Rickie Weeks went 2-for-5 with one RBI, one stolen base and two strikeouts in Sunday's 5-4 loss to the Nationals.
Weeks got the start with a tough lefty on the mound in Gio Gonzalez. This was Weeks' best performance in almost a month, and he's been all but fully displaced by left-handed hitting second baseman Scooter Gennett. He'll continue to only see at-bats against lefties. Weeks was looking like a decent bounce back candidate earlier this season, but I think it's safe to say that ship has sailed. ANALYST:
Scott Kazmir allowed three runs on five hits with four strikeouts and one walk over 5 1/3 innings against the Royals on Friday in Game 2 of the ALDS.
Although far from dominant, Kazmir was solid tonight in his first postseason start since 2009. It was a positive sign for Astros fans, as Kazmir had been very bad lately, posting a 5.89 ERA over his last nine starts. But his success against the Royals came into play tonight – coming into Game 2, Kazmir was 1-1 with a 2.10 ERA and 14:3 K/BB ratio against Kansas City over 21 1/3 innings. This could be a crucial line if the series ends up going the distance. With the Astros trotting out Dallas Keuchel in Game 3 and Collin McHugh in Game 4, Kazmir will need to step up in a huge role in a potential Game 5 scenario. Even though that game would be played in Kansas City – we obviously know how electric the atmosphere would be in an elimination game at Kauffman Stadium – Kazmir would be a hot play in DFS leagues with his outstanding numbers against the Royals. Analysis: Zack Carpenter