The Astros looked like their usual pathetic selves again.
I have NO idea what in the name of GAWD is wrong with Lance Berkman, but he can’t catch up with fastballs and he’s missing breakers. And, naturally, he’s leaving guys on base. LOTS of them.
But, you know, it’s not just Lance.
Gallardo threw a CG with 105 pitches, barely broke a sweat, giving up exactly 4 hard hit balls, only one of which was a hit.
1st – 12 pitches
2nd – 7 pitches
3rd – 11 pitches
4th – 23 pitches (the one in which the Astros actually scored)
5th – 10 pitches
6th – 12 pitches
anyone see a pattern???!!
7th – 8 pitches
8th – 11 pitches
9th – 11 pitches
And let’s look at each of the guys in the lineup and see how many pitches each had/AB:
Matsui: 2 (1B),5 (K), 1 (GO), 4 (GO) = average 3 pitches/AB
Bourn: 1 (sac-b),3 (1B), 6 (1B), 5 (K) = average 5 pitches/AB
Lance: 5 (GO), 6 (K), 3 (K), 5 (K) = 5 pitches/AB
Lee: 3 (FO), 4 (HR), 2 (FO), 2 (GO) = 3 pitches/AB
Miggy: 2 (GO),7 (FO), 2 (FO) = 4 pitches/AB
Pence: 1 (GO), 3 (FO), 1 (1B) = 2 pitches/AB
Blum: 4 (LO), 4 (LO), 5 (GIDP) = 4 pitches/AB
Q/IRod: 3 (GO), 2 (GO), 3 (FO) = 3 pitches/AB
Pitcher/PH: 3 (GO), 3 (K), 4 (K) = 3 pitches/AB
BAD, isn’t it? Of Gallardo’s 71 strikes, only 15 were fouled off, and 5 of those were not in the strike zone.
Paulino did fine until he lost command in the 5th and threw waaaay too many pitches in the middle of the plate, which is how I remember him pitching last year. He threw 17 strikes, 7 balls, and every pitch which was hit for a single was up and over the plate.
Fulchino pitched 3 innings very well giving up only a solo homer and no walks. Good that he gave the rest of the bullpen the night off, so they best have no excusees about being too tired tomorrow – well, except for Valverde, who is still too hurt to pitch.
Lance best remember how to hit or this is gonna be a LONG LONG LONG season.
Also, I am getting pretty freaking tired of people blaming Michael Bourn for the team’s lack of success. Good grief. He is outhitting both Lance and Carlos. And that is NOT a good thing…
By the way, Bradley Awesomeness hit the game winning single for the Dodgers bottom of the 9th. He soooo ROOLZ.
Speaking of catchers, Quintero looked to be pretty shaken up in that collision with Mike Cameron. Brad never got into collisions, you know. Wonder if he is going to go on the DL or just sit on the bench.
Wonder when teams are gonna stop running on Pence…