SAY WHAT ? – ASTROS in 1st Place in MLB AL WEST !

UPDATE: October 27, 2017

CONGRATULATIONS to 2017 MLB AL West Champions Houston Astros

NOW FACING LA Dodgers in 2017 MLB World Series

  • from August 30, 2015 – With 162 games in a LONG regular season, I’m not much of a baseball fan until it really counts, in October….finally playoff time. So I had to double check when I saw this.  But the Houston Astros are presently 72-58,  good enough for 1st in the AL Western Division. They have the most wins in a season since 2010 and still have about 30 games left to play ! 

Hou-Astros.156x149Wondered how this could be ? Found this very interesting article in USA Today: “Overshifting a huge part of first-place Astros’ success”.

Apparently a key reason is by using a complex statistical model as a guide for their innovative and aggressive defensive shifting on the field. The Astros lead all of baseball with 587 overshifts according to Baseball Info Solutions data . This has helped them become one of the better defensive teams in MLB.

MinuteMaid-Park-2.b.t.ct.823x616WAY TO GO ASTROS !  Minute-Maid-Park-175x174

Always loved that retractable roof at Astros ball field Minute Maid Park. (AKA The Ballpark at Union Station, Enron Field, and Astros Field)



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