However, players still care about RBI, as do managers. Just like a bowler winning, we all know it doesn’t make sense, but that doesn’t make them any less fun.
So when Kyle Tucker became the 18th Houston Astro to beat the 100-RBI mark on Wednesday night, it was a big deal. Director Dusty Baker praised Daniel Lerner’s article for Houston Chronicle“Oh, I love it. That’s not something a lot of people, including me, get it. I was pulling it for him. I mean, boy, he shot from that ball too. Now, just go ahead and get some more.”
Since Tucker is especially a native of Tampa, breaking the threshold in his hometown should have come as an even bigger thrill. But distinctively, Tucker praised the men in front of him in the squad for making his achievement possible.
“The guys in front of me make it a lot easier for me when I’m on the board to get them in. So I mean, the RBIs are more of them than me.”
Jordan Alvarez, Yuli Gurrell, Alex Bregman, Lance Berkman, Jeff Bagwell, Moses Allo, Richard Hidalgo, Derek Bell, Bob Watson, Carl Everett, Jeff Kent, Jim Wayne, Lee Mae, Caesar Sedno, Glenn Davis and Morgan Insberg.
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2006 season for Berkman leads the group. That year, he drove in 136 rounds. With only 12 games left, it would be nearly impossible for Tucker to drive another 36 rounds. He’s playing at his current pace, and he’s set to hit 108 by the end of the season.
This total would make him the 18th all-time runner-up among the Astros. Breaking into the top 10 would be a great goal, but also somewhat unreasonable, Tucker would need 20 RBI in eight games. Bagwell and Berkman occupy eight of the top 10 spots, a monopoly of the Houston Astros RBI records.
Tucker wouldn’t come close to these totals. But the Astros have one player who could one day. Alvarez has never played more than 144 games a season – and he won’t this year either – but extrapolating his current pool of 94 games in 124 games comes out to a 123 RBI across 162 sample-size games.
Perhaps Berkman’s record will be broken soon in 2023.
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