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6 HOUSTON ASTROS
April 04, 2011
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April 04, 2011

6 Houston Astros

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B-T BA OBP SLG HR RBI SB
CF MICHAEL BOURN
L-R .265 .341 .346 2 38 52
SS CLINT BARMES
R-R .235 .305 .351 8 50 3
RF HUNTER PENCE
R-R .282 .325 .461 25 91 18
LF CARLOS LEE
R-R .246 .291 .417 24 89 3
3B CHRIS JOHNSON
R-R .308 .337 .481 11 52 3
2B BILL HALL
R-R .247 .316 .456 18 46 9
1B BRETT WALLACE
L-R .222 .296 .319 2 13 0
C HUMBERTO QUINTERO
R-R .234 .262 .317 4 20 0
BENCH
IF JEFF KEPPINGER
R-R .288 .351 .393 6 59 4
C J.R. TOWLES
R-R .191 .235 .319 1 8 0
OF JASON MICHAELS
R-R .253 .310 .468 8 26 0

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A RIVAL SCOUT SIZES UP THE ASTROS

Houston was a pretty good club the second half last year, even after they traded Lance Berkman and Roy Oswalt, but I don't think that's going to be the case this year. . . . I'll try to be as respectful as I can: The infield is a disappointment. . . . I'm not convinced Brett Wallace is going to hit. Anything north of 92 mph is going to give him fits, especially on the inner half. . . . Bill Hall and Clint Barmes are utility guys being given starting jobs at second and short, and Chris Johnson at third? You see him and think, wow, he's 6'3", reminds you of Tim Wallach. That's where the comparison ends. A lot of swings and misses. . . . Their outfield has a chance to be the best part of their club. Michael Bourn puts on a show defensively. Gets to balls both over his head and in front of him. . . . I don't think Carlos Lee has lost it at all. He's rounding into shape—with emphasis on the word "rounding." He's still a dangerous low-ball hitter. You pitch him mid-thigh to mid-calf, and you can duck. I think he's good for .280, 25 home runs this year. . . . Rightfielder Hunter Pence is on a mission. He's a righty but is now shooting the ball toward right center, and with authority. A .300 hitter for sure. . . . Brett Myers's secret? Brad Arnsberg, the pitching coach. I've seen him do this for years, with A.J. Burnett and Brad Penny in Florida, and Roy Halladay in Toronto. Arnsberg has no life, because his attention to video is unlike anything I've ever seen. For me, Myers's success comes from his cutter, and that curveball is nails.

THE LINEUP

WITH 2010 STATISTICS

MANAGER BRAD MILLS

2ND SEASON WITH ASTROS

[This article contains a table. Please see hardcopy of magazine or PDF.]

[This article contains a table. Please see hardcopy of magazine or PDF.]

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