And Sean Forman (the math professor genius who invented baseball-reference.com) said on record in the NY Times that Michael Bourn is the best baserunner in baseball!!!!! And Michael went 4 fer 5 tonight, scoring 2 of the Astros 3 runs!!!
And Pence drove in 2 of em – 1 with a solo homer high off the wall above the CBoxes and another with a bases loaded walk!!!
Isn’t this exciting!!! They Are Our Astros!!!!!
Unfortunately, the rest of em are too. JA is making Us Fans Un-HAPP-y with his continued suckage. He’s like you know like the LAST guy who should evah face Bahstin – that team won’t swing at crap and that is what JA throws. It’s not like Bud, whose pitches have some serious movement goin on – Happ is just a nibbler who either bites off more than he can chew or misses the sandwach altogether.
He started off by spotting them 3 runs in the first. 6 pitch walk, 2 pitch single, 2-1 RBI single, 2-1 single to load the bases (you notice there are no outs), 7 pitch walk to lefty David Ortiz, (reminding JA how icky it is to ride buses instead of charter jets with hot stewardesses), then a 1-2 run scoring GIDP, 3-1 flyout. The ump missed only 1 pitch (called a strike1 a ball) and they didn’t swing at pitches out of the zone – except once and that was borderline and went for a hit.
It’s not like their pitcher was ace – it’s that Clank and Jason Michaels went back to being Clank and Jason Michaels. Clank did nothing with MOB – including grounding out with bases loaded and Michaels GIDP with 2 on 2 out.
As for the bullpen – well, the game was already lost when Millsie-poopoo threw Abad to the wolves in the 8th. I guesss he told him he was gonna finiah that inning no matter what. He came in to face lefty A-GON-Y (who is killing the baseball in Bahstin, just like he did in San Diego) and had nothing – gave up a solid single on a 2-1 curveball in the zone, gave up a single to righty Youk on a 2-1 FB pretty much mid-plane, then threw lefty Reddick a couple of crappy curves – got one as a gift strike from ther ump, then 2 meh FB outside the zone which were fouled off, then another single on a cruveball that diudn’t curve much – bases loaded, no outs. He got NO stuff – this is not bad luck bloop hits or stuff that dribbles in the infield or one of those off the end of the bat/bad swing thingys. No. These are sold hits off crappy stuff.
But Millsie-poopoo just sits on hands. No Brocail neither.
Next hitter is switch hitter Saltalamacchia, who hits better lefty than right, and he hits a nice solid deep sac-fly to left.
What, no righty pitcher to dace the righty Darnell McDonald? Hitting .115 in 52 AB over 31 games? Abad throws a change in the dirt, another crappy inside curve, then a nice meaty belt high FB on the inner third which aforementioned crappy hitter sends over the train tracks. Scutaro somehow gets himself out on a FB down the middle and JD Drew grounds out on an outside curveball – the same crappy pitch Abad has been throwing all night.
Sometimes I wonder if managers do stuff like this so GMs will be forced to get rid of guys with high ERAs.
Tomorrow, it’s Jordan Lyles vs Josh Beckett, who had a terrible year last year, but has come back this year with a vengeance – a 2.20 ERA, 0.93 WHIP and a .178 BAA over 98 IP. NOT a good omen for the worst team in the majors.