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Matt Dominguez Had a Blunder & Bo Porter Was Not Happy


Things are not going well for the Houston Astros so far this season. In continuing with a trend that began last season, there are times where you have to question what is taking place on the field.

Whether it is completely fair or not, to some degree the blunders ultimately fall on Bo Porter.

The Astros hierarchy have begun to make it clear with the arrival of George Springer and the departures of Robbie Grossman and Lucas Harrell, that results are beginning to matter.

And there is no place for mental mistakes.

Matt Dominguez had a base running blunder Thursday night as he inexplicably tried to stretch a single into a double. This was following a walk by Chris Carter to lead off the inning, and Dominguez had no business trying for second base. He obviously was thrown out, and it took away the threat for a big inning.

Following the game, Porter was uncharacteristically outspoken about his frustration and unhappiness about it. Judging by these tweets from Jose de Jesus Ortiz , you have to wonder if Porter is beginning to feel some heat and pressure. Also, the Astros were just swept so he is allowed to be frustrated, but these mental mistakes need to stop.

And Porter is the one to whom the responsibility ultimately falls.

 

 

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  • Pepper

    You are incorrect that Porter was being “uncharacteristically outspoken about his frustration and unhappiness”. He has consistently called out the players when they don’t please him – in public. That, in my opinion, is not an admirable trait of a manager. He has done this consistently for everyone except Altuve, who must be a protected person on this team. It is wrong and serves no purpose except to embarrass the player publicly. Good managers do not ever do this. Take it into your office Skip.

    • astrosince1975

      Amen to that! I don’t understand why Porter continues to do this.

    • Ray_Kuhn_28

      Yes, you are correct about that, but this felt even worse. Could just be me, I thought this had a little different tinge to it than in the past. Overall, completely agreed, I dont like Porter doing this at all, especially with a young team and players that need to be nurtured. Not a way to grow a team and young players. Beginning to think Porter doesn’t see June if this keeps up.

      • Pepper

        Concur. The player is already embarrassed and knows that he screwed up (except apparently Altuve who consistently and continuously is baseball stupid). No need to further this. Not only does it embarrass the player called out, it destroys the rest of the clubhouse. They play scared instead of playing hard. You can see that every game.

        • Ray_Kuhn_28

          Thats a really good point about playing scared. Makes perfect sense though.

          • Pepper

            It would be really great to see what Phil Garner would do with these young guys. He’s not full of himself, and knows how to treat players.

          • astrosince1975

            Unfortunately, as far as Porter being on the hot seat, I don’t think that is the case. I would be SHOCKED to see him fired in the next calendar year. I think the FO is going to stick with him at least until this time next year. Maybe by then they will realize that he is another Brett Wallace, J.D. Martinez, Lucas Harrell, Brian Bogusevic, Hector Ambriz, etc…

          • Pepper

            I personally think that Wallace and Martinez were victims of the management. Brad Mills killed Wallace, and Porter likewise Martinez (as one of the “called out” players last year). I’m afraid that Porter/Mallee will try to change Stringer like they have everyone else who’s come up – with abject failure. I truly do not understand why Mallee is still here. That scares me when they are calling up these guys – they have been successful throughout their lives doing what they do, and our management attempts to change all of that. Hopefully they’ve been told to keep hands off of these new guys like Stringer.

  • astrosince1975

    What made it even more discouraging was the fact that no one was covering first base and he could have easily made it back.