Clearly, the title of this article is just an attempt to convince myself that the Houston Astros can do this on a daily basis, but forgive me for dreaming.
Fresh off securing their biggest margin of victory since the July 31 11-0 bashing of the Baltimore Orioles, the Houston Astros again flexed their guns against the only divisional opponent that has been kind to them this year, the Los Angeles Angels. The Astros put up 11 hits and five runs through just five innings. Although the end result was a loss, the key, again, is to focus on the positives.
Philip Humber pitched surprisingly effectively. I don’t praise him for just any reason. He was in control for the 2.2 innings he pitched, striking out 4.
And Chris Carter? Also a great game. Carter put up only his fourth multi-hit game since June 25. He even cashed in on a two-out RBI. Seeing as how Humber and Carter both played well, the only usually-negative player left to cover is Brett Wallace. Wallace was tremendous, driving in three, two of which came on a two-run homer.
The game was nearly all positives, excluding Dallas Keuchel‘s ineffective start and the inevitable result of a bullpen loss.
If once is luck, twice is coincidence and three times is skill, hopefully the Astros can put up more good numbers against the Angels come tomorrow’s series finale.