Lost in the way the Astros hit over the final two innings of their win against the Minnesota Twins on Monday was the way they pitched in the first four.
No deficit seems too great for these Astros.
The Twins played what felt like two full games before losing Sunday, so maybe it makes sense that they decided Monday that it counts double.
In a lineup with outfielder George Springer, second baseman Jose Altuve and shortstop Carlos Correa, it is a utility man usually slotted in the seventh or eighth spot of the order who is producing the most for the Astros this season.
They were like little kids in their dugout in the eighth inning, and maybe that's the larger lesson of these high-flying Houston Astros. Isn't this whole thing supposed to be about playing hard and having fun?
The Houston Astros have the best record in baseball and their best start in franchise history.
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Despite consternation from the commissioner and rule changes to speed up the game, baseball has never been slower than it is right now.1 Even in the short time since last season, the average delay between pitches has jumped a full second. It’s all part of a decade long trend toward more sluggish play, and there’s an alarming reason baseball’s pace problem is likely to get even worse going forward: Slowing down helps pitchers throw faster.
Bryce Harper hit a home run off Hunter Strickland three years ago, and it had ramifications in 2017. For some reason.
This is not really how you baseball.
The mega-star has a hurt thumb, and everything is awful.
On Memorial Day, traditionally the first good tracking point of the baseball season, we really need to talk about the team with the second-best record in the sport behind the Astros. A team that can mash like crazy, up and down its batting order. A team whose starting pitching has been a surprise, and one whose relief pitching is absolutely stacked in the late innings.