It’s not always sunny in Philadelphia. Just check out Tuesday’s forecast.
A wise man once said, “I’m no weather man, but it’s not looking good out there.”
OK, so the wise man was MLB.com’s Brian McTaggart. And sure, a few of us might make a case that Tags may be more of a wise guy than a wise man. And he wasn’t prophetic as much as he was just efficient, following the moving radar on his iPhone. Oh, and when Tags said it, he was actually referring to one of the games the Astros played in Pittsburgh over the weekend.
Still, Tags’ words indeed hold true as we inch toward the end of this all-Pennsylvania roadie. The rain was steady on Monday but not heavy enough to delay the game, but Tuesday’s not, well, looking good out there. The rain is going to continue overnight and is expected to get worse. It also appears the showers will hover over Philly until at least 1 a.m. Tuesday night/Wednesday morning.
The Astros’ starting pitcher for Tuesday is still TBA, and the way it’s looking, the start time is also TBA, or perhaps NHE, as in, Not Happening, Ever.
For now, though, we’ll proceed as scheduled, with the game slated to begin at 1:05 p.m. ET. But it could be a long day of sitting around and waiting for the rain to subside. That said, both teams have an offday on Aug. 27. The Astros will finish a weekend series with the Mets in New York on Aug. 26 and could theoretically swing back through Philly for one game the next day.
When the Astros host the Reds on Saturday, June 2, we’ll be hosting our second Social Media Night in the Budweiser Patio. We’ll be joined by one of the Astros’ more regular tweeters, Chris Johnson (@cjastros23), who will be on hand to award prizes to the winners of our Twitter Trivia contest.
Tickets cost $45 and include a ticket on the Bud Patio, batting practice viewing, dinner, dessert, a t-shirt and an opportunity to win prizes during Twitter Trivia.
Prize winners will receive a signed baseball from Johnson and will also receive a copy, via email, of a photo with CJ.
J.D. Martinez was reinserted into the lineup for the finale in Pittsburgh on Sunday, but the return to the field doesn’t seem to be permanent. After giving the struggling Martinez three consecutive games off, manager Brad Mills was hoping that by putting the left fielder back in the three-hole, where he spent most of April, he’d be more comfortable upon returning to the lineup.
It appears now, however, that Mills will be more selective about when he plays Martinez, who was 0-for-4 on Sunday and is hitless in his last 25 at-bats. Mills said he will “pick and choose” games to play Martinez with hopes of working him back slowly.
Our intrepid general manager, Jeff Luhnow, will conduct an online chat session with fans during the Astros’ game with the Cubs on Tuesday, May 22. The chat will take place from 7:30 to 8 CT. We will tweet a link on @astros soon. All fans are invited to sign in and participate.
The 1960s shooting star jerseys that made such a splash earlier this month are making a repeat appearance on Friday, as the Astros celebrate another Flashback Friday at Minute Maid Park. Nolan Ryan will be the fourth iconic alum to throw out the ceremonial first pitch, falling in line after Bob Aspromonte (April 10), Larry Dierker (April 20) and Rusty Staub (May 4).
June 1 vs. CIN J.R. Richard
June 22 vs. CLE Joe Morgan
July 6 vs. MIL Jose Cruz
July 27 vs. PIT Mike Scott
Aug. 10 vs. MIL Jeff Bagwell
Aug. 17 vs. ARI Brad Ausmus
Aug. 31 vs. CIN Shane Reynolds
Sept. 14 vs. PHI Jeff Kent
Sept. 21 vs. PIT Craig Biggio