Astros: Examining the RBI Percentages for Lineup

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Houston Astros, Kyle Tucker, Chas McCormick, Michael Brantley
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Chas McCormick  – .397

I’m guessing you’re as surprised as I am. I’m a bigger McCormick fan than most, but it’s hard to argue with these numbers.  The right-hander had 126 opportunities and compiled 50 RBI. Little known fact: McCormick hit .310 with runners in scoring position.

Jake Meyers did not have enough at-bats to qualify for this list.

Kyle Tucker – .376

Another accolade for Tucker’s incredible 2021 season. Tucker spent the season batting sixth and seventh in the lineup and it didn’t bother him a bit as he finished with 92 RBI. Tucker recorded 15 home runs and 50 RBI in 249 at-bats from the sixth spot alone.

Michael Brantley – .289

Anyone else surprised? There’s no doubt that this metric favors the power hitters for obvious reasons and we know Brantley was way down in that department in 2021.  Brantley batted second most of the season which means he also had fewer chances than most, so perhaps the results would have improved with more chances.