Yesterday, we headed to Jupiter, Florida to check out the Astros vs. he Cardinals at Roger Dean Stadium. A year ago the league and the players union spent weeks discussing the lockout. To be able to sit in the stadium 365 days later and watch baseball is something I don’t take lightly.
Framber Valdez, The Framchise, The Staff Ace took the bump against Team USA starter Adam Wainwright on a breezy South Florida day. Framber did his damn thing striking out 2 over 2 and honestly didn’t look to uncomfortable with the pace of play pitch clock, but there was some moments where he looked a little sped up. That is something I want to watch as this month goes on. Because if you’re hitting or pitching and your internal clock gets sped up that feeling is worse than a fart you can’t trust. Anyways, Framber was very good.
The newly minted multi multi millionaire Cristian Javier might win the damn Cy Young this year. Two innings pitched, three punchies and just looked so damn good on the bump. I was sitting in the bleachers behind the Astros bullpen and in Spring Training you are literally right on top of the guys so to be able to watch his routine especially piggybacking off Framber’s start was pretty damn cool.
Offense, Offense, Offense
Jose Abreu is going to be just fine for the Houston Astros. Yes, a hot take for your boy Dez but I am willing to put my name on that one. Abreu launched a boombah about 600 feet into the wind and it sounded like a damn firecracker going off.
Kyle Tucker getting a lot of reps early as he prepares for Team USA and the World Baseball Classic roped an easy double, Yanier Diaz who is battling Korey Lee for the backup catcher roped a double down the line and looked good behind the plate catching Fram and Javi. Will Wagner is kind of a dude already. He smacked a ground rule double off Wainwright and looked the big league part. Speaking of Korey Lee, YAYA Boombah by the kid and also wore 102 off the arm. The offense did it’s thing and a brisk 2 hour and 30 minute game we were crushing post game brews.
Astros Spring Training Day 1 was a success, but it was fast paced full of solo bombs.