The Houston Astros left NL Central teams mourning the loss of the cellar dwellers from Houston. Astros have lost 106 and 107 games in 2011 and 2012 respectively. Have been a Houston Astros fan since their inaugural 1962 season. It was the only team that I could hear static free games, since it was broadcast on a local radio station.
Astros won on opening day over the Texas Rangers 8-2, but came within one out last night, of being perfect game victims of Yu Darvish. They have struck out 43 times and only walked 4 times in their first three games of the season. Rangers are next in strikeouts, but only have struck out 19 times. Worst of all the Astros have been shutout by 7-0 and 4-0 in successive games.
Phillip Humber pitched into the sixth inning for the Astros, while allowing only one run but took the loss, due to lack of run support. Alex Ogando the Rangers starter struck out 10 Rangers in the game on Wednesday.
Jose Altuve at the top of the Astros batting order is hitting .417, but Brett Wallace is hitting .100, while Carlos Pena is at .182, Chris Carter at .000 and Jason Castro hitting .000. Altuve was 2-4 today, while the aforementioned players were a combined 1-15 against the Rangers today.
The American League West teams should all move up a notch with the addition of the Astros in 2013. With improved Angels and Mariners teams we should see the Astros hold down last place, for most of the season….Going into tonight’s games the Chicago White Sox and Seattle Mariners are the only teams with two wins and no losses….Oakland Athletics have played only two games, but have drawn 36,236 fewer fans, than after the first two games of 2012….Milwaukee Brewers are second worst team having drawn 17,636 fewer fans in 2013 after two games.
White Sox hit four home runs today in their 5-2 win over the Kansas City Royals. Adam Dunn, Alexei Ramirez and Tyler Flowers hit solo homers, while Dayan Viciedo hit a two run blast….Lance Berkman of the Rangers leads all AL hitters with at least 10 at bats, with a .600 batting average….Bob Turley who won Game 5, saved Game 6 and won Game 7 for the New Yankees, when they defeated the Milwaukee Braves in the 1958 World Series has died at 82.
AROUND THE BASES
Tyler Flowers of the White Sox and Mike Morse of the Seattle Mariners lead the AL in home runs with two each, while Carlos Gonzalez and Troy Tulowitski of the Rockies and Brian Harper of the Nationals lead the NL with two each.