Cool Hand Luke Gregerson Gets It

“Old Luke has a right to be tired after that great job he did in the 8th against the Rays last night. I’m afraid we need all of ’em to get and respond to the same message of our near shutout at the trading deadline. If our Astros are going to reach and win the World Series this year, we are most likely going to have to get the job done with the current roster or call-up pitchers we have left standing up when all the play-off fun begins!”

What We Have Here Is Not – Failure To Communicate

Cool Hand Luke Gregerson got the word. No “failure to communicate” that we could see in Luke last night during his part in the disappointing 6-4 loss to the Rays in Game 2 of a 4-spot series. Old Luke seemed to dig down deep from inside in the 8th, retiring the side without another run scoring by the Rays, while striking out all three guys in the one inning he worked. He even made some effort to keep his single base runner from stealing second base. Of course, the guy got it anyway, but Luke didn’t let him score, nor did he then give up 2-run Crawford Box delivery pitch to further ice a disappointing starter loss by Mike Fiers.

We need our own Cool Hand Luke to share whatever he was drinking with the rest of the staff, even with those going through this revolving door at the DL Urgency Care Center that most of them are suddenly discovering.

“Disappointment” definitely is the word for how most of us in Astros Nation feel about the failure of successful deal-making at Monday’s deadline, but that doesn’t do us any good now. We don’t know everything that got in the way of Jeff Luhnow making enough quality deals to hopefully meet our starting and relief pitching needs, but we fully respect star pitcher Dallas Keuchel’s right to express his personal disappointment in the shortfall. If someone is paying any of us the big money to get our job done – and then we find that our employer cannot supply us with the kind of support staff we need to reach the goal we all are hoping to achieve, we would have a right to scream bloody murder too.

The facts today are – that unless some kind of new talent now falls into our pitching roster by divine intervention from “the baseball gods” – every accessible pitcher under Astros control is now really under the gun to do what Cool Hand Luke did yesterday – every time they take the mound. The young guys are going to be asked to produce now at levels that are normally two years or so away for players of their age and experience. The older guys (see Cool Hand Luke) are going to have to consistently produce from levels of potentiality they once took for granted, three to five years ago.

It ain’t fair, but it’s how things are. Unless we choose to buckle – and just start mailing in this golden season as our toll on either disappointment in our current roster, our frustration with the injury parade, or our anger from some belief that the club should have done more to protect us from this glaring vulnerability, we’d better hope the word gets out about all that cool stuff that Cool Hand Luke Gregerson really demonstrated yesterday.

Whether your best is either ahead of you, or behind you, every member of the Astros roster and coaching staff is going to have to reach for their best and use it now. And let’s have no “failure to communicate” on that requirement while Mr. Luhnow does all he can still do to make up for our shortfall disappointment at this week’s deadline.

Go Astros!

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AMERICAN LEAGUE WEST STANDINGS

THROUGH GAMES OF TUESDAY, AUGUST 1, 2017 

RANK AL WEST W L PCT. GB
1 ASTROS 69 37 .651  
2 MARINERS 55 53 .509 15.0
3 ANGELS 52 55 .486 17.5
4 RANGERS 50 56 .472 19.0
5 ATHLETICS 47 60 .439 22.5
           

 

AMERICAN LEAGUE WEST SCORES

GAMES OF TUESDAY, AUGUST 1, 2017

 RAYS 6 – ASTROS 4.

 MARINERS 8 – RANGERS 7.

 ANGELS 7 – PHILLIES 1.

GIANTS 10 – ATHLETICS 4.

 

AMERICAN LEAGUE BATTING AVERAGE

THROUGH GAMES OF TUESDAY, AUGUST 1, 2017

RANK PLAYER TEAM AB H 2B 3B HR BA
1 JOSE ALTUVE HOU 406 148 33 3 15 .365
2 JOSE RAMERIZ CLE 402 130 33 5 18 .323
3 ERIC HOSMER KC 403 130 21 1 16 .323
4 JEAN SEGURA SEA 326 105 20 0 6 .322
5 CARLOS CORREA HOU 325 104 18 1 20 .320
6 BEN GAMEL SEA 332 104 19 4 6 .313
NR * MARWIN GONZALEZ HOU 284 89 18 0 19 .313
7 GEORGE SPRINGER HOU 368 114 22 0 27 .310
8 JONATHAN SCHOOP BAL 393 121 27 0 24 .308
9 STARLIN CASTRO NYY 316 97 14 1 12 .307
10 DUSTIN PEDROIA BOS 336 103 17 0 6 .307
11 JOSH REDDICK HOU 324 99 24 3 10 .306
25 YULI GURRIEL HOU 359 102 28 0 13 .284
       

NR * = NEEDS MORE “AB”S TO QUALIFY FOR RANKING.

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Bill McCurdy

Principal Writer, Editor, Publisher

The Pecan Park Eagle

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4 Responses to “Cool Hand Luke Gregerson Gets It”

  1. Larry Dierker Says:

    Sign in every clubhouse: What you see here. What hear here. What you say here. Let it stay here when you leave here.

    Correa shouldn’t have popped off about the hot dog pitcher who “showed him up.” Keuchel should have stuffed it too. We have no idea what Luhnow could or could not have done.

    I would not have given up much more than he did unless I could get a relatively young star pitcher who is under contract for a couple more years.

    The playoffs are a crapshoot and the pitching needs to improve from within. It is never good to feel desperate in baseball.

  2. Sam Says:

    Larry, you are right on point!!! Players seldom know what is cooking in the minds of management! And, quite often external forces as well internal may muddy the waters!

    The sign in the club house you referenced is inherent in just about every organizational structure that exists in the world!

    I do recall that Keuchel’s ailment of last year was kept quiet by those who knew, including Keuchel!! How would he have felt if his pitching had been reported as subpar due an ailment?

  3. Larry Dierker Says:

    Plus you can still make a trade if the players clear waivers.

  4. gregclucas Says:

    Just have to be on the roster before Sept 1 to qualify for post season play. This thing isn’t over either with the players NOW on the roster who are either hurting for coming back from being DL’d. With division title a virtual lock getting everyone healthy by end of season is key. An addition (or two) through the waiver process is still also possible. Don’t worry so much about current team. Only a long losing streak could cause a problem and so far that has not occurred. Winning one of three or two of three is good enough right now.

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