Can one win mark a turnaround?

Maybe Sunday’s come-from-behind walk-off win over the Padres is the one that will get the Astros going. At 10-21, they need something, anything to help them get on track. Carlos Lee, Hunter Pence and Lance Berkman – who were a combined .199 for the season prior to Sunday – came alive and went a combined 7-for-14 with two homers. It was like the old days, when opposing pitchers had trouble getting through the heart of the Astros’ order.

The task gets tougher for the Astros, though. They open an eight-game road trip Tuesday night in St. Louis, a place where they just haven’t played well since winning the NLCS in 2005. From there, they go to San Francisco – which has already swept the Astros – and close out with two games in Los Angeles, which is another place they don’t play well.

Astros general manager Ed Wade admitted before Sunday’s game his team’s offensive struggles were baffling.

“Is there some avenue, some solution, we haven’t tried yet short of something drastic, which you don’t try to do at this point in the season? No,” Wade said. “There’s no one ready down in Triple-A to come up and be a three-, four-, five-hole hitter, and not a lot is available on the market, and the ones that are available right now you can line up your five or six top prospects and take a run at them. We’ve got to live through this.”

Meanwhile, Astros manager Brad Mills admitted he’s had trouble sleeping the last few weeks because of the team’s troubles. What’s the solution? “I’ve tried Excedrin PM, Tylenol PM, NyQuil and now Sleepytime Tea.”

Mills may have trouble sleeping, but he’s certainly not giving up on his players. He had a team meeting near the start of the season to tell the guys he wasn’t going to give up on them and not to quit working hard.
 
“That’s what I want these guys to understand,” he said. “We just have to keep working and never give up. They’ve been working and doing things. Are they working too hard at times? That’s in the process, where you struggle, you work to get out of it at the end.”

2 Comments

It can if it’s followed by six or seven more wins. Considering that we play the Cardinals, the Giants and the Rays before the end of the month though, I wouldn’t count on that. We’ll likely go 5-15 or worse for the rest of the month. 15-36 by the end of the month is a very realistic possibility.

TAG: PAULINO and NORRIS will never be a MLB pitcher until they learn to pitch to contact. Striking out everyone is fine but then they will be 4 or 5 inning pitchers. There is no such thing as the perfect pitch –IF IT IS A STRIKE IT CAN BE HIT !!! And something else — CHANGE SPEEDS — NOT 92 to 91 . To change speeds go from 95 to 80 . You see OSWALT goes from 94 to low 70 s THAT IS WHY HE IS SUCESSFUL!! If a pitcher cann’t change speeds he is no MLB pitcher. JOHN B.

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