It’s not that Matt had super stuff, as Roy did last night – he gave up more walks (4) than hits (3) plus 1 WP, but no homers, and somehow managed to get the last out with men on base. As Roger Clemens taught me these past few years, if you go to 3-1 or 3-2, especially on a guy who seems to be seeing your stuff well, much better to walk him than give him something good to hit and worry about getting the next guy out. Matt used only 94 pitches to get through 7 innings, a pretty darn good and efficient job.
Astros hitters didn’t do very well – fortunate that Lance has picked this time to get hot – he hit another monster shot to right to win the game. And Lee and Lamb left bases loaded in the 8th. But not hitting against Joel F. Pineiro? Good grief.
I see that Cooper is going to continue Phil’s leftyrighty thing. Mike Lamb is going to spend most of what is left of the season on the bench, so it really does look as if they are definitely cutting him loose and keeping Wiggy. I sure would REALLY like to know if they ever even tried to keep Lamb next year – I all I read are vague things like – well, the club didn’t think they’d be able to keep him next year. I’m cynical enough to translate that into – the club didn’t WANT to play the few extra million it would take to keep Lamb instead of Wiggy….
I’m not surprised that Biggio is again telling the manager where and when he’ll be playing. I’ll be glad when this season ends – I’m REALLY tired of his stuff. I’m just grateful the team is so bad this year so it really doesn’t matter, except to the careers of Scott and Burke.
And today, Bud Selig “enthusiastically” endorsed Coop. Yecccccccccccchhhhhh. Bud Selig, far as I’m concerned, is (how can I put this) someone for whom I have exactly zero respect (yeah, I can put it like that) and hearing him endorse Coop is bad BAD news, far as I’m concerned. Cooper taking orders from Biggio, playing Loretta at short, getting kudos from Buddy Boy – I got a bad BAD feeling about this…
We’re off on a 9 game road trip – Chicago (all afternoon games!!!!!), rapidly sinking Milwaukee (hard to believe with the talent on that club) and then a day off before visiting The Jackal and friends.
Tomorrow is Troy Patton vs Jason Marquis.