Astros AM Breakdown: The Yuli Gurriel Game

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HOUSTON, TX - JUNE 24: Yuli Gurriel #10 of the Houston Astros hits a grand slam in the second inning against the Kansas City Royals at Minute Maid Park on June 24, 2018 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - JUNE 24: Yuli Gurriel #10 of the Houston Astros hits a grand slam in the second inning against the Kansas City Royals at Minute Maid Park on June 24, 2018 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images) /
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When the Astros offense is clicking, there may not be a better team in baseball.

The Astros are 52-27 on the season and the team has won 15 of the past 17 games. Great news if you’re a member or fan of the team. Their AL West lead is now 4.5 games over the second-place Mariners. A lot of baseball is left, but the Astros are in a good spot on June 25th.

If you watched or listened to the Astros on Sunday, June 24th, then you know about Yuli Gurriel‘s monster of a game.

3-for-5, 2 2B, HR (4), 2 R, 4 RBIs

Thanks in part to Gurriel’s offensive explosion, which was capped by a grand slam in the second inning, the Astros came away with another win.

Gurriel, in fact, had the largest Win Probability Added — WPA — of .160 for Houston. The only other player with a larger WPA regardless of the positive and negative range was Royals’ starter Jason Hammel at -.384.

It is quite amazing what one game can do to a player’s numbers. For example, Gurriel had the following statistics before Sunday’s home game.

  • .300 batting average

  • .326 on-base percentage

  • .405 slugging percentage

  • .105 ISO

  • 103 wRC+

Compared to his 2017 season when he posted a 118 wRC+, Gurriel’s 2018 numbers are a bit down. Of course, we’re familiar with his hamate bone surgery in his left hand that occurred a few months ago. Anytime a surgery involving the hamate bone takes place for a major league hitter, it is not surprising to see the slow start.

Thanks to Sunday’s explosion though, Gurriel’s numbers jumped in a noticeable way.

  • .306 batting average

  • .331 on-base percentage

  • .429 slugging percentage

  • .123 ISO

  • 111 wRC+

While his batting average and on-base percentage rose slightly, the notable increase occurred to Gurriel’s slugging percentage, isolated power, and wRC+. These increases should be of no surprise since all three of his hits were for extra-bases. But it is still interesting to see how one game can impact a player’s numbers.

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Are Kyle Tucker and Myles Straw the future? [Call To The Pen – Kyle Cardoza]

Minor League Spotlight: Trent Thornton is rising

More Houston Astros and General Baseball News From Around the Internet

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We hope you enjoyed this edition of the Astros AM Breakdown.

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