--1B Carlos Lee has as much trouble as anybody understanding why the Astros are a 16-10 team at home and a 5-13 team on the road as they embark on a seven-game trip to Los Angeles and Colorado. "It seems like on the road, we play really good games, but we can't come out on top," Lee said. "We could easily be five or six wins (better)."
--LHP Wandy Rodriguez is having such a good year (2.14 ERA) that his manager was hardly caught off guard by how good of an outing he was able to have last time out without command of his fastball. "It's a testament to him as a pitcher that he's able to utilize other stuff," Brad Mills said. "We always know he's got that good breaking ball, but he's able to utilize that changeup and then if the fastball is not coming out of his hand real well he's going to try to spot it the best he can."
--RHP Brandon Lyon has earned some eighth inning time as a result of his 1.65 ERA and the fact that RHP Wilton Lopez has been worked heavily. Lyon had started out the year doing some low-leverage work, but manager Brad Mills knows that can't last forever. "My concern sometimes is you want to be able to use them enough to keep him sharp because I've been using Lopey so much," Mills said.
--RHP Brett Myers, closer with a 1.69 ERA and 11 saves, led the Astros' bullpen in a promotional video shoot as their self-given title of "The Regulators." The first reliever out of the bullpen at each home game takes the mound to the song "Regulate" by Warren G. and Nate Dogg.
--SS Jed Lowrie's establishment as one of the Astros' top hitters has led to the unusual scenario of an offense being paced by its middle infielders, with Lowrie and Jose Altuve ranking 1-2 on the team in on-base percentage plus slugging. Overall, the infield is hitting .272 with a .749 OPS and the outfield .215 with a .617 OPS.
BY THE NUMBERS
27 -- Home runs the Astros have hit in 26 home games, compared to only seven home runs in their 18 road games.
QUOTE TO NOTE
"I think they have confidence that they don't have to be real perfect, that they can still make some pitches." -- Manager Brad Mills, on the Astros' pitching staff, which has been the best in baseball in May.
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