Both at the plate and on the mound, Roy Oswalt has done his best to represent the team as the club’s ace.
(And yes, I say this despite his giving up a pair of costly homers in the top of the seventh inning following a momentary, lapse-of-reason error last Friday night at Minute Maid Park.)
Thank God for Michael Bourn, or Houston may have found themselves down after taking a 4-0 lead through six frames before holding on for a one-run win.
Five games later, with Oswalt again on the mound for Houston, the team appears to have hit a rut.
In last night’s start on the hill for the Astros, Oswalt pitched a pretty good game, but his team's offense sputtered at the plate because runners were constantly left stranded in a game Houston dropped 4-2.
However, there’s still hope.
Houston’s starting pitching ERA is absolutely respectable (with Oswalt, Wandy Rodriguez, and Brett Myers all under 4.00). Once the Astros bats awake from their slumber, this team will be back on track in what looks to be a very long MLB season.
Besides, every starting pitcher has now notched at least one hit this season.
Adding insult to injury (to a certain degree), Houston hitters have been just awful at the plate this year. In fact, both Felipe Paulino (.500) and Rodriguez (.375) hold remarkable batting averages in 2010, and the only two pitchers with an ERA over 5.00 are Bud Norris (5.60) and Paulino (5.40).