Bringing things back full circle
Well, we saw a reflection of an offense that is ready to come out of their shell. We know how good of a team we have and we will be in contention for another championship.
Here’s a tweet that should reflect on everyone’s mindset right now:
Now we saw Alex Bregman come alive with a four-hit performance today. Give him another two or three games of this and he will be out of the slump. Which leaves George Springer and I go back to the tweet about him moving down in the lineup.
Wasn’t that the same mindset after game one of the World Series last year? How did that work out? Didn’t Springer win the World Series MVP or something? Look, Springer’s slumping and we know it. But we know he’ll eventually come around. Marwin Gonzalez is also slumping but he’ll eventually come around. Our offense is going to be fine.
As far as our pitching goes, I’ve flirted around with the idea of dropping Keuchel to number three while moving Gerrit Cole up to number four. But the truth is, Keuchel has been pitching well. It sounds crazy considering the box score. But look at the pitches he throws and ask yourself was that a good pitch that got hit by the batter well or a bad pitch?
Most of the time, hitters are hitting pitches hard and they fall onto the field. We might make an excuse that Keuchel was pitching in the cold last time. But he wasn’t executing good pitches nor was McCullers, who had some pitches get called balls in areas that were in the strike zone.
But let’s be fair here. It’s only 13 games in and that’s only 0.08 percent of the season in. That’s not a lot if you ask me. We got a long journey ahead of us.