The Astros have won two out of three in Cincinnati and two out of three in Atlanta. They have two in Washington before coming home to play the Cubs again — the schedule since interleague play began is still weird to me.
But a lot of impressive performances, especially from the runs-allowed standpoint — 20 in six games. They have scored only 26, so it’s not like you’d say they’re hitting well. But they’re giving themselves a chance.
Some notes at the 26-game mark:
— Michael Bourn is having a fine season, with an obp of .376.
— Jason Smith doesn’t have a hit yet — 0-for-21.
— Lance Berkman is one of the few players who can be reasonably productive while batting .170.
— Miguel Tejada doesn’t have a home run yet.
— The third-base platoon combination of Geoff Blum and Jeff Keppinger has been effective.
— Wandy Rodriguez hasn’t allowed a home run in 37 innings. If Rodriguez pitched to Tejada, no one would want to sit in the outfield bleachers.
— Jose Valverde’s performance and injury have been very damaging. Two saves in four chances. Both the blown saves wound up as losses, so without them the Astros are 13-12. If he comes back from the injury and pitches well, the Astros might be able to trade him for some prospects. Still a mystery: why this man is making $8 million a year.