Houston Astros’ All-Time Best Seasons: Left Field

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I might be a little biased in choosing one of Luis Gonzalez’ seasons. My birth year is 1993; nonetheless he enjoyed an impressive season as a 25-year-old left fielder. I placed a lot of value on his consistency as he hit .299 versus righties and .302 versus lefties. Gonzalez hit 15 home runs, with 34 doubles, and 3 triples while creating a slash line of .300/.367/.451. Baseball-reference normalizes his .818 OPS to an OPS+ of 123.

The 1993 Houston Astros compiled a win-loss record of 85-77. That was good for 3rd in the NL West that year. The team under performed as evidenced by their Pythagorean luck leaving them 5 wins under expectations.

Gonzalez was traded to the Cubs in the 1996 season and rejoined the club via free agency in 1997. He had stints with the Tigers, Marlins, and Dodgers during his major league career. However Luis found popularity with the Diamondbacks from 1999-2006. Gonzalez would be a 5-time all-star in that time while winning one silver slugger and of course was a part of the Dbacks World Championship 2001 season.

Next: 2007: Carlos Lee