Houston Astros 2016 Season: By the Numbers
The Good Numbers
The number of games that George Springer did not appear in 2016. After missing the bulk of the summer last year when he was hit by a pitch on July 1st, Springer lead the major leagues in plate appearances (744).
The number on the back of Carlos Correa‘s jersey. It’s also the number of players with more home runs than Correa through their age 21 seasons. Correa has 41. Alex Rodriguez had 64 dingers from 1994 to 1997. He turned 22 on September 22nd.
The number of All-Stars representatives from Houston. Jose Altuve came as no surprise. Will Harris joined Altuve with a 1.62 ERA and .95 WHIP in 39 innings before the break. George Springer finished second in the Final Five vote, narrowly missing out being the Astros’ third representative to Michael Saunders.
The number of consecutive 200 hit seasons for batting champion Jose Altuve. His 641 hits since 2014 lead all of baseball and is a full 80 hits more than the next closest, Robinson Cano who has 561 hits over the same span.
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The number of Astros to make their major league debut in 2016, including 2016 USA Today Minor League Player of the Year Alex Bregman. The Astros were the 10th youngest team in baseball, averaging 28.4 years old (per Statista). While that meant a lot of growing pains this year, it should begin to start paying dividends shortly.
The WHIP of Chris Devenski. An unexpected bullpen stalwart, Devenski was the anchor of a bullpen that saw frequent turnover from the closer role, the departure of Scott Feldman, and the sharp decline of Tony Sipp. Devenski trailed only Andrew Miller among American League relievers with at least 15 appearances.
The number of hits and the batting average for the American League batting champion, Jose Altuve. After claiming the Astros first batting championship in 2014, the 5’6″ second baseman earned his second title in three seasons.
*** Stats from Baseball-Reference and MLB.com ***