All is well for the Astros, as they have bounced back nicely from their quick struggle. They’re back into their winning ways, taking care of the Giants in the series opener.
Even years had been the secret ingredient to being World Series champions for the Giants from 2010-2014, but the magic has since worn off. They reached the postseason in 2016 but lost early, and this year they are still hovering around .500, with just 48 games left.
Where to begin with a team that has no weak link? The Astros, for the second year in a row, have been absolutely unbelievable. From Alex Bregman to Jose Altuve to George Springer, this team just has so many guys that can come to the plate and clobber the ball. On the other side, Justin Verlander, Gerrit Cole, and Charlie Morton have been among the best pitchers in all of baseball. The addition of Cole has helped put them over the top, while Morton has had a career year. A repeat as World Series champion will not be easy with the Red Sox and Yankees lurking, but it’s sure viable for these guys to do it again.
Dallas Keuchel will take the mound for his 24th start of the season, his highest total since 2016. In 142 innings of work, he has gone 9-9, posting a 3.61 ERA. He has struck out 105 batters, while walking 37. He allowed three runs on eight hits in seven innings of work in his last start against the Mariners.
San Francisco Giants
The issue with the Giants is the same now, as it has been all year. Despite all of the big-name players on their offense, they don’t even have a player with 50 RBI’s, and we’re near the end of the first week of August. They’ve been outscored by 30 runs, and Andrew McCutchen is leading the team with just 46 runs batted in. Brandon Belt and Brandon Crawford have been decent, each around 45 RBI’s, but nothing special for the Giants. Their young new left-fielder, Austin Slater, has been a bright spot for them, driving in 10 runs, with 23 hits in his first 77 at bats (.299 BA) this year.
Madison Bumgarner will take the mound for his twelfth start of the season. He has gone 4-4 this far year, posting a 2.97 ERA in 66 2/3 innings of work. He has struck out 56 batters while walking 27, and is starting to round into form. He allowed one run on seven hits in five innings of work against the DBacks in his last start.
Astros take care of business
Another day, another W. The Houston Astros will be earning their 73rd victory of the season for their efforts in tonight’s contest.
Led by the power of Alex Bregman, who will launch a moonshot, and seven strong innings from Dallas Keuchel, it’s all over for the Giants.
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