Ahead of the Houston Astros home opener, the organization squared off against the Kansas City Royals Monday and Tuesday to complete an exhibition game sweep.
Houston’s baseball organization was put under scrutiny as they were proven to have cheated in their 2017 season. Fans are starting to come back but the hate-train continues.
Lance McCullers Jr. debuted on the mound for the first time since Tommy John surgery. The right-handed pitcher missed the 2019 season but dealt strikes in his 2020 comeback. He played a vital role in the 2017 World Series to secure a victory. In 2018 he began as a starter, transferred to the bullpen and then was placed on the injured list.
McCullers Jr. threw five innings on Monday and left with one earned run, four hits and six strikeouts. His two seam fastball has remains strong and I can only imagine he is starting to settle in.
The organization lost Gerrit Cole to the New York Yankees, but McCullers Jr. could be the missing piece to the starting rotation in 2020. He led the team to a World Series win with his dirty curveball and once he gets back into the swing of things, there could be another championship win to celebrate.
Houston’s line-up accumulated 21 runs in two games. The offense delivered singles, doubles and homers. However, second baseman Aledmys Diaz takes the cake in game two with four RBI’s.
Houston’s Opening Day on July 24 will host the Mariners and baseball’s regular season officially commences. If the organization can keep their exploding offense and maintain a solid pitching rotation, the city has a lot to look forward to.
Can the Houston Astros prove to the world they are more than cheaters? They sure are off to a banging start, pun intended.
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