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Astros vs. Yankees: An analysis that defies explanation!

HOUSTON, TEXAS - OCTOBER 12: A view of the patches on the New York Yankees uniform in game one of the American League Championship Series between the Houston Astros and the New York Yankees at Minute Maid Park on October 12, 2019 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TEXAS - OCTOBER 12: A view of the patches on the New York Yankees uniform in game one of the American League Championship Series between the Houston Astros and the New York Yankees at Minute Maid Park on October 12, 2019 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images) /
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ST PETERSBURG, FLORIDA – OCTOBER 08: Jose Altuve #27 of the Houston Astros is tagged out at home plate by Travis d’Arnaud #37 of the Tampa Bay Rays while attempting to score a run during the fourth inning in game four of the American League Division Series at Tropicana Field on October 08, 2019 in St Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
ST PETERSBURG, FLORIDA – OCTOBER 08: Jose Altuve #27 of the Houston Astros is tagged out at home plate by Travis d’Arnaud #37 of the Tampa Bay Rays while attempting to score a run during the fourth inning in game four of the American League Division Series at Tropicana Field on October 08, 2019 in St Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images) /

Position-by-position, we’ll compare Astros and Yankees offensive stats. (Note: The outcome was nothing close to what I expected when I started.)

Let’s see how things shake out. We all know that paper is one thing while our eyes are a whole different story. On paper, things don’t look so great for our boys. But with our eyes, and with the Astros being up 2 to 1 in the series, things are a lot different. Right?

A few things to keep in mind.

• It’s the postseason and these are small samples.

• The Yankees have 11 position players on their roster, while the Astros have 13.

• We have two players that each only have one AB in this series, and two of our starters only have 4 ABs. On the other hand, two Yankees have 3 ABs, one has 4, and the rest all have at least 11.

Catchers:

Gary Sanchez, with three games and 13 ABs, has a slash line of .077/.077/.154 with a slugging percentage of .077, with 1 Hit and 6 strikeouts.

Martin Maldonado, with 1 game, 4 ABs, has a slash line of .250/.250/.750, a slugging percentage of .500, with a double and 2 strikeouts; while Robinson Chirinos has played 2 games, had 7 ABs, no hits, and struck out 3 times.

So far, even combining their stats, the Astros take this category with a slash line of .125/.125/.375.

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