Here are some quick thoughts from the front lines of the Astros 8-2 whooping of the World Champion KC Royals Monday night.
- It felt good to step back in off the ledge, at least for one game. A 3-4 record feels a ton better than 2-5.
- There was a parking lot near MMP with a sign posted – $60. No, that was not for permanently buying the spot.
- If the Astros intend to entertain this many fans they need more security scanners and entrances. An hour before the ball game the line was 20 minutes long to get in the doors.
- The two big black pickup trucks given to ROY Carlos Correa and Cy Young winner Dallas Keuchel looked more up Colby Rasmus‘ alley, but were appreciated none the less.
- It was a nice touch having Jeff Bagwell and Roger Clemens (former ROY and Cy Young winners) throw out the first pitch(es) to Correa and Keuchel.
- Becky hit it on the head in her comment after the game. McHugh came off the mound after the first inning looking like Charles Bronson in one of those “the punks killed my wife and now they are going to die” revenge movies.
- With runners in scoring position, it was obvious that Correa is totally tuned in to getting the easy RBI. Twice he went the other way to bring Jose Altuve in to score.
- The big crowd went nuts when Rasmus hit a no doubter into the upper deck in the first inning. But they were also appreciative when he dropped a bunt down against the shift for an easy hit later in the game.
- Tyler White is just a hitting machine. He figures out how to get solid wood on the ball almost every time up.
- Maybe Jason Castro is returning from the dead or at least his bat may be. He had a huge triple that broke the game open and nearly left the park and had another line drive shot into the outfield.
- McHugh gave up 8 hits, which looks pretty meh as a statistic, but that included a couple of dead ducks into the outfield, a ground ball that White should have stopped and a ground ball where Correa broke the wrong way on it. The eight hits also included a play in the 7th that loaded the bases when Correa tried for a undoable force out at 2nd when the only possible play was at first.
- A number of times the Royals tried to go the other way against the shift and failed. But it is obvious more teams are thinking about foiling that tactic.
- In a case of a little musical over-do, the Astros tried to cram in “God Bless America”, “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” and “Deep in the Heart of Texas” during the 7th inning stretch. You could tell that both sides were ready to start the bottom of the 7th before the music was done. Of course, they may not have been back from the commercial break yet.
- Tony Sipp struggled in his one relief inning and Josh Fields did not.
It was a good game for the Astros to spit out the bad taste of two series losses to start the season. The rest of this four-game series is no less important for setting a solid base for the team going forward.