Despite Recent Sweep, Astros Maintain Fifth Spot

In Houston Astros 2010 Season on June 14, 2010 at 6:33 pm

Houston rolled up north to visit the New York Yankees and left Yankees Stadium going 0-3. Previously, the Astros were 8-2 and were able to move into fifth place in the N.L. Central. Carlos Lee was coming around and finally showing signs of power blasting four home-runs and bringing his batting average from .240 to .263. Houston were able to go from the worst hitting ball club to the 28th spot. I knew this magical run of theirs would probably come to a halt when they had to travel to New York. I was actually quite impressed by their performance, especially taking 3 of 4 at the Colorado Rockies. I would have liked to see the starting pitchers notch some wins toward their seasonal record but at the same time it was good to see the bullpen put on strong showings.

I wish I was able to catch a couple of the Yankees and Astros games. I knew majority of the games were probably going to be a blow out. Best offense vs the worst offense. Number nine overall pitching vs number 23. The lineups are comparing a varsity squad vs a pop warner team. Even the Yankees reserved would be consistent starters for the Astros. The Astros have way too many AAA and AA players starting on their team that shouldn’t just because they screwed up their farm system.

Ex Houston Astros Andy Pettitte took the mound game one vs Brett Myers. The Yankees came out strong with no surprises scoring 3 runs in the bottom of the first. Great-fully, Houston didn’t crumble and scored two in the top of the second. Myers did settle down going seven innings while surrendering four and striking out five. Pettitte though topped him also pitching 7.1 innings but only giving up three. Chamberlin came in and was able to notch a hold and then Rivera came to get his 15th save of the season. Alex Rodriguez did not play due to injury. The top four in the batting order for the Astros went 0-16 with four strike outs. I was definitely shocked that the Stros’ only gave up four runs. It probably helped that Houston brought in Gustavo Chacin who has been the best reliever in the pen all season.

Game two was a typical Wandy Rodriguez implosion. Eight runs through five innings could send him down to the minors soon. This is his second time to give up eight runs in five innings or less and his fifth time not to last 7 innings without giving up 3 or more runs. New York once again scored in the bottom of the first but the Astros were able to gain the lead scoring one in the second and third. Then the bottom of the fifth, hell broke loose as Posada was able to hit a Grand Slam. Already scoring one in the fifth due to Nick Swisher’s RBI, the Bronx Bombers went up 6-2. It could have stopped there but in the sixth, Jeter hit his second home-run of the night bringing the final score to 9-3. Houston’s top of the order performed better as Jeff Keppinger went 3 of 4 and Carlos Lee drove in the a run. Lance Berkman though still went hitless going 0-4 which brought his series total 0-8 and 0-12 in the past three games.

The final game in the series didn’t look any prettier on paper as the Yankees once again rolled. Brian Moehler is proving why he is not ready to be a starter by not lasting more than 4.2 innings. Even though Phil Hughes was able to extend his record to 9-1, he did struggle giving up 5 runs. Jorge Posada stole the show once again sending his second grand – slam in back to back nights. The Astros were able to cut in the deficit by scoring four runs in the top of the fifth but the Yankees extended their lead by bringing two home in the bottom of the frame. Berkman got a day off due to his struggles.

Houston now continues their A.L. road trip heading to Kansas City then to come home to face the Rangers and Giants. Taking two of three againts the Royals would be much-needed because I could see the Astros going 1-5 after that. Currenlty Houston has a 25-39 record and sit fifth in the Central.


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