I admit when I get called into duty to fill in for the game recap, most of my consumption of theses games comes from the MLB At Bat app. I open up the night's game and turn on the condensed version to see the more then just the traditional evening news highlights. Well tonight, I got a whole lot of zippo when it came to Astros highlights tonight, at the very least they were outnumbered by low lights for sure.
The lack of highlights can be laid at the feet of the Rays' starting pitcher Jake Odorizzi. Odorizzi took the mound in the Rays "throwbacks", he then gave the Astros there version of a flashback. He fanned 10 Astros over 7.1 scoreless innings, walking two, and allowing just one hit. Odorizzi cruised through the Astros, leaving Houston hitter baffled.
On the other hand, lighting did not strike twice for Astros pitching. After last season's dazzling first major league start from jarred Cosart, Jake Buchanan had constant traffic on the base paths. He lasted 4.1 innings (91 pitches), giving up 3 hits, three runs, and two walks.
The Astros offense mustered one hit and had just two fielders in the midfield.
To compound the poor offensive and starting pitching outings, Houston seemed a bit off in the field. Jose Altuve dropped one of his patented over the shoulder catches, and George Springer mishandled two plays in the outfield.
The quicker this game is in the rear view mirror the better. Dallas Keuchel is the man taxed with going for the four-game series split.