After the last series the Houston Astros had with the Detroit Tigers they changed the entire make-up of the team by shifting guys around, dropping a few and bringing a couple up. It appears that they will look different after the current series with the Tigers as well but for totally different reasons. Jose Altuve, a sure fire all-star this season, suffered a partially dislocated jaw in a collision in right field and ace pitcher Bud Norris left the game with a strain in his back. Bo Porter must be talking to himself right about now.
It was to be quite an interesting series in my opinion, to see how the newly formed Astros fared against the powerhouse Tigers. There really wasn’t much hope for them to win more than possibly one game, but if they played better that shows progress. The first part of the opening game looked good until the Tigers busted out on Norris for way too many runs when facing Anibal Sanchez.
Tomorrow the Astros will take another shot at the defending AL champs but they will do it without their all-world second baseman who is certainly going to be out of action for a little while. At this point they can only hope to hold their own against the Tigers and pray that Norris and Altuve aren’t out for an extended period of time. This team still has an excitement around them but they badly need their great players to be able to compete. It is possible, however unlikely at this point, that someone could step up in a big way with their superstar down. We shall see.