Welcome to another week of Houston Astros baseball.
We complain, sure, but isn’t it better than the offseason?
Son of Astros J.P. France steals show during father’s debut (houstonchronicle.com)
Jose Altuve looks ‘game ready.’ A struggling Astros offense needs him (theathletic.com)
AL West News
Mariners bring up reliever Juan Then as Penn Murfee goes on injured list (seattletimes.com)
Eyeball Scout Report On Players Worth Analyzing (athleticsnation.com)
Angels blown out in another rough game for José Suarez (ocregister.com)
Jon Daniels says Texas Rangers are ‘clearly’ contenders this season (dallasnews.com)
Houston Astros Birthdays
From 1986 through 1990, eventual 17-year vet Larry Andersen (70) pitched for Houston. In 268 games he was 22-16 with a 2.57 ERA, 20 saves, 346 K’s in 410 1⁄3 innings, and a 1.211 WHIP to go along with a stellar 141 ERA+.
Jose Altuve (33) ranks in the top five of a lot of franchise leaderboard categories, including third in doubles (379), fifth in homers (192), fourth in stolen bases (279), and third in batting average of players with over a full season with the team (.307),
Claude Raymond (86) pitched for Houston from 1964 through 1967, going 19-18 with a 2.98 ERA, a 114 ERA+, and a 1.127 WHIP.
Manny Hernández (62) pitched 49 1⁄3 innings for the Astros in 1986 and 1987, going 2-7 with a 4.56 ERA.
Lefty Mike Cuellar (1937-2010) pitched for the Astros from 1965 through 1968. In 127 games (including 88 starts), Cuellar was 37-36 with a 2.74 ERA, a 119 ERA+, and a 1.162 WHIP.
Dave Rohde (59) played in 88 games for the 1990 and 1991 Astros, hitting .165 with five RBI. He also had a career 1.000 fielding percentage in 264 1⁄3 innings between all four infield positions.