The Astros played in Florida yesterday against the Rays, the number 3 pitcher was on the mound and he’s a damn good pitcher. Combined, the top three starters for the Astros are three of the top pitchers in the league. Well, yesterday afternoon he wasn’t throwing the good stuff. A quick recap for those who didn’t catch the game… The Astros went up 1-0 early in the game on Altuve’s homerun – he’s an amazing ball player, all, what, 5’6″ of him. The Astros gave up a solo homer and then a 3-run homer, yet there was no action in the bullpen, at all. I was wondering what the Manager was waiting for, Grienke obviously didn’t have his stuff on the mound yet was kept in until he gave up another home-run to put the Astros down 5-1. Great moves there AJ (Manager of the Astros)…
The game ended up being a 10-3 rout. It is only one game in a 5 game series, but still. They are back at it this afternoon (oh yes, back to back day games because, you know, the Astros aren’t the Yankees so can’t be given primetime) and Verlander is on the mound on short rest. The playoffs are a different creature, that’s for sure. Hopefully he’ll pitch well on reduced rest and the Astros can wrap up this series. The Yankees await after sweeping the Twins – the Twins looks lost in all three games. The ALCS will be a great series, likely far better than the World Series, I would guess. I will miss some of it as I will be in Ontario.
Last night, I met with the two gents who’ve been coaching the Crowsnest Pass High School baseball team about joining them. I think it will be a good fit and I am looking forward to getting back on the field. We should get things moving come February or so with indoor workouts. Will be fun. The head coach has been coaching the team since the 70’s, that’s a long tenure. I am sure I will learn a thing or two from him, and hopefully he will learn a thing or two from me.
The Pass is experiencing their second snow storm of the season today, I think we are supposed to get 10-15cm of the white stuff which is far better than some earlier predictions of up to 30cm. It will be gone by the weekend as temperatures are supposed to rebound. Winter is definitely on its way.