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Now It’s Time To Go All The Way

October 2, 2017

12 Years Ago, the Astros Won Their 1st Pennant!
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Now It’s Time to Do It Again!

 

ASTRO*NOTES

Jose Altuve’s 3rd league batting championship in four years now hangs nicely around the .346 digits that support it. The guy who did is the walking, hustling, all-out running heartbeat of everything this Astros club has come to be. We just hope the league MVP voters see that fact as clearly as those of us who do who watch every Astros game we possibly can. There isn’t another like him – and we don’t think that even Aaron Judge and his 55 homers mean as much to the Yankees as Altuve does do both the Houston Astros and the game of baseball itself. Altuve is just the right size to stand tall as the role model for “you can be all you want to be” – regardless of size in baseball – if you’ve got the talent, the fire, the passion, and the discipline it takes to keep learning from your mistakes – and adjusting to the adjustments that your opponents make to you.

Yuli Gurriel is also a great candidate – even as a thirty-something guy – for Rookie of the Year. He fell a hit short of reaching the .300 mark, but, even at .299, his hitting credentials were pretty darn good. It seems like almost all of his 43 doubles, 1 triple, and 18 homers came at strategic times that tilted the game the Astros’ way. He also did a nice job of adapting to 1st place and was doing those one or two bounce swoop catches for the out play as well as many guys with many more years experience.

The nostalgic romance for daytime playoff baseball is a little damp here in Houston. News that the Boston@Houston Games 1 and 2 at MMP will start at 3 PM on Thursday and at 1 PM on Friday of this week is off-set by the fact that many working Houstonians will have to take off work early – or not work at all – to use the tickets they bought before the times were announced. Of course, the real reason this is happening is because the broadcasting network wants to save the evening times for the larger tv market clubs that also play on those same days.

Congratulations on a great regular season, Houston Astros! ~ Now let’s go do something that is entirely irregular to any season we’ve ever finished! ~ One Game at a Time, let’s not stop winning each series until the Houston Astros are the only team left standing as the winner of them all!

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HOME FIELD ADVANTAGE RACES NOW DECIDED

THRU GAMES PLAYED SUNDAY, 10/01/2017

 SEASON’S END (Reflecting All Ten Playoff Qualifier Team Season Records)

CLUB DIV/WC   W L W%   AL   NL   W. SERIES
DODGERS NLW   104 58 .642       BEST   BEST
INDIANS ALC   102 60 .630   BEST   ~   2.0
ASTROS ALW   101 61 .623   1.0   ~   3.0
NATIONALS NLE   97 65 .599   ~   7.0   7.0
RED SOX ALE   93 69 .574   9.0   ~   11.0
D BACKS NL WC1   93 69 .574   ~   11.0   11.0
CUBS NLC   92 70 .568   ~   12.0   12.0
YANKEES AL WC1   91 71 .562   11.0   ~   13.0
ROCKIES NL WC2   87 75 .537   ~   17.0   17.0
TWINS AL WC2   85 77 .525   17.0   ~   19.0

 W = WINNERS BY LEAGUE AND WORLD SERIES (WS) OVERALL.

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 HOME FIELD ADVANTAGE FOUR SERIOUS CONTENDER SCORES

THRU SETTLEMENT GAMES PLAYED SATURDAY, 9/30/2017

ASTROS 4 – RED SOX 3

INDIANS 3 – WHITE SOX 1

PIRATES 11 – NATIONALS 8

DODGERS 6 – ROCKIES 3

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2017 AMERICAN LEAGUE BATTING AVERAGE LEADERS

THRU GAMES PLAYED TO REGULAR SEASON’S END:

SUNDAY, 10/01/2017

RANK PLAYER TEAM AB H 2B 3B HR BA
1 JOSE ALTUVE HOU 590 204 39 4 24 .346
2 AVISAIL GARCIA CWS 518 171 27 5 18 .330
3 ERIC HOSMER KC 603 192 31 1 25 .318
4 JOSE RAMERIZ CLE 585 186 55 6 29 .318
NC * CARLOS CORREA HOU 422 133 25 1 24 .315
5 JOSH REDDICK HOU 477 150 34 4 13 .314
6 MIKE TROUT LAA 402 123 25 3 33 .306
7 JOE MAUER MIN 525 160 36 1 7 .305
8 JOSE ABREU CWS 621 189 43 6 33 .304
9 MARWIN GONZALEZ HOU 455 138 34 0 23 .303
10 LORENZO CAIN KC 584 175 27 5 15 .300
  OTHER ASTROS    
12 YULI GURRIEL HOU 529 158 43 1 18 .299
22 ALEX BREGMAN HOU 556 158 39 5 19 .284
24 GEORGE SPRINGER HOU 548 155 29 0 34 .283

NR * LOST TIME ON THE DL HAS DEPRIVED CARLOS CORREA FROM AN OFFICIAL QUALIFYING PLACE IN THE RANKING OF TOP 40 HITTERS IN 2017.

 

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Bill McCurdy

Principal Writer, Editor, Publisher

The Pecan Park Eagle