There is NOTHING more dangerous in sports than a team that has been granted second life.
On Wednesday evening – the Astros gave up five quick runs – and then the monsoon rains came down and saved them by postponing the game before it was a game.
This lead to the ever-popular doubleheader on Thursday beginning in the early afternoon. And man, did the Astros take the opportunity to get healthy in the stat columns.
Carlos Correa had another huge day. He homered twice, drove in four, had four hits and four runs on the day. And here they are, with the second one being a certified moonshot.
Home Run 17:
Home Run 18:
Whenever a team takes two in a day, they just seem like they’ve got serious momentum. The Astros are now just two games out in the AL Wildcard race. So, not completely dead in the water.
The Astros really aren’t good. You look up and down their lineup, and it’s a bunch of guys hitting in the mid-to-low .200’s. But they have Jose Altuve, Alex Bregman, and Carlos Correa within their first four hitters. That’s why you tune in each night at this point with Lance McCullers on the shelf.
Last night I went ahead and bet them because I just figured they were due. Carlos Correa came through with this big home run, his 16th of the season in the first inning to kick off scoring; and then nearly hit a grand slam later in the game to total four RBI.
They tried to give this away a few times – Miguel Sano went yard as did those pains in the asses Robbie Grossman and Brian Dozier – but Jose Altuve simply wouldn’t let them fail. He had four hits and his average is up to an astounding .361 on the year. He stole his 26th bag as well.
Credit Ken Giles the save and Mike Fiers (who can’t really get anyone out this year) with his eighth win.
Dallas Keuchel has been a real mess this year. Even at his best, he’s been pedestrian; stringing together some quality starts but being mostly underwhelming. The Astros have had a hard time getting it going this season because their Ace from last season simply hasn’t been present.
Last night, he shut out the Rangers to open the Astros’ biggest series of the season, striking out seven.
Carlos Correa and Jose Altuve had big knocks in this one. The Astros took the game 5-0 and moved to within five and a half games of first place in the AL West which is probably out of reach, and three and a half games of the AL Wildcard.
So I ran across a Fangraphs article from just last month that talks about Carlos Correa still appearing to be on a historic track. You read this article, and you realize Correa is going to be just fine despite a slow and steady 2016.
Correa’s ZiPS projections over the next five years, starting at 7.9 WAR next season and totaling more than 40 wins from ages 22 to 26.
Uh, wow. That can’t be right, can it?
I was shocked by the Correa forecast myself, and asked Dan to double check that there wasn’t an error in the code or something, given how bullish it is on Correa’s future. But Dan said the system just loves Correa, as the history of guys who can hit like this at 20/21 in the big leagues is almost universally fantastic. The age really is the key thing to keep in mind here; it’s easy to forget how big of a leap guys can make early on, and at 21, there’s still a lot of room for growth.
Carlos Correa is historically good, is approaching a number of plate appearances before age 22 that many Hall of Famers have already; and is on track to be A-Rod at age 22 and an inner-circle Hall of Famer possibly when it’s all said and done.
That said, he’s just been pretty good in his age-21 season. So you know, just projections and stuff. And injuries can happen. But it’s fun to watch him pile up the fWAR along the way.
This win was marked by the Astros getting to a season high nine wins over the .500 mark, and they’re now just 2.5 games behind those rotten Texas Rangers for first place in the AL West, with the record now sitting at 53-44.
Carlos Correa had a nice game, a couple of hits and a walk; one of the hits being this backside shot he covets so much. This is his 15th home run of the season:
It’s good to see Correa offering steady while not superstar production, and the Astros have really made a season of things despite folks like me having them left for dead in April.
Evan Gattis also hit two home runs and drove in four on the night.
It looked in doubt a couple times, but Carlos Correa and Luis Valbuena would not let Houston lose this game. The Athletics got five runs in the top of the 9th (four coming off closer Will Harris), and took a 9-7 lead.
But in the bottom of the ninth, Valbuena’s three-run homer off Ryan Madson would walk the Astros off a winner by a score of 10-9.
Correa touched up Daniel Mengden earlier in the game, and he got all of this one:
Correa had two hits and drove in three. Valbuena knocked in four. Jose Altuve had two hits because that’s what Altuve always seems to do. Give the win to Michael Feliz who is now an unlikely 6-1. The Astros trail the Boston Red Sox by one game in the Wildcard race.
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.
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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 two big 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.
That tied the game at 2-2, and granted us some extra innings with nothing to do on a Friday night. Nothing better.
The Astros would go on to give this one away to the Redlegs – these two teams are just kind of poor like that. Astros lose in 11 innings, 3-2.
Baseball is so weird sometimes. All the time.
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 Astros won the game 3-2 in 13 long innings in Houston on Tuesday evening. It was the kind of game they’ve found a way to lose all year long, so that’s good to see.
And no matter what, we all got to see a Dylan Bundy/Carlos Correa tilt at least once.
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.