Blog Entry


Posted on: August 9, 2009 11:53 pm
Victor Martinez hit a two-run homer, but Daniel Bard and Hideki Okajima conspired to take a win away from Jon Lester tonight.

I'm disgusted by this team currently.  Neither one of my teams are doing really well at the moment.  The Red Sox have now lost the series against the Yankees; they're 0-6 in the biggest week of the season.  Terrible.

In other news, the Astros won 2-0 today; they won the series with Milwaukee.  Wandy Rodriguez came back today and threw seven solid innings.  He allowed five hits and two walks, struck out three, and gave up NO earned runs.  That's a great effort to me, but Cecil Cooper, as usual, can't resist taking a dig at one of his players.

Cooper suggested none too subtly that he thought Wandy had been better before.  In fact, there have been fewer than five starts in 2009 where Wandy has been better, and quite a few where he was worse.  Frankly, I'll take another five or six outings like this from Wandy.  If he throws seven innings and gives up no runs, not only is the team in excellent position to win, he's saving the bullpen too.

But it would be crazy to expect Cooper to understand that, I guess.

Geoff Blum was the hero on offense today with a timely 4th inning home run.  There wasn't much else besides his big hit, but that's ok.

With Wandy and Roy Oswalt coming back, it would appear that the Astros could round into form sooner rather than later.  I would argue that the addition of Lance Berkman (a healthy and good-hitting one, at that) is the key to this particular season's puzzle.  Without Berkman, the rest of the lineup hasn't quite clicked.  It's a bit hard to figure, though, considering that Bourn has played well leading off, Tejada is having a monster season, Lee is being his usual consistent self, and Pence has bounced back from his sophomore slump.  But for some reason, Berkman's absence has proven to be quite profound.
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