Archive for October, 2008

NL Wins The 08 WS Thanks To Ex-Stros Brad Lidge And Eric Bruntlett

Thursday, October 30th, 2008

So much for the AL being “superior.”

hehhehheh

Eric Bruntlett scored the go ahead/winning run in 2 of 4 games.

Brad Lidge was Lights Out Lidge every single time out, not just in the WS, but also in every playoff game. And regular season game. For all the people who groused that Lidge was worthless in the All-Star game after throwing around 100 pitches over 5 innings of warm-up forcing the AL to have home field advantage – well, he saved both games without giving up a run.

Oh – and Joe Buck, you ignerint sluttt, Brad Lidge was absolutely freaking AWESOME in his first postseries. If you could spare a second to get your lips offn Red Sox/Yankees butt and bother to go look at retrosheet, you could see that Brad’s first postseason was 2004. He pitched multiple innings, was absolute NAILS and reduced Albert Pujols to quivering jelly (as well as Scott Rolen, Larry Walker and Showboat Edmonds.) It was Dan Miceli who, all by his lonesome, lost THREE postseason games.

It was 2005 in which Brad ran into all KINDS of mechanics trouble. I’ve discussed this many times, but in 05, Brad had some trouble with a painful muscle near his elbow in late July, and he had trouble pitching in August and September – AND he darn near lost a clinching game in which Adam Everett fooled the ump into thinking he had tagged a runner out for a game ending DP. He got his stuff straightened out LAST year, and ran into trouble because of his painful knee in September. He had surgery in the offseason and from the first appearance of the season, he was simply Lights Out again.

Bruntlett did just fine as a utility player and scoring TWO winning runs in a WS?

Awesome.

I’m VERY happy for the National League, who soundly beat the best team in the AL. Who, by the way, look as if they will most definitely be on top of the heap for at least a few years.

10/29/08: Ray-ny Day Blues

Wednesday, October 29th, 2008

I seriously want to kick Buddy Boy and ESPN/Fox and too many media journalists very VERY hard.

DAMM I am tired of games that start waaaaayyy too late because of stupid, worthless, crappy pre-game stuff and lasting waaaaaayyy too long because of stupid, pointless interruptions and waaaaaayyy too long commercials. I want my kids to be able to watch the WORLD SERIES and I want them to be able to watch it live. AND I don’t want them to stay up until 10:30 or 11 PM on a school night.

DAMM I am tired of hearing how this WS is the worst EVAH and won’t get no ratings and is SOOOOOO boring and there’s NOOOOOO storylines.

sigh

What we need is to replace the above with a couple of Mamis. You see, we deal with humans who don’t never wannaaaaaa. You know, Ida wannaaaaaaaaaa, Ida Like ittttttttt. And, of course, NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO. So when we want our younguns to eat something, do something or say something, we very VERY quickly learn that there are ways and ways of getting kids to do something – even WANT to do something.

So you do NOT tell your kids – this food is horrible – it smells bad and tastes worse and you hafta eat it – ha ha ha HA HAHHHH!!! You do NOT tell your kids – you hafta go to the pediatrician next week and she is gonna give you 3 BIG shots and they are gonna REALLY hurt. A LOT. And remind them of this every 3 minutes.

And likewise, the delay in the start and the elongation of the duration of the World Series is foolish – it doesn’t increase interest or excitement. It causes restless channel surfers to look elsewhere during the interminable 4 minute commercials. What, exactly, is the point of the boring 37 minute pre-game blather?

Why is it that media continuously talk about the PHILLY and TAMPA fans instead of BASEBALL fans? What is the point of trying to insist that only local fans could possibly care about the Championship? Decrease viewership? Or moan that there is no good gossip (see MannyBManny; see Joe Torre Come Back; see The Curse get broken. Oops, sorry, that one’s been thoroughly crossed out by now. Unless it’s the gotten the Cubs’ goat…)

As much as I detest professional football, I must note that in their championship game, very little attention is paid to the names of the 2 competing teams – and the game is not even played in the city of either team. And it doesn’t matter, does it?

So why has MLB/Fox/ESPN hammered it home to viewers that games without Yankees/Cubs/Mets/Red Sox shouldn’t be played because they aren’t worth watching?

Then they complain about the low ratings?

And fact is that Game 4 shouldn’t even have been played – starting at 10:10 EST? No wonder no one was watching. And Game 5 shouldn’t have been started either – what – Buddy boy couldn’t take a look at weather.com and see the same radar the rest of us can? (And yeah, when the ball is too wet to be caught or thrown, the game needs to be stopped – even if Bud has decided to re-write the rules on the spot…) It isn’t exactly the first time that deluges have delayed the Series and in fact, the famous 86 Boston Game 6 with Carlton Fisk waving the ball fair was played after a 3 day rain delay.

But now that bout everyone has sullenly grumbled – why watch – well, is it any wonder that not many are?

So Inning 6 Game 5 will (hopefully) resume tomorrow night after a long boring Obamathon.

Could Buddy Boy and MLB mess things up any worse?

I almost want to put this mess out of my misery.

And yes, I know very well that the second it is ovah I too, like another famous Texan, will stare out the window and wait for spring…

Well, actually, not totally. I’m going to resume my Astros discussions starting with a look at evaluating the moves of Ed Wade this past year. You know, Ed Wade. The guy who was responsible for the Phils getting to the Series this year even though he’s been gone for 3 years…

Game 3 2008 WS – We Gonna Pitch A Wang Dang Doodle All Night Long

Sunday, October 26th, 2008

I know that as the years go by, we mis-remember the past.

I remember that Back In The Good Old Days (when baseball players didn’t care about the money) that the postseason took much less time. I also remember watching it – which means that the games started a LOT earlier and ended a lot more quickly, too. I know that the 1986 NLCS Game 6 ended somewheres right around after dinner.

And last night, the game started at 10 after 9. I detest Joe Buck and Tim McCarver, so I mute the game after Husband makes protesting kidz go to bed. Next thing I know, I wake up when Husband is carrying me to bed – it’s 2:30 AM and I’ve fallen asleep somehow, the inning after Utley, then Howard hit back to back homers.

Time between innings is so long somehow I just fell asleep on the couch – and in spite of so few baserunners, it took more than an hour to finish the rest of the game. Four and one half hours to finish a 9 inning game?

How many writers have pointed out/complained that ML policies are determined by Fox – (baseball must not interfere with “House” on Tuesday night – speaking of who – if you never had the misfortune to end up with a misanthropic piece of sniveling viciousness like him for a physician, count your blessings) and ESPN – Heaven forbid we be forced to show baseball games between teams if Mets/Yankees/RedSox/Cubs are not in them…

Fortunately for me, I still have out old school recorder from way back when you can fast forward over commercials. And I can re-watch games with the kids the next day at a more reasonable hour. But, you know, it is still not the same. And since the networks want to schedule baseball at times when it least interferes with (God Forbid) football and endless re-runs of Friends/Seinfeld/sitcom whatevah…

I did miss the real time ending of the ball game last night. But of course I checked it out and I see that Balfour was instructed to IBB both batters before he gave up the game losing dribbler down the 3B line.

I don’t like IBBs, especially 2 of em in a row by the same pitcher who is going to pitch to the hitter. I wish I was computer statty enough to check it out, but seems to me that that particular strategy fails more than works.

I don’t blame Longoria for trying to make the play instead of waiting to see if the ball would roll foul. If it had stayed fair, he would have been crucified. As it is, he’s gonna hear more than enough about how, being a rookie, he lacks the Veteran Presence to hit the baseball.

There’s only 2 story lines, you see:

1 – IF a young guy/team loses – it’s “they don’t know how to win” – like none of them ever played on a championship team in his life

2 – IF a young guy/team wins – it’s – they didn’t know enough to be scared (see 03 Marlins) and also, they were led by some Veteran Presence (like Mr. Marlin Jeff Conine) regardless of whether or not he did anything whatsoever on the actual field.

I tell you this – if the Rays win the Series, I’m gonna re-invent storyline #2.

10/23/08: Brad Lidge Mows Down The Meat Of The Rays Lineup 1,2,3

Thursday, October 23rd, 2008

Brad Lidge sure looked good striking out Carlos Pena, Evan Longoria and popping up Houstonian Carl Crawford.

But that’s OK – we have Houstonian Michael Bourn and Valuable Middle Reliever Geoff Geary now.

nevermind

Oh yes.

Back on Ex-Stros: Ben Zobrist was the Game 1 RF – he’s a SS, but he did just fine out there with the glove – not so much with the bat. Trever Miller struck out Ryan Howard and Dan Wheeler got Bruntlett to pop out.

Houstonian Carl Crawford hit a homer to break the shutout and Houstonian Scott Kazmir gave up 3 runs over 6 innings – and that boy sure does go to a lot of 3-2 counts and gives up way too many walks.

But it was B.J. Upton going all Miggy Tejada and GIDP twice – once with bases loaded 1 out – who really lost the game for the Rays. Well, that and the ump not calling a balk on Hamels and Pena being called out – and not calling out Coste for runners interference.

But hey, it was a great game – and close and exciting as a game can be with 3 1/2 minute between inning breaks can be.

I was delighted that for ONCE the announcers were not obviously sulking about no Derek Jeter in the series and were not obviously sulking about “lack of drama” or some such crap. After all, it is the BASEBALL game that is supposed to give the drama, not a story about which ballplayer is supposedly sleeping with some married rock star. And this ballgame was just great.

Helps that neither team has really faced each other, and it certainly helps the Phils that none of the Rays have had to face Lidge’s lethal slider.

Tomorrow, it’s Wifebeater Myers vs Jamie Shields, who pitched well in both of his ACLS starts, but lost.

GO JAMIE!!!

I’m rooting for a 7 game series and no, I still haven’t decided if I am rooting for one particular team. I’m just rooting for Ex-Stros.

10/22/08: Evaluating Evan Brunell’s Playing Astros GM

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2008

I know I have not yet reviewed the Astros 2008 Season or evaluated Ed Wade’s moves, or even said anything about what he might could do for next year, but other people sure have.

Evan Brunell, a Red Sox fan, has taken a crack at it.

So I’m going to take a look at Evan’s evaluation.

“The Astros were a joke for much of 2008, and Ed Wade was widely lambasted for acquiring starter Randy Wolf and reliever LaTroy Hawkins for the stretch run. The joke was on the pundits as the Astros injected themselves into the wild card chase and came within a hurricane of realistically having won it. They did all that without left-fielder Carlos Lee, who was injured shortly before the big run. The Astros will continue to make steps to contend…”

A joke?

No, it was the 2007 Astros who were a joke – making an entire year be all about a faded prima donna’s farewell tour, playing my Aunt Sally in a wheelchair in a stupid effort to avoid giving Luke Scott a regular job, Jason Jennings, kicking Pettitte’s ass on his way out the door – I could go on.

The 2008 Astros were at least respectable before Shawn Chacon, um, shall we say, uh, didn’t allow Ed Wade to diss him – and before they went on a refusal to win June. They had their first big run in May, then restarted a run in late July on the back of a suddenly ace Roy Oswalt, and surging Carlos Lee and then, after his season ending injury, Ty Wigginton’s career month.

And hurricane or no hurricane, the Astros weren’t going to win, let’s be honest here…

Houston Astros resign starting pitcher Randy Wolf, reliever Doug Brocail, reliever LaTroy Hawkins.

Wolf equipped himself very well for the Astros after spurning them in the off-season to sign with the San Diego Padres. Wolf has enjoyed his time in Houston and says that location will not dicate his next team. With Ed Wade as GM, who loves Wolf, it’s hard to see Wade letting Wolf walk.  Brocail’s option was declined by the Astros as he was due to make $3.5 million, which is understandable. Wade should be able to bring Brocail back for a lower price. Hawkins was terrible as a New York Yankee but pitched well enough in Houston that his return should be a given.”

- Well, Ed Wade thinks highly of Randy Wolf for some reason and WANTS to re-sign him, that part is correct. And yeah, I know what Wolf now sez, but I still think he’d prefer to gome home to the West Coast – that is, unless Wade gives him some stupid, overpriced contract. I would also agree here that Wade, who can NOT get enough mediocre middle relievers, will re-sign Brocail, who lives here and wants to come back, and Hawkins, who will be skewered by fans when he fails to repeat his 08 Astros performance, ESPECIALLY if Wade trades Valverde and puts Hawkins in the closer role.

Houston Astros sign starting pitcher Josh Fogg.

The Astros will likely spend much of the offseason trying to convince Andy Pettitte to rejoin the Astros, but Pettitte will steadfastly maintain its the Yankees or retirement. With much of the starting pitchers off the board by then, Wade will go after Fogg who has the nickname of the “Dragon Slayer.” They’ll also have Chris Sampson and Brian Moehler for rotation candidates. Besides, doesn’t Fogg smack of an Ed Wade signing?”

- Um, no.

The bridge with Andy Pettitte isn’t merely broken, it has been disintegrated as it was the OWNER who didn’t want him back after the 05 season. As for signing Josh Fogg – dear Jeeezus Gawd – whatever for? We ALREADY have Brandon Backe, who is better and cheaper. And Backe is NOT good. And Fogg has very few innings as a reliever and his career ERA as a reliever is 5.84.

Ed LUUUUVVVVSS middle relievers and signs too many, but Fogg is a crappy 5th starter, and Ed Wade is not infamous for signing too many crappy 5th starters. Even Shawn Chacon was a better bet last year. Fogg has never ever had even ONE season of being UP to league average – of an ERA+ of 100.

Houston Astros sign shortstop/third baseman Felipe Lopez.

Lopez, who was sent to the Washington Nationals from the Cincinnati Reds in a highly controversial trade a few years ago, never panned out in D.C. Finally freed this season, he headed to St. Louis and rebuilt enough value that he should land a starting gig somewhere. Wade will bring him aboard to start at third base with an eye towards moving him to shortstop and Miguel Tejada to third down the line. It could be as soon as 2009 if Wade can convince Tejada.”

-  Lopez never panned out in Cincy either. As a glove, he made Mark Loretta look like Adam Everett. I’m singularly unimpressed by 156 AB at the end of his EIGHTH major league season, as I am with his lifetime line of .262/.330/.395/.725 – translation of an 89 OPS+ which is not exactly worth jettisoning Wiggy for. Tejada’s only value is his glove, as we are talking about a “hitter” whose RCAA was as negative as Brad Ausmus in 07, his last full season. Any team who deliberately employs Lopez as a full time starter is asking for terrible fielding and lousy hitting.

If Ed Wade really does sign Fogg and Lopez and jettison Wigginton, Loretta and any cheap crappy 5th starter we ALREADY have, then, as the old saying goes, Houston, we have a problem…

Houston Astros trade third baseman Ty Wigginton to the Texas Rangers for catcher Gerald Laird.

The Rangers will be in the market for a third baseman and the Astros have (inexplicably) soured on Wigginton. Wigginton will give the Rangers a nice source of offense and Laird will solve the Astros’ catching conundrum. This acquisition by no means should intimate that the Astros give up on J.R. Towles, but they also can’t rely on Towles to contribute next year. Laird will allow Towles to continue his learning curve as a backup catcher.”

- I think that Evan must hate the Astros, Ed Wade or both.

Laird has a lifetime 79 OPS+ and his career high is 120 games. And he is NOT a good defensive catcher. What a terrible trade – it would make MUCH more sense, if the Astros were to trade Wiggy, to trade him for Taylor Teagarden. At least he has a future. Laird is just another backup. Wiggy hasn’t had an OPS+ under 100 for the past 4 years. And he has a league average glove at third as well.

Houston Astros sign utility player Damion Easley.

With Mark Loretta departing for the San Diego Padres, the Astros will be in the market for a backup and should find Easley an interesting choice. I remember way back when he was sucking up money as a terrible player for the Detroit Tigers. He’s gone a long way towards rebuilding his value since then.”

- Since when is Loretta leaving for the Padres? Moores is in the middle of a very expensive hostile divorce and he’s trying to cut payroll to the bone. He’s trying to trade a deluxe ace pitcher who will cost 8 mill next year and he sure as heck isn’t going to sign a utility guy for 3-4 mill a year. AND this management likes Loretta.

- As for Easley, cmon, he’s even oldern Loretta. Why would anyone assume that he is not going to deteriorate? But on the other hand, hey the Astros fans will LOVE the guy, he pretty much never walks or strikes out AND he GIDP 15 times/357 PA. He could be the new Miggy Tejada!!!!

“The Astros — especially with these moves outlined above — are very close to being a legitimate contender. There will still be several question marks for starting pitchers, but nothing that can’t be solved via the trade market later in the year. They can bank on Brandon Backe continuing his return from Tommy John surgery and Wandy Rodriguez continuing to improve.”

- I’m missing how 1- adding another crappy backup catcher, a terrible 5th starter and a dreadful SS/3B; 2- substituting one ordinary utility guy for another; 3- removing one of the 3 decent hitters on the team; would make this team into a contendah.

- If the Astros kept Wandy, Wolf, Backe, Moehler and Oswalt, what on earth use would they have for the crapulous Fogg?

sigh

Not sure that Wade could make this team a contender – he has basically no farm to work with and not much to trade. But I am indeed sure that Laird, Fogg, Lopez and Easley are not exactly the ticket.

10/20/08: Gerry Hunsicker And The Ex-Stros Are Going To The World Series

Monday, October 20th, 2008

What a GREAT game!!

I was a nervous wreck, especially as Lester didn’t give up a hit or walk until the 4th when Iwamura singled, then Pena hit into a FC, then Longoria hit an outside FB into the RF corner and Carlos Pena chugged around all the way from first to tie the game.

I guess the guys figured that once they got the first run on the board that Garza would shut the Red Sox DOWN. Which he did.

The Rays got an insurance run in the 5th and then another in the 7th and Garza was like Roy-O out there – a hit/walk here and there – no biggie. He went 7+ and the first guy got on in the 8th on a fielding error. So in comes Wheels and immediately gives up a single. Two on, no out. And Pedroia, The Pest all over again, is up. But Wheels gets him to fly out.

And Ortiz is up. I CAN’T look, I tell Husband. But fortunately Joe Maddon is not Bob Brenly and he pulls Wheeler for the lefty. Who gets Ortiz out. And in comes a righty to face Youkilis, who walks the bases loaded.

Blood pressure up.

Maddon sends in David Price (a first rounder who the Rays PAID top dollar for) who Kd Drew.

And he was just as nails closing out the 9th. He smartly didn’t challenge Jason Bay, who walked, but he Kd Kotsay and Varitek and got Lowrie to pop out and

it’s Houstonians ROOL and Ex-Stros ROOL!!!!!

I like the fact that Joe can learn from his mistakes.

Jason Bay did pretty well substituting for Manny – it wasn’t HIS fault the Sox lost – it was Ortiz who didn’t hit for spit (.154 with 3 RBI) and Drew (.250) and Varitek (.050)!! and Kotsay (.233).

The Red Sox starting pitchers weren’t good enough (Beckett in Game 2, Lester in Game 3, poor old Wakefield in Game 4 and Matsuzaka in Game 5) but the Rays pitchers were better – only Kazmir had a lousy game.

Jamie Shields pitched very well in spite of his 2 losses, but Garza was just phenominal. He outpitched Lester. TWICE.

And David Price closed out two games and he simply slammed the door BOTH times. And with Percival hurt, Maddon now can use him as his own Lights Out.

And yeah, I’m rooting for Brad Lidge too. Sorry.

I really hope this WS goes 7 games. And I hope the Rays win – because if anyone deserves a WS ring, it is Gerry Hunsicker. And I hope he wears it on his 3rd finger when he shows it to Drayton…

10/17/08: Dan Wheeler Has Sox-ual Problems

Friday, October 17th, 2008

Sorry I’ve had to repost this because the old post and comments was lost in the changeover.

I’m getting used to this too, please have patience.

Anyway, so as I don’t re-flog a horse already been beat to death, let’s just hope that the Ex-Stros can remove their hands from their necks, remember these are NOT the WHITE Sox, and go ahead and seal the deal tomorrow night.

10/13/08: The Ex-Stros Beat The Red Sox

Monday, October 13th, 2008

Hey Rays,
where you goin’ with that bat in your hand
Hey Rays,
I said where you goin’ with that bat in your hand

I’m going down to hit Jon Lester
You know, I’ve been missin his stuff all year
I’m going down to hit Jon Lester
You know, he been shuttin us down all year
And that ain’t too cool

Hey BJ,
I’ve heard you hit Jon Lester around
Hit him out, now
I said I’ve heard you hit Jon Lester out,
Hit him out of the park

Yes I did, I hit him
You know, I caught him missin’ the black, missin his spot
Yes I did, I hit him
You know, I caught Jon Lester missin his spot
And I gave it a swing
I HIT IT!!!

Hey Aki,
I’ve heard you hit Jon Lester around
Hit him good, now
I said I’ve heard you hit Jon Lester,
Hit him twice off the Wall

Yes I did, I hit him
You know, I caught him missin’ the black, missin his spot
Yes I did, I hit him
You know, I caught Jon Lester missin his spot
And I gave it a swing
I HIT IT!!!

Hey Rays, alright
Hit him one more time, boys

Hey Red Sox, said now
Who you gonna turn to now?
Hey Red Sox, I said
Who you gonna turn to now?
Where you, where you gonna go?
Well, Paul Byrd!

Hey Roc,
I’ve heard you hit Paul Byrd around
Hit him good, now
I said I’ve heard you hit Paul Byrd,
Hit him high ovah the Wall

Yes I did, I hit him
You know, I caught him missin’ his pitch, hangin a curve
Yes I did, I hit him
You know, I caught Paul Byrd missin his spot
And I gave it a swing
I HIT IT!!!

And we went up 9-1

- apologies Jimi Hendrix
The Ex-Stros are now a game up on the RedSox.
So be it and shall it remain.

10/10/08: In Which A Pitcher Outhits And OutRBIs MannyBManny And Lidge Slams The Door

Friday, October 10th, 2008

In other words, NL baseball ROOLZ!!!!!

Not that I am exactly a Brett Myers fan, but the guy has provided more excitement and runs at the plate than he has with his pitching.

I enjoyed his 9 and 10 pitch ABs vs Cy Young wannabe Sabathia more than ANY hitting display. And today he created 1 more run than Manny. Myers went 3 fer 3, drove in 4 (got credit for only 3 because of an error) scored 2 and stranded none.

Manny wannaBMannyVP went 1 fer 4 with a BB, drove in 3, scored 1 and stranded 2.
This is simply the KEWLest. And it is why, in spite of the AL spending incredibly more money and all the Boston/NY media people going on and on and on about how much more better the AL is, NL ball is STILL better.

And Brad Lidge struck out the side, walking Manny and Loney. And the slider slid just great. Yeh, I’d enjoy Loney and the Dodgers making it to the Series, but you know, I think I’m enjoying watching Brad Lidge prove all the haters wrong.

And Go RAYS!!!!!

End Of Season Comparison Of 2008 Astros Starters – Part 2

Thursday, October 9th, 2008

In Part 1, I ccompared ordinary stats. This time, I’m going to look at run support in both wins and losses, ND numbers, numbers of games with different lengths of IP and how many QS produced wins.
Pitching Win Shares courtesy of www.thehardballtimes.com and RSAA courtesy of Lee Sinins at www.baseball-encyclopedia.com

Roy Oswalt: 17-10 in 32 GS (22 QS – 16 W, 4 L, 2 ND): 208.2 IP: really 31 GS over 207.2 IP leaving out the 1 inning in which he was still hurt – and he missed almost the entire month of July. Team wins in his 31 starts: 19-12.
- Pitching WS: 18.5
- RSAA: +20 (hard to believe he was -11 at the end of May)
< 4 IP: 1 (L-8 ER)
5-6 IP: 3 (L-3 ER; L-7 R/3 ER; W-4 ER)
6-7 IP: 11 (1 ND,2 W-1 ER;†1 ND, 1 W-4 R/ER; 1 L-3 ER; 1 L-4 R;†1 ND, 1 L-5 ER; 2 L-6 R/ER
>7 IP: 16 (4 W- 0 ER; 4 W-1 ER; 1 W-2 ER; 1 ND, 3 W, 3 L-3 ER;
4 starts 0 ER; 6 starts with 1 ER; 1 start with 2 ER; 12 starts with 3 ER; 2 starts with 4 ER, 3 starts with 5 ER; 1 start with 6 ER;1†start with 8 ER. 23/32 starts of 3 or fewer ER.
Run Support in Wins: 5.64 runs scored: 2.18 runs allowed
Run Support in Losses: 2.2 RS – 6 RA
Run Support: Runs Allowed in ND 4.2 – 4.5: 2 W, 2 L. Also, the bullpen lost NO games for Roy in the 2 losses – Roy was pulled when the score was tied, not when he was ahead. So there weren’t real too many games he should have won, but didn’t – maybe 3.

Wandy Rodriguez: 9-7 in 25 GS (10 QS – 7 W, 2 ND, 1 L): 137.1 IP (omitting the 2 games he had to leave early because he was hurt – 9-7 in 23 GS (10 QS) 132.1 IP. Team went 11-12
- Pitching WS: 10.7
- RSAA: +13
< 4 IP: 1 (L – 4 ER/2.1 IP)
4-5 IP: 2 (L – 6 ER/4.2 IP; L – 6R/3 ER/4.2 IP)
5-6 IP:†10 (1 W-0 ER; 2 W- 1 ER;†2 L – 2 ER; 2 L – 5 ER; L – 6 ER; ND – 2 ER; ND – 3 ER)
6-7 IP: 5 (W – 0 ER; 2 W – 1 ER; W – 2 ER; L – 5R/0 ER)
>7 IP: 5 (1 W -0 ER;†1 W -1 ER; 1 ND -0 ER; 2 ND -1 ER)
note: every start (10) in which he lasted at least 6 innings he gave up 0-2 ER. In 7/10 starts of 5-6 innings, he gave up 3 or fewer ER. He had only 4 starts in which he gave up 5 or 6 ER.
Run Support in Wins: 5 R/G
Run Support in Losses 2.7 R/G
Run Support: Runs Allowed in 7 ND (team went 2-5) 6.3: 5.7 (verrrrrry interesting…)
The bullpen blew 3 games in which he left while winning and he left with the score tied in 3 more.
Total: 5 starts 0 ER; 6 starts 1 ER; 3 starts 2 ER; 2 starts 3 ER; 3 starts 4 ER; 2 starts 5 ER; 2 starts 6 ER. 16/23 starts of 3 or fewer ER – and only 9 W.

Brandon Backe: 9-14 in 31 GS (10 QS) over 166.2 IP (Note that he was less than useless in September – most likely had a completely dead arm and he should have been shut down. Actually, he wasn’t doing too badly by Aug 1, at which time he had a 4.72 ERA and a -3 RSAA. Then he had that bizarre August in which he had games of – 3 ER/6 IP; 11 ER/3.1 IP; 1 ER/7 IP; 11 ER/4.2 IP; 3 ER/7 IP; 2 ER/6.2 IP. By the end of August, he had a 5.42 ERA and a -18 RSAA. It was the catastrophic September which dropped him down to the bottom of the NL barrel.
I’m going to omit the 3 inning 0 ER start from the rainout at Pittsburgh. 9-14 in 30 GS over 163.2 IP with 10 QS (
- Pitching WS: 1.3
- RSAA: (-) 31 !!!!! (so let’s not lump him in with Wandy as if they were equivalent, OK? They weren’t even equivalent if we omit his August and Sept starts.)
< 4 IP: 4 (L – 1.1 IP/8 ER; L- 1.2 IP/5 ER; L- 3 IP/5 ER; L – 3.1 IP/11 ER)
4-5 IP: 2 (L- 5 ER; ND- 3 ER)
5-6 IP: 9 (W -0 ER; W – 2 ER; L- 2ER; L- 4 ER; L- 5 ER; L- 11 ER; ND- 2 ER; ND- 3 ER; ND- 6 ER)
6-7 IP: 10 (2 W- 2 ER; W- 3ER; L- 3 ER;†3 L- 4 ER; L- 5 ER; ND- 2 ER; ND- 3 ER)
>7 IP: 5 ( W- 0 ER; 2 W- 1 ER; W- 3 ER; ND- 3 ER)
Interesting that he pitched at least 6 innings in half his starts – sure didn’t seem like it.
2 starts with 0 ER; 2 starts with 1 ER; 6 starts with 2 ER; 7 starts with 3 ER; 4 starts with 4 ER; 5 starts with 5 ER; 1 start with 6 ER; 1 start with 8 ER; 2 starts with 11 ER.
17 starts with 3 or fewer ER and only 9 wins. Of his 7 ND, he left 4 wwhile winning and the bullpen blew his W.
Run Support in Wins: 4.7
Run Support in Losses: 2.6
Run Support: Runs Allowed in ND – 6.4: 6

Shawn Chacon: 2-3 in 15 GS (9 QS) over 85.7 IP – note – including the 1 IP game in which Coop pulled him for Shawny being Shawny. It should be noted that he was the Astros most reliable, best pitcher during April and May – before he, Coop, Dewey and Eddie, uh, um, er, had difficulties – ahem – in June… In fact, at the end of May, Shawn was tied with Wandy for the best SP – with 5 RSAA.
- Pitching WS: 2.5
- RSAA: (-) 6
< 4 IP: 2 (L- 4 ER/1 IP; ND- 5 ER/3.1 IP)
5-6 IP: 3 (L- 6 ER; L- 7 ER; ND – 5 ER)
6-7 IP: 5 (ND- 1 ER; 2 ND- 2 ER; 2 ND- 3 ER)
>7 IP: 5 (W- 2 ER; W- 3 ER; ND- 0 ER; ND- 1 ER; ND- 4 ER†)
The bullpen lost him 2 games. He had ND in 10 of his 15 starts. He was tied when he left in 6 of those, was ahead in 2 and behind in 2. The Astros went 4-6 in those starts, In every ND except one, the bullpen gave up runs after he left the game.

Randy Wolf (ONLY his numbers as an Astro) 6-2 in 12 GS (6 QS – 5 W, 1 ND) over 70.2 IP
- Pitching WS: 6.3
- RSAA: +7 (just with Astros)
< 4 IP: 1 (L- 5R/4 ER in 2.2 IP)
4-5 IP: 2 (ND- 3 ER; ND- 6 ER)
5-6 IP: 1 (W- 0 ER)
6-7 IP: 4 (W- 0 ER; ND- 1 ER; 2 ND- 4 ER)
>7 IP: 4 (W- 0 ER; W – 1 ER; W- 2 ER; W- 3 ER)
Note that the bullpen blew none of his games and that he won twice after leaving with the score tied. He also had only 1 hard luck start, getting a ND after 6.2 IP and 2 runs.
Run Support in Wins: 5.5
Run Support in Losses: 1.5 (but only 2 games – SSS)
Run Support: Runs Allowed in ND 6: 3.7

Runelvys Hernandez: 0-3 in 4 GS over 19.1 IP
2 ER/5.1 IP; 3 ER/5 IP; 4R/3 ER/5 IP; 10 ER/4 IP
- Pitching WS: (-)1.7
- RSAA: (-)9 (and that is JUST over 19 IP!!!!

OK
now, for the pitchers who both started and relieved – and sorry, but unfortunately RSAA doesn’t separate starting and relieving and the same with pitching WinShares.

Alberto Arias: 1-1 in 2 GS over 7.2 IP
- Pitching WS: 0.4
- RSAA: (-) 2
0 ER/5 IP and 2 ER/2.2 IP. He had 3 ace innings on the first start, then couldn’t find the plate for the next 2 and was lucky to escape. In the second start, he could hardly get anyone out and was lucky to escape with only 2 earnies. Looks pretty AAA to me.

Jack Cassel: 1-1 in 3 GS over 14.1 IP
It is very difficult to judge him – he’s an extreme GB pitcher who seldom strikes out hitters. He is very efficient with pitches, averaging 11/IP, but the manager CLEARLY didn’t like him and pulled him early. He was by FAR the best starting pitcher in the AAA club, but for some reason, the incredibly lousy Runelvys was given far more opportunity which he didn’t deserve to earn a spot. Actually, he reminds me of Chris Sampson, who, no matter how well he did, the Astros just did NOT want him as a starter, don’t ask me why.
- Pitching WS: 0.4
- RSAA: (-) 4;
3 ER/5 IP (68 pitches); 3 ER/4.2 IP (70 pitches); 5 ER/4.2 IP

Chris Sampson: 4-3 in 11 GS (4 QS – 3 W, 1 ND) over 55.2 IP
- Pitching WS: 7.7
- RSAA: (-)8 as a starter
< 4 IP: 2 (L- 6 ER/0.2 IP; ND- 5 ER/3.1 IP)
4-5 IP: 2 (L- 3 ER; L- 5 ER)
5-6 IP: 2 (W- 1 ER; ND- 4 ER)
6-7 IP: 3 (W- 2 ER; ND- 2 ER; ND- 5 ER)
>7 IP: 1 (W- 2 ER)
Of the 4 ND, he left 3 while winning and the bullpen blew it. He also lost another game because the bullpen let inherited runners score. He had 3 of 11 bad games. Which gave the Organization the excuse it had been looking for for over a year to put him in the pen.
Run Support/game in Wins: 6
Run Support in Losses: 4
Run Support: Runs Allowed in ND: 6.5: 7.75

Brian Moehler: 11-8 in 26 GS (9 QS – 7 W, 2 ND) over 141.2 IP
- Pitching WS: 8.7
- RSAA: (-) 2 as just starter
< 4 IP: 2 (L- 5 ER/1 IP; ND- 5 ER/2.1 IP)
4-5 IP: 2 (L- 5 ER; L- 7 ER)
5-6 IP: 11 (2 W- 0 ER; W – 1 ER; W- 3 ER; 2 L- 3 ER; L- 4 ER; L- 5 ER; ND- 1 ER; ND- 2 ER; ND- 4 ER)
6-7 IP: 7 (W- 1 ER; 2 W- 2 ER; W- 3 ER; W- 4 ER; L- 5 ER; ND- 1 ER)
>7 IP: 4 (W- 0 ER; W- 1 ER; W- 2 ER; ND- 1 ER)
3 starts with 0 ER; 6 starts with 1 ER; 4 starts with 2 ER; 4 starts with 3 ER; 3 starts with 4 ER; 5 starts with 5 ER, 1 start with 7 ER.
The bullpen didn’t blow any of his games.
Run Support in Wins: 5.3
Run Support in Losses: 2.5
Run Support: Runs Allowed in ND: 4.4: 3.8

Conclusions (besides Roy ROOLZ – after the ASB he went 10-2 with a 2.24 ERA):
- no question that in spite of injuries, being on the DL for a little over 2 months total, and being pulled early for pinch hitters more than a few times, Wandy was unquestionably the second best starter on this team.

Oh yeah – Randy Wolf and Brian Moehler are NOT #2 pitchers.