The Astros have the absolute worst offense in the NL and only Colorado has a worse pitching staff. They have 102 losses – there are only two teams with more than 90 losses. They’ve lost 12 straight and have gone 16-49 in the second half. The Astros. are. awful.
And they laid an epic 7-1 beatdown on the Pirates. If only the Bucs weren’t trying to be a sharp-shooting motorcycle gang, they may have had a chance in this one. That’s the reason they’re so bad, right?
If there’s no team worse than the Astros and they have the worst offense and worst pitching staff, what does that say about the Pirates, who looked they didn’t even belong in the same league? Yea, right now, the Bucs are the worst team in baseball. With last night’s loss, the Bucs are now on their fourth 4-game losing streak since the break. They’re 4-16 in their last 20. Is anybody seriously still holding out hope?
Maybe…maybe before last night, there was a long shot of one good streak to end the year could have the Bucs finish over .500 and maybe sniffing at the postseason – hey, everyone ahead of them is still losing – but after getting owned by the Astros, there are now six team ahead of the Pirates in the wild card race.
And last night wasn’t even close from the first pitch. Jeff Locke gave up a 3-run homer in the first and the Bucs were immediately out of it. He settled down and dominated the rest of his 5 innings of work, striking out 8 and only allowing 3 hits, but the bomb was the sixth he’s given up this year – he’s only made 6 appearances. If he can cut down on the long balls, he’d look pretty damn good.
The rest of the pitching staff didn’t do any better. James McDonald relieved Locke to start the sixth and all he did was give up a lead off homer, hit a guy, give up a triple and walk a guy before his night was over. He was on the hook for 3 runs. Seriously, what the hell happened to J-Mac? You almost feel bad for the guy.
Hisanori Takahashi - didn’t even know he was still on the team – gave up the third homer to the Astros in the seventh while the Bucco Bats were busy get shut down by Houston’s staff that was headlined by Mexican League ace Edgar Gonzalez. Seven Astros pitchers combined to give up just 1 run – a Garrett Jones solo shot to the BUSHES that didn’t matter in the slightest.
It looks like Andrew McCutchen is back on pace to win the batting title that he’s trying to lose. Melky Cabrera disqualified himself form the running. Respect…ish (it’s a contract year, he just wants to work again). Still, it’s pretty bad when the cheating juice head does the right thing while Major League Baseball was just trying to take the easy way out. And to think, everyone was ready to crown Bud Selig the best commissioner in sports after the NHL lockout became official.