Now’s the time to have a slump. When the games don’t count.
The Astros dropped to 3 and 12 today against the Marlins. Zack Greinke surrendered two runs in 4.1 innings, allowing five hits, one walk, with only one strikeout. One of the runs was unearned, caused in part by an errant pickoff throw by Greinke himself.
Greinke was followed by Enoli Paredes, who allowed a two run homer to Jazz Chisholm in sixth.
Steve Cishek is looking harder and harder to cut, throwing a scoreless seventh, allowing one hit while recording two Ks.
Young prospect Jairo Solis was shaky but managed a scoreless eighth, allowing a hit and a walk, but also recording a strikeout.
Today’s lineup rested the bulk of the Astros’ likely opening day starters, but the reserves continued the cold hitting that has plagued the team all Spring. The one bright spot was a two-run homer by top shortstop prospect Jeremy Pena in the fifth inning.
All three contenders for fourth outfielder started today, Jose Siri, Steven Souza Jr, and Chas McCormick. Souza and Siri each had a hit. For Spring Training Siri has a slight hitting edge, hitting .261. Both McCormick and Souza are stuck at .095.
The Astros send Kent Emanuel to the mound to challenge the Mets tomorrow at 12:05 CDT.
Box score HERE.