As the Astros return home to warmer climes and a weekend meeting with the struggling Texas Rangers, let’s play a little Good News / Bad News without hometown heroes.
Bad News. If the 3 game series against the Twins was a precursor to the Astros playing some cold weather games against cold weather teams in the playoffs (Red Sox, Yanks, Indians or those same Twins), the Astros audition did not go well.
Good News. Even in October it is rarely near freezing for games up north, plus the Astros almost won the last game and they were using their two weakest starters in Lance McCullers and Dallas Keuchel.
Bad News. About those starters….Keuchel has looked more like 2016 Keuchel than 2015 or 2017 Keuchel so far and McCullers blew sky-high in an eight-run meltdown against the Twins on Wednesday.
Good News. The other three starters, Gerrit Cole, Charlie Morton and Justin Verlander have a combined 0.81 ERA after 7 starts. Oh and if DK or LMJ come up short or are injured, Collin McHugh has looked very good coming out of the bullpen.
Bad News. The Astros lost their first series of the season to the Twins….the sky is falling.
Good News. The Astros are 9-4 after 13 games. That is on a 112 win pace, which cannot be complained about anywhere.
Bad News. The Astros’ offense has been struggling – putting up only 12 runs in a recent 6 game span.
Good News. The Astros get back one critical low strikeout bat in Yuli Gurriel Friday. They also got one bat backÂ Wednesday as Alex Bregman, whose bat was MIA, had 4 hits. And Bregman hitting can help George Springer get a few better balls to hit ahead of him.
Bad News. The Astros had the least amount of strikeouts in the AL last season and have the second most this season. After leading the majors in most categories, they are 4th in the AL in runs scored and BA, 7th in OPS, and 9th in HRs.
Good News. There should be a lot of trending towards the norm here. Evan Gattis and Jose Altuve will not continue to have 0 HRs. Brian McCann is on a pace for 13 RBIs – I hope he beats that.Â Marwin Gonzalez, Derek Fisher, George Springer and Jake Marisnick all have batting averages south of the Mendoza line (below .200). Well…..Marwin and George should correct their numbers.
So, for you – what good or bad news are you clinging to?