Boy, this really is a funk. The Astros just can't buy any sucess this week, getting shut down by a good Atlanta team and then getting swept in St. Louis.
Once again, a fine starting pitching peformance was wasted, as J.A. Happ pitched a gem, striking out eight in six innings but was hung with his fifth loss of the season. The Astros were baffled by Kyle McClellan for eight innings as he picked up his sixth win. Is it just me or do they grow starting pitching on the trees in St. Louis?
What's worse, Houston tried to rally a bit in the ninth, but consecutive strikeouts by Brett Wallace and Chris Johnson ended the threat. And, it was not Albert Pujols who hurt Houston in this one, but Allen Craig who went 3 for 4 with two runs scored and a solo home run.
The Astros now have two four-game losing streaks in the last 11 and have a winning percentage of .181 over that stretch. I keep thinking they're not really this bad (and I still don't think they are), but the offense has become a problem. After carrying the team for much of April, Houston has only scored 32 runs over those 11 games and just 21 in those nine losses. It could be a long month of May.