Since the third of the Core Four went down to injury on May 27, that is, Carlos Correa, the Astros are 8-2, having taken two of three from the Cubs, sweeping the A’s in Oakland, and taking three out of four from the Mariners in Seattle. Just to be clear, that’s the Astros without George Springer, without Jose Altuve, and without Carlos Correa. I might add former All-Star Aledmys Diaz and Collin McHugh for good measure.
Just how do they do it?
It was a Thriller (cue Michael Jackson) last night. The rock solid Core Four of the bullpen, Hector Rondon, Will Harris, Ryan Pressly, and Roberto Osuna, got beaten down, as the M’s came from behind to tie the score in the ninth inning. It was up to the low leverage little sisters, Josh James, and Chris Devenski, to put the kibosh on the Mariners’ bats, holding them scoreless for four innings, despite six walks total between them.
Then one of the exciting youngsters, Myles Straw, led off the 14th with a triple, a sac fly later and the Astros got the lead, barely holding on in the bottom of the fourteenth, winning 8-7.
The team is exhausted but exuberant heading home, and to bring some relief to the relievers, Cionel Perez was called up today from Round Rock, sending Brady Rodgers back to Central Texas.
Gerrit Cole ( 5-5, 3.94 ERA) gets the ball for the Stros tonight. He is opposed by Gabriel Ynoa, (0-2, 5.06 ERA).
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Here is the Astros lineup and media access information.