I want to scream “I TOLD YOU SO!” really loud from atop of Union Station, but I fear that is a bit premature. What we’ve seen of the Houston Astros is real, there’s a definite improvement in the baseball we’re witnessing at Minute Maid Park this year. I dare say this team is inspiring….hope.
At the pace they’re at now, they’d finish the season 121-41, so I it’s safe to say that the Houston 9 can’t keep THIS up, but I think the type of game we’re seeing….that will stick all season long.
What is it we’ve seen? Reliable starting pitching? Check. Relief pitchers who get the job done? Check. Consistent offense? Check. Solid defense? Check.
Have there been mistakes? Absolutely. The error-fest on Saturday night comes to mind. I think it’s to be expected that this team will see a bit of that from time to time. They are young, after all. They need to learn some lessons still and anyone over the age of 35 knows what that’s like – we learn better through suffering.
After the 2-1 series win against the Rockies I figured the pitching demise would come with the start of J.A. Happ last night. When I glanced at my scorebook during the 5th and realized that Happ hadn’t walked anyone, I could hardly believe it. I apologize to all of you for that, because I mentioned the anomaly to my dad and Happ promptly walked Matt Diaz. I take full responsibility for that one.
But that’s not to say that Happ’s start was solid. The second inning saw 4 consecutive hits resulting in 2 runs before a popup to the infield by Michael Bourn ended the suffering. Beyond that inning, Happ found a way to successfully shut down the Braves offense. With fives strikeouts during his six innings pitched, he got the the job done.
I almost don’t know what to say about this team. There’s little to gripe about which makes me have to rethink the way I write about this team. It’s a dilemma I welcome, however. It’s nice to have a smile on my face leaving the ballpark. It’s nice to wonder what the magic is that has this team of kids and castoffs playing so well.
I’ll take it. So Houston, keep Root! Root! Root! -ing for the Astros and let’s see how long they can keep this up!
Terri Schlather (AGirlintheSouth) is the tortured Senior Houston Astros Writer for Aerys Sports. You can email her at firstname.lastname@example.org, or follow her ridiculous ramblings on sports, vodka and the weeone on twitter @agirlinthesouth.