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Signs of Arms and Bats in Flight at MMP

May 1, 2018

For fans who interfere with fly balls and foul pop flies near the stands, this should be the view of MMP by those who are found guilty on the next pitch in the game.

In spite of the 2-1 “squeeze by” win the Astros took last night in their four-game series April 30th opener at MMP from the Yankees, the club also began to show some awakening to the old bruise brothers style of offensive ball that served them so well in the 2017 championship year during their-two-wins out of three with Oakland in the previous set.

In my book, the club that can do them both well has the best shot at any World Series, whether they are trying to repeat or not. The Astros have an insanely talented started starting pitcher rotation and an apparently better bullpen than last year’s group, although we still need to see how they improve and hold up under the force of the long season. Ken Giles looked like the guy we always hoped he could be with that 3K 9th of the 3 batters — and with all of them getting punched out by  100 MPH heat.

Store that fist-pumping self-confidence you showed on the final strike three of the night. Mr. Giles, and bring it back with you in your gut every single day you come to the ballpark for a game. Any guy who can pitch like that against this Yankee club, really does, have nothing else to fear, but fear itself.

And, Astros fans, just say the words …. and mean them as we know you do:

Justin Verlander …. Dallas Keuchel …. Lance McCullers, Jr. …. Gerrit Cole …. Charlie Morton …. line ’em up and send them out there one at a time for every game …. and with any kind of help from the pen and our supply of already proven bats …. any of us fans who are not total “dumaskis” about the game of baseball …. and who also are without a knack for irritating others to the bone as soon as they meet us …. any from that group …. could probably manage the Astros to a .600 season this year. We’d still probably have to be an A.J. Hinch or a Larry Dierker to win it all, but even that idea is not carved in marble anywhere. – Is it?

As an appetizer to all of you citizen fan Astro manager candidates, here are the primary offensive numbers for all the Astros who batted or pinch ran for anybody else during the March through April 30th first part of the 2018 season.

2018 Houston Astros Batting

Opening Day Through 4/30/18

Astro Hitters G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA%
George Springer 30 120 24 32 8 0 6 19 0 13 25 .267
Alex Bregman 29 108 11 28 8 0 1 12 3 20 16 .259
Jose Altuve 30 118 17 41 5 0 2 15 1 11 16 .347
Carlos Correa 29 103 20 34 9 0 4 21 2 15 30 .330
Mar. Gonzalez 28 95 9 22 5 0 2 16 0 14 28 .232
X – J.D. Davis 9 24 1 6 0 0 0 1 0 4 9 .250
Yuli Gurriel 15 58 6 13 6 0 1 7 0 4 9 .224
Evan Gattis 25 80 7 16 5 0 1 8 0 8 25 .200
Brian McCann 20 59 12 16 2 0 2 8 0 10 13 .271
Jake Marisnick 25 63 9 9 1 0 3 7 2 1 34 .143
Max Stassi 15 39 5 10 2 0 2 7 0 4 14 .256
Derek Fisher 23 49 10 9 1 2 2 7 2 3 24 .184
Josh Reddick 26 86 18 20 1 0 6 16 1 14 20 .233

Ballpark Etiquette Note. Hey Fans! They are not playing the games to either help you catch a foul ball near the stands, or else, to challenge you to a game of “ball in play vs. fan souvenir” on each loose ball. If you get in the way of a possible out or home run, for either team, you deserve to be thrown out of the ballpark immediately.

 

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Bill McCurdy

Principal Writer, Editor, Publisher

The Pecan Park Eagle