The Astros won the opening game of a 9-game homestand starting with the New York Mets. It was a close game with several people in the gamethread showing their dislike for Brad Mills as the game progressed. Many people were upset that Mills put on the bunt with Altuve at the plate two separate times during the game. Many people were displeased with Brad Mills' use of relief pitchers. But Bud Norris pitched a good game. Matt Downs hit a 2-run Bomb. Lowrie drove in the go-ahead run in the 8th. Brett Myers closed out the game and we won! What's the fussin' about?
Offensively, the Astros were efficient by scoring 4 runs on only 5 hits and 2 walks. However, efficiency must not be confused with performance. The Astros were lucky to score that many runs on only 1 extra-base hit, which came off a Matt Downs bomb to the Crawford Boxes. Performance-wise, Schafer and Lowrie were the only guys who got two hits each (singles), while Matt Downs came up with a two run home run.
- Fire Brad Mills?
- Altuve and bunting?
At this point, I don't think firing Brad Mills would be a good idea unless Jeff Luhnow has better candidates lined up and would be willing to eat Mills' salary. But I really don't see a case for resigning Brad Mills to manage the Astros next year.
@zacharylevine A sacrifice bunt attempt, on average, has better results than a "successful" sacrifice bunt (because of errors, etc.).— Mike Fast (@fastballs) May 1, 2012
Brad Mills goes to the bullpen for the 3rd time in the 8th inning.
Matt Downs goes boom!