Today, Dan P takes a few questions from Dan P.
One thing you can say about the Houston Astros’ offense. They truly work as a team. Unfortunately, that means that along with hitting so well for most of the season and having the best offense in the AL and at times the MLB, it also means that when they choose to stink it up, they do that in lockstep with each other, also.
A few days ago, Astros GM James Click went a different way in stating that the Astros might be pursuing starting pitching at the trade deadline.
Last Sunday when the Astros headed to the bottom of the ninth inning trailing 7-2 to the Yankees, the only positive thought that most fans could muster was that it could have been so much worse.
If you look up “old school” in the dictionary, you will find a picture of me. Oh sure, I understand things like OPS and spin rate, but deep down inside, my past, relative to life and baseball, harkens back to values from youth. I came from a time period when it was a big thing for an Astro to make the All Star Game, an even bigger thing for him to get in the game and the ultimate big thing to actually perform well on the national stage. Many years we were represented by the minimum of one player with the gut feeling we would not have that one except for the rule mandating representation.
Today is a bit of a mind dump of some things that pop up watching the Astros.
Even with a bit of a bobble at the end of the month, the Astros had a strong performance in June, going 19-9 and outscoring the opposition 170-100.
The Astros passed the halfway mark of the season on Thursday night as they played their 82nd game in Cleveland against the Indians. Halfway is always a fun time to lean back and do the kind of math that even us old folks can do in our heads – doubling up what has been done to date to project the future.