After falling into an early hole, the Astros were able to power their way back against the Indians on Thursday at Progressive Field. Perhaps the team’s hottest hitter — Alex Bregman — and the newest player to the active roster — Jake Marisnick — went deep in back-to-back innings to help Houston pull away.
With injuries to outfielders Josh Reddick and Derek Fisher, only one thing is for certain in the Astros’ outfield: George Springer will start every day. Otherwise, manager AJ Hinch is happy to mix and match. The Astros do have plenty of options. Tony Kemp has been on fire at the plate since he was recalled a week ago, and Jake Marisnick is known for his great glove.
The Astros observed a moment of silence before Friday’s game against the Indians to honor victims of the tragedy at Santa Fe High School — where gunfire began early in the morning and at least 10 people were killed — just 30 miles south of Houston.
J.D. Davis’ ridiculously hot stretch continued on Thursday night as he hit for the cycle in Triple-A Fresno’s 9-6 win over El Paso.The Astros’ No. 9 prospect also took over the MiLB hitting lead as he boosted his average to .425.
Lance McCullers Jr., Jose Altuve and Dallas Keuchel hosted the second annual Team Up for Kids and K9s Event on Thursday night at Tootsies, benefitting the Lance McCullers Jr. Foundation and the Sunshine Kids Foundation. Approximately 400 guests attended the posh event at the upscale women’s clothing store in the Upper Kirby area of Houston.
The Astros are rolling, but they have close company in the American League West, with the Angels and Mariners keeping pace through the first quarter of the 2018 season. The A’s are putting up a fight, rallying to stay in the mix, while the Rangers are lagging. Here’s a peek at how each club has fared thus far, with a look ahead at what’s next.
Justin Verlander shut the Angels out on five hits as the Astros picked up a series win and extended their lead to two games in the AL West with a 2-0 victory on Wednesday. With his seventh and final strikeout on the night, Verlander reached 2,500 for his career. Garrett Richards was excellent for the Halos, but a two-out error in the second inning opened the door for a two-run…