Hi everyone, this is KPRC 2 Athletic Director Randy McElfoy with express check-in on the Astros.
Houston crossed the 50-game plateau riding a gentle wave in the summer. After rebounding from their sweep over Oakland A, along with Wednesday’s postponed Angels game in New York, the Astros now lead AL West by 5.5 games. Obviously there’s still plenty of baseball to play, but that’s not a bad place to sit as we turn the page on June in the baseball calendar.
Today (Thursday), the Astros are getting a well-deserved day off to recharge after their Auckland sweep. Wake up this morning 33-18 and ride a four-game winning streak with three more games coming up in Kansas City against the Royals starting Friday night.
* The burnout continued. Novice shooters have been dominant, throwing seven times this season. Framber Valdez threw a full game in the Oakland series, but it doesn’t stop at the lefties. Justin Verlander made a great start to the rebound on Wednesday, without hitting the A for 6.2 innings before giving up his RBI single for the first hit and then a ground run that took the A 3-1 lead. Verlander was great though, with the bad slider back in its old form. Just forget about that tough outing in Seattle earlier on your road trip.
* Bullpen was good and even better from the start. Across the major tournaments, the Astros’ group has led every MLB in the ERA, hovering around 2.40 after the Oakland series. It’s fun to watch these guys attack and win battles. I expect that to continue, even though every season has its share of ups and downs.
Who does not?
*Alex Bergman is now struggling to get the hits. It’s 3 for 20 in the last six games (all on this road trip to Seattle and Kansas City). Soon, if difficulties persist, Dusty Baker may choose to give Bregman a day or two to recharge and recharge. will get it. He’s running fast for 90 RBI this season.
*Kyle Tucker made just 0.239,3 for 19 on this wild ride.
* Yuli Gurriel hits 223 and 4 for 19 on this wild ride. Remember that Yuli is the batting champion, so he’s scheduled to break out at any time. Hopefully his struggles will end soon.
It’s Kansas City for three games over the weekend before the Astros return to Minute Maid Park against Seattle starting Monday.
Becker’s rotation against the royals will be Jose Orchidi, Luis Garcia and Framber Valdez.
See you at Minute Maid Park next week!
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