Sweet mercy. Pirates 5, Astros 1. Can anyone else feel the life being sucked out of them?
*The Astros were trailing 3-0 at the end of the 4th inning. They've been outscored 186-136 in the first four innings this season.
*They're 6-24 in their last 30 games, dropping their Win% to .333. This isn't quite as bad as a stretch in 1962 - the inaugural season of the franchise - when the Astros went 6-30 between June 23 and August 1.
*The starting rotation has a total of 16 wins. C.C. Sabathia has 12. The bullpen has a total of ten saves. There are 28 players in MLB who have 10+ saves.
*Wandy threw 6IP, 8H/5ER, 6K:2BB, getting the loss to drop to 6-5 on the season. In his five losses, he has allowed fewer than 5ER just once. His 8H were the most he's allowed since May 11 - a 4-3 win over the Reds where he gave up 10H in 7IP.
*It was the Rodriguez show! Fernando Rodriguez gave up a hit and a walk, and Aneury Rodriguez threw a perfect 8th inning.
*The Astros got eight hits on the night, with two each coming from Michael Bourn, Hunter Pence, and Clint Barmes. None of them, however, came w/RISP. In this five-game losing streak, the Astros are 9x42 w/RISP - including the 7-5 loss to Boston where they were 5x14.
*In the last seven days, Bourn is 11x30, hitting .367/.387/.533.
*J.R. Towles was 0x3 on the night, and has one hit in his last 26 PAs - with a BABIP of .050.
*Clint Barmes got the 2nd homer against the Pirates this season. And this means the Astros got their only run on a home run for the 4th time this season.
*Man of the Match: I don't even...
*Goat of the Game: Since there's too many to name on offense (Towles and Lee, to name two), this one is going to Wandy. Though I'm open to disagreement.