Astros Mojo Showing Signs of a Crank Up

Charlie Morton
Houston Astros

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ASTRO*NOTES.

Charlie Morton

Ten-Year MLB veteran pitcher Charlie Morton is having his best season in 2017 as a member of the much beleaguered starting rotation of the Houston Astros. Morton’s six innings of 1-run on 5-hits to the Seattle Mariners came Friday night with a side order of 7-strikeouts and only 1-walk. Charlie’s big night pushed his 2017 season record further into the best-ever column as his W-L mark jumped to 12–7 and his ERA descended to 3.75. If the 6’5″ Morton is peaking, it is happening at just the right time. Friday’s win at MMP reduced the Astros’ AL West # to “2” and opened the door for a possible Saturday division crown clinch with a win over Seattle here in Houston and an Anaheim loss by the Angels to the Rangers later in the day.

Other Good News. The Cleveland Indians’ 4-3 loss at home to the Kansas City Royals on Friday night sealed the end of their new AL record game winning streak at 22, also dropping their lead over the Astros in the race for home field advantage in all rounds of the 2017 AL Playoffs to 1.5 games.

C’mon, Jose Altuve! Jose Altuve got a partial rest Friday, going 1 for 4 as a DH in a two-week pattern that has dropped his league-leading batting average from .368 to .347. In the meanwhile, the heated up bat of Avisail Garcia of the diminished Chicago White Sox has been doing a happy dance on pitched baseballs of late, moving his BA up to .334 – a mere .013 points back of our guy.

C’mon, Jose! Time to get your mojo working in high gear!

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AMERICAN LEAGUE WEST STANDINGS

THRU GAMES OF FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2017 

RANK AL WEST W L PCT. GB
1 ASTROS 89 58 .605  
2 ANGELS 75 72 .510 14.0
3 MARINERS 74 74 .500 15.5
4 RANGERS 72 75 .490 17.0
5 ATHLETICS 65 82 .442 24.0

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AMERICAN LEAGUE WEST GAME SCORES

THRU GAMES OF FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2017

ASTROS 5 – MARINERS 2

ANGELS 7 – RANGERS 6                 

ATHLETICS 4 – PHILLIES 0

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AMERICAN LEAGUE BATTING AVERAGE LEADERS

THRU GAMES OF FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2017

RANK PLAYER TEAM AB H 2B 3B HR BA
1 JOSE ALTUVE HOU 550 191 38 4 23 .347
2 AVISAIL GARCIA CWS 470 157 23 4 17 .334
3 ERIC HOSMER KC 552 179 29 1 24 .324
4 JOSH REDDICK HOU 452 142 31 3 13 .314
5 JOSE RAMERIZ CLE 545 171 50 6 27 .314
6 JOSE ABREU CWS 572 176 38 6 31 .308
7 JOE MAUER MIN 474 144 32 1 6 .304
NR * CARLOS CORREA HOU 373 113 20 1 20 .303
8 LORENZO CAIN KC 539 163 26 5 14 .302
9 ELVIS ANDRUS TEX 585 176 42 4 20 .301
10 JONATHAN SCHOOP BAL 567 170 33 0 32 .300
RANK OTHER TOP 40 ASTROS TEAM AB H 2B 3B HR BA
12 YULI GURRIEL HOU 481 141 36 1 17 .293
16 MARWIN GONZALEZ HOU 416 121 29 0 21 .291
17 GEORGE SPRINGER HOU 496 143 26 0 31 .288
27 ALEX BREGMAN HOU 506 142 35 5 16 .281

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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