Saturday, May 22, 2010

The Astros Bullpen Gets It Done Against The Mighty Rays!

Houston Astros 2 - Tampa Bay Rays 1

Yesterday, I asked, "Can anyone stop the Rays?"

I guess I didn't expect to get an answer so quickly.

Coincidentally, the other night while looking into Trevor Hoffman's nightmare of a season, I noticed how good the Astros bullpen has been this year despite the fact that the team (to this point) can't hit even if their lives depended on it.

Let's face it, the Astros can't hit for beans. Their two star players-- Lance Berkman is hitting a paltry .220 and "El Caballo" Carlos Lee is even worst at .199. With those kind of numbers out of their two main players, the only thing Astros fans can look forward to is the No. 1 pick in next years draft.

But their bullpen is good. Last nights 2-1 win over the mighty Tampa Bay Rays pretty much summed up the Astros season so far-- bad hitting, good starting pitching and a great bullpen. Starter Brett Myers went 7 strong innings and handed the ball to the bullpen with a lead. If they can do that more often, the Astros are in business, because the bullpen, more often than not, will come thru.

Brandon Lyon pitched a scoreless 8th inning for his team-leading 5th hold of the season and Matt Lindstrom came in and shut the door in the 9th for his 10th save in 10 opportunities.

Excellent work against the best team (record-wise) in the major leagues.

But let's face it, the Astros need to start hitting-- El Caballo, a.k.a. The Horse and Berkman need to get going. If not, its going to be a long season in Houston.

But kudos to the bullpen. They know how to get the job done.

Photos courtesy of Getty Images

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