Astros 2016: Time for a fine whine
Astro fans can’t hit (of course, neither can the Astros). They can’t field. They can’t throw one pitch. They can’t make trades, can’t release players, can’t send down or bring up players or draft them. They can’t hire or fire coaches or managers. They can’t bench players, make out lineup cards, take out pitchers or decide who and when to bring folks in from the bullpen.
Nope, all that is left for the fans is to critique all those things above. And after watching the Astros do a wonderful job of pushing the boulder up the hill for two months, the last couple weeks of watching the boulder roll back over the team has been disheartening.
So, for all those who are sick and tired of being sick and tired here is an opportunity to let it all out. This correspondent will start the ball (boulder?) rolling with everything he is sick and tired of…
I’m sick and tired of:
- The Astros being down 1-0 after 5 or 6 innings every night.
- The Astros paying 1/4 their payroll to two guys (Carlos Gomez and Colby Rasmus) who have less chance than a pitcher of getting a hit the last couple months.
- The Astros getting next to nada from every hitting prospect they bring up. (Alex Bregman, A.J. Reed, Tyler White, Preston Tucker, Colin Moran)
- The Astros getting embarrassing hitting results at 1B, DH, LF, C and CF.
- The hitters never changing their approach no matter how bad the results from their approach are.
- Thinking that once the Astros are past the first four in the order, that there is little chance of the team doing anything offensively.
- Going into series with the Texas Rangers thinking they have no chance of winning the series.
- Watching good pitchers and bad pitchers shutting down the Astros.
- Seeing them score 7 runs in 6-1/2 games (including the 14 inning affair).
- Watching Jason Castro, Evan Gattis, Jake Marisnick wallow in the .200 – .220 area for most of the season.
- Watching a team strike out the most in the AL, while no longer being one of the top SLG or OPS teams in the league.
- Being sick and tired.
OK, now your turn – what are you sick and tired of. Don’t hold back – let it rip (like your team’s hitters swinging at an untouchable slider).