Houston Astros: Help Can’t Come Soon Enough During Tough Stretch

Dan Shedd
SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - APRIL 18: Jake Odorizzi #17 of the Houston Astros reacts from the dugout after being pulled from the game in the fifth inning against the Seattle Mariners at T-Mobile Park on April 18, 2021 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)
SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - APRIL 18: Jake Odorizzi #17 of the Houston Astros reacts from the dugout after being pulled from the game in the fifth inning against the Seattle Mariners at T-Mobile Park on April 18, 2021 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images) /
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The Houston Astros lost to Seattle Sunday 7-2, falling to 7-8 on the year.

In another frustrating loss, the Houston Astros struggled to get anything done offensively and let the Seattle Mariners‘ bats run wild on their pitching staff.  A once-hot Houston team has gone ice cold with core players, missing due to health and safety protocols, that can’t come back soon enough.

The only hit the Astros recorded was a ground-rule double by Aledmys Diaz in the top of the second that scored Carlos Correa from second. Chas McCormick scored on a sacrifice fly in the fifth and that was it for the Astros offense. Now the Astros look forward to a road trip to Colorado, where the Rockies are also struggling at 4-12 on the year.

Kyle Tucker has struggled mightily at the plate so far and if his struggles continue, the Astros might be forced to find someone else with better production at the plate. Other players like Myles Straw need more time in the minors to develop their skills.

Houston pitching staff has struggled recently as well.  The only bright spot for this pitching staff has been Jake Odorizzi getting his 1,000th strikeout and Zack Greinke recording his 2700th strikeout so far lately.

Help seems to be almost here. Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle is reporting that the five players that were on the health and safety protocol list could start working out again, which is much welcome news given the recent Astros struggles.

Next. Zack Greinke picks up a new accolade. dark

Let’s just hope that everyone on the roster can stay healthy from here on out so we can get back to our winning ways. Houston will start a two-game set with Colorado on Tuesday.

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