Sitting in the hot sun (yes, it gets hot in Minnesota) at Target Field, this loss to the Twins was hard to watch. Guys making outs on the bases. Lance McCullers letting walks beat him. The best bullpen in the AL giving up four runs. Colby Rasmus dropping a ball right in his glove.
And yet, the Astros were 3-3 on this road trip. And heading home, apparently the Mariners won’t be sending “King” Felix Hernandez to the mound.
By Tuesday there will be a few other Astros in the house. With luck, we’ll see one or two from the following: Preston Tucker and (sorry Becky) Jonathan Villar as a pinch runner. Jon Singleton might be nice as well. He can’t be any worse than Chris Carter.
Other things I think about
1. Jose Altuve is 12 hits short of 800. At his current pace, he’ll reach somewhere near 825 hits at the end of the season. That means 1,000 is well within reach by the end of next season.
2. The Astros are probably three of four more days from a return of George Springer to the the lineup. That means Altuve, Springer, Correa, Gattis, Lowrie, Gonzalez, Gomez, Rasmus and Conger. That’s quite the lineup. Certainly better than what I saw in Minneapolis.
3. At some point, the Astros will need to pick just five starters. Or will they? The Astros rotation is getting a lot of rest these days, probably at a time when the starters need it most. Meanwhile, the Rangers won’t have many days off left. … Yes, I like the Astros’ chances.
4. Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go throw a no-hitter against the Dodgers. Seems like the thing to do these days.