Ok i want to tread VERY carefully here. i woke up on Memorial Day and i see the Astros have a 10 game lead. Seattle at one point had 4/5ths of its projected starting rotation on the DL. Oakland is Oakland. The Angels just lost superstar Mike Trout for a while so they are in trouble. The Rangers seem to have hired the Astros hitting coach from last year as they do not seem to be putting the ball in play often. Anyway.
I have been an Astros fan since I was little. We lived with pretty decent freeway access to the Astrodome and it was only a couple of bucks to go sit in the bleachers. My buddies and I had some great memories at those games even though the ‘Stros did not fare well season to season. Occasionally my brother would get seats near the field – a couple of times I remember sitting in the first row right above the on deck circle. Now there were a few bright spots along the way – 80 losing in the NLCS to the Phillies and the 86 NLCS war with the Mets that no one remembers because of the Red Sox falling apart in the WS.
More Astros memories and rants will be coming up over the next few weeks. What I would like to point out is a stat of my own creation called “the bregman”. (I am sure that others have come up with similar for other players) Do not get me wrong I like Alex Bregman and hope that he continues to get better as his career progresses. But he never seems to do anything when the game is on the line. (There was the GS against the Yankees off of Tanaka a couple of weeks back early in the game) Over the last couple of days you have seen a couple “bregmans” the game is basically over – Astros have a big lead and it is late innings and Bregman working on an 0 for 3 hits a solo dinger to extend the lead that was not in doubt. Grinding away the last few outs – sharply hit double down the line for Bregman.
It is too easy to criticize and I should be praising the great job that the team is doing, yet here we are. Alex keep up the good work – lets move toward “the bregman” being the hit that puts the game away instead of the hit after the game is put away.