Last year the Houston Astros traded for Carlos Gomez with the hopes that he would bolster their offense for a playoff push. This trade included top prospects, Brett Phillips, Domingo Santana, Josh Hader, and Adrian Houser for Carlos Gomez and Mike Fiers on July 30th, 2015. Since that date, Carlos Gomez has done nothing but disappoint Astros fans. You can’t blame the Astros’ front office for this move considering Gomez was a star prior to his arrival in Houston.
Before joining the Astros, Gomez spent six years with the Milwaukee Brewers. In his last three seasons with the Brewers, he had a .276 BA, 66 home runs (22 per season), 197 RBIs (65 per season), 247 runs (82 per season), and 111 stolen bases (37 per season). Since joining the Astros, he has played 68 games, with a .228 BA, 4 home runs (average of 9 per season), 17 RBIs (average of 40 per season), 25 runs (average of 60 per season), and 12 stolen bases (average of 29 per season). Since the start of 2016, he is striking out 33% of the time and only walking 3.9% of the time, compared to a career strikeout rate of 22.7% and a walk rate of 5.7%. Based on these frightening statistics, it could be time for the Houston Astros to bench Gomez or even send him packing.
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Betting Specials: # Of No-Hitters, Will There Be A Guy With 50 Saves Or 16 Strikeouts In A Game For 2016?
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# Of No-Hitters For 2016 MLB Over/Under 4.5
Yes: +115 or No: -115
This is a resounding yes in my view. In 2015, Max Scherzer threw 2 no-no’s, and could have easily thrown 2 more. This was 2 of 7 doled out last campaign.
There are so many teams that are loaded with HR happy clubs that have plenty of swing and miss candidates like the Houston Astros and Baltimore Orioles. This also brings us to our next stat. Read the rest of this entry
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The Houston Astros are set to contend for the foreseeable future. A 6 year stretch in which they revamped their entire Minor League System – and kept payroll down to grab top Draft Picks finally reeled in the teams 1st playoff spot in a decade in 2016.
After taking a 6 – 2 lead in Game 4 of the ALDS series against the Royals with 2 – 1 lead the Bullpen coughed up the margin – with the club also losing the next game to the eventual World Series winner.
It was a tough lesson to learn in the postseason – but it may be the 1st of many appearances in October in the near future.
The #1 task of acquiring a lock down Closer has been addressed in the recent trade for Ken Giles. Yes it cost them Brett Oberholtzer, former #1 overall Draft Pick Mark Appel, and a few other prospects, but it also sets up the nucleus core for 4 – 5 more years.
The clubs offense featured 11 guys with double digit Homers in the lineup, and 2 others that fell just a dinger shy of the clip. Read the rest of this entry