We’ll wade out into the Luhnow/Drellich Ocean tomorrow, but as we celebrate those who have sacrificed that we may be free, here are some thoughts about some of your thoughts.
I’m still closer to bopert than andynew with my predictions/projection/perception. –Devin.
Yes, Devin, three 100-loss season and little perceivable improvement to the major league club does little to stave off a cynical viewpoint. One by one, handful by handful, fans have drifted from the “andynew’ column to the “bopert” column. The drift continues. However, with the Astros still languishing at the bottom of the league and the open conversation that has begun in the last few days, the Astros have reached a pivotal summer. It’s time for Houston — and Luhnow — to make a move.
(Altuve) is becoming one of the top second basemen in the game. — daveb
Dave, you’re absolutely right. A couple of numbers that stand out the most: .813 OPS and .366 OBP. Not to mention that he been successful in 17 of 20 stolen base attempts. As discussed previously, how much credit should Pat Listach get that Altuve and DP partner Jonathan Villar have played so well?
It is weird that Sipp is the first left handed pitcher who falls off to the third base side in the history of the majors to get beat to 1st base. — Dan
Sarcasm noted Dan. Indeed, interesting how we dissect every misstep when a team is floundering. I coached many years and, yes, it’s supposedly second nature for a pitcher to break for first when the ball is hit on the ground to the right side. We ran drill after drill to drill it into pitchers and first basemen. Sipp didn’t react properly, simple as that.
Bad teams have so little margin for error that every little mistake at a crucial time is magnified. — Dr. Bill.
Perhaps the truest of the true statements. I’ve alluded to this very thing before, but this is the plight of a poor team. Whether it’s a misstep, a flubbed fundamental, a no-brainer mental error, a lapse in judgement, or a missed pitch location, every little pimple becomes a huge mole. If the team starts to win, some of these blemishes won’t disappear completely, but they’ll become less obvious in light of a come-from-behind win, a walk-off home run, a game-saving double play or a four-hit shutout.
The All Star game is still a couple of months away, but this is the first season in a while that the Astros may have multiple players worthy of consideration. Here’s a quick bit of trivia for you:
- When is the last time Houston had two players on the All Star team?
- Who was the last pitcher to make the team?
- Since 2000, two pitchers made the All Star team twice for Houston. Can you name them?
- Since 2000, one player made the All Star team five times. Sorry, no bonus points for this one (you should know this)!
- C Jason Castro and 2B Altuve were the most recent All Stars. Prior to them, who were the last catcher and second baseman named as Astros’ All Stars?