The Astros need to beat the Braves Wednesday night to take both their opening series to start the 2012 season. One big reason why last year's 106 game losers have that chance is coming from the bat of Carlos Lee.
Often maligned for his real or perceived lack of hustle in the past it can not be denied that Lee can still hit the ball better than the average player. In the final year of his whopping multi-year contract that is paying him in the neighborhood of 19-million this season, Lee has been playing and acting well under his 36 years.
Tuesday night he went to the plate five times. He was on base five times with two walks and three singles. Two of those hits produced runs. Carlos leads the Astros with six runs batted in after five games. What is more important is that half of those RBIs have come with two outs. The Astros have seven two-out RBIs this year, but Lee has more than one.
He rushed a throw and threw the ball poorly on a play at the plate allowing Michael Bourn to scor...