Houston, Our Roster Just Got Cy Younger!

Justin Verlander
Houston Astros

 

Welcome to Houston, Justin Verlander!

And welcome to your best opportunity ever for a World Series ring. We Astro fans don’t have to pick up the tab on your journey here, but, now that the deal is done, count most of our Pecan Park Eagle team as grateful to owner Jim Crane and GM Jeff Luhnow for pulling the trigger on hope for a starting rotation that’s good enough to get the job done. We’ve been doing a lot of whistling in the dark during this now slumped-away August decline about getting things together by playoff time, but we were not really seeing anything to support that confidence. If we still don’t make it for our ordained destiny date with the Dodgers in the 2017 World Series, at least, it will not be laid off to the fact that the Astros didn’t do enough to acquire the final missing pieces. Now you’ve fed our hope-beast a heaping helping of the possibilities:

(1) Now we have two former Cy Youngs in the rotation, and both Dallas Keuchel and Justin Verlander still have the ability to produce a game of formerly routine greatness any time they each take the mound.

(2) We also have an even more rested and fresh Lance McCullers coming back soon and a Collin McHugh who’s looking more and more like Collin McHugh as he works.

(3) And we’ve got Mike Fiers, Brad Peacock, and Charlie Morton, who are all capable of having good games any given night.

If only our starters could get us 6, better yet, 7 innings per game. It would help the “W” side of life if our starters could pitch us past that early relief corps weakness that continues to haunt us too often. Get the game to Chris Devenski and Ken Giles as best you can, Justin, and maybe you can be the difference-maker.

Just remember too. The hope-beast is a wild animal whose appetite for new proof of imminent delivery is never sated. There are people who will never be happy, no matter what you do for the club. So,  just give us your best shot each time you go out there. And maybe we will all make it to the land of smiles come October.

My apologies, sir! You don’t need somebody like me explaining things. You’re Justin “Freaking” Verlander, the 2011 AL Cy Young winner after a season in which you went 24-5 with a 2.40 ERA over 34 starts and 251 innings pitched for an .828% winning percentage, and leadership also in wins, ERA, starts, innings pitched, and winning percentage that same big year. Your 250 strikeouts in 2011 also led the AL in your Year of The Cy.

Our Astro fans hope is simple. We only wish that you shall find that 2011 version of yourself again – and that you will allow that Cy model of you to now take the mound for the 2017 Houston Astros.

What did I tell you about the hope-beast?

Que sera, sera!

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AMERICAN LEAGUE WEST STANDINGS

THRU GAMES OF THURSDAY, AUGUST 31, 2017 

RANK AL WEST W L PCT. GB
1 ASTROS 80 53 .602  
2 ANGELS 69 65 .515 11.5
3 RANGERS 66 67 .496 14.0
4 MARINERS 66 68 .493 14.5
5 ATHLETICS 58 75 .436 22.0

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AMERICAN LEAGUE WEST GAME SCORES

THRU GAMES OF THURSDAY, AUGUST 31, 2017

ASTROS 5 – RANGERS 1

MARINERS (day off; swimming lessons on the Sea of Mediocrity)

ANGELS (day off; choir practice at the old Gene Autry ranch)

ATHLETICS 8 (day off; being fitted for Connie Mack throwback suit night, an evening in which all A’s will dress as Mack, complete with high white celluloid collars and summer straw hats while they play.)

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AMERICAN LEAGUE BATTING AVERAGE LEADERS

THRU GAMES OF THURSDAY, AUGUST 31, 2017

RANK PLAYER TEAM AB H 2B 3B HR BA
1 JOSE ALTUVE HOU 504 179 35 4 21 .355
2 AVISAIL GARCIA CWS 411 133 22 4 13 .324
NR * CARLOS CORREA HOU 325 104 18 1 20 .320
3 ERIC HOSMER KC 500 159 24 1 22 .318
4 JONATHAN SCHOOP BAL 509 156 30 0 30 .306
5 ELVIS ANDRUS TEX 531 161 37 4 16 .303
6 JOSH REDDICK HOU 413 125 26 3 12 .303
7 JOSE RAMERIZ CLE 499 151 43 5 20 .303
8 JOSE ABREU CWS 518 156 36 4 26 .301
9 JEAN SEGURA SEA 431 129 24 1 7 .299
OTHER TOP 40 ASTROS
13 YULIE GURRIEL HOU 454 133 36 1 15 .293
17 MARWIN GONZALEZ HOU 375 109 23 0 21 .291
20 GEORGE SPRINGER HOU 448 130 25 0 29 .290
22 TIE ALEX BREGMAN HOU 453 130 31 5 16 .287

NR * LOST TIME ON THE DL HAS TEMPORARILY REMOVED CORREA FROM AN OFFICIAL QUALIFYING PLACE IN THE RANKING OF TOP 40 HITTERS.

 

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Bill McCurdy

Principal Writer, Editor, Publisher

The Pecan Park Eagle

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2 Responses to “Houston, Our Roster Just Got Cy Younger!”

  1. jeff share Says:

    this was a trade they really had to make. the cost was high but there’s no guarantee that prospects will ever make it and there are more down the line.

  2. Tom Hunter Says:

    Entering September with newly acquired Justin Verlander and a healthy Carlos Corrrea should help the Astros pull out of their recent funk.

    What better way to lift the spirits of the beleaguered people of the Houston area than to have a chance at going all the way for a storybook ending in the “Fall Classic.”

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