HOUSTON - AUGUST 30: Pitcher Henry Sosa #65 of the Houston Astros throws against the Pittsburgh Pirates in the first inning at Minute Maid Park on August 30, 2011 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
Seriously. After another good start against the Pirates, Sosa should have a WAR around 0.3 while Myers has a WAR of 0.6 for the season. You might not buy WAR for pitchers totally, and the sample size is still pretty small, but there's no question Sosa has been a big stabilizing part of this rotation over the past two weeks.
But, Sosa's sterling pitching performance was only part of this nice win. The offense exploding for a season-high six runs and seven hits was a very, very nice thing to see for this young team. In particular, The R.B.I. Robot coming through with that hit up the middle (after JUST missing on what could have been a double down the line) and Paredes' double into the corner were big moments from young players.
Of course, this all came against a bad Pirates team. Most of the hits were legitimate, but there were some really unlucky bounces for Pittsburgh, the kind that usually happen to a team struggling mightily (which the Pirates are). It also came against a Pirates bullpen that has been getting hit around a bit. In short, it wasn't the Milwaukee Brewers the good guys were beating up.
Still, it's always good to see young players performing well under pressure. I'd expect the Astros to have a good shot at a sweep Wednesday. If they score eight runs, they'll also tie a season high in runs scored for a month with 117.