Astros losing streak: Alex De Goti had himself a night
The Houston Astros might’ve dropped their sixth consecutive game of the season, but with an abundance of players out, prospects have begun to stand up in their debuts. While Ronnie Dawson made his debut in Wednesday’s game, Alex De Goti got to see his first major league action as well on Friday.
As the Seattle Mariners walked-off the Astros in the ninth, it seemed to be the end to a funk until the pitching staff collapsed late. While the Astros are relying on prospects and unexperienced players, this isn’t a death sentence early in the season. It is 162 games, but it comes down to if the team will bounce back at full strength.
While the team continues to struggle, Alex De Goti shows out in his MLB debut.
As De Goti was one of the five players to be called up on Wednesday, the off day was looking to be the best opportunity for everyone to regroup and get settled. It didn’t come out that way on Friday night, but De Goti had an impressive statline.
The right-hander took the reigns at second base on Friday, and while being two-for-two on put outs, defense doesn’t seem to be an issue. At the plate, De Goti went two-for-four, as his first major league hit was an RBI-single.
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At 26-years-old, De Goti is finally getting the chance to play at the major league level. This Astros team is not in perfect shape, but for them to be deep with minor league talent that has gone underrated is astounding. Dawson and De Goti have both shown their depth in their debuts, but they will need to stay productive until the All-Star unit returns from the injured list.
The losing streak continues, and for a team that has taken the most hits of any team in baseball, it’s all happening at possibly the best time. We sound like a broken record, when we say it’s early in the season, and although the losses are packing on, the team is at half strength. At some point, there shouldn’t be an excuse made again, and for someone like Blake Taylor, his ankle injury from Friday night’s game was out his control.
While Martin Maldonado looks to be showing his frustration to MLB on Twitter, the Gold Glove catcher among other star Astros will miss indefinite time, as they didn’t travel for the road trip. It could be a good comeback story for this team once everyone is healthy, but Friday’s collapse did not help their own momentum.
The Astros are back on the field for Saturday’s matchup with the Mariners at 8:10 p.m. As Zack Greinke looks to bounce back from his worst performance as an Astro, the bats will face right-hander Chris Flexen.