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Astros turn high leverage situations Into negative numbers

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This is sad.

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For those of you who are unfamiliar, Fangraphs.com and a few other baseball websites track a "leverage index" throughout a game. Leverage tracks how much a single play can change the 'win expectancy" for a team. The Index was created by Tom Tango and to give you a quick reference on it, the more "clutch" a situation can be, the higher leverage it is. For example, the highest leverage ratio on Tom Tango's table is a hitter that is batting in the bottom of the 9th with the bases loaded with 2 outs.


Here's a link for those who would like to dig deeper into leverage.

I'm now going to post this screen shot of how the Astros have been hitting in "High Leverage" situations. It's worse than a Shakespearean tragedy.

That's a negative wRC+ folks. Negative. As in, below zero.

A quick look at the definition for negative really drives home the point:

Consisting in or characterized by the absence rather than the presence of distinguishing features.

There are some glaring distinguishing features missing on this Astros team currently.

... And I am beginning to become pretty negative about this season.

I guess the only way to spin this positively is that when you're at rock bottom, there's nowhere to go but up.