Framber Valdéz

(A quick call of attention). It’s been a horrible, bad, not good 2020 for the Astros. Adding to the burden of the sign-stealing scandal, a myriad of injuries including the one affecting Justin Verlander, a depleted pitching rotation and prolonged slumps by the likes of José Altuve, Bergman, and Springer have combined to the resulting … Read more

A bit of beating the drum for Kevin Gausman.

(Yes, really). A couple of days ago, when most people were expecting to witness something really awesome as Shane Bieber was trying to break the record for more Ks in three starts, I was rooting for Kevin Gausman to get a Quality Start. I know it is not as exciting, for sure, but it would … Read more

The search for Holds and Ks.

UPDATE: Minutes after posting this, Tommy Kahnle hit the IL so proceed cautiously. I honestly don’t know what to think about Holds. I mean, it’s a good idea to recognize middle relievers with something akin to Wins and Saves but, as these two, it still has an arbitrary feeling to it which I honestly don’t … Read more

James Karinchak

Imagine you are a pitcher. A right-handed-24-years-old-with-a-97-mph-fastball-kind-of-pitcher. Also, imagine you are able to strike out 20 or more batters every 9 innings. If you can imagine that, congratulations, now you know what it’s like to be James Karinchak. In 2019, from Rookie to AAA, Karinchak struck out a little more than 22 batters per 9 … Read more

Revisiting Ks and BBs.

Statistics are, as the Merriam-Webster dictionary points out, “a collection of quantitative data”. Pure and simple. What is not that simple is how we use this data or how we make sense of it. Fortunately, we live in a time and age where we have at the disposal of our fingertips incredible sources (in quantity … Read more