As the Astros fell in an unsatisfying 6-4 eleven inning loss to the not quite as lowly KC Royals – I know that everyone watching from the Astros’ fan side was hoping for last minute heroics by newbie George Springer in his major league debut. We saw a lot, but not that….
Watching the debut we saw the long awaited outfielder:
- Get on base 2 of the first 3 times up, being caught by a whisper in the other at-bat
- Work the counts long and often
- Ultimately not get a ball out of the infield
- Have 1 more hit in his debut than Bagwell, Biggio and Berkman combined
- Draw a walk – which he did often in the minors
- Whiff twice which he did often(er) in the minors
- Score the Astros 1st run in front of a Jason Castro opposite field Crawford Box special
- Make some routine plays in right field
- Look like a veteran as he avoided being doubled off first on a line drive
- Look like a rookie as he was picked off first base on an early break to 2nd
- Look like a veteran as he was picked off first (Jose Altuve was picked off later in the game in a more crucial spot in the 10th inning)
- End up 1 for 5 with 1 run scored. His one hit traveled about 1/3 of the way to third base, but he showed off his tremendous speed on the play
The biggest thing George Springer may have brought to Minute Maid last night was hope and anticipation. We really cared to see what he could and would do every time up at the bat and that is something that the fans needed the most out of this game and out of this team.
So what did you see or hear last night in Mr. Springer’s first game?