Well, just when all seemed on their way to green pastures for Houston Astros, everything seemed to go horribly wrong in one fell swoop. Just the other day they were pitching well, hitting in the clutch and playing solid defense. Yesterday, they pitched horribly, hit fairly average and their errors cost them the game.
Starter Scott Feldman, who had been such a pleasant surprise for the Astros, has been struggling to regain his form following his return from the DL. In his two starts since returning, he’s gone 9.0 innings, given up 12 runs, seven earned and surrendered 19 hits. Compare that to his first three starts where he went 20.2 innings and only surrendered one earned run. It’s safe to say the Astros need their anchor back to where he was before the tendonitis struck.
Hitting-wise, the Astros did manage to continue their streak of getting nine hits, but the clutch hitting just wasn’t there. Aside from their top four hitters, who went 8-for-16, the rest of the lineup combined to go 1-for-14.
Given the recent trend, it would appear that this game is the odd man out, that it was the fluke and that the Astros really are starting to develop some potency. Tonight’s game is huge. They have to come out and jump out to that early lead like they’ve been doing. Collin McHugh is still not a proven commodity, so they’ll need to provide plenty of support for the youngster. As long as Bo Porter keeps marching out the same lineup, the capabilities of this team are well known.