I am getting TIRED of writing it. Chris Sampson pitched another, yes, ANOTHER QS and left after 7 innings, having given up 5 hits, no walks, 1 HR and 3 ER with the Astros leading 7-4. Now it is true he was pitching lights out, having gotten a nice 1,2,3 out each of the last 3 innings. But he was up to 96 pitches, and I guess Phil hoped that the bullpen could hold a 4 run lead for 2 innings.
Rick White came in and gave up 2 singles. Phil pulled him immediately and sent in closer Dan Wheeler to pour gas on the fire. He got the first out, but then gave up a WP, then a 2 run single, then a 2 run homer. Good Bye Win #7 for Chris Sampson.
So in the 9th, Loretta hits a 2 run single, Astros lead 9-7.
Can Wheeler hold THAT one?
Heck no – he gives up TWO solo shots. We are talking our closer giving up six earned runs in 2 innings, 2 of them charged to White.
We score 3 runs in the top of the 10th. Chad Qualls nails down the save. FINALLY.
Astros fan Skip asked me to please post the numbers of the relievers. Dude is a glutton for punishment fer SHER. OK, here we go:
Rick White: On May 18, he had 12 appearances, had pitched 18 innings, gave up 9 hits, no homers, 8 BB, 7 K, 3 ER and had an ERA of 1.50. Since then, he has appeared in 9 games, pitched 10.1 innings, given up 22 H, 2 HR, 15 ER (Phil left him in to rot for 0.1 horrible innings against the Dbacks where he gave up 7 ER) and he now sports a sparkling 5.72 ERA, a 1.52 WHIP and a .282 BAA over 28.1 innings.
I hope ol Timmy Purp shudders when he sees the numbers of the guy he threw on the garbage heap to replace with White – yeh, Russ Springer, who has pitched 27.1 innings and has a 2.63 ERA, 1.10 WHIP and a .191 BAA. Well THAT sure was a good tradeoff, hunh? And Springer WANTED to stay.
Trever Miller, LOOGY Extrordinaire? UGH – ERA 7.71, WHIP 2.20 and BAA .312. His ERA dipped to 3.86 on April 28th, rose, dipped to 4.38 on May 17, and has been in the 6 – 7 range ever since. AND he has 3 BS. Not exactly sure why he’s on the roster still, but hey, no one thought that a guy who had a career year at age 33 just might could regress TO his career levels. Or below.
Dave Borkowski – actually he has pitched pretty darn well. He had that terrible day in LA where he couldn’t find the plate and gave up 4 ER in 0.1 IP, which raised his ERA from 3.23 to 4.35. Of course it hurt that he gave up 2 walks and the game losing hit the day before. But he has been in the mid 3 in ERA all year and has been the only good pitcher besides Brad Lidge.
Moehler – simply dreadful – his ERA has been in the 6-7 range for 2 months. He’s now at 6.12 with a 1.60 WHIP and a .330 BAA. It’s not defensible to even have this guy on the team. Well, it wasn’t in the first place, but he IS one of those all important ex-Tigers Phil LUUUVVVVVVS so much.
Dan Wheeler: was sailing along at the end of May – 9 saves, 1 BS, 23.2 IP, 15 H, 3 HR, 6 BB, 27 K, 8 ER for an ERA of 3.04. Then something terrible happened. In June, he has 3 losses, 2 saves and 3 BS. 10.2 IP – 11 games, 16 H, 5 HR, 12 K, 3 BB, 17 ER. He gave up runs in only 5 of those 11 games, but he gave up 3,3,3,4 and 4 ER. He now has a 6.55 ERA. Yeah, you read that right.
Chad Qualls: His ERA has averaged in the mid 3s to mid 4s for the past 2 months and now stands at 4.38 – not great, but awesome compared to the other guys. Overall, he has 2 BS, but got the W because the team came back as well as 2 saves, 2 more W and 2 L. A lot of people are grousing about him because he gave up a few runs yesterday and 3 runs the game before, but he had 8 straight scoreless appearances before that.
So, it just might could be time to, uh, re-assess the bullpen. Because they have now lost 14 games. This is bad. (Ask Roy, Chris and Wandy you disbelieve me)
Anyone around here sorry we didn’t trade Brad Lidge away just yet?
As one fan asked, is it POSSIBLE for anyone from AAA to be worse? Unfortunately, yes. But we won’t go there just yet…
And we’re off to see Milwaukee, the best team in the NL. Jason Jennings faces Ben Sheets. Any bets on whether Biggio gets one of the 4 more hits he needs against this ace righty?
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