Roy-0, he sure did stir it up with his caustic on the record remarks yesterday, saying that the team, uh, um, wasn’t, uh, playing with determination to WIN. Berkman held a players only meeting today and the guys, uh, talked it out a bit. Whatever it was, it sure nuff took it out of Berkman, because he didn’t reach base or drive in a run today. Matsui, Grit, Bourn each drove in 1 and Keppinger had the game winner, a solo homer juuuuuuust barely over the LF wall ( woulda been a double offn the scoreboard at home, but hey, the Crawford Boxes giveth and the Crawford Boxes taketh away…
Moehler pitched VERY well. The HP ump, for the second day in a row, did a very good job calling balls and strikes – the only 2 mistakes were on pitches made to Pujols – he called 3 low strikes over 2 AB as balls, but it didn’t cost the Astros. Not real too sure why Coop pulled him after only 75 pitches to have Maysonet bunt – hey, even Moehler can bunt, but that’s Coop fer ya. Moehler only gave up 1 hard hit ball and that was the double to Lugo on an inside FB at the knees. He IBBd Pujols, got a grounder, then gave up a single which scored both Lugo and Pujols. But he only threw 14 pitches and was very sharp.
I don’t see the point of pulling a pitcher to have someone else go up and do what a pitcher was gonna do anyway. Then he wastes 3 pitchers in the next inning – Gervacio, Byrdak and Fulchino, Byrdak and Fulchino pitching to just 1 hitter each.
I’m sorry, but that is just stupid. Byrdak is NOT a LOOGY, Fulchino is NOT a ROOGY and Gervacio can get leftys out. It’s like Cooper can’t believe that a team just might could actually NEED a pitcher in a few innings. Or even the next day, and we DON’T have a day off this time.
Valverde got a 2 out save. With the score tied, the reasoning behind NOT having Fulchino throw more than 3 pitches is, WHAT? If Holliday had managed to catch Keppinger’s homer, which he just missed, like WHO was gonna pitch the 10th?
Every time I hear people talking about how all the losing isn’t Coop’s fault, besides pointing to his walking Johsnons to pitch to Hanley Ramirez, using an obviously hurting, spent pitcher, I point to his doing stupid stsuff like burning through 3 pitchers in 1 inning when they are ALL sharp. And doing it 2 nights in a row.
Tomorrow, we go to the BOB and face the Dbax, who we just saw 10 days ago. It’s Yorman Bazardo vs Max Scherzer.
Oh yeah – both Hawkins and Valverde have been pulled back from waivers so no trades. Peachy. This way, Drayton can pretend this team is still in contention, which they are, for 3rd place in the Central. And we aren’t gonna call up any young players who aren’t on the 40 man, or even Bogusevic. Just great. Now we can all eagerly look forward to Aaron Boone, the Saviour Of The Team.
If Drayton wants fans to come to the ballpark, he’d best be giving us some sort of reason besides Aaron Freaking Boone and his lifetime ERA+ of 94. And it sure has amused me how many Astros fans are indignant that Roy-O had the NERVE to say what he did and he should be traded like Billy Wags. Who does he think he is, Biggio/Bagwell?????