One down and … The Astros are first in the AL West.
Manufacturing runs isn’t exactly how the 2015 blueprint was put together, but Houston took the pitching and defense route for its win on opening night.
Here are some quick takeaways.
3. Defense! Defense! Defense! The Astros showed some leather. Colby Rasmus — one of three center fielders in Houston’s outfield — will quickly make fans forget the left field play of Carter and Carlos Lee. What a welcome relief!
4. Hinch resists the book. The book may have called for a pinch hitter for Rasmus in the eighth, but new manager A.J. Hinch showed confidence in his starters all the way and kept the bench on the bench. Rasmus came through with a hit. Moreover, Hinch stayed with Tony Sipp for the entire eighth as the bridge to closer Luke Gregerson. Chad Qualls and Pat Neshek will have to wait for another day!
What were your takeaways from opening night?