Another day, another Astros win. One day before the halfway mark, the Houston Astros defeated the A’s 6-1 in a getaway game to take the series. Astros starter Brad Peacock (5-1) struck out 7 but walked 6 in his 5 innings of work, giving up only one run in the top of the 4th. Carlos Correa answered in the bottom of the 4th with a two-run shot to give the Astros the lead. Correa would hit another two-run homer in the bottom of the 6th, bringing his season total to 16.
Josh Reddick was also robbed of a great start in the bottom of the first by Matt Joyce in right field.
The Astros improved to 54-26 and take on the Yankees this weekend at Minute Maid. Friday night’s probable matchup features Lance McCullers Jr. (7-1, 2.53 ERA) against Michael Pineda (7-4, 4.12 ERA).
The Rockets aren’t quite done after the Chris Paul trade, as they look to add more important pieces in the arms race that is the Western Conference. The first order of business would be filling out a lineup, after shipping most of the roster to the west coast. Daryl Morey doesn’t seem too worried though.
The Rockets have picked up four non-guaranteed contracts from Atlanta, Philadephia, and Dallas, adding up to a little more than $1 million in cap space. All four of these players will probably be used in a trade before the end of the summer, with rumored targets being Paul George and Carmelo Anthony. With the Atlanta Hawks in a rebuild mode, Paul Millsap’s name has also been thrown into the mix. Of all the options available, MIllsap fits in to the current Rockets team team the best. As a stretch four with a career .328 three point percentage, he would certainly be able to stretch the floor and knock down shots from the outside. Ryan Anderson’s contract becomes the main stumbling block in another trade for a marquee player.
The Dynamo are on the road this weekend, taking on the Colorado Rapids in Commerce City. As a reminder, there are only two days left to vote for your favorite Dynamo players to join the All Star Game against Real Madrid on August 2nd in Chicago. Voting is easy at the link below, support your Hometown team.