The Rockies have already lost Troy Tulowitzki. Dexter Fowler could be next:
Fowler hurt the finger against the Nationals a week ago when he was hit by a pitch. He’s gone hitless in two games and seven at bats since. Overall he’s having a fantastic year, hitting .298/.395/.488. If he’s out for an extended period, the Rockies are really gonna be in trouble.
You can’t pick your family and no one knows that better than Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford. His sister Amy married Astros starter Gerrit Cole in November 2016, so the two players are brothers-in-law.
The two players have matched up against each other 18 times in the past, as Cole spent his first five seasons in the National League with the Pirates. Cole often won that battle, holding Crawford to four hits — all singles — in 18 plate appearances.
Crawford finally got the better of Cole on Tuesday night, hitting a line drive into the appropriately-named Crawford Boxes at Minute Maid Park for a two-run home run, cutting the Astros’ lead to 5-2.