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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

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   1. Jose Can Still Seabiscuit 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. Greasy Neale Heaton (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! On a blog from 1998. With the candlestick. 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 Can Still Seabiscuit Posted: May 15, 2012 at 09:45 AM (#4131707)
It's spelled "Barves" Sam.
   6. boteman is not here 'til October 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 Can Still Seabiscuit 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.

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