Astros three things is an old feature here at TCB that we haven’t used in some time exactly. But it fits perfectly for what happened last night. Let’s discuss the three things that went wrong last night.
1. Justin Verlander pitching on short rest
Lacking a proven fourth starter for last night’s game, Manager A.J. Hinch decided to use ace Justin Verlander on short rest. He allowed three runs in the first inning, four in the 3.2 he lasted, giving up two home runs. There were eight batted balls in those innings classified as hard hit by Statcast.
The bullpen, including Josh James, Jose Urquidy, Ryan Pressly, and Will Harris, all allowed traffic, but prevented any further Rays scoring.
If the Astros advance to the ALCS, Verlander will probably pitch in Game 2, making three games in 10 days he will have pitched, the only time in his career to have done so.
Should Hinch have gone with Urquidy?
2. Altuve out at home
With one out and Jose Altuve at first, Yordan Alvarez hit a rocket to the wall at center. Altuve got the go signal, but was thrown out at home. It was “as gorgeous a relay throw to the plate as you’ll ever see,” said one baseball writer; a perfect throw from CF Kevin Kiermaeir, and an astounding catch and throw from SS Willy Adames.
Should Altuve have stayed at third with one out, and Yuli Gurriel and Carlos Correa next to bat?
3. Where are the bats?
The Astros have scored 13 runs in four games, three of those gifts from the Rays defense in games one and two. The outfielders have four hits total.
What’s wrong? Will it continue Thursday and if the Astros win, into the ALCS?
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