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Today's Astros Optimal Lineup Analysis- 8/26/23

In my recent article describing the optimal Astros lineup, I described that every night might have a different answer depending on if the SP was RH or LH and what their dominant pitch types were.

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So today, let's do the quick application of that thought process. Let's compare the optimal Astros lineup with the choices Dusty Baker has made today.

Today's pitcher is Eduardo Rodriguez for the Tigers. His pitch mix this year has been.

Rodriguez mix

For our purposes today I will label Rodriguez a LH Fastball dominant pitcher, The optimal lineup would be.

optimal lineup


This is the lineup Dusty is rolling out.

tonight's lineup

Again, vs. a LHP the options are good.

The Astros have a 169 wRC+ vs. LHP in August. That is the second highest month vs. LHP in the MLB this year.

My other thoughts on today's lineup:

  • Vs. LHP Fastball Meyers is the call. Vs. Rodriguez's pitch mix specifically, Maldy might be a slight advantage. Maldy vs. Breaking and Off-speed is unsustainably high so I will align with Meyers today.

  • Is Abreu fixed/ healthy? Good opportunity to find out.

Overall, I would rate this lineup a 9- maybe higher?

The xwOBA for the lineup is a good 0.355. Plan accordingly.

Who will RAKE for the Astros tonight? Tucker and McCormick

Who might struggle? All should be OK. Meyers least likely to rake.

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Here is the lineup vs. Rodriguez's pitch mix.

Astros vs, Rodriguez


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