Oh man the Astros somehow lost a game. Is the World going to end? Hell no. Look, this is baseball and sometimes your dominant bullpen just doesn’t have it. Through a 12 game stretch it’s almost impossible to be lights out every night. So one loss in 12 games, isn’t a bad thing. Especially when you have Dallas Keuchel on the mound, which means the bullpen will get a major rest.
Game 3: Dallas Keuchel vs Jason Vargas
Royals, Jason Vargas
Opponents Batting Average .234
When opponents swing at First Pitch they are hitting .302
1st time through the order opponents are hitting .204
2nd time – .290
Vargas has interesting stats. He has a low ERA, but opponents seem to have an okay batting average against. He does induce double plays, so this gives him an advantage. The Astros patience will be key in this game if they want to keep scoring a lot of runs.
Vs Astros Batters
Josh Reddick .226/.226/.355 (1 HR/2 RBI)
Carlos Beltran .500/.571/.833 (1 HR/4 RBI)
Jose Altuve .417/.417/.667 (1 HR 3 RBI)
Astros, Dallas Keuchel
Opponents Batting Average .183
Left Handed Hitters against Keuchel .100/.118/.160
RISP against Keuchel .152/.222/.152
High Leverage Situations batters are hitting .087/.176/.087
1st time through the order batters are hitting .179/.212/.305
2nd time .169/.245/.258
3rd time .147/.216/.162
Vs Royals Batters
Alcides Escobar .333/.333/.500 (1 HR/1 RBI)
Lorenzo Cain .300/.417/.700 (2 HR/3 RBI)
Salvador Perez .100/.143/.100
Brandon Moss .333/.368/.444 (0 HR/3 RBI)
Eric Hosmer .294/.294/.294
Alex Gordon .077/.250/.077
Quite a few of the Royals have had success against Keuchel. Keuchel will hope to reverse the trend. Keuchel is a guy that induces weak contact. But the Royals usually have weak hits, so there will be extra weak contact tonight. This will not be a laser show from the bats, hahaha.
I’m going to say something short to end this piece. Yes, the Astros blew a game. It happens. And guess what? They’ll probably blow 2 or 3 more games sometime in the future. It happens, get over it. Let’s not overreact over a game. The team only has lost 17 games this season. That’s bleeping unbelievable. Let’s enjoy this!!
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* Stats provided by Baseball Reference*