St. Louis 5, Houston 4
by Mr. Happy
In its final game in St. Louis as a National League team, this one a matinee that I missed altogether, the Astros lost again. The Astros’ record is 48-102 with 12 games to play, leaving open a reasonably good chance of losing 110 games. However, in one run ball games, the Astros are a quasi-respectable 16-26. Bud Norris lost again on the road, dropping his road record to an absolutely putrid 0-13 8.73, having allowed 18 long balls in only 66 innings of road work. Compared to his 3-1 1.90 home record, something just doesn’t make any sense.
Norris, winless since May, continued to have difficulty later in the ball game, and he failed to get out of the sixth inning. For the season, Norris has an ERA in the sixth inning and later (he hasn’t made it to the eighth inning in any of his 27 starts) of 6.83, compared to his season 5.05 ERA, lending credence to the argument from some that Norris belongs in the bullpen.
The bright spot today was the bullpen, which didn’t allow any runs in 2.2 innings of work, giving the bats a chance to win the ball game. However, the Cardinals’ bullpen struck out the last five Astros in succession to close it out and make a winner of Jaime Garcia, with Jason Motte securing his 38th save. The top of the Astros batting order, positions 1-4, collectively went 8-17, but the rest of the order didn’t do squat, going 2-18.
In Mr. Happy news, I made a speech in Denver on Thursday morning and flew back to Missoula that afternoon to go to the University of Montana President’s Dinner. I have to do these things today, but I don’t mind since the alternative sucks.