The Astros have been in a class of their own throughout the first half of 2017, and that couldn't have been more clear Sunday as they entered the All-Star break with a 19-1 win over the Blue Jays, their 60th of the season.
Sunday’s Blue Jays game at the Rogers Centre was so bad for the home side, they had to replace the official scorer with a professor of mathematics from the University of Toronto.
Astros outfield prospects Derek Fisher and Kyle Tucker each started and had a hand in the U.S. Team's 7-6 win against the World Team in Sunday's Futures Game at Marlins Park.
When U.S. Team manager Charles Johnson made wholesale substitutions after the fifth inning of Sunday's Futures Game, Astros outfield prospects Derek Fisher and Kyle Tucker both found themselves on the bench of the third-base dugout at Marlins Park.
Astros manager A.J. Hinch said he needs to see more out of Dallas Keuchel (neck) and Collin McHugh (elbow) before knowing how he will restructure the pitching staff upon their potential returns after the All-Star break.
Clayton Kershaw knows how to put an exclamation point on the first half. And the Houston Astros definitely put an exclamation point on theirs ... or 19 of them, to be precise.
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