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Astros Crawfish Boil: July 26, 2023

Sad rangers are sad.

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MLB: Texas Rangers at Houston Astros Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

The Houston Astros are one win away from claiming the season series from the Texas rangers.

I usually don’t offer much of an opinion or editorialize to any length in your weekdaily boil, but I gotta say something about JP France. This unheralded 28-year-old rookie comes out of nowhere (not considered a rotation option out of ST) and...dare I say....leads the rotation in ERA at the end of July. I know his FIP is a more pedestrian 4.33 (versus his 2.87 ERA), but there’s something to be said for outperforming your peripherals. Maybe it’s sustainable, maybe it’s not, but I have to mention that most of the team is also outperforming that particular peripheral by nearly a half-run per game. Anyway, the pitching stat I hang my hat on is WHIP, where France boasts a middle-of-the-road but still nearly a runner-per-game better than league average mark of 1.217. Can we start admitting he may be getting into the fringe of the Rookie of the Year Award discussion?

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AL West News

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MLB News

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Houston Astros Birthdays

Ryne Stanek (32) now has 168 games pitched in an Astros uniform, representing a plurality of his MLB career (he’s about 16 innings from the majority, btw). He’s 7-7 with three saves, a 2.91 ERA (vs a 3.81 FIP (see France, above)), 180 K’s in 158 frames, a 1.272 WHIP, and an opponent’s batting average of .211.

Carroll Sembera (1941-2005) was a right-handed pitcher out of Shiner, TX. He made his mark in the MLB with the then-newly renamed Houston Astros in 1965, remaining with the team until 1967. In 70 relief appearances and one start, he was 3-9 with four saves, 73 K’s in 100 innings, a 3.55 FIP vs. a 4.13 ERA, and a 1.450 WHIP.