Everyone knew that it would be a tough transition for the Houston Astros going from the National League to the American League. The Astros set a record during their first series, striking out 43 times in three games. I understand that you want to hit a lot of home runs with the short porch in left field at Minute Maid Park, but striking out over 14 times a game on average isn’t getting the job done.
There are too many free swingers on this team like Carlos Pena and Chris Carter in the middle of that lineup. Houston had better learn to shorten up their swings, or they are going to find themselves striking out 2,000 times this season.
There is no way that the team wants that to happen this season. The Astros could easily find themselves with over 110 losses and a fan base that is already slipping away.
The most disappointing part of this is that the team’s pitching hasn’t been that bad so far. Bud Norris pitched himself to a win on Sunday, while Lucas Harrell and Philip Humber were both solid in their starts. Houston has an off day on Thursday, but they should probably be at the ballpark working on some things before the Oakland Athletics come to town on Friday night.
I knew it would be a long season for the Astros. I just didn’t think it would be this painful to watch.