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8/11/11: Tommy Manzella Released And Immediately Signed With Dbax

Thursday, August 11th, 2011

We all knew that Tommy Manzella (signed by The Hated Tim Purpura) wasn’t going to get any sort of second chance after he broke his wrist last year, even though his hitting picked up in the few AB he was given. Did he get traded so that we could get SOMEthing for him?

HECK no. And don’t believe that last year wasn’t no other team interested in him.

Am I hearing that no other team is interested NOW? Seeing as how he had a terrible year at AAA batting 8th, sandwiched between lead gloves Koby Clemens and Anderson Worthless Hernandez.

Fast Eddie wanted a guy HE just traded a GOOD major league player for on the 40 man, and he DFAd Manzella and within 24 hours he was claimed by THE FIRST PLACE Diamondbacks. The Astros got zero, not even salary relief because they are now paying Henry Sosa what they were paying Manzella.

I’m sure that Chris Johnson and JR Towles are also praying they get DFA’d and a second chance.

Will be fun to go through Fast Eddie’s drafts 07-10 and all yall can see what a terrible job he did – our prospects were obtained by trading our actual major league players, not through the ASTROS drafts. And don’t point out Jason Castro. Once Fast Eddie is gone, he’ll have to actually, you know, hit and block balls. Don’t point out Jeff Mathis and Mike Scoscia – Mike has Bobby Cox power as a manager to keep a pet who can’t hit…

3/26/11: Manzella May Get A Second Chance Because Of Barmes’ Broken Hand

Saturday, March 26th, 2011

Isn’t it ironic?

(yeah I know, wrong word, but that song is running through my head…)

Tommy Manzella lost his starting SS job last year when he broke his hand, just as he was figuring out how to hit ML pitching. This spring, he had juuuust been sent down to rot at AAA when Clint Barmes, his 3.2 mill replacement (who is supposed to hit 30 homers or something) who is hitting, uh, lousy (ahem) this spring, went on the DL with a broken bone in his hand.

Tommy just might could have a chance to make the ML roster, even if Angel Sanchez, who is a lousy defensive SS, is given the starting job there. Youneverknow, Tommy just might could keep on hitting the ball and manage to stay on the roster when Barmes gets back. I don’t know if there is any ill-feeling toward him as there obviously is toward poor Keppinger, who, I hear tell, still can’t put any weight on his bad foot.

It always took Tommy until that second year at every level to learn to hit at that level. He will never be a silver slugger by ANY means, but he sure could be at least respectable.

Youneverknow…

Astros News And Notes Oct 4, 2010

Monday, October 4th, 2010

Briefly:

Jason Michaels is staying (900 K option picked up) and Geoff Blum is not (1.65 mill option). Money talks. I guess this means that Bogusevic will be the 5th OF again and I just hope they are NOT gonna keep Anderson Hernandez.

Surgery:

Fulchino is having something done to his elbow. Those of us who thought that he was a lot more hurt than we were told were obviously right.

Bogusevic is having some kind of bone sputs shaved off his foot.

Byrdak is (probably) having a hernia fixed. Good idea to do it in the offseason so you don’t lose time like Mike Cameron did.

Not sure what is gonna happen with Lindstrom, or exactly what was bothering his back. Not sure about Felipe Paulino, either, or if he is going to have some kind of MRI or scope on his shoulder.

Tommy Manzella IS going to go and play winter ball in the Dominican. Good. Because, if I remember rightly, Angel Sanchez is going home to Puerto Rico to play winter ball, too.

I hope that Castro is NOT playing winter ball – he looks exhausted. I hope that Chris Johnson is gonna work on his throwing. I don’t know what Brett Wallace is going to do – it probably doesn’t matter because if Clank plays at first, he is essentially permanently screwed. unless he gets lucky and gets traded to a team that will actually play him full time.

In Which Jason Bourgeois Saves Wilton Lopez, Tim Byrdak And The Victory Against Johan Santana

Saturday, August 28th, 2010

Yeah, we beat Johan Santana for the second time this month. Hard to believe, yeah. Once more, he gave up 4 runs over 7 innings. The lineup was almost perfect – Bourgy in left, Pence in right, Bourn in center, Manzella at short and Sanchez at second. No effing Anderson Hernandez. ANYWHERE. And, naturally, no Brett Wallace at first because he hits leftys better than rightys – once more it was Clank, trying to play first. Well, he plays first better than left, but that isn’t saying real too much, I know…

Bourgy led off and Michael hit second (for the first time this year, I think) so Bourgy had a lead off single, Michael hit into what SHOULD have been a 4-6-3 but they didn’t turn it, then Pence singled, Clank singled and Michael scored, then CJ flew out to center, but not deep enough for Pence to go to third, then Angel Sanchez walked, then Tommy Manzella beat out an infield single to third and Pence scored.

Tommy, by the way, went 3 fer 4 and showed Mills what a REAL shortstop looks like with the glove, so hopefully, we’ve seen the last of Anderson Hernandez.

Michael Bourn singled, was HBP, scored 2 runs and darn near grounded into a 1-6-3 in the 8th – he was only saved because Santana had a crappy throw to the SS, who had to take a fraction of a second to double step to tag second, and he made a throw to first which pulled the 1B off the bag, otherwise Michael woulda been out by a full stride.

CJ was completely lost against Santana and took the sombrero. Carlos drove in 3 with a single and a homer.

And the Astros pitching and fielding (Tommy Manzella is really REALLY good) shut down the Mets until Wilton Lopez came in in the 8th. He ran into bad luck – Luis Castillo led off with an infield single to short – one of those slow rollers – Tommy gloded forward, made a fabulous scoop and throw, but Castillo beat it out by a hair. Wilton got lucky when CB Bucknor at first called a ball hit over the 1B bag by the Jackal as foul, and he grounded out with Castillo going to second. Then Wilton got a bunch more grounders, but unfortunately, they just found holes – and some days, ground balls do that. David Wright hit one that Sanchez couldn’t get to, driving in Castillo, then Ike Davis hit another, then with 2 on, Jeff Francoeur got himself out swinging wildly at 3 pitches which were all out of the zone – the last one was somewheres near his neck.

With lefty Josh Thole coming up (Jerry Manuel never lets him bat against leftys – this year he’s had exactly 10 PA appearances vs leftys) Lopez was pulled and Byrdak came in. He went to 2-2, then Thole lined a rope to shallow left center and Bourgeois with his great glove and speed nabbed it – Clank wouldn’t have gotten anywheres NEAR that ball and a run would have scored fer SHER.

Odd managing decision with the Astros batting in the 8th – with 2 out, Manzella singled, the Quintero singled. With a righty pitcher, Mills decided to send in Blum, who has been out with a stiff neck (or something, who knows, they lie) which made Jerry Manuel go straight to his pen to send in the lefty. Blum can’t hit his way out of a wet paper bag righty, so why didn’t he send in Michaels in the first place?

shrug

Fortunately, we didn’t need the run(s) in the 8th or the 9th and Lyon came in and got 1,2,3 out.

This afternoon, it’s Bud Norris vs the knuckleballer RA Dickey – a few weeks back he threw 8.1 innings, giving up 9 hits, 1 walk, 2 ER and 6 K. We gots to hope that the knuckleball doesn’t knuckle.

Bud threw 7 innings of 2 hit, 2 walk, 2 run ball. I hope to gawd that Bucknor isn’t the HP ump. Dana De Muth was the ump for this game, and he’s good and he’s fair – Bucknor is neither…

Pedro Feliz Is Traded – YAY!!! And Tommy Manzella Is Back

Thursday, August 19th, 2010

The Cardinal’s GM said they needed Feliz for – get this – an UPGRADE – at third base. He thinks that Feliz has a great glove (like, he hasn’t watched the guy during Cards games? he hasn’t bothered to check ANY defensive stats and yes, I know they don’t ALL agree) and will provide some – get this – “pop.”

Well, what can I say? Last time the Cards picked up a washed up crappy player from the Astros (Preston Wilson in 06) they won the Series. So who knows, maybe McGwire will teach him to hit and Jose Oquendo can get him to not suck with the glove.

youneverknow.

The Carpenter we got in return is not Chris, but an A-ball pitcher – a 25 year old righty named David Carpenter. He started out as a catcher, couldn’t hit, and converted to pitching in 08. He spent 08 at rookie ball, 09 at A-ball and this year at high A in the Florida league: He’s a reliever with 49 appearances, 44 games finished and 20 saves: 2.36 ERA, 1.13 WHIP: 7.6 H/9, 2.5 BB/9, and 8.4 K/9.

With any luck, this will turn out well. Ed Wade has been VERY good at picking up relievers offn the scrap heap and out of other Organizations minors. He’s really only been wrong with the 2 ex-Braves and the guy he got from the Rox.

Tommy Manzella was brought back from the DL today – looks as if he’ll be on the bench – pretty silly, he’s had only 1 1/2 weeks worth of minor league AB – 6 games at AAA in which he went 9 fer 27 with 2 BB; 5 games at AA in which he went 6 fer 14. So now he can sit on the bench, come in to pinch hit against top relievers and look bad.

ah well…

6/24/10: Astros DL Manzella And Paulino

Thursday, June 24th, 2010

I most certainly AM gonna talk about the Astros actually winning a series from the GIANTS!!! after calling up the younguns (even though there seems to be some kind of omerta with the media about refusing to talk about Chris Johnson, only The C-astro – but more on that next entry…)

But first I want to note that Tommy Manzella broke his finger while fielding a ground ball on Tuesday – allowed an IF single that otherwise would have been an out. Trainer trotted out, Tommy said he was fine (grrrrrrrrr – MENNNNNNNNNNNN – well, except for JD Drew, that is) and next day they discovered it was, in fact broken, so he will be out for a month or so. And just when he was starting to get comfortable, too, drat it.

Osvaldo Navarro, an actual SS, was called up from AAA – remember him? He’s the guy who got called up a month back and got a couple of pinch hits against setup guys/closers, just to prove that Matt Kata should been called up instead, then was sent back down after going ofer 3 PA, which proved he couldn’t hit ML pitching.

Anyway, naturally, Geoff Blum is playing short, which makes about as much sense as Carlos Lee playing short, especially having Blum bat righty – heck, when batting lefty, he is sucking. But hey, we can’t have ALL these young guys in the lineup. Only Castro, The Annointed One, must be any good. Otherwise, fans might could want to see more young players come up from the farm and bring some excitement to this deadly dull baseball team and we can’t have THAT!!!

Unless, of course, the Young Player is one drafted and pimped by The Geeeenyuss Ed Wade.

Where was I?

Oh yeah.

Chris Sampson is back off the DL, hopefully not hurting and actually able to throw that sinker. Wesley Wright went back down – he still has options.

Felipe Paulino just might could have thrown a few too many pitches a few too many outings because he has “shoulder tendonitis” – and remember, he missed an entire YEAR with problems.

Josh Banks has been called up to be the sacrificial lamb in the Saturday afternoon game at Arlington. I can’t even begin to imagine how unbelieveably HOT it must be there during day games in the summer. You talk about cruel and unusual punishment. I have never figured out why on earth they didn’t put a roof on that stadium, too. Or at least not cut off any wind flow by putting up expensive seats to block it. At least you are allowed to bring water jugs into the Ballpark – and you’d need a couple of 2 liter bottles of water to not instantly dehydrate.

Banks is an almost 28 year old righty – drafted in the second round out of college by the Blue Jays. He threw 7 lousy innings for the ML club in 07, had 3 bad starts to begin 2008 at AAA, and was let go and was then picked up by the Padres, who were desperate to have some live warm body (yes, male) who could throw some innings as a starter and Banks threw 14 games, ending up with an ERA of 4.78/WHIP 1.48 over 85 IP. He started 09 in the ML, but uck-sayed and was sent down to Portland, where he did very well, starting 17 games and relieving in 6 over 125 IP with an ERA of 3.46/1.25 WHIP.

In the majors, he has been a bit homeriffic – 1.5 HR/9, and his K/9 only 4.5. He had much better minor league numbers, 1.1HR/9, 1.5 BB/9 and 7.5 K/9.

He was picked up by the Astros as a minor league FA and so far this year at Round Rock, he has thrown 15 games over 97 IP (6.1 IP/ GS) with a 2.97 ERA (but has allowed 8 UER – if they were all earned, ERA would be 3.97) with a 1.20 WHIP, 1.1 HR/9, 8.5 H/9, 2.2 BB/9 and 3.15 K/9 (yes, I know that is terrible and only Chien Ming Wang has been able to do this in the ML and succeed.)

Wish the poor boy the best of luck cuz he gonna need it. At least he is used to pitching in the heat.

Bud Norris was on the Astros bench yesterday, in uniform. He is supposedly close to being ready to come off the DL and last I read, he is going to pitch Monday. He had one OK start and 1 vile start at AAA. We’ll have to see. I guess Banks will go back down – Chacin is actually valuable. Unlike everyone else in that pen.

But I digress…

And last but not least, the Astros traded forTommy Everidge, a minor league 1B from the Mariners for “future considerations” – which I hope means J.R. Towles, as the Mariners are incredibly short of anyone who can actually catch. I hope the boy gets a new start and tears the cover offn the ball.

But back to Tommy Everidge: he’s 27, drafted by Oakland in the 10th round of the 04 draft and has been killing the baseball at Sacramento. Guess they didn’t like him, for some reason, in spite of his 1.060 OPS in 09, because they let him go, seeing as how all their 1B were killing the ball at the ML level. Seattle signed him as a 6 year minor league FA – and he has suffered in Portland. Maybe Billy Beane really IS a GEEEEENYUSSSS. All his numbers have tanked and he has a .690 OPS over 279 PA this year. Not sure what the Astros plan to do with him as they already have Lead Glove Shelton at AAA and Koby Clemens – still killing the baseball – at AA.

Tommy Manzella, RBI Man, Drives In 2 To Prevent Pettitte From Shutting Out Astros

Friday, June 11th, 2010

When the ballgame started, I was sitting in a vee-hickel being driven by someone who has XM radio and she turned on the Astros game. TheYankees announcers are actually incredibly worse than Milo and the Clounzz. Seriously. No, I mean it. John (the guy) is a maroon who forgets what he is saying in the middle of a sentence and talks as if everything done by any Yankee is a MIRACULOUS STUPENDOUS TREMENDOUS act – I can’t even begin to repeat the way he describes – all excited – Jeter The Perfect hitting a routine grounder to Keppinger. And the female repeats almost everything he says, word for word in an accent that is like drawing nails across a chalkboard.

She says something incredibly stupid about how the National Leaguer Pitchers don’t realize that they can’t nibble the corners and expect These Yankees to chase the ball (I checked gameday when I got home and in the first inning, not ONE pitch called a ball was ANYWHERES close to the strike zone.) What a maroon. What an imbezzel.

You’d think that with the Yankees’ $$$ they could afford announcers of Vin Scully quality. OK, there is NO ONE who is as good as Vin Scully, let’s be honest here. But there are guys like Alan Ashby who are zillion times better than those 2. It is amazing that anyone ever listens to their radio broadcasts at all.

Anyhow, the Stros were behind by 3 runs after the end of the first on a double, 2 walks and 2 singles.

Pettitte gave up a 10 pitch walk to Pence (who is looking better every game – no swinging at pitches out of the zone) then a single to Feliz (who didn’t groundout to third, for once) and then a 2 RBI single to Tommy, who looks to be heating up.

He also hit a long fly ball to deep center and led off the 8th with a single against Joba. Q, pinch hitting for Cash, hit a ball for a perfect 4-6-3, except that Captain Jeter, the greatest ballplayer who EVAH lived and is the most perfect human being, too, since Jesus Himself, dropped the ball and both runners were safe. Bourn sac-bunted, Kepp hit a sac-fly to score Tommy, then Lance got called out on a checked swing that was most DEFINITELY checked.

Bullstuff call #1. And Bullstuff call #2 was strike 3 to Pence vs The Mariano, which was unarguably NOT in the strike zone.

shrug

It’s the Yankees home park and that is how things go there.

shrug

I guess Andy really DIDN’T want to retire after the 06 season. He just won his 200th game with the Yanks.

Tomorrow, it’s Wandy vs Javier Vasquez

Last year, Javy threw 7 innings giving up 4 BB, 3 H, no runs. But he hadn’t faced the Astros since 7/06 (he got killt in that game – 9 ER) and so seeing as how only Berkman is left from that team, I don’t think that reporting the rest of his stats is particularly accurate.

With the Yanks this year, he’s been good (last 2 games vs the Orioles and Jays) and lousy (vs everyone else) so who knows HOW he will do tomorrow…

Manzella And Quintero Power Roy Oswalt To His 4th Win

Thursday, June 10th, 2010

Yes, you read that right.

Bourn, Kepp and Lance went ofer and didn’t even so much as reach base. Clank and Pence went ofer, but Clank walked once and Pence walked twice. Feliz grounded out to third, as usual, but reached on error, then came around to score on Manzella’s sac-fly.

Yep – Tommy drove in 3 and Q drove in 2 – doubled in Pence and had a solo homer.

Yessiree, the bottom of the lineup was all it took today. I love baseball. I should also mention that Tommy has been fielding like Adam Everett and that yesterday, Q picked 2 guys off – Seth Smith at second and Cargo at first (only the ump screwed up and thought he was safe – Lance argued, but that never works…)

Roy was awesome – went 7 innings (96 pitches) gave up 4 hits, 2 walks and struck out 9 – and only one hard hit ball – Tulo’s flyout to the warning track. He gave up 2 runs on back to back singles, a groundout and a sac-fly. I’m sure he was feeling a little queasy when Wilton Lopez came in to start the 8th and gave up 3 straight singles. Chacin, then Daigle let 2 of his runs score. Daigle is turning into the 2010 version of Franco.

Tomorrow, they go traveling to AL stadiums for – yeccccccchhh – interleague. So I think that this weekend, I’m gonna work on a few entries about this draft and check and see how the guys are doing from the last 4 or so drafts. Better than watching the evil that is the DH…

- I forgot – I got a few emails asking me why I didn’t comment about Strasburg. Besides the fact that he’s not an Astro and he’s not pitching against the Astros, well, he’s another guy who is being hyped as this God-like figure. I’m incredibly tired of the endless media crap – it’s like those old circus barkers – INCREDIBLE COLLOSSAL STUPENDOUS TREMENDOUS – blahblahblah. I will be impressed when the guy pitches well against GOOD teams with GREAT hitters, not just Pirates. I remember being awed by Kerry Wood’s 20 strikeout 1 hitter against the 98 Astros – who were the best hitting team in the NL. And of course, we were fed all this stuff about how Kerry was going straight to The Hall, the best pitcher singe Walter Johnson/Cy Young, etc. Then it was how Mark Prior was gonna be the best pitcher who EVAH lived and was gonna take the Cubs to the Series year after year and be the best of the best of the best. Or something.

Frankly, I’m more impressed by Jamie Moyer’s 2 hit shutout at age 47 – the guy doesn’t throw fastern 84 or 85. I’m more impressed by Dallas Braden’s perfect game against the best hitting team in the AL.

Before I agree that Strasburg is the best pitcher since Walter Johnson or Sandy Koufax or something, I’d like to see if the guy can pitch at a high level for a MINIMUM of 5 years. Talk is cheap and hype is cheaper…

Paulino Pitches 8 Shutout Innings Against The Reds, Doesn’t Get The W, But Lance Drives In The Winning Runs

Monday, May 31st, 2010

Poor Paulino – even when he gives up NO runs he still can’t get that elusive W. Dude now has THE lowest run support/start in the MAJORS! He’s gone under Roy O. But Roy gonna get his own entry…

And the day before, Tommy Manzella drove in both runs.

Maybe he should get his own headline, too…

Quintero Drives In Pence To Prevent Shutout As Astros Reach Tombstone Time Again

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010

In Which Paulino Gets Oswalted And Loses #7 To Ex-Stro Randy Wolf In Milwaukee.

It used to be Clemensed, but I thought it was time for an update, dontcha think? At least Roy is keeping the Astros from completely falling off the media radar, as speculation about his trade destination grows.

Felipe can’t ask for a trade, poor guy. He got “run support” from Manzella (2 singles and a walk), Quintero (single to center) and Feliz (given a single on what should have been an E6 and a walk?!?!); he himself left bases loaded in the second – but hey, he’s a pitcher – gotta give him a bye here; Jason Michaels struck out looking with 2 on in the 7th. Paulino also had terrible luck in that the umps mistakenly called a foul off his foot as a ball in play, and it went for a GIDP – it CLEARLY went off his foot.

But the real problem was that Lance, Clank, Pence and Feliz (supposedly a good hitter – acccording to Fast Eddie) all looked bad against Wolf. Even though Pence and Lance both went to 3-2 counts twice – well, at least Pence took Ball 4. They didn’t do anything against righty reliever Villanueva (Kepp had a single, then Lance struck out swinging on a pitch in the dirt and Clank grounded out weakly.) Pence, with a bloop double up the RF line, then Quintero, with a double to the gap vs Todd Coffey (yes, the ex-Reds closer) kept this laugher from being a shutout.

Felipe pitched pretty darn well – gave up 3 walks to the Prince, struck out 4 and gave up 2 runs over 6. He had a tough time getting his slider and curve to work when he first got out there – gave up a leadoff single, then a 10 pitch out, then threw a FB waist high straight down the middle and Ryan Braun hit it like 800 feet to dead center – it would most definitely have easily cleared the CF wall at the Hill if we were at the Box.

And he lost the ballgame right there in the first – just like Roy last week.

Very disheartening. He just can’t win.

hahahahahaha

Chris Sampson had his second really terrible outing in a row – none of his pitches had any sink and they got hammered. He hit the pinch hitter, then Rickie Weeks hit a sinker that didn’t opposite field off the facade of the second deck. Gomez had a weak grounder (that one worked) and then Braun laid down a perfect bunt single to third (Clank, Lance and Feliz really ought to think about doing something like that seeing as how they either strike out, GIDP or ground out weakly to third/second/first) and the Prince hit a bullet up the middle. McGehee singled to fairly shallow left and Braun was waved around third – everyone knows that Clank has an arm like a wet noodle.

Fulchino came on (he hasn’t really pitched very well either) and immediately gave up a long fly ball to deep center and Michael made a GREAT running catch – he didn’t hit today, but that catch was freaking AWESOME. Then Escobar hit a good pitcher’s pitch – down and inside – actually, out of the strike zone, to the RF corner for a GR double – and Sampson ate 4 ER. His ERA went from 1.14 2 days ago to 4.66 today (7 ER over 1.1 IP is not a good thing…)

sigh – not sure what on earth is wrong with that boy, but I hope he’s not hurt again and not telling people.

Tomorrow, it’s Roy vs Chris Narveson. Randy Wolf came into tonight’s game with a 5.17 ERA and lowered it to 4.52. Narveson, a RHP, has a 5.17 ERA and a 1.59 WHIP over 5 GS and 9 in relief – and he’s pitching better as a starter than he was as a reliever – has a 4.45 ERA and a 1.31 WHIP over 5 games – and he has also beated both the DBax and the Dodgers, who the Astros rolled over for…

Oh yeah -

Chris Johnson earned the PCL Player of the Week award. From the RR Express web site:

“Johnson led the hit .458 (11-for-24) in six games during the week with three home runs, nine RBI, 11 runs scored, three doubles and a triple. He currently rides an eight-game hitting streak, during which time he is hitting .469 (15-or-32). Johnson hit safely in six consecutive at bats and reached safely in nine consecutive plate appearances during the first two games of the Express series against Reno, both season bests for Round Rock.

A Naples, Fla., native, Johnson has hit safely in 11 of 12 games since rejoining the Express two weeks ago; he produced a sacrifice fly in the lone hitless game. Johnson is tied for seventh in the PCL with 11 extra-base hits this month, despite missing the month’s first nine games. He is hitting .380 (19-for-50) with three homers, 14 RBI, 14 runs scored, seven doubles and a triple in 12 games with the Express.”

I think he needs more seasoning in the minors, don’t you? After all, we couldn’t POSSIBLY think of replacing Proven Winner and Clutch Hitter Pedro Feliz, with someone who can, like HIT, could we?