Houston had MLB’s worst record and ranked 12th among NL teams in scoring with Hunter Pence, Michael Bourn, and Jeff Keppinger, so as you can imagine the Astros’ lineup looks downright sad after trading three of the team’s four best hitters.
Here’s the lineup manager Brad Mills is trotting out there against the Brewers this afternoon:
1. Jose Altuve, 2B
2. Clint Barmes, SS
3. Jason Bourgeois, CF
4. Carlos Lee, 1B
5. Jason Michaels, RF
6. J.D. Martinez, LF
7. Chris Johnson, 3B
8. Carlos Corporan, C
9. Brett Myers, P
I honestly think that group would have a tough time leading Triple-A in scoring. Lee has the highest slugging percentage at .438 and the fifth-place hitter, Michaels, has a .561 OPS. At least Altuve is fun to watch.
Here’s some more analysis on the Astros’ lineup from Cosmo Kramer:
Stephen Strasburg homers, knocks in five runs vs. Braves
Stephen Strasburg‘s bat was on fire Thursday night in Atlanta. He hit a three-run home run off of Touki Toussaint to cap off an eight-run third inning, then added a two-run single off of Toussaint in the fifth.
The last time a pitcher knocked in at least five runs was on April 11, 2014 when Madison Bumgarner homered and drove in five runs at home against the Rockies. Strasburg is just the seventh pitcher since 2000 to knock in five runs in one game. The others, along with Strasburg and Bumgarner:
Chris Carpenter (Cardinals) vs. Reds, October 1, 2009 (HR, 6 RBI)
Jason Marquis (Cubs) vs. Mets, September 22, 2008 (HR, 5 RBI)
Micah Owings (Diamondbacks) vs. Braves, August 18, 2007 (2 HR, 6 RBI)
Robert Person (Phillies) vs. Expos, June 2, 2002 (HR, 7 RBI)
Shawn Estes (Giants) vs. Expos, May 24, 2000 (HR, 5 RBI)
Strasburg is 3-for-3 overall as he also singled to lead off the third. Tonight’s homer marked the fourth of his career and he’s now up to 25 RBI.
Strasburg is performing well on the mound as well. At the time of this writing, he has held the Braves to a lone run on four hits and a walk with six strikeouts over four innings as the Nationals lead 10-1.