Third Strike Looking Glass
Baseball writings from the hat of mhatter106
Astros starting pitching has performed better than advanced pitching stats would indicate. Much of this may be luck, but fortune favors the prepared mind.
Dominating an MLB season is usually about which teams can create the most runs, prevent the most runs and thus win more games. But if winning the 2020 MLB Season really just comes down to which team can get the fewest cases of coronavirus, we’re going to need a new set of sabermetrics. mhatter106 has you covered.
After someone tries to assassinate the queen, it’s probably time to call it an afternoon. So what happened to the game after that? This is the most I’ll ever care about the outcome of a Mariners-Angels game.
With the electronic strike zone coming to the minors in 2020, it is only a matter of time before its eventual implementation in the majors. When the robots arrive, catchers face a change in job description.
Backed by a strong offensive season, Robinson Chirinos registered as the number 6 overall catcher in mhatter106’s weighted overall catcher skills spectrum scores.
You never forget your 131st, and by that I mean Kyle Tucker’s career 131st at-bat that ended his 2019 season, making him ineligible for the 2020 Rookie of the Year award. Let’s examine that final at-bat where innocence was lost.
With the poor-hitting Jake Marisnick on deck, many are second-guessing New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone’s decision to have Aroldis Chapman pitch to 3-time batting champion Jose Altuve, instead of walking him. But it was the right call.
The Houston Astros’ Yordan Alvarez launched a home run into the third deck of Minute Maid Park, normally home only to white-winged doves and rock pigeons trapped when the roof closes. So this is what it feels like when doves cry.
The Houston Astros’ best-in-the-majors strikeout rate is helping drive its powerful offense, but not in the way you might think.
History repeats itself as the Houston Astros trade for Martin Maldonado again, this time from the Cubs. But is he really an upgrade?
Jeff Luhnow is looking for a new catcher, which may spell the end of Max Stassi’s time with the Houston Astros.
Batting, Baserunning, Pitch Framing, Throwing out Baserunners, and Blocking Pitches. Each of these are important skills for a catcher, but some of them are more impactful than others.
With a crowded and productive Houston Astros outfield, Yordan Alvarez made his major league debut as the designated hitter. Spending a rookie season at DH is uncommon, but not without precedent. We examine the concept and history of major league rookie seasons at designated hitter.
The Houston Astros project to have their first season in 50 years without a switch hitter plate appearance. Switch hitting is on the decline league-wide. We take a look inside the numbers to determine how much benefit there is to switch hitting, and if it is worth the extra time and effort.
Roberto Osuna is the best Mexican baseball player in the majors today, but off the field issues and controversies prevent his return to Mexico from being the coronation it could have been.
Astros catchers Robinson Chirinos and Max Stassi have had wildly diverging starts to their season. On closer inspection though, the two have not been all that different.
It’s been six years since they joined the AL, and the Astros still have not been able to get production from the designated hitter the way their AL competitors have, until now.