Bill Gilbert: Starters and Altuve Shine in August

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Starters and Altuve Shine in August

By Bill Gilbert

Some of you may be wondering why you didn’t receive my monthly report on the Astros for August.  Nobody did. On Saturday, August 29, I suffered a fall at home that resulted in a fracture in one of the bones that is part of the hip bone structure. I was taken to the hospital and underwent surgery on Monday August 31 in what was essentially a hip replacement.

I have since been moved to a rehab facility where I will remain until I have regained enough strength to get around on my own. With reduced access to the Internet and other means of communication, I cannot follow the team as closely as usual, but I do know that the Astros were 15-13 in the month finished in first place in the AL West in August for the 5th straight month, The sixth month will be the hardest since each AL West team plays a home-and-home series against the others.

Starting pitching carried the Astros in August. Scott Feldman (1-0, 1.33 ERA), Collin McHugh (2-2, 1.89), Dallas Keuchel (4-1, 1.94) and Mike Fiers (2-0, 2.25) were all outstanding. Keuchel won his third AL Pitcher of the Month award this season and Fiers pitched a no-hitter against the Dodgers in the first Astro game I attended this year.

The offense struggled in August.  Jose Altuve was back on track batting .375 for the month but no others were over .300. However, the Astros maintained their Major League lead in home runs.

Hopefully, I will be back to help celebrate some good news in another month.

Bill Gilbert

Sept. 7, 2015

Bill, We are sorry to learn of the damage you suffered from your recent fall, but we are happy to hear that you are now on the mend. It certainly didn’t effect your ability to find and recognize the team stars of August. Other than the magnificent Jose Altuve, they all resided in the starting rotation. One of them (Dallas Keuchel) seems hell bent for leather on his way to the Cy Young – and another (Mike Fiers) used an August game against the Dodgers to write his name into the annals of no-hitter history. – Now get well, Bill! We old birds have to hang tough when we shoot right past the September of our lives in the blinking of an eye. – Bill McCurdy, Publisher and Editor, The Pecan Park Eagle.
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One Response to “Bill Gilbert: Starters and Altuve Shine in August”

  1. Shirley Virdon Says:

    Quick mending, Bill Gilbert!
    I walk with my head “down” much of the time these days!😊. I think that falling is the greatest fear for all of us in the Senior classification!
    Best wishes from the Virdons!

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