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Tag:Astros
Posted on: August 15, 2009 12:12 am
 

Better Late Than Never

The Red Sox played a fabulous ninth inning tonight in Arlington; they scored six runs and got the win against the Rangers.

David Ortiz struck first in the 6th, hitting a timely two-run homer.  At that point the game was tied.  But in the next two innings, the Red Sox would be losing 4-2.

That set the stage for the 9th; Jacoby Ellsbury singled in Ortiz, Victor Martinez doubled in Ellsbury and Pedroia, and Bay singled in Martinez before J.D. Drew came up.  Drew capped the night and the scoring with a two-run homer.

Unfortunately, all this came well after starter Jon Lester had left the game.  He threw six innings, allowed three runs, and struck out 11.  A fine game for Lester, but timing is everything.

In other news, the beatings continue for the Astros.  Tonight in Milwaukee, bad Wandy showed up again (as opposed to Magic Wandy of the previous seven times he went out to the mound), giving up 8 runs in the first inning.  He threw four innings total, giving up 10 runs, walking five and striking out four.  Terrible, but not surprising.

Sammy Gervacio made his long-awaited debut for the major league club, also.  He threw two innings of shutout ball.  His delivery is neat to watch, actually.  Gervacio is a righty who throws sidearm (but not a submariner, it must be noted) with a lot of movement.  Ever since I heard of his prowess a couple years ago, I was convinced that he'd eventually be the closer for the Astros.  Perhaps that time is coming as soon as next season.

Of course, I also thought that Fernando Nieve and Paul Estrada were going to make big splashes with the Astros.  I was wrong on both counts.
Posted on: August 13, 2009 10:35 pm
Edited on: August 13, 2009 10:36 pm
 

Two Steps Forward....

The Red Sox couldn't finish off the sweep this afternoon against Detroit.  All in all, they played pretty well until they ran into Justin Verlander today.  Even so, they didn't play too badly, though it's becoming clear that Clay Buchholz is either not quite ready or just had some bad luck.  He's got a no-hitter on the resume, but his other starts have barely shown a glimpse of that brilliant outing.

I think Theo waited too long on Smoltz, and he's making the same mistake with Buchholz.  Buchholz is a different case since he's still really young and is a product of the Red Sox farm system.  But if the team wants to keep winning consistently, I think he's going to have to go for now.  The next problem would be, who replaces him in the rotation?  I wish I knew the answer.

In other news, the Astros lost again in Florida.  It was ugly all around, as the pitching stunk and the offense wasn't much better.
Mike Hampton seriously needs to go.  And since Yorman Bazardo showed tremendous improvement today, he might be just the guy to take Hampton's spot in the rotation.

The other problem tonight was Chris Sampson.  He was terrible.  It's a possibility that he's hurt again, and playing in spite of the pain.  It has been proven with every practically every injury that Sampson has had that he does not play well when attempting to pitch through pain. His performance is such that the team may have no choice but to get rid of him after the season.  He proved that he can't start and win consistently, and now he's terrible in the bullpen.

My guess is that his shoulder is still bothering him.  But if it isn't, then there's a bigger problem.  Given the economy and Drayton's stand on payroll, Sampson could find himself non-tendered this offseason unless he improves.
Posted on: August 12, 2009 11:03 pm
Edited on: August 13, 2009 10:37 pm
 

Big Bats Crush the Opposition

The Red Sox had another strong night at the plate against Tigers starter Zach Miner.  Mike Lowell hit another home run in relief of the suspended Kevin Youkilis, Jason Bay hit a two-run shot as well.

Josh Beckett was pretty impressive again, throwing seven strong innings.  He gave up three hits, two runs, and struck out six.

In other news, the Astros put up 14 runs on Florida and finally won a game at LandShark, 14-6.  Hunter Pence hit two home runs; Lance Berkman and LaTroy Hawkins came back; Bud Norris started, and while he wasn't great, he was adequate.  He's still 3-0, though, so not much to complain about.
Posted on: August 12, 2009 12:44 am
 

Holy Crap, It's a Win Streak

It's true, the Red Sox have now won TWO in a row.

After last week's many debacles, this two game streak is looking like a miracle.  I hope it keeps going.

Mike Lowell hit two home runs tonight, sparking the offense along with Jason Bay, who hit an early three-run homer.

In other news, the Astros took a 7-2 lead in Florida before losing 9-8 in the 11th.  Just like last year, going to Florida has put a dent in their playoff hopes.  Luckily, this visit came early enough that their deficit is not quite insurmountable.  But without better pitching, it's not going to happen.

Roy Oswalt started tonight and looked good at times.  In the end, he didn't pitch very well.  He was not as strong coming back as Wandy was.  Jeff Fulchino was not very good tonight either; Wesley Wright and Alberto Arias did little to help the cause.
Category: MLB
Posted on: August 10, 2009 11:31 pm
 

End of the Losing Streak

Well, after coming home and facing the Tigers, the losing streak is over.

Ramon Ramirez got the win after Nick Green hit a sacrifice fly.  Jonathan Papelbon got the save with little trouble too.

After getting swept by Tampa Bay and the Yankees, this win feels pretty good.  It'd be nice to rattle off a long winning streak.

In other news, the Astros went to Florida, and lost.  It wasn't any different than what happened in September last season.  Darin Erstad played particularly well, with a two-run homer and a RBI double.  But the pitching just wasn't there again; Brian Moehler wasn't good and only got through five innings.  Chris Sampson was disappointing again.

We'll see how the rest of this series goes; it's looking like unless they get serious quickly, there will be no playoffs for the fourth year in a row.
Category: MLB
Posted on: August 9, 2009 11:53 pm
 

Disgust.

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.
Posted on: August 8, 2009 11:05 pm
 

Yeccccccccccccccccch.

The Red Sox haven't played too well this week.  It's a big week for them, and they're coming up short again and again.

I don't really have a lot of motivation to blog about this.  It just angers me, really.

In other news, the Astros got beat, again.  Shocking.  Mike Hampton is out with an injury, and Yorman Bazardo made a less-than-impressive debut.

I'm not selling the farm on Bazardo yet, obviously.  He's going to have to have a few starts before I give up on him.  Bud Norris has made a difference thus far, winning both his starts.  I fully expect Bazardo to put up that kind of effort once he breaks into the rotation.  I'm not sure when that will be, exactly.

After the mess with Paulino, it's bluntly obvious that he can't be trusted.

Roy Oswalt and Wandy Rodriguez should be coming back soon.  With Hampton out for an as-yet undetermined amount of time, and the demotion of Paulino, it looks like the rotation will be Oswalt, Rodriguez, Moehler, Norris.  Spot #5 might be filled by Bazardo.  That's how I would do it, and honestly, I'm not sure there's anyone else besides Bazardo that COULD do it.

Sure, there's Chris Sampson.  But he looks like a solid reliever now, and I doubt he'd get moved back to the rotation full-time.

It'll be interesting to see what happens.  But ultimately, it probably won't matter.  That road trip the team blew against Chicago and St. Louis looks to have sealed their fate.
Posted on: August 5, 2009 11:43 pm
 

Two-Game Sweep in St. Pete

The Red Sox started off decently, but then fell out-of-whack with the terrible start by Brad Penny.  He was decent earlier in the season, but now he's just a liability, like Smoltz and Clay Buchholz.  Yeccccccccccch.

In other news, the Astros lost the series against San Francisco after another dreadful pitching performance.  Brian Moehler was the culprit this time; he started off just fine, but then let it get away later in the game.  The bullpen wasn't much help either.

Felipe Paulino might be getting another start, and it looks like Bud Norris will get at least one more too.  That's probably good news in Norris' case (though I hedge because rookies can be unpredictable).  In Paulino's case, it's just a matter of how he'll lose.
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