The Houston Astros were on FOX Saturday baseball last evening taking on the World Champs. It’s been high time to extract a little revenge.
I didn’t get to see the game because I was at a wedding. The Astros hung nine runs on the Royals in the first inning on Friday evening and won 13-4. Once you click through the jump, you’ll see that George Springer had a triple AND a grand slam in the first inning alone. Then on Saturday with much of the nation watching, they put seven on the board in the second inning and won 13-5.
I sat in my mom’s 90 degree house last night and watched the entirety of this one – the Astros have been red hot – and they’ve pulled back to .500 for the first time since they were at 1-1 the first two games of the season. The story obviously is Carlos Correa. He’s getting his season back on track and he had another big night last night.
Correa hit his 11th home run of the season, an impressive bomb; off a decent Hector Santiago to make it 2-1.
By the time Huston Street had loaded the bases in the bottom of the ninth for Correa again, you knew they were going to get theirs. Correa had a nice at-bat to battle the count full and then used right field as he loves to do. It was down for a two-run game winning single that won Houston the game 3-2.
Correa drove in all three Astros runs. He’s up to .263 on the season with 11 homers and 39 RBI. Houston is three games out of the AL Wildcard with a 36-36 even record.
Look out baseball world. Carlos Correa is wearing his pants low now, and he’s starting to pull the baseball again. He means business. You love Correa’s ability to use the entire field of course, but last season he was at his best when he was turning on balls and being aggressive early in the count with pitches down the middle.
He’s starting to do that this year. In the Astros 10-7 win over the Angels at Minute Maid Park tonight he doubled to the gap (I haven’t seen him hit a ball to this spot of a park this season until tonight) and then homered off the train tracks at the park. See for yourself.
This was Correa’s 10th home run of the season, and let us hope that he has about 15 more left in him. When he gets hot, it’s going to be with a fury.
The Astros are four games out in the Wildcard race in the American League and can still make a go of things if they play steady baseball from now until October.
With the lowly Reds coming to town, and coming off twobig wins in St. Louis; you figured maybe the Houston Astros were getting things going a little bit.
The Reds had played a lot of innings of baseball down in steamy Atlanta, and the Astros had a day off and Lance McCullers on the bump. There was a good reason Houston came into the game as -240 moneyline favorites. But it wasn’t so.
The Reds got 5 and 2/3 really good innings from Jon “Barback” Lamb, with Lamb striking out 8 and leaving with the lead momentarily 2-1. Things were looking bleak for Houston, when Carlos Correa and Blake Wood became acquainted.
Carlos Correa with a huge HR… 110 MPH and projected at 435ft. His 3rd longest HR of the year.
Carlos Correa has really been scuffling; so he was given the day off by Astros Manager A.J. Hinch. But then the game of baseball just kind of choose Correa today and said you’re going into the game. The game ran on 13 innings, and nearly ended on a Kole Calhoun walk-off homer that went off the top of the wall in right field. Instead, the Astros got out of a bases-loaded jam, and with two outs in the top of the 13th inning, Correa was called upon to pinch hit.
It’s a pop fly that just keeps going. That’s impressive power, because Correa didn’t know he got all of it but had a pretty good idea he got some of it. The end result is a pinch-hit three run home run, his eighth of the season. The Astros won the game 8-6 and have now won five of six without anyone in the world noticing.
Every time Carlos Correa gets fooled by a pitch that bends right back over the middle of the plate, it’s going right here. If you watch him with any regularity, it’s his approach that is hurting him. He’s far too content to try to hit everything to right field. Often on the first pitch down the middle you see him almost bail out of the box on a breaking ball and take the first strike down the heart of the plate or takes a first pitch down the middle and shoots it into the stands in right. One of the few guys in baseball we would like to see become more pull-happy. And this isn’t something where you can really stat a guy, you just see it. So when we see it, it’s going here.
There are fewer young pitchers I was more excited to see throw in the big leagues than Dylan Bundy when he was drafted 4th overall back in the 2011 draft. The next year, the Astros took some tall shortstop first overall in the 2012 MLB draft. I felt the same way about Correa; these were two guys taken in back to back drafts who I thought would be generational talents quickly.
Bundy had his arm problems and set backs from Tommy John Surgery. He’s probably fortunate to have made it back to the big leagues at all. His struggles have been written about recently, but there’s reason for optimism. He hit at least 93 MPH on the gun tonight.
Baseball has a way of seeing that certain paths just cross, and Carlos Correa got to face Dylan Bundy at the end of this one. A lot of fans around baseball might not have even taken note. But this is a match-up that should have been a highly touted event at one point.
Who knows how many more duels they’ll have, but score this one to Correa with a walk off line drive single (Correa is scuffling a little bit in his own right at the moment).
The Houston Astros are magnificently bad this season.
They wasted another fine offensive day, and another moonshot over the Monster by Carlos Correa which was his seventh home run of the season:
But Mike Fiers was awful. They have no semblance of starting pitching and a bad bullpen. After trading blows, of course the Red Sox would come out on top 10-9.
Jackie Bradley Jr. extended his hitting streak to 21 games. Carlos Gomez went hitless again. The Astros lost three of four in Fenway. They’ve gone from in trouble to basically season over here barring a long winning streak or stretch where they take 8 of 10.
Xander Bogaerts – who is phenomenal in his own right – homered again.
Another discouraging loss for the Astros, with this save blown by Luke Gregerson. It’s one of those performances you feel like they swung the bats enough to win; but came up short of having a Big Papi, who has a .320/.405/.690 slash-line at the conclusion of today’s game.
I wouldn’t mind seeing him stick around another year.
Jackie Bradley also extended his hitting streak to 20 games.
My sister graduated from West Virginia Wesleyan this weekend, so I found myself at the Hampton Inn in Buchannon, West Virginia (don’t ever go there) watching a lot of this game on my iPhone.
It has to be noted that Carlos Correa had a huge ballgame Friday night. He went 3 for 3 with a walk, and he’s been shooting a lot of balls to right field. This is his third home run into the right field seats so far this season, and fifth overall.
The Astros finished with a 16-4 win, and one cannot help but think this gets Houston going a little bit. This was the high-octane, fun team that everyone expected to see since the season started. We caught our first glimpse on the fourth of May.
Gah, these guys were supposed to be one of the most exciting teams in baseball. You are looking at one of baseball’s biggest letdowns in the 2016, in the making. If you watch them on a nightly basis, they’re a terrible watch. No timely hitting (outside of Colby Rasmus), when they do get pitching they don’t get any hitting, when they do decide to hit a little bit their starter or bullpen gets hit a little more. There’s just no flow and a lynchpin seems to be missing. There are base-running blunders and mental errors and mindless at-bats by Carlos Gomez. You get those things until the cows come home with this bunch.
It’s quite possible that the Astros find their way this season. I have no way to tell you how the next five months will go in a game that humbles me nightly. But about three weeks in; these guys look like they’re in deep trobule. And that’s a real shame. Just when we retired the F–k the Astros tag upon their move to the American League.
It was a wild, whacky game in the Bronx last night; where Colin McHugh didn’t give the Astros much a chance to win the game from the bottom of the first inning; but if you stuck around you still saw some real fireworks from the young Astros in the lineup (who were probably who you tuned in to see if your curiosity is peaked by these Astros anyways).
George Springer hit a grand slam, the hottest thing going in the game right now; Carlos Correa, homered twice off Michael Pineda.
The first one came in the top of the first, which was his second of the year. It was impressive in it’s own right:
But I think the second one is the one that has everyone buzzing. This one lands off Mohegan Sun Sports bar’s black window in center field. You may have to watch it a few times to truly see it.
The end result was it was a 468 foot home run, and Correa’s third of the season already in just two games.
In the end, the Yankees slugged the Astros into submission 16-6. It was an ugly, long game. But Correa wound up with four total hits, just abusing Yankees pitching while using every part of the field.
And I forgot how nice it is to watch a game played at Yankee Stadium. I do it about 10 times a year, and I checked it out listening to YES. Michael Kay and company do a good job calling a game for the viewer. So all-in-all, enjoyable night of early baseball watching despite the Astros whom I took as a +122 dog losing.