The Astros and Gerrit Cole altered history in last night’s victory. Meanwhile, Carlos Correa had a successful rehab game and Brad Peacock is on the mend.
The Astros race with the Yankees for the best record in the league isn’t the only thing making headlines lately. Yesterday was full of newsworthy events with Gerrit Cole and other players setting records, Brad Peacock‘s new diagnosis, and Carlos Correa getting in some live game experience.
Friday the 13th isn’t an unlucky day for Gerrit Cole. As a matter of fact, the number 13 was rather significant for him last night. Cole’s win against the Kansas City Royals last night was his 13th straight victory, setting a record for the Astros franchise. He came up four strikeouts short of setting an MLB record of 14 or more Ks four games in a row.
Jose Altuve got into the record-setting action. His home run in the top of the first inning was his 28th home run of the season, breaking Jeff Kent‘s record for the most homers by an Astros second baseman. George Springer also set a new personal milestone hitting his 35th dinger of the season.
"“[Springer] is the player of the game,” Cole said. “He made a great running catch to get the double up. And then the biggest swing of the night comes off his bat in the ninth.” via Robert Falkoff of MLB.com."
Turning to the subject of players on the mend, Carlos Correa got into a live game last night for the first time since he left the game on August 19th with back soreness. In his rehab assignment with the Round Rock Express, he went 1-for-2 with a single and garnered two walks. The Express lost the game, ending their season, making this the only rehab game available for Correa to participate in.
Team doctors have finally determined what was causing the shoulder soreness that Brad Peacock has been plagued with for a large portion of the season. Apparently, a nerve issue in his neck was the culprit and after proper treatment, he has felt the best in months. Following a bullpen session he threw Friday, Peacock said he felt great.
"“I felt awesome,” Peacock said. “Just a little rusty with the offspeed stuff, but the ball was coming out good and I feel great.” per Robert Falkoff."
This news increases the possibility of Peacock returning to the club before the season’s end and maybe taking one of the playoff spots. With his return, Correa closing in on joining the team, and Ryan Pressly close, the Astros would be in great shape for the final run for that home-field advantage in the postseason.