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.
To say that baseball fandom and team’s front offices are a bit fickle in their attitudes towards managers is a huge understatement. The Red Sox won ZERO World Series in the 85 seasons between 1918 and 2004.
Hidden in the onslaught of the Astros 8.3 runs per game during their 11-game winning streak was the effectiveness of the pitching, especially the starting pitching during this streak. The starters put up a 1.95 ERA over those 11 games and were extremely consistent as they went less than five innings once and gave up only three earned runs once in those games.
The Astros as a team are tearing up baseball with a great starting staff and with the best offense in the MLB. What has come to light lately during their hot streak (11 straight wins, 15 of their last 17) is that their bench, unlike 2020, is a positive influence.
Baseball is supposed to be fun, but sometimes “serious” fans take things too seriously. We live and die over every injury, bullpen meltdown, bonehead play, inexplicable lineup choice and did I say bullpen meltdown?
Somedays a writer’s brain is over-flowing with thoughts. OK, maybe not overflowing, but enough thoughts to make up a new post…..