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October is here and the Astros matter


Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2005. That was the last time the Astros won a meaningful game in October.

It was a 5-1 win over the St. Louis Cardinals in the National League (I know, it still hurts) Championship Series. On a fly ball to Jason Lane in right field in St. Louis, Roy Oswalt had just earned himself a new bulldozer. Chad Qualls had pitched the 8th inning. Dan Wheeler the 9th. Lane had also hit a home run.

Nearly 10 full years later, the Astros have another win — one that truly matters — in October. Well, unless you count the wins last week in Arizona. Those were nice, but this one truly matters.

It’s good to be back. It’s good to matter in October once again.

Here’s a few thoughts to get you started, but please take the conversation where you will. After all, we’ve all been waiting a long time to matter in October.

1. Dallas Keuchel repeatedly said post-game that the short rest didn’t affect him at all. In fact, he’d rather pitch on short rest than long rest. At what point last night did you stop worrying about the short rest thing?

2. Everyone interviewed said that Colby Rasmus’ homer allowed them to breathe a sigh of relief. How did you breathe when he flipped that bat and started trotting?

As a side note to that, on Facebook I posted a photo of colby jack cheese with the message, “Hey, Masahiro Tanaka, do you know what this is? It’s a little Colby Jack. #colbyrasmus.” My Royals-loving brother actually said I was funny. So, there’s another victory on the night.

3. Carlos Gomez’s homer felt even better to me. One run is nice. Insurance — especially with Keuchel on the mound — is better. Was that the point you thought they might really do this? Was it Jose Altuve’s RBI single? Something before that? Not until Marwin Gonzalez recorded the 27th out?

4. Unsettling fact: Houston managed only five hits. A win is a win, but that’s a lot of 0-fers out of this potent lineup. Concerned heading into Kansas City?

5. Speaking of concern; the Yankees had two on and two out with Alex Rodriguez coming to the plate. So A.J. Hinch wanders out to the mound with Chad Qualls warmed up in the bullpen. Show of hands: Who screamed at their TV?

6. Did you miss Alan Ashby and Bill Brown in the booth? I thought the girl did well, but the guys annoyed the heck out of me. Maybe I just missed familiar voices.

 

What impressions do you have from last night? Just happy to have a win? Happy to be ahead of schedule and to once again matter in October?

Yeah. Me too.

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About BrianT

Brian Todd is a freelance writer working and living in Rochester, Minn.

142 comments on “October is here and the Astros matter

  1. sandy
    October 8, 2015

    Had to mute the TV. Crowd and announcers getting on my nerves.

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    • Becky⚾
      October 8, 2015

      I’m listening to the radio guys. They are a few seconds earlier than the tv……you can tell who the guys on the tv are rooting for. GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR

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  2. Mr. Bill
    October 8, 2015

    In the regular season of 2015 Chris Young had 83 Ks in 123.1 innings. Why does he look like superman against us?

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  3. Zanuda
    October 8, 2015

    Sounds like everyone of these guys sre pulling for the Royals.

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  4. sandy
    October 8, 2015

    Why can’t we have a DH like theirs?

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    • Devin_
      October 8, 2015

      Recall he only played half of 2014 (poorly) because teams weren’t willing to give up the compensation pick for signing him. We could have signed him last off season without that problem though.

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  5. Zanuda
    October 8, 2015

    We have Springer.

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  6. daveb
    October 8, 2015

    MLB Network should be ashamed. I have never heard national broadcasters so obviously fans of one of the two teams on the field.

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    • Zanuda
      October 8, 2015

      FSN is in the same boat.Marisnik, great play.

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    • Becky⚾
      October 8, 2015

      That’s why I muted them.

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  7. Zanuda
    October 8, 2015

    Castro can’t hit squat!

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    • Mr. Bill
      October 8, 2015

      But our alternative is worse – in every way.

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      • sandy
        October 8, 2015

        I can tolerate Jason not hitting but

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      • Zanuda
        October 8, 2015

        I agree with you but he takes stuff right down the middle and swings at pitches out of the strike zone.

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      • Becky⚾
        October 8, 2015

        Exactly!!

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  8. sandy
    October 8, 2015

    But I expect a DH to get a hit occasionally

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  9. Becky⚾
    October 8, 2015

    Tony Sipp is da man!!

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  10. Billy Castillo
    October 8, 2015

    This umpire is pissing me off.

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    • Becky⚾
      October 8, 2015

      Stand in line……

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  11. Zanuda
    October 8, 2015

    Oh No…Perez!

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    • Zanuda
      October 8, 2015

      Keep your fingers crossed.

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    • Zanuda
      October 8, 2015

      All Right!

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  12. Becky⚾
    October 8, 2015

    Uh oh…..my heart is beating sooo hard. Please baseball God’s let us win this game😐

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  13. 1oldpro
    October 8, 2015

    Well this is a big moment. Perez coming in. I wanted to yell at Castro but I remembered my promise. House money!
    Ok I guess I’ll go back and see how this plays out.

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  14. Billy Castillo
    October 8, 2015

    oH no…Perez is in…

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  15. Devin_
    October 8, 2015

    Huge sigh of relief here

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  16. 1oldpro
    October 8, 2015

    Great job by Perez! One pitch and a popup foul out. How about a little insurance?

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  17. Billy Castillo
    October 8, 2015

    Astros win!!!

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  18. Becky⚾
    October 8, 2015

    LUUUUUUKE!!!! OH. MY. GOODNESS.!!!!

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  19. daveb
    October 8, 2015

    Great poise by our young team again. And McHugh dealt with that rain delay as well as anyone would. Can’t forget the pen, a reawakening?

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  20. Mr. Bill
    October 8, 2015

    Nice win. Well played all around. 11 hits. Small ball gets 3 runs, dingers add 2. Great pitching – from everyone including Perez. Multi-hit game for Altuve, Marisnick, and Springer. What’s not to like about that?

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  21. Dan P
    October 8, 2015

    Two excellent playoff wins in a row and even situational hitting to get the 2-0 lead. These kids are playing free and easy.

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  22. sandy
    October 8, 2015

    Kazmir keeps the momentum going tomorrow and then home. How sweet is that.

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  23. Becky⚾
    October 8, 2015

    No club Astros until this series is over…from now on out its all business.
    Good, they need to focus on getting it done.

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  24. 1oldpro
    October 8, 2015

    What does it say when the top team in the AL pulls their starter after two innings because it rained? I mean, the team they are playing against plays all their home games with a roof, but their starter still stayed in the game for four more innings.
    I’m sure it will look like a good move for game four. But what if there isn’t a game four?
    Scott Kazmir and Cueto tomorrow night. Hope there’s a rain delay. Hope we get two runs in the first inning.

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    • Becky⚾
      October 9, 2015

      Ned Yost said he was “hoping their pitcher would freeze up” after the rain delay.
      As Hinch likes to say 19 wins doesn’t just “sneak” up on you…..Collin was just the better pitcher tonight, and it showed. Thank goodness we have three center fielders in the outfield, because Marisnick saved McHugh’S rear end with that catch.

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  25. BrianT
    October 9, 2015

    Hinch has been amazing These two games. That is all.

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