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    Re: 2016 Houston Astros Regular Season

    Top of the 7th

    The bottom of the Astros order hasn't done squat today. They need to pick it up.

    6 Valbuena soft ground ball out to 2B 4-3 - 1 out
    7 Tyler White pinch hitting for Preston Tucker (stupid move because Tucker is the only guy to get a hit from the 5 hole down to the 9 hole. I would have pinch hit for Valbuena) Tyler White singles to center field for his first major league hit; Man on 1B w/ 1- out
    8 Gonzalez strikes out swinging on 6th pitch on check swing. - 2 out
    9 Castro strikes out swinging on 7th pitch - 3 out (shitty AB by Castro)

    Astros 2 Yankees 2

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    Re: 2016 Houston Astros Regular Season

    Bottom of the 7th

    Keuchel comes out for the 7th inning but LHP Tony Sipp and RHP Will Harris are both warming up in the Astros bullpen

    6 McCann strikes out swinging on 3 pitches - 1 out
    7 Headley pops out to 2B F-4 - 2 out
    8 Castro strikes out swinging on six pitches - 3 out

    Astros 2 Yankees 2


    Keuchel has retired 11 batters in a row and he's thrown 106 pitches. You have to feel Keuchel has done his job. If he is going to get the win the offense needs to step up. Fortunately the top of the Astros order is up.

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    Re: 2016 Houston Astros Regular Season

    Top of the 8th

    Pitching change Chason Shreve is replaced by Dellin Betances.
    Shreve's line: 1.1 innings/0 R/1 hit/0 BB's/2 K's

    1 Altuve walks on 5 pitches; man on 1B no out
    2 Springer flies out to left F-7 - man on 2B - 1 out
    On a 0-1 count Altuve steals 2B
    3 Correa grounds back to pitcher 1-3 but throwing error on Betances down the right field line. Correa safe at 1B; Altuve scores from 2B; man on 1B - 1 out Astros 3 Yankees 2
    Yankees dispute the call saying runner ran in the field of play and interfered with play. Call upheld play by umps. Yankees manager Joe Girardi has announced that the game is being played under protest.
    4 Rasmus walks on 6 pitches; men on 1B and 2B - 1 out
    On a 2-2 pitch Correa attempts to steal 2B. Correa called out. Astros challenge the call. Call is overturned and Correa steals 2B.
    5 Gomez strikes out swinging; men on 1st and 2nd - 2 outs (3rd K on Gomez today - did I mention I don't like him?)
    6 Valbuena lines a single to left; Correa and Rasmus score; Valbuena advances to 2B on the throw to the plate; Astros 5 Yankees 2 - 2 out
    Pitching change Betances replaced by Johnny Barbato
    Line for Betances; 2/3 inning pitched/3 R; 1 ER/1 hit/2 BB's/1 K
    7 White hit by pitch on the hand; men on 1st and 2nd; White stays in the game - 2 out
    8 Gonzalez strikes out swinging - 3 out

    Astros 5 Yankees 2

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    Re: 2016 Houston Astros Regular Season

    Bottom of the 8th

    Pitching change; Keuchel replaced by RHP Ken Giles
    Line for Keuchel; 7 innings/2 ER's/3 hits/4 BB's/5 K's

    9 Gregorius hits HR on 2-2 pitch to right center field; Astros 5 Yankees 3 no out
    1 Ellsbury strikes out swinging on 9th pitch - 1 out
    2 Brett Gardner pinch hitting for Hicks; Gardner strikes out looking on 4th pitch a 95 mph fastball - 2 out
    3 Rodriguez grounds out to SS 6-3 - 3 out

    Astros 5 Yankees 3

    Seems as though Giles got pissed off after giving up the lead off HR to the Yankee 9 hitter. Set the Yankees down in order after that with 2 K's

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    Re: 2016 Houston Astros Regular Season

    Top of the 9th

    This is a situation I can see Gregerson blowing. I hope Houston gets a couple of insurance runs.

    9 Castro strikes out swinging - 1 out
    Castro had a good spring but he sucked today going 0-4 with 2 K's. Looking just like last year.
    1 Altuve lined out to left field F-8 - 2 out
    2 Springer strikes out swinging on 3 pitches (all sliders) - 3 out

    Astros 5 Yankees 3

    Bad AB's by Castro and especially Springer who chases 3 pitches off the outside of the plate. It's all up to Gregerson now----God help us.

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    Re: 2016 Houston Astros Regular Season

    Bottom of the 9th

    Pitching change; Luke Gregerson comes in for Giles
    Line for Giles: 1 IP/1 R/1 hit/0 BB's/2 K's

    4 Teixeira grounds out to SS 6-3 - 1 out
    5 Beltran strikes out swinging on 3 pitches - 2 out
    6 McCann grounds out to 1B 3-1 -3 out

    Astros 5 Yankees 3

    Final line for Barbato: 1.1 IP/0 R/0 Hits/0 BB's/0 K's
    Final line for Gregerson: 1 IP/0 R/0 Hits/0 BB's/1 K
    WP: Keuchel (1-0)
    LP : Betances (0-1)
    SV : Gregerson (1)

    2B Altuve (1); Tucker (1)
    Correa 2 RBI's; Valbuena 2 RBI's
    HR Correa (1) 6th inning off Tanaka 0 on 2 out
    Team RISP: 2-11
    Team LOB: 6
    SB: Correa (2); Altuve (1)

    R H E
    Astros 5 6
    Yankees 3 4 1

    Houston has not lost an opening day game since joining the American League in 2013.
    The Yankees have now lost 5 opening day games in a row.
    The game was the 2nd coldest on record played by the Astros.
    The Astros are tied for AL West lead with Texas by one game after one game. Just joking.
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    Re: 2016 Houston Astros Regular Season

    Yesterday's game was a testimony to the value of grit and determination. Dallas Keuchel didn't have his A game. He allowed a base runner in every inning in the first 5 innings. He made a mistake to the Yankees #8 hitter Starlin Castro who hit a 2 run double in the 2nd inning and that was after Keuchel gave up a single and a walk to set the table for Castro. It was cold and windy and the only saving grace was that the sun was out and shining brightly. During the radio broadcast the guys were talking about how the conditions affect the pitchers. About how, when it's cold and the air is dry, the baseball feels more like a cue ball and you do anything to get some moisture on your hands. Despite the fact that he struggled for 5 innings didn't deter Keuchel. He found another gear and shut down the Yankees offense in the sixth and seventh to not only get a quality start, it was a Cy Young worthy start. Two runs in seven innings of work is stellar especially when you consider the weather conditions.
    The top of the Astros line up did their job. They scratched and clawed for every run they got. Of course the go ahead run in 8th was scored on throwing error by Yankees pitcher Dellin Betances who was trying to get Carlos Correa out on a dribbler up the first base line. Betances chunked the throw over 1B Mark Teixeira's head into right field with allowed Jose Altuve to score from 2B. Correa was 1-4 officially but he did reach on a fielder's choice play and he scored both times he was on base. He also had 2 RBI's in the game including a solo HR in the sixth inning to tie the game at 2. Preston Tucker was 1-2 in the game before being pulled for pinch hitter Tyler White who got his first big league hit in his first AB. White was hit on the hand by a pitch in his 2nd AB. White stayed in the game but he is listed as day to day for the time being but x-rays on his hand were negative so that is a good thing. Carlos Gomez and Marwin Gonzalez had terrible games at the plate. Both were 0-4 with 3 strike outs and Gomez especially looked lost. I expected more from Gonzalez who got the start at 1B. If I were managing I would have pinch hit for one of those guys instead of Tucker. But, it all worked out and Houston got a gutsy win in the Bronx.
    The Astros send Colin McHugh to the mound this evening and the Yankees counter with Michael Pineda in a 6:05 PM CDT start. Of course a win tonight would guarantee the Astros win the opening series against the Yankees and that would be a nice way to start the season.

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    Re: 2016 Houston Astros Regular Season

    Did you hear that? That big ol' thud sound? Maybe it was drowned out by all the cracks off the Yankees bats. Last night's game was ugly from the git-go. 2015 19 game winner Colin McHugh was barely able to record a single out before he gave up 6 runs when he got the hook by A J Hinch. The trouble was Michael Feliz wasn't much better. He lasted 4.1 innings giving up the same 6 runs. By the end of the 3rd inning McHugh and Feliz had dug a hole the Astros bats couldn't dig their way out of because the Yankees had scored 12 runs. The Astros bats tried to get them back in the game but they didn't have enough firepower to keep up with the Yankees onslaught.
    Houston jumped out to a one run lead in the top of the first then the bottom fell out. McHugh gave up six in the bottom of the frame with Feliz allowing runners charged to McHugh scoring before getting the final out. Houston tried making a comeback in the 2nd by scoring 4 runs which featured a grand slam HR by George Springer making the score 6-5 Yankees after 1-1/2 innings. In the 2nd and 3rd NY tacked on 3 more runs in each inning so by the end of the 3rd the Yanks led 12-5 and that was pretty much all she wrote. The rest of the game was an exercise in futility. When it was all said and done the Astros lost 16-6 in a game that I'm sure McHugh would love a do-over because that is definitely not the way he wanted to begin his 2016 campaign. I'm not making excuses for him because Dallas Keuchel had worse conditions but the weather was cold and the wind was blowing hard and last night it was blowing out toward the outfield whereas on Tuesday the wind was blowing in and Keuchel was a definite beneficiary of that. McHugh had trouble locating his pitches and he just didn't have his best stuff. I think he was victimized by the cold and windy conditions and stuff like that happens. I'm going on the premise that last night was an anomaly and not the rule.
    One thing you hope isn't an anomaly was the night Carlos Correa had. He went 4-5 with two HR's and he's looking like the superstar he's been touted as coming into the season. Yesterday was Correa's first opening day in the bigs and, assuming he doesn't get hurt, 2016 will be his first full season in the bigs. You'd have to say he's looking good so far. Tyler White played his second career big league game last night and he made his first start in the field at 1B. Last night he went 2-4 at the plate and showed no ill effects after being hit in the finger by a pitch late in yesterday's game. Colby Rasmus bounced back after an oh-fer game Tuesday as he went 2-4. In all Houston banged out 12 hits and scored six runs but it was far too little after the poor night the pitching staff had.
    The next man up for Houston today is Mike Fiers who, coming from Baltimore, should be used to pitching in cold weather conditions. At any rate he will be on the hill for Houston and RHP Nathan Eovaldi will be pitching for the Yanks as Houston looks to wrap up this first series win this afternoon beginning at 3:05 CDT.

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    Re: 2016 Houston Astros Regular Season

    The pitching staff was perceived as a strength coming into the season didn't show up after Tuesday, period. After Colin McHugh got bombed Wednesday along with every reliever that came in after him the hope was that Mike Fiers would be able to hold up and help the Astros win the series. Didn't happen Fiers gave up 5 runs in 5 innings and a couple of innings later the supposed savior of the bullpen, the high dollar guy that cost us former #1 draft pick Mark Appel, gave up a 2 out 3 run homer to Mark Teixeira to break a 5-5 tie and that's how the game ended giving the Yankees the opening series win with an 8-5 victory. In the final two games the Astors had double digit hits in both games and scored 6 and 5 runs and lost because the pitching staff gave up at total of 24 runs in the final two games, 16 on Wednesday and 8 yesterday. In most games you play scoring 5 or 6 runs is enough to win and Houston did that despite the fact that it took 9 AB's before Carlos Gomez got his first hit of the season or they got zero production at the plate from the catcher spot. Both Jason Castro and Erick Kratz went oh-fer for the entire series. Also the Astros scored 5 runs yesterday without the top 3 hitters in the lineup never got a hit or reached base in a way for the game and second four in the lineup carried the game for Houston. Rasmus, Gomez, Valbuena and White carried the game offensively for Houston. Let's not forget about Preston Tucker who had a hit in two AB's with an RBI and a run scored. The fact is Tyler White has come out smoking hot at the plate and yesterday was his best day yet going 3-4 with four RBI's including a 2-run HR and Preston Tucker has been pretty darn good to as he contributed the other RBI and scored a run in only 2 official AB's.

    Early bitches:
    > I have the opinion that AJ Hinch is too in love with the righty vs lefty, lefty vs righty dynamic when the opposing team changes pitchers. In both the final two games of this opening series Hinch pulled a guy with a hot bat out of the lineup because the new pitcher threw from the opposite side that starter threw from compelled Hinch to pull the batter even though the guy swung a hot bat an inserted a guy who hit from the other side. Personally, I don't pull a guy with a hot stick out of the lineup especially when the guy I'm putting in hasn't done squat for me. Tuesday and yesterday Hinch did exactly that. He pulled Preston Tucker who has been hitting the ball well since the season began and who was 1-2 with an RBI yesterday for Marwin Gonzalez who hasn't gotten a hit yet and Tuesday he pulled Tucker who was the only man in the bottom third of the lineup who had been hitting the ball for Tyler White who ended up getting his first big league hit. The trouble was Marwin Gonzalez and Carlos Gomez hadn't done anything and should have been the ones yanked rather than Tucker. This bitch is one I've had with Hinch since last year.
    > WTF has happened since Houston has left Florida is crazy. This pitching staff looked pretty good in spring training and after Keuchel's gutty performance on Tuesday the pitching staff has been awful. Maybe I'm not giving the Yankees enough credit. They were a playoff team a 6 months ago. You can't judge a season by 3 games but I'd sure would have liked the pitchers come out better than what they've shown. It will be nice to get Lance McCullers back.
    > I hate to keep harping on Ken Giles. The deal that allowed Houston go get him from Philadelphia was on Houston paid much too dearly for IMO and his poor spring and so-so start to 2016 hasn't exactly been what we paid for. In 2015 Giles gave up only 2 HR's all season but in just 2 appearances in 2016 he's given up two HR's. The first wasn't a disaster but it wasn't good either. It was Tuesday and Houston and Dallas Keuchel has scratched out a 5-3 lead when Giles gave off a lead off HR in the 8th inning to help NY close the gap to 5-4. He retired the Yanks in order after that so it was no harm no foul. Yesterday was different. Houston was tied 5-5 when he came on, again, in the 8th and allowed 2 base runners followed by a 3 run HR to give the Yankees the lead and eventually the win. Not good Ken.

    This has been a week of firsts for Houston's newest first baseman Tyler White. On Tuesday he got his first major league AB and his first major league hit in that at bat. In his second AB he was hit by a pitch for the first time as a major leaguer. On Wednesday he played a position for the first time as a major league because he was a DH for the first time on Tuesday. Wednesday he got his first HR and his first RBI as a major leaguer. It was the first time he had 4 AB's in a major league game and he got his first ever multi hit game going 2-4. Yesterday White got his first 3 hit game as he went 3-4 and he had his first 4 RBI game as a major leaguer. There are a lot of "firsts" White has experienced in his first 3 games as a major leaguer but he is what has been advertised. A guy who doesn't strike out very often and guy who puts the ball in play with a little bit of power. So far after three games White is hitting a freakish .667 with an OPB of 1.811 in just 10 official AB's plus he's been on base in 9 of those 10 AB's because he was hit (get this) by the first major league pitch of Yankees reliever Johnny Barbato. He'll come back to earth at some point with some less favorable firsts but right now he has got to be riding around on cloud nine.

    The Astros left NY and will begin a 3 gamer with Milwaukee tonight. Scott Feldman (5-5 in 18 starts with a 3.90 ERA of in 2015) will pitch for the Astros and Chase Anderson (6-6 in 27 starts with a 4.30 ERA in 2015) will go for the Brewers. It is a very early interleague series for both clubs but Houston and Milwaukee are old division rivals from the days when Houston was still in the National League.

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    Re: 2016 Houston Astros Regular Season

    What the hell is going on here? Our starting pitchers have SUCKED! Even Keuchel wasn't very good early in the opener in NY but at least he righted the ship and went 7 strong. Nobody else has done squat. Now, I will admit while Feldman wasn't very good early he made a bit of a comeback after the 2nd inning pitching two shutout innings after giving up 4 in the first two. 3 in the 1st and 1 in the 2nd to spot the Brewers a 4 run lead. Josh Fields came on in the 8th to give Milwaukee a 6 zip lead. Houston mounted a comeback in the 9th scoring 4 runs mainly on the strength of a Tyler White 3 run jack but the rally fell short after Colby Rasmus was called for an illegal slide into 2nd base on a Jose Altuve ground ball to 2nd base. Rasmus was out by a mile but the ball was hit too softly to get Altuve but the umps called Rasmus on the Utley rule which meant Altuve was out as well. AJ Hinch was one pissed off camper and he challenged the call but it was upheld. He was still fuming about it after the game. This incident was the 2nd enforcement of the Utley rule so far this season and in both instances it was pretty much a bogus call IMO. Houston can't get out of their own way to this point in the season and to lose to a team that is considered to be not very good is just too much to bear. You look forward to the season getting started and have such high expectations going in that for Houston to be 1-3 at this point sucks the big one.
    Without rookie Tyler White Houston would have been humiliated over the past week. Yesterday's game could easily have a been 6-0 shutout if not for White's heroics. So far in 4 games White has had 13 AB's with 9 hits (no misprint--9) including 2 doubles, 2 HR's and 2 runs scored with 7 RBI's and 3 K's. The only thing White hasn't done is draw a walk but who's complaining? It sure as heck is not me. White's 9 hits broke a franchise record of 5 in 4 games by Ken Caminiti way back in 1987. Gee whiz is this kid on a streak! Too bad the rest of the team isn't keeping some sort of pace. I suppose you could Carlos Correa and Preston Tucker are doing their part but it's not enough to offset the total crap of the starting pitching so far. It doesn't help that Jose Altuve and George Springer are colder than a carp in an ice chest. Springer actually has more K's than hits so far.
    Houston has made a couple of roster moves this past week. After getting carved up by the Yankees hitters on Wednesday Michael Feliz was optioned to AAA Fresno. To take Feliz' spot Houston called up P Chris Devenski from Fresno. Devenski didn't make it in time to play in any of the games against the Yankees but he made the trip to Milwaukee with the team and he actually got to pitch 3 innings in relief of Scott Feldman. He did a nice job giving up no runs on just one hit with 4 K's and no walks. That, my friends, is a quality relief appearance. Of course Josh Fields came on in the Brewer's 8th and allowed 2 more runs. I'm about done with Fields. Yeah, he can throw hard but he sucks at getting people out on a consistent basis. Sure makes all the pitchers Jeff Luhnow has been throwing away in trades seem all the more worse.

    Doug Fister (5-7 in 15 starts and 25 appearances with an ERA of 4.19 in 2015) will try to stem the tide of bad starts tonight when he takes the hill against the Brewers. Milwaukee counters with RHP Wily Peralta (5-10 in 20 starts with an ERA of 4.80 in 2015). The first pitch is at 6:10 CDT. If the Astros beginning to the season wasn't tough enough Houston returns home Monday to begin a series with defending world champs KC Royals. If Houston doesn't clean up their act and pronto they could find themselves in a hell of hole starting the season.

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    Re: 2016 Houston Astros Regular Season

    Doug Fister wasn't great but he was good enough for Houston to get a 6-4 victory last night. He went 5 innings and threw 86 pitches and gave up 3 runs on the way to his first victory as an Astro. Colby Rasmus was the offensive hero last night as he went 2-3 including 2 home runs and a sac fly and he accounted for 4 of the Astros runs. The amazing Tyler White continued his run at the plate extending his hitting streak to 5 games as he went 1-2 with a walk and the other 2 RBI's. He hit another home run as he Rasmus went back to back in the 5th inning which gave Houston a 6-1 lead after 5 innings. The win ended a 3 game losing streak the Astros endured since an opening day win over the Yankees.
    I don't know if Gary Pettis (Astros 3rd base coach) is just following orders or he just sucks at base coaching. I have been pissed at him several times from last April to now and he really pulled a boner last night. Carlos Gomez, in the 8th inning, laid down a perfect bunt and forced the 3rd baseman for the Brewers to rush his throw which went over the 1st baseman's head and into foul territory down the right field line. Before Gomez reached 2nd base he picked up Pettis who was waving him on to 3rd base but Gomez was thrown out on a play that wasn't all that close. Instead of having a man in scoring position with one out the Astros ended up with nobody on and 2 out. Given the Astros pitching woes an insurance run would have looked good going into the 9th inning. Speaking of pitching woes Pat Neshak came in to start the sixth inning and after recording the first out on a fly ball to center and strike out of former Astro Chris Carter Neshak gave up a solo HR to Brewers CF Kirk Nieuwenhuis which made the score 6-4 at the time. Fortunately, the score held up and Houston got a much needed win.
    Dallas Keuchel (1-0, 2.57 ERA) makes his second start of the season today. He goes up against the Brewers Jimmy Nelson (0-1, 2.45 ERA) as Houston goes for the series win over the Brewers.
    The rest of this month is pretty brutal schedule-wise. In order the face Kansas City at home for 4, Detroit at home for 3, Texas in Arlington for 3, Boston at home for 3, Seattle in Seattle for 3 and the finish the month in Oakland facing the A's. A win today is pretty big as Houston goes through a really tough part of their schedule. April could literally be a make or break month for the Astros.

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    Re: 2016 Houston Astros Regular Season

    People thought that the 4 walks Dallas Keuchel gave up in his opening game against the Yankees was an anomaly. It wasn't "Keuchel-like" at all. Well, how are we to explain the SIX walks Keuchel gave up today? The walks go along with the 6 hits, 3 were doubles, that resulted in 3 earned runs on his line score. Keuchel also recorded 8 K's or his day could have been much worse. If you give up 3 runs in 5.2 innings you would have to think you've done your job and he did. Keuchel had 110 pitches which means he battled his behind off which is VERY "Keuchel-like". Unfortunately, Keuchel got no run support. In fact, the offense got only 3 lousy hits off Milwaukee pitching. Jose Altuve got a lead off home run to give the Astros an early 1-0 lead and after Keuchel gave up 2 runs in the bottom of the 1st the Brewers had a 2-1 lead which expanded to a 3-1 lead after Keuchel gave up a run in the bottom of the 4th. In the top of the 5th Preston Tucker hit a solo HR to pull the Astros to within 1 run. Neither Houston nor Milwaukee scored again so the Brewer hung on for a 3-2 victory and the series win over the Astros who have now lost their first two series of the season with a brutal part of their schedule coming up beginning Monday against Kansas City. The Astros had Jose Altuve on 2nd base with one out in the top of the 3rd he got picked off by Brewers catcher Martin Maldonado when he led off the base too far. One thing Houston has not learned to correct from last year is boneheaded base running errors. It reached out an bit the Astros again in the 4th when Carlos Correa on 1st base due to a walk to lead off the inning he was picked off by starting P Jimmy Nelson. Houston had a bit of a rally going in the 8th when, after a Carlos Gomez pinch hit K, Luis Valbuena walked and Jake Marisnick pinch-ran for him. Next up was Jose Altuve hit a comebacker to the mound but P Michael Blazek made a bad throw and the ball ended up in left center field allowing Marisnick to advance to 3rd and Altuve ended up on 2nd. Two runners in scoring position with your 2 and 3 hitters coming to the plate needing just a fly ball deep enough to score Marisnick from 3rd. A base hit and the Astros take the lead. But, it wasn't to be because George Springer hit a fly ball into shallow center field not nearly deep enough to score the runner at 3rd and Carlos Correa grounds out to short. Today's game was the lowest run output by the Astros so far this season and as you might expect it cost them the game and certainly cost Keuchel a loss.

    The Astros got some good news last night after Evan Gattis when 3-4 with a HR in his rehab game with AA Corpus Christi. So far in 3 games Gattis has gone 5-12 in 3 games with the Hooks and after last night's game Gattis sent AJ Hinch a one word text that said, "Ready". Gattis took the day off today but he will be in the Hooks lineup on Monday in what is considered his last rehab game at Corpus. It is being reported that Gattis will play for the Astros at some point during the upcoming Kansas City series beginning Monday and lasting through Thursday. Gattis has changed his look recently shaving off his beard and the hair on his head for a much cleaner look that last year's "caveman" persona.




    Colin McHugh will look to redeem himself tomorrow when he pitches the home opener against Kansas City tomorrow night. KC will have Chris Young on the mound for the Royals.

    Maybe I'll just leave the Astros alone this week and not post at all. Maybe this crappy start to the season is my fault. I hope not, I hope it's just the Astros coming into the season taking some things for granted that have not been coming through as planned. A little road bad luck slap in the face that hopefully snap the team out of the this funk before things get ugly.

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    Re: 2016 Houston Astros Regular Season

    The Astros are 1-1 so far against the defending world champion KC Royals. Colin McHugh made a nice comeback from his first start. I think it was funny that his ERA going into the game with KC on Monday night was 135.0 after he went 1/3 of an inning surrendering 6 ER's. On Monday night he went 7 shutout innings and he worked his way out of a couple of tough jams and came out unscathed. Colby Rasmus continues getting hits and driving in runs. I don't know what kind of epiphany he experienced in the off season but that young man is en fuego! Houston won the opening game against KC 8-2 with strong performances from the top of the lineup. The only bitch you could list is Houston is still prone to bonehead base running plays. These are plays you don't see much after the little league level. Last night George Springer got picked off 1st base after drawing a lead off walk in the inning. Later, in the same inning Carlos Correa was on first and when Colby Ramsus hit a sharp line drive to 2B the Royals 2B Omar Enfante jumped up and appeared to catch the ball before it fell to the ground. Correa was caught and I'm not sure what he could have done differently other than continue to run to 2B and force the Royals to choose which guy they got out. As it was, Correa hesitated and KC forced Rasmus at first and got Correa out on in a rundown between first and second. The Astros lost 3-2 last night with every run scored in the game came in the first inning. The difference in the game was Astros starter Mike Fiers mistake was worse than KC starter Kris Medlen's. In the top of the first Fiers gave up 3 straight hits to start the game, the 3rd hit being a 3-run HR by Lorenzo Cain for an early 3 zip lead. Houston came right back in the bottom of the inning when Medlen gave up singles to Altuve and Springer before he got Correa to ground into a 5-4-3 double play. Rasmus then came up and hit an RBI double to center field and Tyler White followed that with an RBI single to right that scored Rasmus. So, clutch two out RBI hits is a good thing.

    It seemed like it happened more that it actually did but the TV guys noted in the 9th inning as Houston looked to be mounting a possible game winning rally that Houston had 15 wins in their final at bat in 2015 and it really looked for all the world that last was going to be the first of 2016. Sort of a payback for last year's division series loss at the hands of these same Royals but it wasn't to be as Jose Altuve and George Springer failed to drive in the tying run, much less the winning run, with two on in the 9th.

    Interesting factoid: Jose Altuve has more multi-hit games (236) than he has games when he goes oh-fer (166). That is an amazing stat. Also, nobody in baseball has as many hits over the last 3 seasons as Altuve. Last night Altuve went 0-4 with a walk so that makes 167 games when Altuve doesn't record a hit. Slacker!

    Last night was Evan Gattis' first game in the Astros lineup in 2016 and he has completed his rehab from sports hernia surgery back in early February. Gattis was reminded last night that the quality of pitching at the big league level is better than the pitching in AA where he did his rehab assignment. He was in the lineup in the 7 hole where he went 0-4 with 3 K's last night. Hopefully, Gattis won't begin this season like last season when he couldn't buy a hit in April. The Astros offense has been inconsistent so far this season on offense and defense. They need to clean up their act before they fall too far off the pace to come back. I know it's early but historically if Houston start out slow the odds they make the playoffs are pretty slim.

    The bottom 1/3 of the Astros order has not been all that good this season with the exception of a game or two. You can't keep handcuffing your team like that and expect to win consistently. Last night the 7-8-9 hitters, 5 players all told, combined to go 0-10 with 2 walks and 3 K's. Jason Castro is hitting .100 on the season and backup catcher Erik Kratz has yet to get a hit in 2016. I still think Tyler Heineman should have been the backup catcher going into the season rather than signing a guy who really isn't worth the money you are paying him. Hopefully, the Astros will start working Gattis in at catcher as was the plan before he had his surgery and missed all of spring training.

    Lance McCullers was at the Juice box on Tuesday night. Earlier in the day he threw a bullpen session at the stadium for the Astros coaches and he is scheduled to return to Corpus Christi to continue his rehab assignment. The hope is McCullers will be back in the rotation in Houston within a week or two.

    To make room for Evan Gattis Houston sent Matt Duffy down to AAA Fresno. The question is who will have to go down when McCullers returns to the lineup?

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    The Astros lost 4-2 last night and it's the same thing yet again. No offense despite a great night by one, maybe two, guys and sub par pitching. Houston is better than this, or rather, you would think they are better than this. Unlike last season when they came out of the gate hot as south Texas grass fire Houston seems to be handing games over to their opponents. Their record now stands at 3-6, 2 games back of division leading LA and 3 games under .500. Not what anyone would have expected after last season. The goat of last night's game is reliever Ken Giles but his problem is the same as the whole pitching staff. It appears that 2 outs is the Astros kryptonite because bad things happen to then after 2 outs have been recorded. Compound that with an 0-2 or 1-2 count which is clearly in the pitcher's favor and you've got a disaster on the way. Even in spring training it seemed as though with 2 outs it was time to start worrying and last night it was more of the same. Ken Giles had retired the first two batters in the 8th inning in a 2-2 ball game when he allowed a walk to Alex Gordon after getting to a 2-2 count. Next batter up was C Salvador Perez and Giles got him in a 0-2 hole. He threw a ball hoping he would chase that left the count 1-2. The next pitch was a hanging slider that Perez blasted over the left field wall for a go ahead 2-run HR. Ballgame. For the 3rd time in the last 4 games Houston has scored but 2 runs and not coincidently they were all losses. I am not sure why the lineup is either collectively hot or collectively cold. They don't pick each other up and they don't seem to be able to hit worth a crap when the game is on the line. You cannot lose 6 times in 9 games and be happy. Despite having a good spring George Springer is struggling at the plate hitting an anemic .216 and he's striking out---a lot. It doesn't help that Colby Rasmus is coming down to earth and Tyler White is no longer hitting a ridiculous .554 like he was last week when he was named AL Player of the Week in his first week as a big league player. Jason Castro got a triple last night, his 2nd 3 bagger of the season. Unfortunately it's his 3rd hit of the season. You add in 3 walks to his hit total and you've got a guy with more strike outs than hits and walks combined 10-6. The Astros as a team had more K's (11) than hits and walks combined (10). It's frustrating watching this team constantly shoot themselves in the foot in all phases of the game. Poor pitching, poor hitting, poor fielding and poor base running. AJ Hinch needs to have a serious talk with this team about playing smart baseball because they are not playing smart at all. What's painfully clear is that this young team is learning each season is different and the magic they possessed in 2015 has become an evil voodoo doll other teams are sticking pins into on nightly basis. Damn, I was so looking forward to this season and to have it begin like this is pure agony. I guess it's not how you start that matters, it's how you finish but I wish Houston would wake the hell up from this nightmare and play some baseball.

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    Kryptonite. 2 outs in an inning is almost certain disaster for the Astros. It happened again last night. Doug Fister cruised along for 5 innings giving up but a single run but after a lead off single in the 6th Fister retired the next two batters. Everything is under control right? Yeah, right. Back-to-back-to-back doubles after another single changed everything. Not even a visit to the mound by pitching coach Brent Strom could stop the bleeding as Fister gave up an RBI single to the very next batter. What was a 1-0 deficit and the Astros totally in the game turned into a 6-0 hole Houston just wasn't going to climb out of. Of the nine hits Fister gave up in his 5.2 innings 6 came in that nightmarish 6th. It is totally amazing how fast things fall apart for this team. What is most depressing is Houston's offense went totally stagnant after the series opening win when they scored 8 runs. The final score of that game was 8-2 and, ironically enough, that was the theme of this series, the losing team scored 2 runs. and for the 3rd consecutive game Houston only managed 2 runs on 5 hits while KC scored 6 runs on 13 hits. I can understand good pitching can hold down an offense but these Royals aren't all Cy freaking Young. Their 5th man in the rotation Ian Kennedy made Houston look foolish last night as he went 7 innings allowing just 2 hits and 1 run, a HR by Jose Altuve in the 7th. As hot as this team was when the season began they have gone the opposite direction. The guys who started out hot have not only cooled off they have become nearly frigid. Carlos Correa was hitting everything but he's not recently. He's not the only one. Colby Rasmus cooled off considerably as has Tyler White but at least they still are getting their hits. We keep waiting for George Springer to find himself at the plate and Carlos Gomez hasn't been doing much at all. Jason Castro and Erik Kratz have been awful and Jake Marisnick still hasn't gotten a hit. Evan Gattis got his first hit of the season in a pinch hitting role for Castro last night. So we lost the series against KC last night which mean we've lost our first three series of the season. Not a great start and we are now at 3-7 on the season and dead last in the division.

    We begin a home series against Detroit beginning tonight and the hope is Houston can start turning this thing around. Dallas Keuchel takes the mound while Mike Pelfrey goes for Detroit. We really need Keuchel to dominate tonight in his first home start of the season.

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