While it’s true that nothing good lasts forever...
keep in mind that Houston’s seven-year ALCS streak is as yet-intact. Chances for an eighth straight visit is certainly within reach (and a ninth). I know today’s Boil is going to be heavy with negative comments, but I ask you to keep gloom-and-doom to a minimum. Negativity is allowed, but not encouraged, and personal attacks are unwelcome. Trolls will be removed after I get off my day job, unless someone else gets to them first.
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RHP Mark Grant (60) pitched 11 innings over six games with the 1993 Astros. He had a 1.455 WHIP, a 3.26 FIP, and 5.4 K/9.
RHP Wander Severino (20) has a 3.91 ERA and 70 K’s in 69 innings for the DSL Orangestros.
OF Luis Perez (21) was two-for-41 in 12 games for Fayetteville in 2023.
This offseason, I’ll be revisiting each of the 975 players to appear in a game for the Houston franchise from 1962 through the present day. There will be 121 chapters, so I’ll need to continue through the weekends in order to complete it by the start of Spring Training (give or take a few days). The first of these articles will be on October 26, and feature 15 players, as will the articles running on days two through nine. On day 10, the articles will begin featuring 14 players, then on day 18, 13 players, day 26, 12 players, and so on.
I used minimum number of plate appearances/batters faced to parse out the results. Benchmarks are set at five, 20, 100, 500, and 500+. The first four groupings are ordered by bWAR per BF/PA within that grouping, and the 500+ grouping will be ordered by total bWAR over the course of a player’s career.
During the 121 article span I won’t be giving you Astros birthdays, instead including that info with each player’s unique “capsule.” What do you think? Still too raw on 2023 to think about that? It’s only baseball — and the Astros will be back next year. In the meantime, we’ve got a loaded hot stove season, the annual meetings, a possible free agent frenzy, and changes likely at the top to look forward to. See you next spring!