After opening the week with back-to-back losses in Philadelphia the Astros went 3-2 at home. The 3-4 overall record was not too bad considering the competition. All three of the week’s opponents (Phillies, Brewers, and Rangers) were in the playoffs last season. One player stood out and earned this week’s Star Performer Award.
Carlos Lee had a great week and is quietly putting together a nice year. El Caballo went 11 for 27 (.407) with two homers and six runs batted in. The Astros won both of the games that featured a Lee longball. Carlos drew two walks during the week and did not strike out. In fact, he has only fanned nine times all year. Lee is the sixth different winner of the prestigious award in six weeks this season.
Bud Norris is the runner-up this time. Norris beat the Brewers Wednesday in his only start of the week. Bud gave up one run on four hits and two walks in his seven innings of work. Norris whiffed nine in his third straight win and improved to 4-1 for the year. Bud also picked up a hit and scored a run in the game. Norris starts again tomorrow and has a chance to pick up next week’s hardware if he can stay hot.