All Things Astros and a whole lot more
Remember the classic Ronald Reagan advertising campaign in 1984: It’s morning again in America! Regardless what you think about Republicans and what you may have thought about his agenda, Reagan’s theme struck a chord with a country sick and tired of being sick and tired.
Well, borrowing from the theme, It’s April again in Houston! The team that stormed through the majors in the first two months of the 2017 season is back!
Only a month ago, the Astros were a mess. Injuries, slumps, questions about the lineup and even A.J. Hinch‘s ability to manage down the stretch were all being questioned in some corners.
Here are a few answers as the -lore begins to build.
On A.J. Hinch.
The Astros’ field general may have already managed his way into Houston’s manager-lore. With some gutsy moves in the first series, Hinch has begun to prove he belongs with the Dierkers and the Virdons. He’s had three winning seasons in Houston and already is seventh on the all-time managerial list. You gotta love the all-in Verlander-in-relief move and the Carlos Beltran pinch hit late in Monday’s game.
The Verlander Effect.
Verlander has already pitched himself into Houston memories. He’s already surpassed Randy Johnson‘s Astros’ iconian tenure, and he’s moving close to the 2005 Roger Clemens tales (remember the 15th inning relief appearance) and closing in on other remarkable Astros’ pitchers like Mike Scott and Roy Oswalt. Now, what do you think about Dallas Keuchel complaining about not getting an ace back in July? And perhaps the best news about Verlander is that he’ll be around Houston for a couple more years!
The parallel 2005 Universe.
Can you compare Verlander’s relief appearance to Clemens’ relief in the 2005 ALDS? How ’bout Alex Bregman‘s home run to Lance Berkman/Brad Ausmus‘ home runs? This team has Super Everyday Sub Marwin Gonzalez. The 2005 team had Eric Bruntlett and Jose Vizcaino. And the “lore” continues…
Okay, here are some questions to get you started to the ALCS.