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Astros: How the ABC’S compare to the Killer B’s

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HOUSTON, TX - OCTOBER 29: George Springer #4 of the Houston Astros celebratres with Carlos Correa #1 and Jose Altuve #27 after hitting a solo home run during the seventh inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers in game five of the 2017 World Series at Minute Maid Park on October 29, 2017 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - OCTOBER 29: George Springer #4 of the Houston Astros celebratres with Carlos Correa #1 and Jose Altuve #27 after hitting a solo home run during the seventh inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers in game five of the 2017 World Series at Minute Maid Park on October 29, 2017 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) /
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Comparisons

Now there are quite a few different ways in which we can compare the numbers. That’s the beauty of baseball. Once a debate appears to be settled, the number geeks come out with a new statistic or point of view and boom. The argument picks up again.

Today I am comparing the collective statistics of both groups. As a result, we can whittle down the stats to be as follows:

ABC’s:

Killer B’s

 

The Results

It appears the B’s were slightly better during the regular season with just a tick higher batting average, and a higher on-base percentage, slugging and OPS. They averaged a home-run in 4.3% of their at-bats, and an RBI 15.6%, compared to the ABC’S 3.5% and 12.6% respectively.

The postseason sings a little bit different of a tune. The B’s were .001 lower in average, higher in on-base percentage, but significantly lower in slugging and OPS.

Obviously, we can factor in a multitude of more variables when comparing the two groups. The different strategies, team strengths, and weaknesses can alter an approach at the plate. Or you can justifiably argue the B’s have a larger sample size to choose from. All in all, though, the similarities are there.

This is a great young group of hitters to be even in the ballpark in comparison to two Hall of Famers (BagPipes and #7) and a debatable one in the Big Puma.

Next: Astros: Can words really describe how good Jose Altuve is?

In conclusion, time will ultimately tell. So far with where Altuve, Bregman, Correa, and Springer are in their careers, the ABC’S are quickly etching their place in Astros history.

***Stats from Baseball-Reference***

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