Crane: "What's our record, Millsie?"
Mills: "Thirty-six and seventy-three."
Crane: "Thirty-six...and seventy-three. How'd we ever win thirty-six?"
Mills: "It's a miracle."
Crane: "It's a miracle. This...is a simple game. You throw the ball. You hit the ball. You catch the ball."
The Astros are not the Pirates. I am not sure how much Crain will spend on this team but even if we have a payroll in the mid $60 mil range it will be $15 mil more than what the Pirates spend. Besides it seems the Pirates only have one good position player at a time. They have done nothing with finding stud arms. They have just not done well enough in the drafts to have multiple guys in the bigs at one time.
Look at the Braves, why are they where they are right now? Guys moving getting to the Majors together from the farm system.Then they have spent on guys to go with them.
I don't think the Astros will have dark days for any decade. During this series several Astros player player were very impressive.
The most obvious was Jose Altuve. he plays hard, is a very good lead off batter and is an excellant second baseman in all aspects of the game as far as i could see in this series. He will only get better.
He may have to work on getting out of the habit of chewing on his fingernails during the game. It shows he is concentrating but after you get down to the nubs it might be painful to throw.
Lucas Harrell is no back of the rotation pitcher. He is a rookie pitcher with a winning record on a team with a losing record who battles every hitter every inning and is confident in his stuff.
I believe Bud Norris has great stuff, but the Braves broadcast team said something I agree with completely. I believe they may have picked up this info from Astro announcers Jim Deshaies, who is because friendly with Joe Simpson of the Braves crew. They were saying he has no confidence in his secondary pitches when he gets behind in the count and always goes with his good fast ball in situations like that.
When he improves those pitches and feels he can trust them more he'll be way better.
Wesley Wright is a nightmare to lefty hitter. J.D. Martinez has a good future and there are others among in the younger player who will figure out the leagues and come to life.
One guy I never liked as a Braves and don't think you'll get anything out of is Schafer. He's a clown and useless. IMO.
Have patience and beat the <hell out of the Nationals.