Wow, this has been a tough trip. And it ain’t over yet.
The only game where the Astros scored more than 4 runs was a 9-12 loss to the Rangers. The rest of the losses have all been by one or two runs.
Yep, it seems like every opposing pitcher is Cy Young. Now, if we’re talking about Sonny Grey I can live with that. He’s basically been Cy this season. He’s certainly a contender to take home the Cy hardware. But Nick Martinez and the Rangers’ not-ready-for-prime-time bullpen have no business holding the Astros’ offense to to three runs.
And between Scott Kazmir suffering from unearned runs and Collin McHugh getting ruined by two crappy walks — apparently when our hitters walk they don’t get to score — and Dallas Keuchel getting out dueled, this road trip has stunk.
If you think the Astros have it tough, imagine being the Angels of Some SoCal Suburb. You’re facing Chris Sale — tough enough — and all the White Sox hitters are treating Matt Shoemaker like a batting practice pitcher. Baltimore seemed to be loaded with Ted Williams clones on Saturday, collecting a total of 11 hits — 7 off Garrett Richards — to roll over the Halos. And during this dreadful stretch for the Astros, LAA made Carlos Carrasco look unhittable. Because he practically was in a 2-0 Indians win.
And that’s how it goes.
The Astros are on a rough road trip. They could go 1-8 or 3-6 … or 2-7 … and it won’t matter because the Angels have been having trouble winning at home … and now they are on a road trip with two more at the ChiSox and four games in Kansas City. Where the Royals are 20 games over .500 at home.
This trip ends, and Houston goes home for 10 games vs. the Tigers, Rays and Dodgers.
Some thinking thoughts:
1. There’s a lot of season left. For better or for worse. But right now, no matter how bad things look, the Astros are in first place. Do you remind yourself of that when things look bleak?
2. The top AL Rookie in OPS right now is Carlos Correa. Yep, that .906 makes him not only one of the best rookies, but one of the best players. Should the Astros have brought him up earlier to help win more games in April and May? Even if it meant losing a year of control?
3. Kazmir, Mike Fiers and Carlos Gomez are all quality pickups. If we look at what they replace, are the trio (troika?) along with Jed Lowrie enough to eventually help put the Astros over the top for the season?
4. We’re not far from September 1. If the 40-man roster wasn’t holding you back (we can always DFA Jonathan Villar or Robbie Grossman), who would you bring up with the hope they can contribute? Colin Moran, anyone? Tyler White?