It was the Return Of Home Run Field, and Brandon hit one out, his second of the year, and didn’t give any up. He gave up 10 hits – 9 singles, including 4 infield hits that weren’t fielded and 3 walks. – 3 ER over 6 IP.
Pedro Martinez was certainly not the old Pedro – gave up 5 hits, 3 solo homers and 2 walks – 3 ER. He’s a whole different pitcher – not much movement in the FB and the change ain’t what it used to be. He lasted 5 innings – 87 pitches.
Every hitter in the Stros lineup got a hit, even Quintero, except for Wiggy. Loretta’s pinch hit slam into the Crawford Boxes against Heilman was the difference maker.
I do, however, think that Cooper’s strategy of having one reliever pitch to one batter in the 7th – Byrdak, then Sampson, the Wright, was absolutely wasteful, and if Loretta hadn’t hit that slam and broken the tie in the bottom of the 8th, WHO was gonna pitch? Hawkins??? Plus, getting up and down tires out relievers just as much as pitching them an entire inning. He’s gonna use WHO tonight?
And tonight, it’s a marquee aces matchup – Roy vs Johan Santana.
Roy has done pretty well against the Mets: 5-4 in 11 GS over 71.1 IP – 74 h, 7 HR, 22 BB, 59 K: 3.52 ERA, 1.34 WHIP, .266 BAA.
He only managed 5 innings against Cincy last outing and hopefully, he’ll be stronger this time.
Johan is being labeled a disappointment for the Mets because his record is 9-7 0ver 22 GS and 147,1 IP – He does have 16 Qs and a 2.93 ERA and a 1.19 WHIP. I guess people think that an ace should throw CG shutouts every start and the fact that ones team needs to manufacture like RUNS means nothing to too many people.
Anyway, he’s only thrown 5 innings vs the Astros (in 05) and he gave up 1 run.
Me, I’d love to se a pitchers’ duel in which the Astros win because The Jackal boots the winning run…
For those of you just joining us (as the saying goes) I’ve talked about why I hate Carlos The Jackal every time we play the Mets. But to say it again, it’s like this: Me, I don’t begrudge the ballplayers one cent. The owners are billionaires making 30-50 mill a year from their teams and I believe that ballplayers who, after all, are the ones who do the entertaining, should get their fair share. I also think that any ballplayer who is a FA or has 10/5 rights, has the right to play anyplace he wishes for any team that wants him. Which means that if a player has a no-trade and he doesn’t WANT to be traded, that is his RIGHT – he EARNED it.
I don’t have anything against the many players who left the Astros, either through trade because they didn;t like it here (Mike Hampton) or when they were FA because they wanted to play somewhere else (Randy Johnson) and it isn’t always about being outbid or Drayton being cheap.
The reason Carlos The Jackal is the exception is because he LIED and said he wanted to stay in Houston when he really wanted to go to NY (he had signed a contract to write a book called “My First Year In Pinstripes” by the beginning of December, long before he signed with the Mets) and he dragged things out with his lies so darn long that by the time he FINALLY signed with the Mets, it was too late for the Astros to go out and get another big bat (and remember, this was right at the time that Drayton threw Gerry out and decided to be his own GM.) It screwed up the Astros not only that year, but for many years. Oh yeah – and I didn’t appreciate Carlos THEN lying after he signed his contract with the Mets about how Drayton wouldn’t give him this or than when in fact he didn’t tell Drayton anything until his Mets contract was already signed.
And no, I’m not saying Carlos is not responsible and Boras is because Carlos HIRED Boras – it’s like the old story about the frog and the scorpion – he knew who the scorpion was BEFORE he picked him up…