Yesterday, Andy Petitte returned – 5 IP, 92 pitches, 3 BB,7K. Not bad. But the bullpen failed and Biggio had a 2 run error in left. No help in any way from the killer Bs. And we lost. Again. Today, Clemens didn’t look sharp. 5 walks and only 60% of pitches were strikes. Miceli pitched again today. Threw 13 pitches, gave up a walk and a homer. He looks really tired. Wade Miller is on the DL, Kent has a hamstring strain, is out for at least a few days and Berkman is 0/6 over the past 2 days with 6 guys left on base. Everyone looks DULL DULL DULL except Beltran and Lidge, who threw 2 innings today with 3 K and a walk.
Is there really such a thing as a guy who comes in and is a spark? Lots of stat geeks say there is no such thing as a spark or a cancer and that there is no such thing as chemistry (well, there isn’t on the stratomatic cards, is there???)
I know they always find some other reason that explains change, such as the pitchers had lower ERAs or DER increased or something. But WHY did these things change? Why couldn’t it be an attitude change in the players?
I know for a fact that a group of females can act better or worse after being joined by a new girl. Why not guys? Guys are humans too and have emotions and feelings, even if they show them differently than girls sometimes, and react to different people around them.
Let me explain.
10 days ago, my sister-in-law, who had just had a baby, got sick and had to go back in the hospital and asked me to keep her baby while she was in. I have 2 year old twins, missed having a baby around and said sure. Well let me tell you. That baby is the cryingest, complaininest baby I ever did see. Hollerin about EVERYTHING. Won’t sleep more’n an hour cuz it takes away from hollerin time. Soooooo? Well, my 2 year olds started whinin and crying and fussin like they don’t usually do and my husband, usually a nice even tempered sort of guy, got crabby. And I started yelling at him and my kids which isn’t like me at all.
So one small male who is unpleasant was, shall we say, a “clubhouse cancer” (even though I hate to say that about a brand new baby and the pediatrician told me at all 4 visits that lots of babies like him change as they get bigger.) So if one 7 pound male can cause 4 usually good natured people to get snappy and crabby, why couldn’t that happen with a 200 pound male and 24 other guys?
Or the other way around? Because the Astros sure do need someone to sharpen em up.