For those not in the know, a mudbug is a colloquial term for a crawfish, which to some people in this great land of ours, is a colloquial term for a crayfish.
Every month here at the Crawfish boxes we award the prestigious Golden Mudbug awards to Astros whose achievements go above and beyond mortal expectations.
Most Huggable Mudbug
Alex Bregman, his 12 May home runs tied for the MLB lead. Leading to too many of these.
Best Claws Award
Jake Marisnick, for putting the pincers around this Andrew Benintendi missile.
Most Supportive Family Members of Young Mudbugs
A tie between T. Pat Stubbs, Jackie Mayfield, and Barbara Gay, grandma of Corbin Martin
T. Pat Stubbs, father of #Astros catcher @GarrettStubbs who's making his Major League debut tonight, very emotional when describing how this moment stacks up for him: "Right now, other than the birth of my children, we're right there..Very good moment." pic.twitter.com/Zby0EKPZSy— Mark Berman (@MarkBermanFox26) May 28, 2019
.@jackmayfield8 wife Jackie very emotional with her husband making his MLB with the #Astros: "My heart is filled with so much pride. I can't be more proud of him. He's worked so hard to get to where he is. Nobody thought this would happen for him..It's an indescribable feeling" pic.twitter.com/Teq2yYzsN5— Mark Berman (@MarkBermanFox26) May 27, 2019
Barbara Gay, grandmother of Astros prospect Corbin Martin, brought to tears at being at her grandson’s MLB debut on Mother’s Day. pic.twitter.com/KzRbIBKPjw— Brian McTaggart (@brianmctaggart) May 12, 2019
Most wounded Mudbug
Tough call. Springer—two hamstring pulls. Diaz—two hamstring pulls. Correa—fractured rib.
The winner, and this is certainly not funny, is Jose Altuve, who followed a hamstring injury with knee “soreness,” a malady just slightly less frightening than cancer in the medical lexicon of the Astros.
Most Homesick Mudbug
George Springer, who wanted to get home THIS bad.
Everything George Springer hits turns into a homer. pic.twitter.com/wdtVlA97dh— MLB (@MLB) May 15, 2019
Most Dangerous Starting Mudbugs
Mudbugs use their long arms to pinch you to death. These are the long, biting arms of the Astros staff that pinched MLB batters the most.
Brad Peacock:......3-1, 2.76 ERA, 4.21 xFIP, 3.95 SIERA, 37 K’s, 1.0 fWAR
Justin Verlander: 4-1, 2.29 ERA, 3.69 xFIP, 3.10 SIERA, 42 K’s, 0.8 fWAR
Gerrit Cole:..........4-1, 4.13 ERA, 1.56 xFIP, 2.02 SIERA, 47 K’s, 0.8 fWAR
Wade Miley..........4-1, 3.25 ERA, 3.92 xFIP, 4.03 SIERA, 33 K’s, 0.4 fWAR
Note: Verlander and Cole pitched 5 games, Miley and Peacock 6.
Tough call. Verlander wins the ERA award, Cole is again worst of the four in actual run preventing results but tops in peripherals, (xFIP and SIERA) as well as strikeouts. Peacock is second in ERA but tops in fWAR and Miley just keeps chuggin efficiently along. Not a bad foursome to say the least but I’m making the easy choice, Justin Verlander. When will Cole’s results equal his underlying performance?
Most Dangerous Relief Mudbugs
It’s a two-way competition, Will Harris and Ryan Pressly.
Will Harris:... 0.00 ERA, 3.10 xFIP, 3.29 SIERA, 9.2 IP, 0.2 fWAR
Ryan Pressly: 0.64 ERA, 1.97 xFIP, 2.87 SIERA, 14.0 IP, 0.4 fWAR
Horrors of horrors! Pressly actually gave up a run last month. Despite that he gets the edge for Relief Mudbug of May. Honorable mention to Josh James who improved markedly, posting a 2.93 ERA and 14.67 K’s per nine innings.
Ryan Pressly getting Bogaerts to bail on a Wicked 83mph Curveball (outer 1/3rd). pic.twitter.com/UFzkSl0dO5— Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) May 26, 2019
Most Valuable Mudbug
You decide below. Here are your choices. These are the five highest producers in May by fWAR.
George Springer: 368/.432/.779, 8 HR, 213 wRC+. 1.4 fWAR
Alex Bregman:......260/.363/.635, 12 HR, 162 wRC+. 1.4 fWAR
Michael Brantley: .327/.389/.571, 5 HR, 160 wRC+, 1.1 FWAR
Jake Marisnick:.... .266/.328/.563, 4 HR. 141 wRC+. 1.0 fWAR
Carlos Correa...... .291/.357/.535, 5 HR, 138 wRC+, 0.8 fWAR
Who is the Most Valuable Mudbug for May?
This poll is closed
Results will be published in an upcoming Game thread.