Coming into the playoffs Astro fans had concerns about the back end of the starting rotation, the offense’s inability to hit with RISP and some concerns about pieces of the bullpen.
Well, the starting rotation concerns have moved up to include #3 starter Zack Greinke, the offense has disappeared the last two games, but the bullpen has been good except for a few problems in a lost cause Game 3 against the taxi tough Tampa Bay Rays
The Astros have not had a must win game this season. That changes Friday. We can all have concerns about how continued problems will be addressed in a potential ALCS matchup with the Yankees. Forget it. All that matters is that the Astros figure out how to play like the team that won the most regular season games in the MLB this year in Friday’s game. If they don’t do that – then it will be time to lament the past and to look into the far future of the 2020 season.
– Will the Astros take care of business in Game 5 against the Rays?
– If they get past the Rays, do you believe that the problems with Justin Verlander and Greinke in the last two games can be chalked up to too little time between starts and too much time between starts respectively?
– Is there anything the Astros can do to jumpstart this offense? Pick the lineup order out of a hat? Strap their arms down so they can only swing 75%?
– Can you forgive the mistakes of Hinch and his coaches in the last couple days? Do you trust them going forward?
– If they get past the Rays are they too flawed to get past the Yanks? Will they be better off in a 7 game than a 5 game series?