When the Arizona Diamondbacks current road trip began, it was filled with hope. After winning two of three from the Colorado Rockies the Diamondbacks arrived in Chicago for a four-game series against the struggling Chicago Cubs.
After taking the first game of the series things were looking positive. Arizona then dropped the next three games to lose the series and just like that all the goodwill and excitement of the road trip drifted away.
Limping out of Chicago the Diamondbacks arrived in Houston for a four-game series with the struggling Astros. Houston this season finds itself not only in the cellar of the National League Central Division but with the worst record in the National League. Only the Baltimore Orioles have a worse record this season.
For a team like the Diamondbacks whose pitching staff is struggling a trip to Houston may just be what the doctor ordered. In the first game of the series the Diamondbacks sent rookie Cesar Valdez to the mound.
Valdez was making his major league debut after being called up from Triple-A Reno. After a rough first couple of innings the rookie calmed down and pitched well holding the Astros to one run on five hits over five innings.
The Diamondbacks offense continued its barrage of long balls scoring four runs in the first half of the game and a total of nine for the whole game. Arizona won the game 9-1 to get them back on track in this road trip with three games to play.
Looking around the stadium there were more empty seats than full ones. Clearly the fans are getting frustrated with the product the Astros are putting on the field. If this continues for much longer the team may be forced to make some changes.
Minute Maid Park has the same look that Chase Field had at this point last season and that did not end well for Bob Melvin or his coaches. Hopefully things will turn around for the Astros right after the Diamondbacks leave town.