Baseball for the Thinking Fan

Login | Register | Feedback

btf_logo
You are here > Home > Baseball Newsstand > Baseball Primer Newsblog > Discussion
Baseball Primer Newsblog
— The Best News Links from the Baseball Newsstand

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Grantland: Keri: The 30, Week 5: Braves Are Bourn Again

24. Houston Astros, 15-19 (143 RS, 137 RA) (last week: 21)

Is Jed Lowrie for real? FanGraphs’ Chris Cwik thinks so:

Jed Lowrie has arrived. After four injury riddled seasons with the Boston Red Sox, the 28-year-old shortstop is experiencing a breakout year with the Houston Astros. Lowrie’s performance makes him one of the most exciting players on a Houston team devoid of talent. While health has always been an issue, Lowrie is proving that he’s a player the team may want to build around.
The feeling is hardly unanimous. Baseball Think Factory commenter Jose Can You Seabiscuit trots out the following stats:

Jed Lowrie May 11, 2012 - .301/.387/.473 - 106 PA
Jed Lowrie May 11, 2011 - .327/.360/.505 - 114 PA
Lowrie 5/11/11 - 9/29/11 - .213/.274/.317 - 227 PA

Lowrie needs to stay healthy another four and a half months and produce throughout the season to earn the breakout tag, especially for a player closer to 30 than he is to 25. Getting to feast on NL Central pitching rather than dealing with the likes of Sabathia, Price, Shields, Romero, & Co. can’t hurt his chances, though.

Carlos Lee was all set to weigh in with his opinion, but he had a little accident.

Heinie Mantush (Krusty) Posted: May 15, 2012 at 09:28 AM | 11 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: astros, general, rankings

Reader Comments and Retorts

Go to end of page

Statements posted here are those of our readers and do not represent the BaseballThinkFactory. Names are provided by the poster and are not verified. We ask that posters follow our submission policy. Please report any inappropriate comments.

   1. Jose Is The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: May 15, 2012 at 09:37 AM (#4131700)
Crap crap crap. This came up in the Sox game chatter last night. If anyone knows how to contact Jonah let me know, I pulled the numbers from Baseball-Reference. Sean is the one who should get the credit.
   2. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: May 15, 2012 at 09:40 AM (#4131701)
Crap crap crap. This came up in the Sox game chatter last night. If anyone knows how to contact Jonah let me know, I pulled the numbers from Baseball-Reference. Sean is the one who should get the credit.

I'm sure he knows you got the numbers from B-Ref. Everyone gets their numbers from B-Ref. Enjoy your kudos.
   3. Commissioner Gordon Shumway (Dan Lee) Posted: May 15, 2012 at 09:40 AM (#4131702)
I just sent you a private message, JCYS, though I have no idea how they work with the upgrade. Let me know if you didn't get it.
   4. Rickey! something like a pipe-bomb ready to blow Posted: May 15, 2012 at 09:44 AM (#4131705)
I was led to believe this discussion would be about the Braves, and thus interesting.
   5. Jose Is The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: May 15, 2012 at 09:45 AM (#4131707)
It's spelled "Barves" Sam.
   6. boteman asks Where's My Ring? Posted: May 15, 2012 at 10:52 AM (#4131758)
After four injury riddled seasons with the Boston Red Sox, the 28-year-old shortstop is experiencing a breakout year with the Houston Astros.

I think this is the true message here.
   7. Tom Nawrocki Posted: May 15, 2012 at 12:07 PM (#4131833)
Has Sports Illustrated quietly dropped the FanGraphs power rankings? You know, the ones that had the Royals as the seventh-best team in the majors when they were coming off a 13-game losing streak. I don't see any mention of them on the SI MLB home page.
   8. DA Baracus Posted: May 15, 2012 at 12:20 PM (#4131858)
   9. Dale Sams Posted: May 15, 2012 at 01:31 PM (#4131938)
Crap crap crap. This came up in the Sox game chatter last night. If anyone knows how to contact Jonah let me know, I pulled the numbers from Baseball-Reference.


I thought Jose was always down on Lowrie being able to sustain any success.
   10. Jose Is The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: May 15, 2012 at 01:37 PM (#4131947)
I thought Jose was always down on Lowrie being able to sustain any success.


Not always but yes, that's my general position. From what I've been reading from the Astro fans here it seems that his defense has been appreciably better than it was with the Red Sox and he is hitting RHP which was a problem. If he can maintain those two improvements (plus stay healthy) he becomes a very good player.

He seems like a good guy so I hope he keeps it up but I'm a Lowrie-skeptic. His career path seems to be ridiculously hot 2-3 week stretch in the middle of god awful cold spells and/or extended DL time.
   11. Dale Sams Posted: May 15, 2012 at 01:39 PM (#4131950)
I read it wrong anyway. The lead affirms what I thought your position was.

You must be Registered and Logged In to post comments.

 

 

<< Back to main

BBTF Partner

Support BBTF

donate

Thanks to
Phil Birnbaum
for his generous support.

Bookmarks

You must be logged in to view your Bookmarks.

Hot Topics

NewsblogOMNICHATTER 9-3-2015
(78 - 11:50pm, Sep 03)
Last: bobm

NewsblogOT - September 2015 College Football thread
(72 - 11:48pm, Sep 03)
Last: Infinite Yost (Voxter)

NewsblogJapan Times: Taguchi hopes to realize dream of managing in U.S.
(2 - 11:44pm, Sep 03)
Last: Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play

NewsblogMatt Williams Defends Bullpen Management.
(53 - 11:40pm, Sep 03)
Last: bobm

NewsblogOTP - September 2015: Making Sense Of The Republican Presidential Race: It's Like Major League Baseball In August
(508 - 11:18pm, Sep 03)
Last: ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick

NewsblogMike Mussina's Hall of Fame case is strong, so why aren't voters buying it?
(148 - 11:18pm, Sep 03)
Last: Misirlou is too lofty, and grabs up all the light

NewsblogBat Flipping Draws Shrugs in South Korea But Scorn in America
(67 - 11:15pm, Sep 03)
Last: Cargo Cultist

NewsblogOT: NFL/NHL thread
(12839 - 11:14pm, Sep 03)
Last: Ray (RDP)

NewsblogBloop Hits: Warren Zevon and Bill Lee | FOX Sports
(21 - 11:10pm, Sep 03)
Last: stevegamer

NewsblogThe Race for Last Place
(29 - 11:07pm, Sep 03)
Last: bbmck

NewsblogOT: NBC.news: Valve isn’t making one gaming console, but multiple ‘Steam machines’
(1907 - 10:39pm, Sep 03)
Last: DJS From Suplex City!

NewsblogPrimer Dugout (and link of the day) 9-3-2015
(7 - 10:18pm, Sep 03)
Last: bobm

NewsblogCubs content to make do down stretch to playoffs - Chicago Tribune
(16 - 9:00pm, Sep 03)
Last: Voodoo...

NewsblogForbes: Maury Brown: MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred Rejects Reinstatement Of 'Shoeless' Joe Jackson
(87 - 8:58pm, Sep 03)
Last: Morty Causa

NewsblogPaging the real Rick Porcello: Two dominant starts alter perceptions - Boston Red Sox Blog - ESPN
(11 - 8:32pm, Sep 03)
Last: Davo's Favorite Tacos Are Moose Tacos

Page rendered in 0.2045 seconds
44 querie(s) executed