A day that began with news that the Astros were going to be without four key position players for Wednesday’s series finale against the Tigers ended with starting pitcher Lance McCullers Jr. getting an IV because he had become ill during the game.
If that weren’t enough to make manager Dusty Baker have a sleepless night, the Tigers -- led by former Astros manager A.J. Hinch -- polished off a three-game sweep of Houston with a 6-4 win at Minute Maid Park in which the Astros stranded the bases loaded to end the game.
Afterwards, McCullers, the Astros’ Players Association representative, said he thought the game should not have been played. The Astros on Wednesday placed Jose Altuve, Alex Bregman, Yordan Alvarez, Martín Maldonado and Robel García on the injured list due to health and safety protocols.