July 26, 2012; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Astros pitcher Dallas Keuchel and catcher Carlos Corporan (22) walk to the dugout before a game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-US PRESSWIRE
Wait, that wasn't the name that Jim Crane floated to replace the Astros at the beginning of the year? Let me check...I'm pretty sure it was...
So, Houston, once again, pulled defeat from the jaws of victory, losing for the 12th straight time, sabotaging their sweet home record and basically giving the Pirates a boost back up the standings. No big deal.
On the plus side, J-Max looked good at the plate, Jose Altuve had another multi-hit game (those are becoming rarer and rarer) and Armando Galarraga looked good on the mound (5 Ks in 5 innings). Oh, and Chuckie Fick cemented his status as my favorite name on this team.
On the down side? Another blown game by the bullpen. No output from much of this roster, including guys like J.D. Martinez. And, just a general lack of success.
I like to think that this year's team is better than last year's. In fact, I said that over and over in the season's first two months. But, this is not that team. This team is just as bad as last year's. This team has no first baseman. No shortstop. No catcher. No center fielder. No bullpen. It's half a team, at best.
Is that what Houston wants? Do they want to just get by on their looks and the fact that they're the only major league baseball team in town? Apparently, they will for the time being. After all, 34,000 people bought tickets for Saturday's record-setting loss. If it ain't broke...