Astros' winning streak ends in a blowout

Astros daily report presented by APG&E: 3 hits from the 14-1 loss

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With this west coast road-trip winding down, the Astros looked to stay perfect and lock up another series win by getting a win on Wednesday night. Here is how the game went down:

Final Score: Mariners 14, Astros 1.

Record: 42-21, first in the AL West.

Winning pitcher: Mike Leake (5-6, 4.30 ERA).

Losing pitcher: Brad Peacock (5-3, 3.20 ERA).

1) Rough fifth inning for Peacock

Brad Peacock was having a strong night through the first four innings, allowing just one walk and one hit over that span. The fifth inning would give him trouble, though, as he allowed a leadoff walk then back-to-back singles to load the bases with no outs.

He was able to bounce back and retire the next two batters, getting him an out of way from totally getting out of the jam, but instead allowed a two-out two-RBI single to give Seattle the 2-1 lead. He'd get the third out and that would be it for him. Peacock's final line: 5 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 6 K.

2) Mariners tee off against Guduan and Rodgers

With Peacock's night done, the Astros looked to Reymin Guduan to face the lefty-heavy part of the lineup in the sixth inning. Seattle would not go easy on him, getting a walk and two-run home run with one out to extend the lead to 4-1. Guduan would allow a single in the next at-bat before exiting in favor of Brady Rodgers.

Rodgers would also fall victim to Seattle's surging bats, giving up a two-run and three-run home run to make it a seven-run inning for the Mariners and put the game out of reach at 9-1. Rodgers was tasked with finishing the pitching night for Houston, but would not be able to accomplish that task, giving up four more runs in the eighth inning while getting just one out.

Tyler White (that's right, position player pitching) would take over and get the final two outs of the inning, but not without allowing a solo home run to make it 14-1 Seattle.

3) A lone run against Leake 

Offensively for the Astros, they would be able to come out with just one run, a sacrifice fly by Tyler White in the first inning which had them up 1-0 until the fifth inning. Houston would get only six hits off of Mike Leake who would pitch the complete game while allowing just that one run.

Up Next: The Astros and Mariners will wrap up this four-game series with an afternoon game tomorrow at 2:40 PM. Houston will have their ace on the mound as Justin Verlander (9-2, 2.27 ERA) looks to continue his march up the all-time strikeout leaderboard, needing just five to pass up Mike Mussina for the 20th spot. Seattle will start Tommy Milone (1-1, 3.60 ERA).

The Astros daily report is presented by APG&E.

Astros rough offseason continues

Cole's deal with Yankees changes the AL landscape

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In what came as a surprise to no one, former Astro Gerrit Cole is now a New York Yankee. Cole signed a record nine-year, $324 million deal with the Yankees.

While the Astros were never in the running to re-sign Cole, his signing with New York comes as a double whammy. The Yankees were only four wins behind the Astros during the regular season and pushed them to six games in the ALCS. Poaching Cole, who was 20-5 with a 2.50 ERA and 326 strikeouts, easily flip flops the two teams. The Astros have no one to replace Cole's production, no matter what they do. The Yankees just added a legitimate ace, and stamped themselves as the new favorites in the AL.

For the Astros, it was an expected blow, and just the latest in what has been a rough off-season filled with scandal and now rumors that Carlos Correa may be on the block.

What's next for Astros?

Part of the price of success is your players have to get paid. Alex Bregman and Jose Altuve are locked down, but Correa and George Springer are due for big deals, and the Astros have expressed a desire to keep the payroll under control. That is not good news for the 2020 Astros and beyond.

The Astros have an easy solution for Correa; moving Alex Bregman to short and Yuli Gurriel to third, and look for a cheaper option at first base. Correa's injury history has limited his production, so that's a loss they could stomach.

The losses mount

But there is no ready solution for Cole. Lance McCullers is expected back, and Jose Urquidy will get likely get a chance. They will also look for a bargain basement, Wade Miley type. But in general, the Astros - with or without Correa - will not be as good next season. While they will still be title contenders and there is plenty of time to fill some holes (they did, after all, trade for Cole two seasons ago), they won't be the favorites in the AL.

That honor now belongs to the Yankees.

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