Astros: Most Interesting Statistics of the Young Season

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Apr 12, 2017; Seattle, WA, USA; Houston Astros shortstop Carlos Correa (1) greets third baseman Alex Bregman (2) following the final out of a 10-5 victory against the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field. Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve (27) is at left. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 12, 2017; Seattle, WA, USA; Houston Astros shortstop Carlos Correa (1) greets third baseman Alex Bregman (2) following the final out of a 10-5 victory against the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field. Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve (27) is at left. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports /
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Mar 17, 2017; Fort Myers, FL, USA; Houston Astros relief pitcher Brad Peacock (41) against the Boston Red Sox at JetBlue Park. The Astros won 6-2. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 17, 2017; Fort Myers, FL, USA; Houston Astros relief pitcher Brad Peacock (41) against the Boston Red Sox at JetBlue Park. The Astros won 6-2. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports /

Statistic #2: Brad Peacock’s K/9

We may be witnessing an unexpected turnaround from Peacock in 2017. You see, the Astros have attempted to make Peacock an effective starting pitcher since he was acquired from Oakland in the original Jed Lowrie trade. And the results through 44 major league starts have not been optimal.

So, what do the Astros decide to do? Convert him to reliever, of course. And thus far, in the small sample size of 5.2 innings, the results have been interesting.

For example, Peacock’s 12.71 K/9 is currently the third-highest on the team. Only Chris Devenski (17.00 K/9) and Ken Giles (16.20 K/9) is better. There is no guarantee, or past history at the major league level, that states that this is sustainable. And 5.2 innings is still way too small of a sample to make any definitive statement. All I’m saying is if he can post strikeout numbers on par with Giles, and perhaps Devenski, we should probably pay attention.

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