Both teams met Friday, the date of the first game, and decided to not play in support of the Black Lives Matter movement and police brutality. Sundays game was postponed for COVID-19 reasons.
Furthermore, the teams competed in a doubleheader Saturday to continue the series. Lance McCullers Jr. took the starting position on the bump. The righted pitcher threw six innings with seven strikeouts. Although he tallied two runs to his ERA, McCullers Jr. looks more solid than previous games.
After the win, he addressed the media saying “I had kind of gotten away from just who I am.” He said “I’ve just got to remember I’m the stuff guy.”
McCullers Jr. elaborated with how much he would like to be like Dallas Keuchel, former pitcher for the Astros, but he needs to focus less on preciseness and more on the “stuff.”
Game Two of the Double Header
The next game followed shortly after with Zack Greinke on the mound. The right handed pitcher threw five innings with six strikeouts and three runs. He has been calling out his pitches for everyone to hear and has become very verbal.
Infielder Kyle Tucker blew up on Saturday nights game. He hit a triple and drove in three Astros to give Houston a bigger lead. Read that again, an RBI TRIPLE. He made Astros history against the Colorado Rockies with two triples and a home-run in a single night.
Houston we have a problem
Aside from the on and off bullpen, Jose Altuve is 9-for-61 with a .148 batting average. He has had one home run in 16 games at Minute Maid Park. Will his average improve during this sprint of a season? Or will Houston fans have to wait for next season?
(Photo Credit: Lance McCullers Jr. / 2020 Associated Press.)