Thoughts of Matt Cain’s perfect game against the Astros were racing through the minds of Astros fans as Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish was closing in on his perfect game, it seemed all but assured that Darvish had the perfect game on lock. Coming to within one out, Astros shortstop Marwin Gonzalez broke up Darvish’s perfect game nod, sending Astros fans into a frenzy of celebration. Up until the final out, it seemed that the Rangers were going to escape Minute Maid Park in celebration on the backs of the Astros, but all is not bad about this game. There were a few positives about tonight’s game, the Astros first loss of the 2013 season is not all doom and gloom. For this year, the positives are important to focus on, especially with such a young club, allowing the negativity to take charge will only be counter-productive. Continue reading
It’s official! Astros have chosen to hire Washington National Third Base coach Bo Porter as the new Manager! Suspicions were tossed around by Lee and I minutes before Ken Rosenthal and Jon Paul Morosi tweeted that sourced told and confirmed with them that the press conference the Astros have for tomorrow at 10AM is to introduce Bo as the manager. Continue reading
The Astros are clearing house, flipping every veteran on the roster possible to yield prospects. The effort is headed by none other than beloved GM Jeff Luhnow, Luhnow is picking up right where his predecessor Ed Wade left off, and in many Astro fans opinions, doing a much better job, but that discussion is for another time. Continue reading
In what is arguably his best outing, JA Happ was on fire tonight, shutting out the Padres in PetCo Park, striking out four, walking only one, and surrendering four hits in 6.1 innings. I know I’ve harped on Happ before, but when he’s got run support, he’s rather comfortable out on the bump, and when Happ is hitting on all cylinders, he can keep a level head, and hold on to a lead. Happ got only his seventh win of the year, but it is a huge moral win for him and the boys.
The Astros broke a 13 game road losing streak on the road, the last road game won was the June 14th game, a day after Matt Cain’s perfect game. Continue reading
I think it’s safe to say that the Astros’ offense is basically nonexistent when it is needed most, the Astros are getting their hits in, but when it comes to bringing in runners, the Astros manage to squander the perfect situation away. From having no outs, runner on second, the Astros will leave the man on, or either move him to third and then strand him there. No doubt frustrating Astros fans and players alike, while there is no exact formula or key to the offense, it seems to be the youth and inexperience coming into effect and plaguing the Astros, also, the fact that we have been playing against solid defenses against the Pirates and Phillies. Continue reading
The Astros have once again fallen to a one run deficit, it seems that when all hope seems lost, the Astros come back and give a fight to try to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat, behind decent pitching from Lucas Harrell who is starting to gel in his spot in the rotation, the Astros started the came strong, going up on Milwaukee 1-o after a Jed Lowrie solo home run in the first inning.
The decisive run ended up scoring on a wild pitch from none other than Brandon Lyon, a pitcher who has developed a habit for angering fans and almost losing games for the Astros intentionally, but the blame is not entirely Lyon’s fault, well, maybe 97% of it is. The other three percent falls on the sputtering offense, the Astros are still getting their offensive legs under them and are learning how to build momentum from one another and build a rally. Continue reading
Since starting 3-1, the Houston Astros are playing some of the best baseball in recent years! The young, upstart Astros being overlooked, and written off as an easy win and a pushover team, but this is not the case. The Astros, though not as high-powered and glamorous as a team like the Dodgers, Blue Jays, or Rangers with the power to blast a home run at least once a night, and potential to hang up eight or more runs every night or on a consistent basis. The Astros had over 300 plate appearances without a home run, but broke the monotony by going yard twice, a two run shot from Carlos Lee, and Jordan Schafer belting his first ever Grand Slam and the first Astros Grand Slam since August of last season, en route to victory today behind a stellar shutout start from starting pitcher Wandy Rodriguez who pitched a gem for the Astros. Continue reading