Are you a fan of the Houston Astros? Then, you should read this blog post! We’ve researched and analyzed the recent performance of Jeremy Peña and Ronel Blanco as well as Houston’s pitching staff. Hold on tight because this is going to be a wild ride!
Let’s start with Jeremy Peña. We all know he had an impressive rookie season with the Astros, but his performance took a dip from June to September. Pitchers adjusted to his style, and his stats began to suffer. However, on September 10th against the Angels, Peña made a significant adjustment to his leg kick, and it seems like he’s sticking with it for the upcoming season. We analyzed Peña’s stats from April 1st through September 10th, 2022, and compared them to his performance from September 11th, 2022, to April 6th, 2023. Our findings suggest that the adjustment might have a long-lasting effect.
Moving on to Ronel Blanco, a player whose performance has been difficult to predict. He made the Opening Day roster in 2022, took a dip in performance, and ended up with the Sugar Land Space Cowboys for the rest of the year. Fast forward to 2023, Blanco seems to be in good form, delivering some fantastic results in Spring Training. Plus, his slider has looked incredibly nasty in the first three innings of the new season. Fingers crossed, he’ll continue to shine for the Astros.
Lastly, we dived into Houston’s pitching staff’s overall stuff using new modeling features called Stuff+ and PitchingBot. While these scores should be taken with a grain of salt due to the small sample size, it’s interesting to get an idea of how the models grade out the Astros’ staff. Some players scored higher than others, which might raise some eyebrows.
There you have it, folks – our take on the recent performances of some Houston Astros players. We hope you enjoyed this blog post, and stay tuned for more Astros insights in the future. Go, Astros!