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MLB Scores: Indians 5, Astros 4

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Houston's starter made it out of the first, but the Astros fell short in the rubber game with Cleveland.

Scott Halleran

Let's reflect on some of the good things from this Astros game, when the Cleveland Indians (who are pretty woeful themselves) stole the series from Houston.

Erik Bedard makes it out of the first inning - He did not do this in his last start. He did it Sunday. That's a step.

Brett Oberholtzer made his major league debut - It wasn't promising. But, hey, a young guy! That's always fun, huh? Plus, he's got a funny name!

Jose Altuve continues to rake - The second baseman was 1 for 3 with two walks, picking up an RBI triple. He's hitting .371 with a .413 on-base percentage and a .457 slugging percentage. In only 17 games, he's already been worth 0.7 fWAR. If we spread that out over an entire season, he'd be worth 6.6 fWAR.

Jose Altuve will not hit .371 all season. He will not be worth 6.6 fWAR this season. But, he can rake and he is very young. Both of these are big positives.

Fernando Martinez didn't get hurt - I mean...

Fernando Martinez hit a home run - Houston's outfield has been spotty with the offense lately. Right field is a big, gaping hole right now that Rick Ankiel strikes out in. If Martinez can hit, he will be worked into the lineup more often. That's a good thing.

And...

Um...

I got nothing.

As Chris Carter failed to make contact in the ninth inning with the bases loaded, I can't even salvage this game with positives. It highlighted plenty of Houston's problems. The starting pitcher (Bedard) didn't pitch past the fourth inning, possibly due to a pitch count. Oberholtzer got hit around in his debut, Hector Ambriz gave up another long ball.

So, we head into the Seattle series, hoping to find a team that might be as bad as the Astros. Maybe. It's getting harder and harder to believe, though.