What have we learned from Game 1 & 2? I will offer a few of my own random observations, but this is really about what YOU think.
- Carlos Correa had three hits but he has also looked bad striking out four times in eight AB’s. He also made a tremendous fielding play to start Game 2. Is his back OK? I say yes, but with so little playing time in the last six weeks, he is probably trying to regain his timing at the plate. Let him play even if he stumbles again, unless he gets hurt, of course.
- The Astros came into the playoffs hitting below their own season average in the last week of the season. They are not hitting on all cylinders now, especially George Springer. That’s OK, so long as they win one of the next three games (one of the next two would be better). Save the gunpowder for later. Good to be hot at the right time.
- Justin Verlander and Gerrit Cole had amazing seasons, but they seem determined to outdo themselves and each other in the playoffs. Are they going to be the greatest playoff tandem ever? In two games they already have two game scores of 80+. Only 38 teams since 1908 have had two or more 80+ performances during the postseason. The Astros have two in two games. Can this continue? So far, the Astros have won with pitching more than hitting, a bit different than their regular season pattern.
- Ryan Pressly and Roberto Osuna, your ostensible 8th, 9th inning guys, have laid two big eggs. Should we worry? I say, not yet. You expect even a great starter to have a bad inning now and then. It’s baseball. But if a reliever has a bad inning in a playoff game, he’s falling apart, he can’t take the pressure, blah, blah, blah. Really? It happens to the best of them. Even St. Mariano Rivera blew saves. Too soon to panic on Pressly and Osuna.
- The Rays are a damn good team. With Blake Snell and Tyler Glasnow available in the post-season, better than their regular season record would indicate. But the Yankees are better.
These are just my opinions and my takes. What do you think? What did Game 1 & 2 tell you?