Just when everything seemed so right with the Houston Astros, everything is going horribly wrong. After two straight 6-5 losses to the Nationals, the Astros lost another in embarrassing fashion (5-0) to the hapless Tampa Bay Rays.
Usually I’d take the time to summarize the Astros offensive feats, but since there weren’t any, the only thing to point out is that Jose Altuve was the only bright spot of the team. He put up two hits and stole two more bases, remaining tops in the American League in batting average, hits and stolen bases.
With only three hits to speak of, two of which coming from Altuve and one from George Springer, the Astros were quite simply nonexistent.
The Chris Archer that collapsed last time out against the Astros was in completely different form this time. He went 6.2 innings and struck out 8.
Collin McHugh was on his game, but unfortunately no one else could get on his level. He went 6.0 innings, giving up two runs, neither of which were earned, and striking out six. Jonathan Villar botched a potential double play, allowing the inning to continue and the runs to score.
Paul Clemens has to be at about the end of the line. He gave up another three earned runs to raise his ERA over six and people are continuing to ask why he’s still around. The Astros have plenty of other options to give a try, and they may be close to using them.
Game MVP: Jose Altuve