The Yankees told the Astros to play the game the right way last night. Seems like, given that winning is the point of the game, Houston is doing just fine in that department.
Evan Gattis hit two home runs and starter Collin McHugh pitched solidly into the seventh inning, giving Houston their 71st win of the year. Last year Houston won 70 games all season. Until this year the franchise hadn’t won more than 70 since 2010. That team had Carlos Lee and Roy Oswalt on it. Not ancient history, but man, when was the last time you thought of those guys?
For the Yankees it marks the end of a 10-game home stand which began with them sweeping the Twins in impressive fashion. Since then they’ve dropped three of four to the Indians and two of three to Houston. Just a bad stretch or is a long season and a lot of games without a day off starting to catch up to an older roster?
Bright side: they get the day off tomorrow and begin a series against the hapless Braves on Friday. Time to win some games or else they may be looking at the Blue Jays’ tail lights.
Rays right-hander Chris Archer dominated the Astros tonight, allowing just one hit in a 1-0 victory at Minute Maid Park in Houston.
Archer struck out 11 batters and walked just one in the victory. The only hit was a fifth-inning single by Colby Rasmus. Archer needed only 98 pitches to go the distance, so this qualifies as a “Maddux.” For those not familiar, a “Maddux” is a shutout thrown with fewer than 100 pitches.
The only offense of the night came on a Desmond Jennings RBI single off Collin McHugh in the fourth inning. However, it was enough with Archer dealing.
This was Archer’s third career shutout and his first since 2013. The 26-year-old right-hander owns a 2.77 ERA and 205/42 K/BB ratio in 169 innings across 26 starts this season.
Angels center fielder Mike Trout went 4-for-4 with two homers and five RBI in Sunday’s series finale against the Rangers, but he also suffered a left wrist injury in that game when he tried to make a diving catch and he is not in the starting lineup for Tuesday’s series opener versus the Astros.
Trout will undergo a precautionary MRI, according to Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times. For now, the 23-year-old stands as day-to-day.
Daniel Robertson is starting in center field and hitting ninth against Astros righty Collin McHugh.
Trout is on pace for 51 home runs. He is the runaway favorite for American League MVP, but you already knew that.