Started off the same as it did 5 days ago – Wandy walked the leadoff batter, couldn’t find the strike zone, and was behind – this time by 3 runs, before the first inning was over. He threw 35 pitches though, and every inning, he needed way too many pitches to put guys away. Trouble was that he couldn’t get either the curve or change over and the hitters sat dedred.
Although he seemed to get a grasp (hahaha) on his pitches, he ran completely out of steam before he could finish the 5th inning, gave up 3 more hits, 2 more walks and left with 2 on, and naturally, the Astros couldn’t come back. The Astros have not managed to come back even ONCE when trailing after 7 innings this year. Mr. RBI Lee couldn’t manage a hit off Matt Capps, ERA 6.86, with the bases loaded, Astros down by 3, 2 outs, bottom of the 9th.
Brandon Backe pitched his first inning in relief, gave up 3 doubles, a WP and 2 ER. UCK. In case anyone forgot, he always did MUCH worse as a reliever than a starter.
Gotta give kudos to Maysonet – he’s still hitting and getting on base – 1 fer 2 with 2 walks and 2 RS. And Erstad actually hit the ball well – first time all year, and was robbed by Nyger Morgan making like Michael Bourn.
Man, I just don’t know what to say. This team looks as dead and lifeless as the 07 Worship The Biggio Farewell Tour Team. I mean, it’s my team, and I’ll always root for them, but man do they look BAD. Not just the pitching, but the failure to hit with RISP (who would have guessed that Michael Bourn has the highest BA with RISP on this team) and vile baserunning blunders, crappy coaching by the 3B coach, too many fielding errors, too many fielding plays not made, regression by Berkman with feet and glove as well as bat…
This is the worst team I can remember since I was 9 or 10. Or was it 11 or 12? No matter, those teams were transitioning over to youngsters, so at least there seemed to be some hope. I keep hearing all about the wonderful prospects in A-ball, but hey, they are in freaking A-ball, and that is a ways off.
Mike Hampton pitches the rubber game and I hope that for once, he can manage to not suck.
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