A Good News Astros Baseball Sunday Night

Source: ROOTS TV Date: July 24, 2016

Source: ROOTS TV
Date: July 24, 2016

 

A Good News Astros Baseball Sunday Night

The Astros won again today. The score was 11-3. It was another sweep of the Angels. At 54-44, Houston is now 10 games over .500. The lead remains 2.5 games in favor of the Rangers, but the north Texans are feeling the heat in the AL West. Jose Altuve is exploding at the plate. His 3 for 5 show today bumped his way above all others batting average to .360 in a 2 homer, 6 RBI game. The stats above from ROOTS TV were only inclusive of Altuve’s career games prior to today. Updated. Altuve now has 54 career HR.  Carlos Correa was also 3 for 5 today with 2 doubles. George Springer was 2 for 3 with 3 runs scored and 2 RBI. Preston Tucker went 2 for 3 Sunday with 2 scored runs and a solo shot rocket drive HR to right. Luis Valbuena smashed a lofty load HR, also to right, with the bases empty. Mike Fiers held the Angels to 3 runs and 9 scattered hits over 7. Scott Feldman shut out LAA on 2 hits in the 2 final innings. Hot prospect Alex Bregman has been called up from AAA Fresno and will at MMP for the Yankee series, starting tomorrow. And the Astros keep signing Latino shortstop prospects like a diabetic fan buys cotton candy at MMP. On Saturday, it was announced today, the Astros have signed 22-year old Cuban shortstop Anibal Sierra to a $1.5 million signing bonus contract. This signing comes on top of their recent $1.2 million dollar signing of 16 year old shortstop, Freudis Nova of the Dominican Republic, and another $1.0 million dollar deal with another 16 year old shortstop, Yorbin Cueta of Venezuela. Meanwhile, the only thing holding back our $47.5 million dollar man, Yulieski Gurriel from tuning up at AA and AAA for his ascendancy to the Astros is federal approval of his working visa. In addition to all this good Astros news, fellow SABR member Mark Wernick submitted this additional unsolicited positive note to me today by e-mail: “Yes, the Astros are hot but, it’s their Pythagorean numbers that encourage me the most.”

Mark, feel free to expand upon that brief summation by either comment or independent column submission to The Pecan Park Eagle!

Source: ROOTS TV Date: July 24, 2016

Source: ROOTS TV
Date: July 24, 2016

 

The reassurances of Angels pitching ace Cole Hamels in thee ROOTS TV featured quote during today’s game only confirms that the Rangers, indeed, are looking back to see what’s gaining on them. Old Satchel Paige’s famous words are hard to heed, when it’s happening to your own club.

Hamel’s not very reassuring assessment of the situation is remindful of that famous line by Robert Redford as The Sundance Kid speaking to Paul Newman as Butch Cassidy in the famous 1970 movie about two infamous outlaws running from a relentless posse.  Sundance and Butch had just paused at the top of a mountain pass when they looked down in the valley near the same place they had just entered to climb to what they thought would be safe distance from their adversaries.

“Damn,” Sundance says, as he swats his hat in frustration against a mountain cliff wall vista of the scene below. “Who are those guys, anyway?”

In this instance, Mr. Sundance Hamels, they are the Houston Astros.

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Bill McCurdy

Publisher, Editor, Writer

The Pecan Park Eagle

Houston, Texas

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2 Responses to “A Good News Astros Baseball Sunday Night”

  1. Fred Soland Says:

    LOL Bill,
    I thought the line from Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid that you were alluding to in comparison with the Astros chasing down the Rangers, was the line uttered when both Butch and Sundance jumped off the cliff toward the river and they yell “Shiiiiiiiittttt!!”

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