And tomorrow, when we go to play our great interleague rivals the Toronto Grackles (or whatevs) we will be at that magical mark of 15-30. Unlike 2005, we hardly need a tombstone because this team was dead and buried before the year began. It’s not like we have Berkman coming back, 3 ace pitchers, an ace closer and GOOD bullpen.
Really, what can I say?
Happ was OK – 3 runs on a solo homer, 2 runs on a single, walk and a double. 4 total hits, 3 BB, 8 K, 3 ER/6 IP. The Cards scored an extra run on an unearned run because of a Bil Hall error, but really, they didn’t need it. The Stros got 2 runs on small ball: one run on a Quintero single, WP, groundout, another WP (those are kewl – rare, but kewl and hardly examples of hitting prowess); another on a double, single and sac-fly.
Bourn, Wallace and CJ all went ofer – all that benching Wallace isn’t smart – but of course, this team is not exactly run by smart people.
Speaking of which Maury Brown, who writes the well known bizofbaseball.com, had this to say about Crane and the debt load.
But even though the onerous debt load would severely drop payroll and the amount of money would could be spent on the Organization – it just might could be Crane’s bad history with the EEOC and his discrimination against those ICKY wimmen, darkies and sech, as well as his destroying countless files to prevent further investigation. The New York Times, in fact, is running with the story. Bud might could be more sensitive to that kind of bad PR than he is to having yet ANOTHER franchise with severe money problems. Of course, a team with minimal money can’t pay ballplayers real too much, can they – and THAT is what is important.
Am not sure why the fans are so eager to see this guy owning the Astros. Drayton isn’t exactly perfect, but at least he HAS money and he DID spend lots of it on the ML team, if not the farm.
Anyway, back to games: I hate interleague ball – an idea whose time has gone. And Bud Selig wonders why there is so much less interest in the ASG and the WS.
Tomorrow, Aneury Rodriguez (who is reminding me of Pete Munro, circa 2004 and his inability to make it more than twice through the order) faces ex-Braves pitcher Jo-Jo Reyes. How many homers will Jose Bautista hit? Wonder how long it’s gonna be before people start accusing him of using designer steroids – hope the guy is insisting on a LOT of testing if he is clean. Anyway, Reyes was drafted in the 2nd round of the 03 draft – had a career high 116 IP in 08 before needing the usual TJ surgery. Was traded last year as part of the Ynuel Escobar for Alex Gonzalez trade. This year, he’s thrown 8 games ove 41 IP: 55 H, 3 HR, 12 BB, 25 K: 4.85 ERA, 1.61 WHIP.
Sat, we face Brandon Morrow, ex-first round pick of the Mariners in 06; they wanted him to be a closer. He wasn’t real too good, got traded to Toronto 2 years ago for reliever Brandon League and some monir leaguer, and has done decently as a starter when not on the DL. This year, he’s started 5 games over 26 IP: 22 H, 12 BB, 37 K: 4.85 ERA, (81 ERA+) 1.31 WHIP.
Sunday, Wandy faces Houstonian Kyle Drabek, son of ex-Stro Doug Drabek – the first “STAH” Fa that Drayton signed after he bough the Astros back in 94, remember? Anyway, Kyle was the Phil’s 1st round pick in 06 and he was traded to Toronto for Roy Halliday. Came up last year for a cup of coffee and has made the rotation this year at age 23 – he’s started 9 games over 50 IP: 48H, 5 HR, 34 BB, 35 K: 4.36 ERA (90 ERA+) and 1.64 WHIP.