Wynn Providing Astros With Needed Power

Filed under Houston Astros
May 14, 1966

Jimmy Wynn's power surge, three homers in last five games, has lifted Wynn to fourth in the NL home run chart, but it has not translated to on-the-field success for the Astros.
Jimmy Wynn is providing something to the Houston ball club that has been lacking since its inception – a certified slugger in the lineup. Wynn is fourth in the senior circuit with 8 home runs, but the power display has not lifted his club. After reaching the .500 mark on May 7, Houston has dropped four of its last five despite homers by Wynn in three of the contests.

Wynn has a good start on the rather modest club record of 24 circuit smashes set by Roman Mejias in 1962. In 29 games, Wynn is already half way to his personal high of 15, racked up last year.

Larry Dierker dropped his first decision, 4-1, today in Philadelphia. It was just one of those days for the 19-year old right hander. When Manager Grady Hatton went to the mound to take Dierker out of the game in the seventh, he told Dierker, “John (Bateman) tells me you don’t have much stuff.” “I’ve got as much now as I had when I started,” answered Dierker. Then he added, “And that ain’t nothing.” Remarkably, Dierker left the game losing only 1-0.

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