While the Astros didn’t play on Thursday, they still had some interesting numbers worth indulging in.
Eight bytes equals a bit, so here are eight interesting byte sized Houston Astros related numbers that equals a bit of information in the 2nd edition of Astro Bytes:
97.6 – FanGraphs gives the Astros a 97.6% chance to win the AL West.
964 – The Astros have struck out 964 times, the fewest in the major leagues. The next closest team is the Toronto Blue Jays.
118 – The Astros also lead the major leagues in OPS+ at 118, with Toronto again right behind at 110.
95 – Yordan Alvarez is in the 95th percentile in HardHit%, which identifies balls with an exit velocity of 95 MPH or greater. 52.8% of Alvarez’s batted balls meet this definition.
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102 – Jose Altuve last homered on July 30th at San Francisco in the bottom of the sixth inning and has now gone 102 at bats without a home run, after hitting 25 in the first four months of the season.
.714 – To reach 100 wins the Astros will need to 25-10 (.714) over the last 35 games of the regular season.
7 – Lost in the emergence and potential of Jake Meyers is Chas McCormick’s outstanding and versatile defense. McCormick has seven Outs Above Average (94th percentile) – three in right, and two each in center and left.
McCormick’s played at least 173 innings at all three positions, has handled 120 chances without error, and has a sprint speed and outfielder jump both in the 93rd percentile.
64 – Lance McCullers, Jr. has 64 strikeouts on his slider which he throws on 28.6% of his pitches. Opponents are batting .140 off the pitch, which McCullers, Jr. just started throwing this season.