What is amazing is that the Astros managed to get 2 runs off Tommy Hanson from 4 hits, a walk and a ROE. Bourn, Barmes, Pence, Wallace, Hall and Quintero all went ofer. Matt Downs – of all people – provided all the offense tonight with a solo homer and a double, which drove in Clank who ROE.
The Braves weren’t exactly hitting like the 01 Mariners, but it was tough with the HP ump’s, uh, not real too consistant strike zone. He called a WHOLE lot of pitches on the outside black as balls and every now and then, to confise the pitcher, would call a strike on the exact same pitch he just called a ball – and he usually wouldn’t call pitches at the knees as strikes – although he called a pitch at Tommy Hansen’s ankle Strike 1 instead of Ball4. And we won’t count the number of inches off the plate – well, maybe 3 – that was Brian Bogusevic’s “strike 3″ – and all I can say is that I am getting tired of this crap.
I really don’t know whether the ball strike calls were always this bad or if it is just a LOT more obvious bcause of pitch Fx. Whatever, it is something that needs fixing a LOT more than we need instant replay.
I need someone to explain to me why Fernando Abad, who can barely get out leftys, was left in in the 7th to face 2 rightys. Why not send in Wilton Lopez BEFORE the go ahead run scores? I don’t get this. It’s not like Abad is this great lefty pitcher who kills rightys. How many games does the poor (swear word) have to lose? What IS it with Mills? He benches Wallace, who hits leftys better than rightys, against leftys. He keeps Abad in to face rightys when he can hardly get them out.
How many times can I type – well, at least we didn’t get shut out?
Tomorrow is Wandy vs Derek Lowe.
We all know that Wandy pitches better at home – but he’s had an absolutely TERRIBLE time at the Ted – 4 GS, 1 in relief, 20 IP with a 7.20 ERA. Checked the games in 2010 and 08: 5R/2 ER in 5 IP and 2 ER/5.1 IP. Which means I don’t wanna look up the carnage of his 2 previous starts. Let’s hope that curve curves. And that the HP umps don’t uck-say. And that the bullpen doesn’t blow it, as usual.
Derek Lowe, RHP has thrown 10 games 0ver 63 IP vs the Astros lifetime with a 3.43 ERA. Of course, that is over many years. Beat the Astros last year – 6 H, 1 BB, 1 ER/6 IP. He’s a groundball guy and we all know how much the Astros swing away. Actually, he’s pitching better this year than he has for the past few years in Atlanta – he’s lowered his H/9 and raised his K/9. Of course, it’s supposedly The Years Of The Pitchers – meaning that the steroids have all finally worn off after 6 years. Worn off the hitters I mean – not that the strike zone is weird or that the ball is deader.
And bad news, my friends – got told by people who know people that the banks have approved 300 mill in loans to Jim Crane to buy the team (Drayton is kicking in enough to get by the MLB debt load rule) which is seriously terrible news. All we can do is hope that Bud will turn this down or that someone will kick up fuss about all the leveraging. But probably not because it isn’t one of the glamour franchises and Bud doesn’t give a damm about that and neither do the networks and MLBAM won;t either as long as Crane manages to keep payroll above the unofficial minimum.
And don’t give me stuff about the farm/young players. Take a look at AAA – you see anyone on the roster who looks like ML material? Besides gonna be promoted no matter what Jordan Lyles? And Doug Arguello, who gets no props, don’t ask me why?
Now AA has 3 position players who look as if they have some possibility of getting somewheres – Wladimir Sutil, Brandon Wikoff (and I’m not holding my breath because he had a .580 OPS at Lancaster last year – THE best hitting park in high A) and JD Martinez (Jimmy Paredes is supposed to be a prospect, not sure why – doesn’t do much of anything very well, according to his stats, but you know how prospect people are) but the pitchers look like icky stuff – don’t get fooled by Urckfitz – he has a low ERA but has given up 13 RUNS and has a high WHIP.
A-ball Lexington has a few good hitters – and Jio Mier/De Shields are not among them – one OK starter, Tanner Bushue and one good reliever, righty Jason Chowning (28th round last year). But this is A ball and we’ve seen ALL kinds of guys kill A ball and then not be able to do well in AA.
Lancaster - high A – well, I can’t believe hitters’ numbers because the park grossly exaggerates offense, but there si one good pitcher so far – Jake Buchanan – 8th round last year – 7 GS, 49 IP, 0.93 WHIP.
We have no well thought of prospects in the farm. We really don’t, unfortunately. Crane isn’t gonna spend money he doesn’t have, neither.