The Astros lost again because Dallas Keuchel was scratched from his start, due to illness. It was a bullpen game and the Astros still remained competitive, but they had no chance. It’s still okay because they can go for the split against the Royals tonight, and would be an 8-2 road trip. Nothing to be ashamed about.
Game 4 Starters: Astros, Lance Mccullers vs Royals, Jason Hammel
Jason Hammel 2017
Opponents Batting Average .295
9 Home Runs Allowed
47 SO and 23 BB
With 2 outs in an inning opponents are hitting .325 with 2 Home Runs. This is what the Astros excel out the most.
1st time through the order opponents are hitting .261
2nd time – .273
3rd time – .408
It’s pretty clear to see that Jason Hammel isn’t having a good year. It’s also safe to say that his ineffectiveness plays perfect for the Astros. The Astros should be able to score a lot of runs tonight and start their new win streak.
Vs Astros Batters:
Brian McCann (4 for 18)
Carlos Beltran (3 for 10) 1 HR
Jose Altuve (2 for 11)
Jake Marisnick (2 for 9)
Evan Gattis (3 for 4) 1 HR
Lance McCullers 2017
Opponents Batting Average .217
With 2 outs in an inning opponents are hitting .145
With 2 outs and RISP opponents are hitting .154
1st time through the order opponents are hitting .235
2nd time – .186
3rd time – .238
Vs Royals batters:
Lorenzo Cain (0 for 9) 5 SO
Mike Moustakas (3 for 8) 1 HR
Salvador Perez (3 for 8) 3 HR
Alex Gordon (2 for 7)
Alcides Escobar (1 for 5)
Eric Hosmer (1 for 6)
The Royals feed into Lance’s strengths I believe and he should have a great game. Just be careful with Salvador Perez and he should be golden!
FYI: The Astros have the Most Dangerous Lineup in Baseball:
HR: 94 (1st in MLB)
Batting Average – .278 (1st in MLB)
OBP – .346 (1st in MLB)
Slugging Percentage – .471 (1st in MLB)
The Astros are deadly and I expect to see the deadly lineup to come out and hit the ball and score a bunch of runs against the Royals tonight. I feel like I’ve jinxed the Astros the last couple of days by talking about their bullpen. Then the bullpen blows a lead. Then I talked about Keuchel and he gets scratched. Now I’m talking about the deadly lineup, but I think they’re jinx proof, at least let’s hope!!
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