Houston Astros Series Wrap Up: Astros Vs. Cubs

Jason CardwellCorrespondent IApril 9, 2009

CHICAGO - AUGUST 06: Lance Berkman #17 of the Houston Astros bats during the game against the Chicago Cubs on August 6, 2008 at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois. The Cubs defeated the Astros 11-4. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

The Chubs…err Cubs, won the series with Houston two games to one.

Runs Scored:
Chicago 17
Houston 11

This is how Houston ended up in playoff contention last year while being outscored by their opponents. They win the close low scoring games and lose big on occasion, ala’ when they face the Texas Rangers or when Brian Moehler gives up eight runs in two innings.

Chicago 31
Houston 18

Chicago definitely outhit Houston, but if you take away Moehler’s 10 hits in two innings, the margin of difference is a little closer, but alas, those hits count.

Quality Starts:
Chicago 2
Houston 2

The difference was in the third game when Houston lost the slug fest.

Bullpen Runs Allowed:
Chicago 2
Houston 4

Chicago 1 Error, E6.
Houston 2 Errors, both E6. Tejada did have some nice defensive plays however.

Chicago nearly outperformed Houston in all areas deservedly giving them the series win.

Series MVP: This is tough. Hunter Pence hit two home runs, Lance Berkman, Miguel Tejada and Michael Bourn were all consistent as well. Our bullpen also pitched well and you can not forget Wandy Rodriguez.

However, my pick goes to Jeff Keppinger. He won game two in his first at bat and singled and homered in his second and third at bat as an Astro. Welcome to the team J-Kepp.

Series let down: Carlos Lee. 1-for-12 with two GIDP. I don’t expect Carlos to be the series let down too often.

Series Record: (0-1)
Team Record: (1-2)

Place in the division: Tied for last with Cinci. One game back of first.