Gio Gonzalez (L)
Ted Lilly (L)
We made a lot of these games winnable. Yet every time we have lost by a sliver. Hopefully luck starts bouncing our way, and soon.
The weird thing about our scheduling is we have yet to face an NL Central opponent. And I don't want to give these guys an excuse, but a lot of these pitchers they will either have never faced, or only had a few ABs against.
The Astros will face the Brewers and Reds next week, so we can look forward to some more familiar faces then.
Home run drought
As Astros County tweeted earlier today, an early season power surge has been replaced with a home run drought of sorts over the past week. There were all those triples in the 11-4 win over the Nationals which we are grateful for, but seven games without a HR.
Who's catching who update
14 (15) starts in and this is how it looks:
Bud Norris: Castro 2, Snyder 1
Wandy Rodriguez: Castro 2, Snyder 1
J.A. Happ: Castro 2, Snyder 1
Lucas Harrell: Castro 2, Snyder 1
Kyle Weiland: Castro 1, Snyder 2 (including tonight's game, based on provisional lineup card)
Now you might put some of this down to lefty righty, since Snyder has caught all three games where the Astros faced an opposing southpaw, but not all of it. We'll keep on looking at this.
Can't hit lefties?
Interesting stat via Steve Campbell that Jed Lowrie, Carlos Lee and Chris Johnson are a combined 1x28 against lefties this season. SSS as usual, but looking at the Astros lefties, Brian Bogusevic, Travis Buck, Jason Castro and Jordan Schafer have a combined 24 plate appearances against lefties. Castro and Boggy are both hitting .500 in a smattering of ABs, Buck is hitless, while Schafer has a home run. Not sure what that proves but it's there.
As many have pointed out, Lee has crushed lefties over his career, and you would think that the numbers will right themselves over time.