BOSTON – The Houston Astros came to Boston looking for a way to adjust their pitching rotation to the injuries they’ve suffered. But it is not the only area where they have to make decisions.
José Siri started Game 3 of the American League Championship Series as center fielder for the Astros due to the unavailability of Jake Meyers and tests on Chas McCormick, who has had to occupy that position, although manager Dusty Baker believes he has the contribution was insufficient.
“I could cover a lot of ground and can run like few others,” Baker said in reference to Siri. “He can pitch better than McCormick and Meyers. You can score from the first. It’s very fast”.
The Astros manager explained that Siri is a deep hitter, that is, he hits highs, which could help against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park.
“That works in your favor in a park like Fenway,” Baker explained. “It is likely that he would have already played in one or two games, if not for the finger …”.
Siri broke the little finger on her right hand three weeks ago, and according to Baker, she’s ready to make her postseason debut.
“I have watched and works very hard every day to get in shape,” he noted. “Run every day. He takes extra time to hit and pitches extra daily. “
Siri acknowledged that it is the opportunity he has been waiting for since they began the postseason in the division series against the Chicago White Sox.
“I am very excited about the opportunity,” he said. “I have prepared myself physically and mentally in all aspects, even to play in that cold. It’s a very big and deep center field (in Fenway Park). There is a lot of room to maneuver. I think I have a chance to make some good plays. “
Baker said he did not know when starting center fielder Meyers would be ready to return.
THE STARS EAT BEFORE THE ‘FIGHT’
The Astros rested without practice Sunday. Better they went to dinner as a team, as soon as they touched down in the city of Boston, the day after they lost Game 2 of the series against Boston.
When asked if the dinner had to do with a meeting to plan the game or was it for other reasons, his answer made reference to the movie “Gladiator”, starring Russel Crowe.
“Have you ever seen ‘Gladiator,'” Baker asked reporters on Monday. “There is a good meal before the fight.”
VALDEZ SAYS HE IS READY FOR HIS REVANCH
Pitcher Framber Valdez said his poor start in the opening game of the American League Championship Series is behind him and he’s ready for the next one, when he considers manager Dusty Baker.
Baker said three hours before the start of Game 3 of the series that they were still analyzing their starting chances for Game 4 and that it was feasible for them to decide after the game or until Tuesday morning.
Valdez is considered for his second series start in Game 5, four days after Valdez pitched just 2 2/3 innings in which he allowed six hits and two runs; he struck out two and walked three.
“I am ready for whatever my team needs,” he said. “Fortunately we won the game on Saturday and it was left behind, it only served me as experience. Soon I will have another chance ”.
Valdez felt that the Astros’ rotation is in good shape, despite injuries and the fact that in the first two games the starters have combined for just 3 2/3 innings.
“We are good, although the batting has always been better,” he said. “This team has to get ahead.”