Bregman fouls off 2, swings and missses on high heat. K
Mancini - singles up the middle
McCormick - line drive single to left
Dubon - strikes out on a not quite checked swing on a curve down a nd out, after fouling off a hanging curve the pitch before. K
Meyers - works a full count, checks on curve that bounces away (not far enough), the swings and misses on a slider. K.
This offense still misses Uncle Mike. Most of this team’s best hitters over the last few years still with the club are having sub-par years at the plate. Yuli’s drop was precipitous, although he has shown some signs of life recently. Bregman hasn’t been “himself” for a few years now, although he, too, has been better of late. Altuve is no longer a lock for .300+ BA. He may never hit .300 again.
None of these guys are bad hitters, but that lineup used to have two or more .300 hitters and now Yordan is the only one.
Pitching, however, is better than recent years, hence the success this season so far.
This offense not only misses Brantley, but McCormick, Dubon, Meyers and Maldonado in the 6-9 hole is bad. They traded for a good hitting catcher for a reason. He needs be more than 2 starts in a six-game week, especially when Tucker is out and Altuve and Gurriel are getting veteran days off.
Today’s Astros lineup is close to the worst lineup they should ever run out.