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.