Analysis

Game 19 Notes—Houston Astros vs. Pittsburgh

Game 19 Notes—Houston Astros vs. Pittsburgh

- As was probably expected entering the season, the Astros are struggling to put runs on the board. Coming into the game, the Astros have plated 81 runs, 11th in the National League. Houston starts three offensive ciphers---Brad Ausmus, Adam Everett, and Craig Biggio.
- Speaking of Biggio, he presents an uncomfortable situation for the Astros. Biggio is a franchise icon and will one day have a plaque in Cooperstown, but he's cooked as an everyday player. The second baseman has declined to the point where he is hindering the team's ability to contend while pursuing the 3,000 hit milestone. Biggio has very much become a one-trick pony, using the Crawford Boxes to pop some homers (.293/.346/.516 at home from 2004-2006) while struggling immensely on the road (.232/.297/.382). Biggio's range at second has been compromised as well. The Astros would unquestionably field a better lineup if the team were to play Chris Burke at second base and top prospect Hunter Pence in center field, but Hous...

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Matt has covered the Pirates at Wait ‘Til Next Year, Pittsburgh Lumber Co. and now Pirates Prospects. He served as Pirates team expert for Heater Magazine in 2009 and 2010 and has contributed to Graphical Player 2009, 2010 and 2011. Matt was also the editor of the 2011 and 2012 Pirates Prospects Annuals.

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