Andres Torres. Torres has been a terror all year on the diamond. A sure all-star this year, he trails only I-Rod (.348) for the team lead in batting, leads the team in steals (4), walks (10) and hits (26).
Catchers. The duo of I-Rod (.348) and Humbeto Quintero (.344) have combined for a .346 ave (27-78) while holding speedy base runners to nothing on the bases.
Josh Johnson. After a shaky first start (6.0 12 h, 6er), Johnson has surrendered only 18H, 7ER over his last four starts (34.1 inn), for a 1.83era. Johnson leads the PTP League in strikeouts (45), while walking only nine.
The Bullpen. In 41.2 innings, the Astro bullpen sports a nifty 2.16 ERA, 8.4 K/9, and 1.13 WHIP. Led by Heath Bell (1.08era, 14.4 K/9, 6 saves), Jon "Heat" Venters (2.50 ERA, 15.3 K/9) and Tim Stauffer (0.79 ERA), the Bullpen has closed out the games when needed.
Ryan Howard. While second on the team in RBIs, Howard has just two HR and three doubles on the year, while striking out a whopping 32 times in 89 plate appearences. He is in jeopardy of losing the starting job to Derrick Lee and his much improved defense.
Inability to draw a walk. Andres "The Giant" Torres leads the 'Stros with 10 walks in 21 games. As a whole, the team has walked only 53 times in 753 plate appearences while striking 167 times.
Shortstop hitting. Jimmy Ro-Ro (.152) and Juan Uribe (.176) have done nothing to warrant jobs next year with their play this year. They have combied for one HR and three RBI on the season.
Jaime Garcia's pitching line vs Torto. CG, 18 H, 14 R, 13 ER, 9 w, 8 k, 2 HR. Other than this "lesson teaching" game, he has pitched very well.
Team batting Ave: .267
Team ERA: 3.91
Team HR: 17 (.80 / gm)
Runs Scored: 88 (4.19 / gm)
Team WHIP: 1.21