The Astros have not looked like themselves the last four games. They lost three consecutive games to the Indians over the weekend. Their Monday opener against the Detroit Tigers also unfolded uncharacteristically.
They landed here around 4 a.m. Monday morning, a bumpy flight in the books, and arrived in their hotel rooms around 5 a.m., one heck of a tired bunch.
On the roster move front:
- Astros’ Brian McCann hopes to return from concussion Saturday
- Astros designate Andrew Aplin for assignment
- Astros call up Jordan Jankowski from Class AAA
It took stellar pitching, air-tight defense and one timely hit to get the Astros back on track Monday night at Minute Maid Park.
After showing flashes of dominance during his first four starts, left-hander Cionel Perez put it all together on Monday for Class A Quad Cities with an unhittable performance.
To weeks ago, three weeks ago, the Astros had won the division, they were already in the World Series and they were planning the parade.
Around the League
The Pirates’ season has been an unspeakable disappointment, which means it’s time to figure out if they should rebuild.
All rise for Aaron Judge, home run monster from beneath the sea.
Rangers fans can be forgiven for getting their hopes up. Their team has won 11 of their past 12 games, surging past .500 and into second place in the American League West and, at least from a snapshot of the current standings, appear to be doing it again.
As a general rule, baseball players — specifically, the non-pitching variety — tend to break into the majors in their early 20s, improve pretty rapidly over their first handful of seasons, peak around age 271 and then begin the inexorable decline toward mediocrity (and retirement). But some special players begin their careers with such a bang that it’s difficult to imagine how they could get better, at least without breaking the game as we know it.