The Houston Astros simply have to get the bats moving again.
The team has now lost five games in a row, coming off the longest winning streak of the season so far. This year, when they’ve managed to hit at least one home run, they have a record of 20-19. In games where they haven’t taken the ball out of the park, they’ve won twice.
Starting a three-game series against the Seattle Mariners last night, the Astros managed only four hits and no homers — which isn’t to say they didn’t have chances in a game where fielding errors dictated the outcome. They lost 3-2 but were never out of the contest and had more opportunities been taken, the final result could easily have been flipped.
The fences at the Safeco Field have been moved in this season, something the batters of both teams will need to approach with vigor. Chris Carter leads the Astros with 13 jacks so far, and May’s champion Jason Castro looks equally up to the task lately. Castro looks to be the Astros’ best chance at being an All-Star this season, putting together numbers, composure and defense to equal any catcher in the league.
Manager Bo Porter may be getting frustrated with watching his young guys who are clearly talented, but continually fall at the last hurdle. Early in the season, it was a case of being dominated and forced out of games early. Progressively though, the pitching has allowed chances for the hitters to do their part, and if the future is going to look bright for the Astros in summation rather just in spurts, the bats are going to have to tighten up.