Sorry about no posts for so long – family illness got in between me and my baseball games.
I see that Lance Berkman, naturally, managed to make sure that Wandy did not end the year with a winning record so that the 2011 Astros could boast that no starting pitcher ended the year with a winning record.
And tonight, Astros had the chance to knock the Cards out of the playoffs – at the very least, force a playoff with Atlanta. So naturally, Mr Starting Pitcher gives up 5 runs in the first inning. Naturally, Uncle drives in the first run. Chris Carpenter, who ain’t what he used to be, but still pitched very well this year, jumped all OVAH that lead like a starving Dog on a pile of burgers.
He had the Astros swinging and missing at pitches waaaay outside the zone, pitches at their necks, pitches in the dirt. Felt like Old Times. I thought we were gonna get no hit fer SHER, but Jose Altuve broke it up with a clean single in the 4th. And in the 6th, with 2 out, Shuck singled, Altuve walked, JD let it die.
2 hours, 2o minutes, 2 hits, 1 shutout. Oh yeah, and 1 RBI after an IBB. Kind of summarizes the Astros season.
Thank you McLane family my rear end – no kidding, there was a “ceremony” in the second inning and a big thingy on the scoreboard at the end of the game – like barrrrrrrf. Thank you for what? Refusing to do anything to make this team better since 2008? Refusing to pay for GOOD prospects, a GOOD GM, a GOOD farm system, a GOOD manager? Selling out to Jim Crane and his imaginary money?
So, Cards are ahead of Not-so-hotLanta by 1/2 game. Should we root for Lance or Bourn? Tough call. Neither the Cards nor the Braves are a very good team, but when it comes to the playoffs, well, there sure nuff have been a lot of surprises since the Wild Card Era began.
I’m trying to not be so negative about the future, but honestly, it’s tough. We’re building around, uh, like who? I see no Franchise Player – I don’t even see an upper level player like Pence. I don’t see a good young core like the 91 team. Our young players are Bogusevic, Shuck, Paredes, JD Martinez, Altuve, Schafer, Lyles, Melancon and Norris – oh yeah, and prodigal son Jason Castro. Let’s face it – it’s true that Ed Wade always manages to pick fungible middle relievers off the scrap heap, but Fernando Rodriguez, Henry Sosa, Aneury Rodriguez are NOT The Future any more than the other guys.
I’m not holding my breath for Springer or Singleton any more than I do/did for Jiovanni Mier or Junior DeShields, let alone the AA pitchers who were obtained for Bourn. I see no Evan Longoria, no David Price, no Ryan Braun. Every minor league team of the Astros had a losing record. The AAA MVP was 35 year old Anderson Hernandez and his 20+ errors at second base.
I haven’t heard one thing about the Sale, neither. I would guess that nothing will be said until after the end of the World Series – hopefully the Tigers (if the Rays lose tonight) vs Berkman or Bourn or Pence/Lidge/Oswalt – although I wouldn’t mind seeing the Dbax win again, just because nobody thought anything of that team at the beginning of the year, and you KNOW how ah LUUUUUVVVV an underdawg…
Besides, Ryan Roberts is teh HOTTTTTTT