Stop me if you’ve heard this before. The Houston Astros were riding one heck of a funk, gathered their footing and were about to knock out a pretty substantial sweep when their bullpen stepped in and said “nuh uh.” Maybe not in that specific of a situation, but this happens all the time — so much so that it’s more so a joke than a disappointment.
The best part of it all is that it almost happened yesterday when Collin McHugh threw an outstanding debut for the Astros. Raul Valdes came in and immediately surrendered two runs, escaping with his life.
This time, the outcome was different.
Jarred Cosart was coming off his worst start ever in Oakland where he gave up seven earned runs in 0.1 innings. He gathered himself together and threw 6.2 innings of two run ball with those two runs coming at the very end of his outing. The gritty Astros bullpen held on magnificently to push the game into the ninth, holding onto their one-run lead for dear life.
Enter Josh Fields.
Fields has been all or nothing. On this night, he left his ‘all’ at home and brought his ‘nothing.’ That one run lead dissipated on a three-run home run by Kyle Seager, his second of the game.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: The Astros need a closer. How does this make Cosart feel? He’s coming off the worst start of his life, puts up a very respectable line and watches the game slip away like he did last year. It can’t be good for his confidence, that’s for sure.