A few nights ago it was the offense that stepped up, but the pitching was a no show. Two days ago, the pitching was there but there was no offense. Yesterday? Neither showed up! Brett Oberholtzer allowed four runs in his six innings, and Josh Fields was lit up for five runs while recording just two outs. Miguel Cabrera was a triple short of a cycle, knocking in four runs for the Tigers. The Astros did have a nice night from George Springer who went 3/4 from the plate with an RBI, but they struggled for the most part, scoring three of their four runs in the ninth inning when the game was way out of reach. Check out the rest of the links for more in Houston sports.
- Evan Drellich (Houston Chronicle) on George Springer trying to tweak his swing.
“To (Springer’s) credit, he’s been in the batting cage with us throwing like in the mid-90s for (several) days, just trying to lay out some line drives into the side walls and take length out of the swing. All the things that he should do, or needs to do, to be able to compete here and be successful like we all feel he’s going to be, he’s doing it.”
- Greg Thurston (Climbing Tal’s Hill) on Brett Oberholtzer’s frustration.
- Howard Chen (CSN Houston) on the Astros latest loss to the Tigers.
- Astros tweet of the day…
Astros After 33 games in 2013 9-24 -71 runs scored, after 33 games in 2014 10-23 -64 runs scored. #Progress
- Jeff Balke (Houston Press) with five D’s the Rockets need to improve on.
It would be nearly impossible, just days after one of the most heartbreakingly awful losses in team history, to try and grade the Rockets season. At this point, all I remember when Damian Lillard hit that three pointer was an entire sports bar in Austin letting out a collective “NO” and my friend slamming his bar stool over and over to the floor while yelling at the top of his lungs. So, I’m going to set aside, for the moment, my feelings on the season and instead first focus on what is to come.
- Victor (RocketsSocial) shares with us some positives of an early playoff exit.
- Jonathan Feigen (Houston Chronicle) – Chandler Parsons can’t escape the “what if’s” from Damian Lillard’s three.
- Rockets tweet of the day…
All the Texans are having to adapt to a new offense, a condition that Fitzpatrick has faced any number of times in moving from the Rams to the Bengals, where he had his first chance to start in 2008, and through four seasons in Buffalo, where he started 53 games. He had nine starts last year for the Titans, including a 16-10 win over the Texans’ in the season finale.
- Dave Zangaro (CSN Houston) on the first day of Texans minicamp.
- Stephen Forsha (Toro Times) gives us the preseason dates and times.
- Texans tweet of the day…