Keuchel Did Well; Verlander Goes Tonight

Dallas Keuchel

 

Astro*Notes. Dallas Keuchel set a good tone for the Astros starting debut of Justin Verlander tonight in Seattle. Keuchel went 7.2 innings, giving up 7 scattered hits and 2 runs – and throwing 108 pitches before his work was done. He had command, walking only 2; of his 23 “outs” – 5 were punch-outs; 16 came on ground balls; and only 2 came to be by the fly ball route. The net effect upon Keuchel’s record was also sweet. He is now 12-3 with a 2.88 ERA.

Nice work, Dallas! The estimable Mr. Verlander probably doesn’t need the challenge to find his own heights, but sometimes, we all benefit from the synergy of a competitive challenging force in our lives. It’s just more like the philosophy expressed in this one-line parody of that famous ancient Wrigley chewing gum jingle:

“Double your pleasure

Double Your fun

When two “CYs” sign up

They’re better than one!”

Apparently, Astros GM Jeff Luhnow and Astros owner Jim Crane understood the gist of this message without the help of any singing commercials.

And Dallas Keuchel’s first impressive rattle out of the box, since what we hope will prove to be the greatest deadline deal in baseball history, is simply an introduction to how the talents and teammate presence of Keuchel and Verlander to each other will drive both to reach heights that neither could ever have hoped to achieve this year alone, all circumstances considered.

Keuchel’s comments in the Chronicle over the weekend, in fact, may have been more than filler words – and more like the harbinger of things to come, notably in the sweep of the Mets and in his own great job last night in Seattle. Although he wasn’t quite completing the thought in the mind of the writer who did the weekend story, Keuchel implied that the team’s return to our devastated, but never down and out, hustling to help each other Houston – and the affirmative message to the team from ownership that came about too. via the Verlander deal – were almost joined together as a deep and powerful energy-booster.  Keuchel may as well have said something like the following because it ran all the way through his implicit weekend commentary: “Just as the City of Houston will rise from the waters of Harvey as a display of Houston Strong, it’s time for the Astros to re-light the fires of July and again work to becoming the best team in baseball!”

The only time to be the best team in baseball, and have it really count forever, is after your club wins the last playable game of the World Series.

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AMERICAN LEAGUE WEST STANDINGS

THRU GAMES OF MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, 2017 

RANK AL WEST W L PCT. GB
1 ASTROS 84 53 .613  
2 ANGELS 71 67 .514 13.5
3 RANGERS 69 68 .504 15.0
4 MARINERS 69 69 .500 15.5
5 ATHLETICS 58 79 .423 26.0

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AMERICAN LEAGUE WEST GAME SCORES

THRU GAMES OF MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, 2017

 ASTROS 6 – MARINERS 2

 ANGELS 11 – ATHLETICS 9                 

 RANGERS 8 – BRAVES 2

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AMERICAN LEAGUE BATTING AVERAGE LEADERS

 THRU GAMES OF MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, 2017

RANK PLAYER TEAM AB H 2B 3B HR BA
1 JOSE ALTUVE HOU 517 183 36 4 21 .354
2 AVISAIL GARCIA CWS 425 137 22 4 14 .322
3 ERIC HOSMER KC 512 163 24 1 23 .318
NR * CARLOS CORREA HOU 333 105 18 1 20 .315
4 JOSE RAMERIZ CLE 516 160 47 6 23 .310
5 JOSH REDDICK HOU 429 133 28 3 12 .310
6 JONATHAN SCHOOP BAL 529 162 33 0 30 .306
7 JEAN SEGURA SEA 448 137 27 1 8 .306
8 JOE MAUER MIN 440 133 30 1 6 .302
9 JOSE ABREU CWS 526 158 36 4 27 .300
10 ELVIS ANDRUS TEX 550 165 37 4 19 .300
OTHER TOP 40 ASTROS
12 MARWIN GONZALEZ HOU 388 115 25 0 21 .296
14 GEORGE SPRINGER HOU 464 137 25 0 31 .295
15 YULI GURRIEL HOU 458 135 36 1 16 .295
21 ALEX BREGMAN HOU 471 135 32 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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