Archive for August, 2005

8/31/05 – Pettitte vs Brandon Claussen

Wednesday, August 31st, 2005

Well, that was the BEST I have seen Wandy pitch this year. He needed 55 pitches for 5 innings, gave up 4 H, 1 BB, 1 ER and 4 K. He had GREAT control – unlike his usual outings. He had THREE 1,2,3 innings. He gave up a double, a RBI single and a BB in the 5th, but worked out of it – he usually does. One of these days (like in the off-season) I am gonna do some serious work at look at pitchers like him and Kirk Rueter who change how they pitch with guys on base.

Anyway, Wandy was pulled for a PH with men on first and third with no out in the bottom of the fifth – I was REAL surprised Phil pulled him when he pitching so well – but it worked out, as Mike Lamb HIT an RBI single, which started a 5 run inning- topped off by Morgan Ensberg’s 34th HR of the year.

Luke Scott went 2 fer 4 and looked good out there in left – that boy got a GOOD arm, strong and accurate. I hope he keeps doing well – we lost a pitcher over him. OK, not the best pitcher ever, but we could have sent Mike Burns back down and he would have been back in 2 days and that way, we wouldn’t have lost anyone… But I like Luke and I hope he’s the hitter we’ve been talking bout we needed. Him and Todd Self.

And speaking of relievers, Phil ran just about everyone out there – Springer, Gallo, Qualls, Wheeler and then BRAD. And Brad decided to, um, make it interesting. He was a little, um, wild with the slider and a few too many FB caught a little too much of the plate and one run scored on a GO before he finally got Encarnacion to K with 2 on and 2 out.

Andy Pettitte, LHP vs Brandon Claussen, LHP

Andy this year: 12 – 9 in 26 GS – 13 HR, 36 BB, 137 K over 176.2 IP with a 2.60 ERA, 1.09 WHIP and a .240 BAA
vs. CIN: 1 – 1 in 4 GS – 0 HR, 8 BB, 25 K over 25 IP with a 2.52 ERA, 1.40 WHIP and a .267 BAA


Brandon Claussen, LHP
this year: 9 – 8 in 22 GS – 20 HR, 41 BB, 88 K over 123.2 IP with a 4.29 ERA, 1.37 WHIP and a .268 BAA
vs. HOU: 0 – 2 in 2 GS – 0 HR, 6 BB, 8 K over 11.1 IP with a 0.79 ERA, 1.24 WHIP and a .190 BAA
– faced us 7/3 and got Clemensed – 0 ER over 6 IP (4 UER) and actually Roger got NINE runs of support (WHOA…..)

8/30/05 – Wandy Rodriguez vs Ramon Ortiz And The Reds

Tuesday, August 30th, 2005

Well, to my delight, I find that I have to re-write this entry a little. Wandy is starting instead of Astacio. Not that Wandy is exactly Roger, mind you, just that he’s better than Astacio.
this year: 8 – 6 in 16 GS and 2 in relief – 16 HR, 42 BB, 62 K over 92 IP with a 6.16 ERA, 1.60 WHIP and a .292 BAA

He won his last game against the Reds – 5 H, 2 HR, 5 BB and 6 K – 3 ER – over 6 IP. Yes, the boy sure do have to pitch his way out of jams, don’t he… But he does.

Ramon Ortiz, RHP
He’s already faced us THREE times this year –
4/8 – ND (Roger won – he got THREE whole runs of support – oh yeah, he batted them in hisself…)
6/1 – gave up 4 ER in 6 IP – lost to Roy
7/2 – gave up 5 ER in 6 IP and beat Astacio (no comment!!!!)

vs. HOU 4 4 2 – 1 in 4 GS – 2 HR, 8 BB, 22 K over 24.1 IP with a 3.70 ERA, 1.23 WHIP and a .244 BAA
this year: 8 – 9 in 23 GS – 25 HR, 39 BB, 70K over 126.2 IP with a 5.33 ERA, 1.56 WHIP and a .310 BAA

Roger, Baseball, Life and Me

Monday, August 29th, 2005

Last night, after the last Astro “hitter” headed for the dugout, I got up from the couch, where I had sat without saying one word for the last 2 innings and went and sat in front of the computer, trying to think of something to write. I’m usually a positive sort of girl, can think of at least ONE thing not bad to say, but this time, I just couldn’t. After I’d been staring at the screen saver for over an hour, Husband came over and put his hand gently on my head – he sez – Baby, you scaring the kids and the dogs – they think you mad at THEM. He’s right – little kids and dogs always think it’s about them. (Well, to be honest, a LOT of the time it IS about them…) So I got up and put on a happy smile and kissed my kids and told them they good boys and Mami loves them and read them a story and washed them and put them to bed. THEN I sat back down in front of the computer.

I didn’t know what to write that I hadn’t written way too many times already this year.

Lessee –
Roger Gets NO Run Support, As Usual
We Got Shut Out More Times This Year Than The *(%^$@! Royals
At Least Roger Looked Good Out There
At Least We Didn’t Get No-Hit
If it Wasn’t For Bad Luck, Roger Wouldn’t Have No Luck A-tall

And I didn’t. Why bother?

So after another hour of staring, I figgered, well, it ain’t Husband’s fault, neither, and went to bed after trying to put on a happy smile.

But I woke up this morning without it and after a while, sat down at the computer, trying to find something to say, finding nothin, so I decided to go play with my kids – I’m trying to teach them colors – they get them wrong most of the time, but little kids get most things wrong most of the time. They do them same things over and over, usually wrong, or they “forget” and you need to have patience. Because they usually fail and the minute you forget that, YOU fail, too.
And that got me thinking. About baseball and why I’m a fan at all.

My daddy, who hates all sports, once asked me WHY I bothered to follow baseball – he said, they mostly white MEN twice your size – how can they be YOUR team? How do they represent YOU? They sure don’t represent Houston – where are the Mexican-Americans, the Vietnamese-Americans, the African-Americans, and most important, the TEXAN-Americans? Not to mention Female-Americans?

I thought about it for a long time. And then I knew.

The answer is that baseball is a game of failure. MOST of the time, you fail. In baseball, the greatest players fail 2/3 of the time. Oh, yes – fail to get on base, fail to get the runner home, fail to get the runner out. You make errors, you don’t make a play, you misjudge a ball, you run into a teammate, you injure yourself running down the baseline, you do REALLY stupid stuff, like iron your shirt while you wearing it and burn your fool self…

Your group might could win or lose, but sometimes what you do personally, good OR bad, has ZERO to do with the fortunes of the team. Sometimes you try your best and your best just ain’t good enough. And sometimes you try so hard that you over-try and that don’t work, neither. And yes, sometimes you get just everything right or you just plain get the breaks and so does everyone else and you win. And sometimes you learn from your failures and sometimes even when you know what you doing wrong, you just can’t seem to change your ways and stop doing it wrong, and sometimes you fall into this feeling of hopelessness where you figger why bother and stop trying and sometimes you get lucky breaks, and sometimes hard work pays off. Just like the rest of humanity in real life.

And the one thing about Roger – yall know that in the mainstream pitching world, success=wins, period. But in spite of the fact that he has pitched better by almost every other measure of excellence than every other pitcher in the ML and has very little to show for it, he’s been – what’s the word I’m looking for – a real grown-up about it. No tantrums, sulking, putting down or blaming his teammates/manager/umpires. Like so many other people do.

It’s not that he don’t care about whether or not he does well and the team does well, but that he cares more about the attitude in the workplace and that screeching at the people who let him down – because they tried too hard, didn’t try hard enough or were just unlucky just creates misery and bad feelings and what’s the point of that? He understands and teaches his teammates that baseball is about fluctuations in fortune and to accept both ups and downs with good manners. Which, as far as I’m concerned, is what a REAL leader is all about. Just a few years ago, he won 20 games (and a Cy Young) with the Yankees, pitching MUCH worse than he has this year, but with MUCH better run support. And so this year, when he been caught on the down side of luck, he SMILES when he says – fluckt again…..

8/28/05 – Clemens vs Weaver And The Dodgers

Sunday, August 28th, 2005

When I was a kid, I remember an All-Star Game where Tom Glavine started and gave up like 7 runs in the first inning. Seems like whatever he threw up there, they hit. And at least Glavine didn’t walk anyone (that I remember – no I’m not gonna look it up, too disgusted)

So here’s the first inning – 5 H, 3 BB, 5 ER; triple, RBI single, RBI double, BB, RBI BB, RBI single (this is SIX guys on base without an out – I think this is a record for Roy and I AM gonna look this one up – yep, I can’t find a first inning like this for him before…) FINALLY a FO, BB, K, FC.

10 batters in JUST the first inning. He looked as bad as he did at Atlanta when he was sick as a dog – at least he had an excuse there… Roy had 3 quick innings without any walks and just 1 hit, then he started serving up fat ones and he got pulled for Chad Harville – his FIRST start this year where he didn’t even last the 5 innings.

Phil, the guy is tired. Or hurting. You MIGHT could want to rethink this not giving your guns an extra day of rest. Remember you got a BAD reputation of overworking your starters and shredding arms and we’re treading water in the standings here… How terrible could it be to let the guys get some rest?????

The good news is that Wandy and Astacio each threw a scoreless inning of relief.
The best news is that Chris Burke hit a 3 run HR so we didn’t get shut out again. That’s getting old.

Today, it’s Roger Clemens, RHP vs : Jeff Weaver, RHP

Roger this year: 11 – 6 in 26 GS with 1 CG – 8 HR, 47 BB, 162 K over 178.1 IP with a 1.56 ERA, 0.93 WHIP and a .187 BAA
vs.LA: 0 – 1 in 1 GS – 1 HR, 2BB, 4 H, 3 ER, 8K over 7 IP (at LA)

Jeff Weaver, RHP :
this year: 12 – 8 in 27 GS with 1 CG SO – 27 HR, 36 BB, 116 K over 173.1 IP with a 4.41 ERA, 1.23 WHIP and a .265 BAA
– reasonably decent K/9 IP, almost 4:1 K:BB and too many HR, as well as not enough run support…
vs. HOU: 1 – 3 in 4 GS – 4 HR, 7 BB, 12 K over 25.2 IP with a 4.91 ERA, 1.40 WHIP and a .279 BAA
He lost in his game against us July 9, giving up 3 ER over 6 IP.

Biggio Hits HR on the Road to Beat Lowe

Saturday, August 27th, 2005

I was too tired to stay up and see the game and today I’ve been too busy to watch the replay (welcome to motherhood – it actually requires WORK, believe it or not) so I know that Andy pitched great, Lowe pitched great and got a close but no cigar and that Biggio got his second road HR this year. But tonight it’s my boy Roy and I HOPE he feeling good. I STILL say he looks tired…

Roy Oswalt, RHP vs : Edwin Jackson, RHP

Roy this year: 15 – 10 in 27 GS (21 QS) with 4 CG and 1 SO – 14 HR, 37 BB, 134 K over 191.2 IP with a 2.68 ERA, 1.14 WHIP and a .251 BAA
– has lost 3 starts where he gave up only 2 runs (2 shutouts), 3 starts giving up 3 ER and 2 starts giving up 1 ER (1 shutout)
7.1 IP/ GS (has pitched at least 6 innings in all starts except 2 and he went 5 in those)
6.28 K/ 9 IP
1.73 BB/ 9 IP
3.63 K:BB ratio

Poor Roy – seems EVERY year 1 or 2 guys outpitch him – this year it’s Carpenter and Roger (NOT Dontrell – I luvvv the guy, but compared to Roy, he has the same ERA, 3 fewer QS and 4 more games where he didn’t last 6 innings – ave 6.2 IP/ GS, same K/9, more walks (3.02 K:BB) but Dontrell does have 2 more CG and 4 more SO)
vs.LA: 2 – 2 in 3 GS and 1 in relief – HR, 8 BB, 21 K over 20.1 IP with a 3.54 ERA, 1.08 WHIP, .194 BAA

Edwin Jackson, RHP
selected by the Dodgers in the 6th round in 2001
Well, this guy was THE can’t miss prospect 2 years ago. The shining jewel, Mr. Perfecto. Pedro all over again. Or something. (??? I guess beause kis K/9 rate was around 9) But 20 year old guys usually aren’t ready for the bigs – a 2.45 ERA over 22 IP isn’t the best sign that you Have Arrived.

And he didn’t. So now he’s a “disappointment” at age 22. Yes, I’m trying to keep a straight face, too. He’s spent this year in AAA and got called up because Odalis Perez went on the DL. (I don’t have his minor league stats from this year)

He’s made 1 appearance in the ML this year – 4.2 IP against the Marlins, gave up 5 H, 5 BB, 3 K and 3 ER.
He won the only game he’s ever started against us – last year – gave up 2 ER over 5 IP with 5 H and no BB.

We’ve made a few minor league quality pitchers (hello Sergio Mitre – do you need more examples? I didn’t think so) look like aces this year and I hope that this ain’t gonna be another case of that…

8/26/05 – Pettitte vs Derek Lowe

Friday, August 26th, 2005

Right now, we’re 1/2 game behind Philly in the WC race. We off to face the Dodgers, who are 10 games behind in the WC, but second in the NL Worst at 57-68. If we can’t hit Lowe, Jackson or Weaver, none of whom are in the top 25 list of the NL pitchers when we’re throwing aces against the Dodgers, then we might as well pack it in.

Phil has announced that because the team had an off day that Wandy is gonna get skipped so that Andy, Roy and Roger will start on their usual day. Like they don’t need an extra day of rest, especially Roy, who is second in the NL in innings pitched, because Real Men don’t need no extra rest before the post season we trying to make. Like Roger wasn’t tired the last day of the NLCS,

Heck no.

I haven’t criticized Phil in quite a while, because except for a few in game mistakes, I don’t think he’s done anything really dumb. But this IS.

And Wandy gonna get skipped TWICE, not Astacio. I STILL have not figgered why Phil so in love with Astacio. Absolutely NOTHING Astacio has done this year has made me think he is anything better than a 5th starter/ long man at BEST. Sigh. Maybe…
Anyone here know if an extra day of rest is BAD for any starter not named Pedro?

8/27 – Andy Pettitte, LHP vs Derek Lowe, RHP:

this year: 11 – 9 in 25 GS – 12 HR, 35 BB, 130 K over 168.2 IP with a 2.67 ERA, 1.10 WHIP and a .240 BAA
vs.LA: 1 -0 in 1 GS (@ LA) 4 H, 2 ER, 1 HR, 0 BB, 4 K in 7 IP

8/25/05: A Day Off

Thursday, August 25th, 2005

The team needs it. The game last night – ohmigawd – after one out in the third, I just couldn’t watch and watched the replay this morning – mostly in fast forward because that way it wasn’t so painful. And I’m gonna leave it RIGHT there. My mama always told me if you don’t have anything good to say about somebody, don’t say it at all.

OK. Here goes – Chad Harville looked good. Brad Lidge looked good.
San Diego made THREE errors and we didn’t make any.

We’re off to LA. They started off the year strong, but the pitching didn’t hold up, JD Drew got injured (I’m shocked, SHOCKED) and so did a LOT of other hitters and Gagne is out for the year. So they are NOT winning. Of course I know yall read about the, um, difficulty between Jeff Kent and Milton Bradley. It doesn’t seem likely to me that Kent singled out Milton because of his race – Kent strikes me as an equal opportunity jerk.

Milton made a good point that a “leader” needs to lead on and off the field and Kent’s refusal to speak to other players in the clubhouse, except to yell at them, is pretty well documented both in Houston and San Francisco. He said, at least once to a reporter, that he wasn’t a baseball fan and had no friends who were baseball players. Makes a guy hard to get along with. Makes it REAL hard for a young guy to approach a veteran who sits alone in the corner with earphones on reading motocross magazines and ask him for help. Of course, setting a good example by working hard is good, but sometimes, the younger guys benefit from the older ones helping them with their swing, or giving pointers about the other team, or field, or umpires and just yelling at someone after the fact don’t do real too much good.

There’s ways and ways of getting a point across. I have 3 little kids. Imagine how it would be if every single time they made a mistake or were bad or got something wrong (and they’re little kids, so that’s most of the time) I told them how wrong they were with a tone of disgust and contempt and never found anything good to say about something they did well. Gonna have a lot of unhappy, crying kids, who will learn to try not to have anything to do with me as much as possible. And they will have learned that they no good, anyway, so why bother to try to do anything the right way. What kind of thing is that?

Larry Dierker said in his column yesterday that there’s nothing that works as well as a pat on the back. Or as my mama says, you catch more flies with honey than vinegar. Old as he is, Kent ain’t seemed to have learned that yet.

John Lopez, one of the Houston Chronicle baseball writers, who mentioned me in his own blog yesterday (yes, I’ve hit the BIG time, hunh???!!!) feels that we made a BIG mistake not resigning Kent this year. Me, I’m not so sure – it would have meant keeping Biggio in left (shudder – you don’t want me goin over that again do you – I didn’t THINK so) and keeping Burke in AAA for another year, or trading him for??? Not that Burke is outhitting Kent, I admit, but keeping Bidge and his weak arm and poor bat (for a corner infielder) for 2 more years, which is what McLane has stated that he IS going to do, would not have been the best idea, in my opinion.

I DO think we should have signed Burnitz, a homeboy, who WANTED to play here – good glove, bat and attitude, because we needed a lefty bat, ESPECIALLY since management knew that Berkman was gonna be out for a while and didn’t know when he would start hitting like the old Lance. But we have too many rookies and young guys on our club and Kent sems to get off on yelling at and intimidating guys he can do that to. I’m not sorry he gone.

And John is ALSO worried that Roger, who has, um, lousy run support, might could be REAL unhappy with the way that the Stros didn’t manage to find a decent bat, either before or during the season. Well, absolutely NO doubt they looked foolish with the Carlos the Jackal negotiations and Boras made monkeys out of them. But that doesn’t excuse their inability to try to do ANYTHING.

The pitching –
Phil has said that he intends to skip Wandy twice so that the Big Three can pitch on their usual day of rest. Both Roy and Roger are near the top of the NL in IP and it seems to be that an extra day of recovery might could be a GOOD idea, not a bad one. Backe won’t be returning until Sept 7th at the earliest, so we can’t yank Astacio yet, neither, too bad…

Should Willy Taveras receive serious consideration for ROY?
Well, he does have a BA of 300, 40 something infield hits, 23 SB with 10 CS. BUT, he won’t walk and doesn’t get HBP unlike Biggio, so his OBP is under .350 (really the minimum for a leadoff guy) and he has very few XBH (which would be OK if his OBP was a lot higher and if he had more SB and fewer CS and more RS). I’ve watched this guy field all year and in my opinion, he has NOT improved in his ability to come forward to get hits to shallow center and they almost always fall for hits, he misplays about 1 of every 10 – 15 balls hit to right center (for some reason, a LOT less trouble with left, don’t know why) and I don’t see any evidence that he has stopped Evelynning (missing the cutoff man).

But I’m not the only one not real too impressed – for another take, Tom, a Texan who is living Up There, writes about the Stros he misses and here are his thoughts…

8/24/05: Clemens Pitches A Complete Game But Loses 1-0

Wednesday, August 24th, 2005

Well, he did.
8 innings, 84 pitches – 5H, 1 BB, 7 K, 1 HR

Problem was we got shut out for the 14th time because Peavy pitched great every time we loaded the bases. Or shall I say that Lane, Burke, Taveras and Berkman managed to ground out/bunt out with bases loaded?

Roger is cursed. At least he didn’t get tired. He didn’t look like his back bothered him one bit. Either the hitters let him down or the bullpen does.
So today, we go from a game between aces to a game between to pitchers who aren’t even replacement level. To be nice about it.

Ezequiel Astacio, RHP vs Chan Ho Park, RHP
Ezequiel Astacio
he did a little better in his last start – 1 ER in 5.1 IP and ZERO HRs. Supposedly he has changed his delivery to hide the ball better – we’ll have to see how he does. I’m NOT holding my breath…
this year: 2 – 6 in 11 GS and 2 in relief – 19 HR, 19 BB, 50 K over 58 IP with a 6.21 ERA, 1.59 WHIP and a .303 BAA
has never faced the Padres lineup


Chan Ho Park, RHP
Well, the Rangers FINALLY found a taker for their lousy pitcher – at least the Padres thought he had a chance to pitch better in Petco, a great pitchers park and he hadn’t faced anyone in the NL West since 01.

When he was traded at the end of July, he was 8-5 with a 5.66 ERA over 109.2 IP
Since he’s arrived in SD, he’s had 4 starts, NO QS -and is 2-1 with an 8.48 ERA
total this year: 10 – 6 in 24 GS – 9 HR, 63 BB, 97 K over 129 IP with a 6.07 ERA, 1.69 WHIP and a .302 BAA
of his 8 QS this year, 2 were against us when he was still with the Rangers (and they were still winning)
5/22 – beat Roy 2-0 7.0 IP, 6 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K
6/26 – a ND – 7.0 IP 5 H, 2 ER 0 BB, 6 K, 0 HR

lifetime vs.HOU: 5 – 3 in 12 GS and 4 in relief – 7 HR, 33 BB, 74 K over 81.2 IP with a 3.53 ERA, 1.31 WHIP and a .243 BAA
@ PETCO: 1 – 1 in 2 GS – 0 HR,4 BB, 12 K over 9.2 IP with a 7.45 ERA, 1.55 WHIP and a .297 BAA

Why Roger Clemens Should Win Cy Young #8

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2005

Yes, Roger (I wish it was Roy, but close but no cigar)

Here’s what Ken Rosenthal had to say today in The Sporting News about the Cy Young race:

N.L. Cy Young: Roger Clemens over Chris Carpenter
I don’t care that Carpenter began the week with 17 wins to Clemens’ 11 ; (emphasis mine) a starting pitcher’s record is based partly on his run support and the performance of his bullpen. Clemens’ average run support of 3.91 per nine innings with the Astros is more than a run per game below Carpenter’s with the Cardinals. By most measures, Clemens has been the better pitcher. He has allowed three earned runs in 73 road innings, and his overall 1.53 ERA matches Dwight Gooden’s 1985 mark for the second lowest since 1919. Carpenter’s ERA is 0.76 higher, and Clemens also has the superior opponents’ on-base plus slugging percentage, .507 to .584.

Carpenter, however, has produced three of the N.L.’s top five “game scores,” according to a formula devised by Bill James that measures the effectiveness of a particular start. Carpenter also has pitched 18 more innings than Clemens in the same number of starts and produced a better strikeouts-to-walk ratio.

Carpenter has had a great season, and if Clemens falters, it’s easy to see Carpenter winning the award or the Marlins’ Dontrelle Willis stealing it with a big September. But if Clemens finishes with an ERA below 2.00, he will be more than worthy of his eighth Cy Young.”

Carpenter also has 5 CG and 3 SO and Roger has none.
Chris has 23/25 QS, Roger 22/25
Roger has 10 starts where he gave up NO ER (won 5, got 5 ND), Chris has 6 (won all 6)
Roger has 7 starts where he gave up 1 ER (4 W, 1 L, 2 ND), Chris has 6 (won 5, 1 ND)
Roger has 5 starts where he gave up 2 ER ( 1 W, 2 L, 2 ND), Chris has 4 (2 W, 2 ND)
Roger has 1 start where he gave up 3 ER ( L), Chris has 7 (4 W, 2 L and 1 ND)
Roger has 2 starts where he gave up 4 or more ER (1 W, 1 L), Chris has 2 – 5 ER and 8 ER ( 2 L)

So Roger has 4 more starts with NO ER and 5 ND – bullpen lost him 5 games
Roger has 1 more start with 1 ER with 1 more L (sucky hitting) and 1 more ND (sucky relief)
Roger has 1 more start with 2 ER but 1 fewer W and 2 more L
Chris has SIX more starts where he gave up 3 ER and Roger lost his ONLY game, while Chris won 3

Yall seeing a pattern here? Roger should have at LEAST 22 wins if he had Chris’ run support.
This is why win/loss ain’t everything…
Roger ROOLZ!!!!!!!!

Remembering The Astros Catchers Since 1988

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2005

Lance Berkman looked a LOT more like LANCE last night – a 440′ HR to put the nail in the coffin and an RBI double in the 9th. He has been getting his usual lots of walks, so I know he’s been SEEING the ball fine, but he just hadn’t been hitting the ball fine. Maybe getting that knee drained last week did some good…

And Roy – well, he only gave up 2 ER and 5 hits and 3 BB, but it took him 113 pitches to finish 6 innings and he managed to pitch hisself out of trouble with 2 on in the third and bases loaded in the 6th. Well, like someone said to me, Roy at 80% is bettern most ML pitchers at 100% and I’ll go for that.

And for yall tired of hearing me complain that Willy Taveras hitting only .211 with RISP, he FINALLY got a hit!!! And Brad Ausmus runs well for a catcher, too. Brad’s been our catcher for 7 of the last 9 years – I knew he had been traded to Detroit for a year – I remember the Melusky year (NOT a pleasant memory for nay of his teammates, as I recall, although he sure could hit) but for the life of me I couldn’t remember who the catcher was the other year – so I looked it up – Paul Bako ( I SWEAR I do not remember this guy before he got hisself attached to Greg Maddux) and Tony Eusebio (now HIM I remember, but only as a backup, which he wasn’t that year).

And I knew I was a kid when Biggio moved from catcher to second, but his last year of catching was 1991. So who caught between 1992 and 1997, when Brad arrived? Well, I do remember there were a lot of years with Servais/Taubensee, but Kirt Manwaring and Randy Knorr in 1996??? But I looked through my scorebooks and there they are.

Remember who was the catcher(s) in 95? Me neither. Guess I wasn’t as much of a fan as I thought I was when I was a teenager. Either that, or like most other people, I forget a WHOLE lot of what Ida wanna remember and the Terry Collins years I remember for Jeff Bagwell winning the MVP the year that Bud F. Selig and the owners figgered they could break the players union and return to the good old days of slavery by cancelling the WS – the other two years for the Dome seeming almost empty (but I was wrong – we had our usual 25,000/game) and the players finally (privately) rebelling against Collins. Funny, too, that I remember the Collins years as being years with lousy teams, but I was wrong about that too – we had winning records all 3 years and came in second all 3 years… Well, I guess memory is a funny thing.

And speaking of remembering, hope this is a night to remember – it’s ace night – Roger Clemens, RHP vs : Jake Peavy, RHP

this year: 11 – 5 in 25 GS – 7 HR, 46 BB, 155 K over 170.1 IP with a 1.53 ERA, 0.93 WHIP and a .187 BAA
vs.SD: 1-0 in 2 GS with 3 ER, 5 BB and 11 K in 14 IP with a 1.93 ERA and a .152 BAA.
In the game he started at Petco, he gave up 3 H, 4 BB, 6 K and 1 ER in 7 IP and got ND.
vs Padres lineup


Jake Peavy, RHP
this year: 10 – 6 in 24 GS (17 QS) with 2 CG SO – 15 HR, 37 BB, 183 K over 160.2 IP (yeah, you read that right – more than a K/inning – and he’s a STARTER, not a reliever) 3.14 ERA, 1.02 WHIP and a .216 BAA
those are some pretty good pitching stats
vs.HOU: 3 – 3 in 7 GS – 3 HR, 18 BB, 42 K over 39.2 IP with a 3.18 ERA, 1.39 WHIP and a .252 BAA