J.R. Towles had a big game tonight in New York after missing the last four games with an ankle injury. Towles was behind the plate for Astros starter Wandy Rodriguez in the Astros 6-1 win. Towles went 2 for 2 with a pair of walks, raising his average to .429 for the season. Tonight’s performance wasn’t as dominant as the eight RBI night Towles produced in 2007 against the Cardinals. But he is making strides toward shaking his label as the Paris Hilton of baseball. Like Ms. Hilton, J.R gave us one unforgettable night early in his career but has been useless ever sense. Towles is now competing with Humberto Quintero for playing time behind the plate. This was the second time Towles has caught Wandy with magical results. I would expect J.R. to be handling Rodriguez every time out as long as that trend continues. Both backstops are off to surprisingly hot starts with the bat. Quintero is better defensively and has been deemed the personal catcher for staff ace Brett Myers. Towles has also played well defensively and should garner more playing time going forward.
By Greg Thurston -
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The senior member of the CTH staff (in more ways than one) I have been rooting for the Astros since long before any members of the current roster were born. My favorite players through the years include Bob Watson, Glenn Davis, Steve Finley, Mike Hampton, and Roy Oswalt. Even though the results on the field have been poor for for the last few seasons, I still enjoy following and writing about the team. I'm keeping hope alive that things are going to get much better soon.