I think the guy deserves how own blog entry, don’t yall? Getting 9 outs on 34 pitches is excellent.
Of course, like the old song goes – but it’s a lil too late to do the right thing now….
Hampton pitched 4 innings before his lil finger owie, but he gave up 3 walks and a hit to left, which, given the fact that Clank is there, meant a double and a run scored, and then smash to center, which meant another run.
And because the Astros left bases loaded twice and men on first and second and 0 or 1 outs twice, there wasn’t real too much chance of victory.
And also because Astros pinch hitters are, to be nice about it, teh sukc. Coop with his lefty righty obsession, which is even worse than Phil, refuses to use Keppinger against ANY righty, even though he is outhitting Erstad and Smith combined.
I mean, I’ve only said this stuff a zillion times and I sure wish I could have something different to write.
Today, it’s the battle of the aces – Wandy (yall ever think you’d hear Wandy being called an ace???) vs Yovani Gallardo, who has absolutely shut DOWN the Astros in all 3 starts, and threw a 5 hit, 1 run CG against us in April.
Unless there are unearned runs given up by the Crew, Wandy is gonna get tagged with a loss or ND. And since Gallardo is a righty – you won’t see Keppinger.
Actually, Coop should use Hampton or Ortiz as pinch hitters. Unlike the limp noodle “bats” he is now using to no effect, those 2 guys can actually, you know, like, HIT.
And Wandy best be careful with Corey Hart, who is 10/23 with 2 doubles, a homer and 4 walks. Hope the curve is working and the changeup changin, is all I have to say. Well, that and at least there is no Angel Hernandez behind the plate.
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