013 to find a losing streak that long! The Astros "offense" scored 14 runs in the six games this week, giving them a 2.3 run/game average, and "hit" .199/.271/.306. The Astros also struck out 61 times and drew 19 walks. The 37 strikeouts in the Kansas City series are the most in a three-game series since the 2013 Opening Series when the Astros struck out 43 times in three games against Texas.

In 53.1IP last week, Astros pitchers allowed 63H/32ER with 30K:25BB and nine home runs. We saw implosions from recently-departed Lucas Harrell, Jarred Cosart, and Chad Qualls. In the six starts, we had three games with a Game Score over 50, and three under. Dallas Keuchel's 56 on Wednesday was the weekly high.

Cosart's Friday night start was unreal. He allowed 3H/7ER, 0K:4BB, 2HR while recording just one out. He only allowed 13ER in 60IP last season. His Game Score was 13 - the lowest Game Score in a Cosart start since September 4, 2011, when he allowed 10H/9ER in 4IP for Corpus, for a Game Score of 9. Friday's game was the first time since his professional debut (July 31, 2009) that he didn't make it out of the first inning. And it was the second time in his career that Cosart didn't record a strikeout.

"Hitting" Performances:

Jose Altuve: 8x30, .267/.312/.300 - 4 stolen bases
Jonathan Villar: 4x17, .235/.350/.471 - 3K:3BB
George Springer: 6x22, .273/.304/.318 - 7K:1BB
Jason Castro: 5x19, .263/.391/.474 - 8K:3BB
Dexter Fowler: 4x28, .143/.226/.179 - 6K:3BB
Matt Dominguez: 5x23, .217/.217/.217
L.J. Hoes: 2x19, .105/.150/.158
Chris Carter: 1x19, .053/.240/.105 - 9K:4BB

Carter is now 7x57 for the year with 26K:9BB in 68 PAs for a .123/.250/.211 slash line. Five of his hits are doubles, though. So...moving on.

Pitching Performances:

Brett Oberholtzer: 12.2IP, 13H/2ER, 10K:2BB
Dallas Keuchel: 6IP, 6H/2ER, 5K:1BB
Scott Feldman: 6IP, 5H/4ER, 2K:1BB
Brad Peacock: 5.2IP, 7H/4ER, 5K:3BB
Jarred Cosart: 0.1IP, 3H/7ER, 0K:4BB

Anthony Bass: 4.1IP, 0H/0ER, 1K:1BB
Josh Fields: 3.1IP, 0H/0ER, 3K:1BB
Matt Albers: 3.2IP, 4H/0ER, 1K:2BB
Jerome Williams: 6IP, 9H/3ER, 3K:1BB
Paul Clemens: 7.1IP, 7H/3ER, 2K:2BB
Raul Valdez: 0.2IP, 1H/1ER, 1K:2BB
Chad Qualls: 0.1IP, 4H/3ER, 1K:1BB

Hitter of the Week: Despite the LOBsters yesterday, let's go with Jason Castro.
Pitcher of the Week: Brett Oberholtzer