While the season has plenty of time left for terrible starts to rebound nicely, and of course unpredicted win streaks to come crashing down, we thought it would be fun to take a look and determine what teams are under-performing expectations and what teams are over-performing.
The Houston Astros are making some changes to Minute Maid park, namely, the demolition of the iconic Tal’s Hill in center field.
Adrian Beltre of the Texas Rangers has made countless plays at third from his knees – but the home run he hit from his knees might be a first for him. Beltre drove a 1-0 pitch from Houston Astros pitcher Brad Peacock deep to left – after a swing took him straight to his knees.
In sports, there is nothing more exciting than an elimination game, and it’s why we, as fans, gravitate towards every single game 7, March Madness tournament, and Super Bowl. Fans expect teams to play their best with their backs against the wall – and most of the time they do.
The Baltimore Orioles and Houston Astros worked out a deal right before the non-waiver Trade Deadline on Wednesday that sent Houston starting pitcher Bud Norris to Baltimore in exchange for outfielder L.J. Hoes, left-hander Josh Hader and a Competitive Balance Draft pick
“We are pleased to add an experienced arm to our bullpen,” Detroit general manager Dave Dombrowski said. “Jose can pitch in a variety of roles, provides depth in the bullpen, and complements the roles of Joaquin Benoit and Drew Smyly.”
Houston selected the hard-throwing Stanford pitcher with the top choice in the Major League Baseball draft Thursday night, a year after passing on the hometown kid and instead choosing 17-year-old shortstop Carlos Correa from Puerto Rico.
The celebrated right-hander from Japan struck out a career-high 14 and was in complete control before Gonzalez smacked the first pitch up the middle. Darvish was unable to get his glove down in time, and the ball skittered into center field well beyond a desperate dive by shortstop Elvis Andrus.
The AL West welcomes a new team from Houston this year, and this division that for years housed only four teams, has to be chomping at the bit