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Alex Bregman Making Houston History

August 28, 2022 | by RotoRob | Comments Comments Off on Alex Bregman Making Houston History
Alex Bregman is enjoying a fine bounce back season for the Houston Astros.
Alex Bregman has been on fire this month. (D. Benjamin Miller)

Based on his performance in 2018 and 2019, Houston Astros third baseman Alex Bregman seemed like one of the AL’s great young talents and a budding superstar.

In 2018, he led the majors with 51 doubles en route to a fifth place finish in MVP voting. The following season, Bregman was a very close runner up to Mike Trout for MVP honours after leading baseball with 119 walks as part of a massive career season.

Unfortunately, his OBP plummeted in 2020 and he was even worse last season as his power dropped dramatically. In fairness, Bregman missed a ton of time in 2021 thanks to a quad woe and a hand injury.

This year, Bregman has bounced back (especially power-wise; see video below) and is enjoying his finest season since that monster 2019 campaign. It begs the question, where does the 28-year-old, seven-year vet fit among the all-time greats that have donned an Astro uni?

With yet another productive season under his belt, Bregman is just 74 RBI — probably less than a year away — from tying Ken Caminiti for 10th place all-time in team history. While Caminiti’s best (and most juiced?) seasons came in San Diego, don’t forget that he did play 1,085 games over 10 seasons in Houston, so matching him will be a big milestone for Bregman.

And while ribbies may not mean much in the grand scheme of things (other than playing for a long time, batting in the right spot in a lineup, and having the fortune of hitting behind good OBP dudes), Bregman is even closer to the top 10 Astro leaders in WAR — a much clearer indication of a player’s value.

With 3.8 so far this season (using Baseball Reference’s WAR model), he finds himself at 29.8 career — just 0.6 behind Bill Doran for 10th place. That’s a highly achievable goal for this season for Bregman, with Joe Morgan just 0.2 ahead of that in ninth place also a real possibility.

Jeff Bagwell (79.9) and Craig Biggio (65.5) are probably out of reach in the top two spots, but given Bregman’s age and trajectory — if he stays healthy, remains in Houston (he’s signed through the end of 2024, reaching unrestricted free agency the following season) and continues at this level of productivity — he’s perhaps around six years away from chasing down Jose Cruz (51.4) for third place in team history. Even if Bregman begins to taper off in his early 30s, he should be on Lance Berkman‘s tail at fifth place with 48.1. (Note that Jose Altuve is currently in sixth place with 44.9, so that order may soon change.)

Houston’s first round pick in 2015, Bregman came into the majors with a man’s body, tremendous patience and an elite hit tool. He’s more than lived up to the billing throughout his career.

While Bregman took an 0-for-3 on Saturday, that kind of performance has been rare footage of late. He had gone off for multiple hits in three of the previous four as part of a massive August (.372/.446/.686), and really, he’s been rolling since the All-Star break.

It’s a treat to see Bregman productive again and back to being a top six Fantasy option at the hot corner after a couple of down seasons. If he’s truly behind the health issues that limited him over that stretch, he’ll likely be making a case for the Mount Rushmore of Astro greats as we near the end of this decade.

RotoRob Tune of the Day

Hailing from Ferndale, Michigan, The Spinners churned out a ton of hits over the years. In 1975, they released their sixth studio album, Pick of the Litter, which included “I Don’t Want to Lose You.”

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The Wire Troll: Jordan Lyles Racking Up Wins in B-More

August 27, 2022 | by RotoRob | Comments Comments Off on The Wire Troll: Jordan Lyles Racking Up Wins in B-More
Bradish was simply molested earlier this season, but since returning to the Orioles in late-July, he’s been very good, lowering his ERA in six straight appearances, including eight shutout innings against the powerful Astros on Friday. With a 3.21 ERA and just 30 hits allowed in 33 2/3 IP over this stretch, he deserves some Fantasy love.
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The Wire Troll: Elvis Andrus Has Left the Bay

August 20, 2022 | by RotoRob | Comments Comments Off on The Wire Troll: Elvis Andrus Has Left the Bay
A two-time All-Star, Andrus actually went yard the day before getting his walking papers, but he had cooled significantly in August after a solid performance last month. He’s been more productive this season, but is still nowhere near his peak in 2017. Andrus definitely gives the Pale Hose more depth at shortstop, and for the time being, could be a useful AL-only asset. Let’s not forget that he is a superb athlete with speed and a bit of pop. However, how much is left in the tank remains an open question.
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The Wire Troll: Vaughn Grissom Breaks the Internet

August 13, 2022 | by RotoRob | Comments Comments Off on The Wire Troll: Vaughn Grissom Breaks the Internet
Now in B-More, Voth is back in the rotation and has managed to strike out better than a batter per frame over the last three starts, continuing a roll that has seen him improve his ERA in 13 straight appearances (including nine starts). Just think about that for a moment. Voth put up a 2.75 ERA in four starts and one relief outing in July, and has been decent in his two August appearances. This dude has never looked better since joining the Orioles, and for the year, he’s in the 95th percentile for limiting hard contact. Maybe Voth deserves some AL-only love?
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Podcast: 2022 Fantasy Football Rankings

August 12, 2022 | by RotoRob | Comments Comments Off on Podcast: 2022 Fantasy Football Rankings
With the NFL preseason underway, it’s time to talk some Fantasy football, so on the most recent episode of RotoRob’s Fantasy Football Podcast, we were pleased to welcome Colin Gorini to the show. He’s a relative newcomer to the Fantasy community, but will likely soon be making waves with his Fantasy football site, WAGMI.
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