Making the most of every opportunity
Chris Burke is earning the right to be part of the Astros lineup daily. He has hit safely in nine of his last thirteen games; and last night became the spark behind Houston’s explosive hitting that beat the Chicago Cubs 9-2.
It was a career night for Burke, going 4-for-4, scoring 5 runs and driving in one, with a solo homer off starter Sean Marshall. Lance Berkman was also a main force, going 2-for-4 with 3 RBI.
Since early this season, we knew the Astros had plenty of capable outfielders suited for playing every day. Burke definitely wants to prove he has what it takes to do just that. It’s interesting to see that Burke and Mike Lamb, not precisely marquee players, taking the offensive lead. Phil Garner will have a hard time trying to sit them on the bench anytime soon.
And pitching-wise, it was a very good night for Andy Pettitte, who struggled in the beginning but was able to get himself on the right track, in an outing that was quite an improvement over his previous starts. Five hits and an earned run in seven frames. Brad Lidge had some trouble but the damage was small.
There isn’t much to complain about when the bats are swinging the right way, and especially when Pettitte, who’s had a big share of difficulties, has a strong appearance like this one.