Roy didn’t exactly look good – I guess the pitches didn’t have enough movement because he sure didn’t get very many swings and misses. Gave up 11 hits, 2 homers, 1 BB, 1 K. And he gave up moren a few very long fly ball outs too. He just hasn’t looked like the old Roy all year. Maybe it’s just my suspiscions, but somehow, I think the hitters are guessing what he is going to throw on each pitch. He had only two 1,2,3 innings and the second was because a runner forgot to touch a base and was tagged out for a LODP. And he went to a 0-2 count 4 times and couldn’t put the batter away.
And he left 2 on and Byrdak, then Nieve, Francoed him and let his runners score.
And he strained his groin on his 111th pitch – he landed awkwardly, looks like. No news, just “day to day.”
And this lineup is BAD juju. You shouldn’t never mess with what is working and working well and the team was doing nothing but winning with Bourn at leadoff. Pence isn’t doing diddly, we’ve got the 3 automatic outs for 7,8,9 again, so the pitcher is pitching them extra tough. Since the lineup was messed with, Matsui and Berkman got picked off, and Bourn got caught stealing by a catcher who is a lousy defensive catcher.
Lance, of course, is doing more than diddly – he singled, solo homered and walked. But Miggy had only a RBI single and Lee did nothing. This lineup managed only SIX hits and 3 walks off Vicente Freaking Padilla. Like I said, this lineup was a BAD idea.
Of course the screams for Bourn’s head are getting louder. So we send him down/bench him/DFA him or something and put WHO in center? Erstad is too fragile to play every day, no matter what his BA is right now, and he really isn’t fast enough to play center, so Pence would have to go back and Erstad would have to go to right. Sorry, but Erstad is doing this well BECAUSE he isn’t playing every day. He’s a very VERY old 33 who has been banged up a LOT during his 8 year career.
Pence is a lousy leadoff guy because he basically is a hacker who doesn’t walk or take pitches. Apparently Matsui doesn’t WANT to lead off, so we would play Erstad, who doesn’t have much power 6th, then Wiggy 7th and Towles at 8th. We’re going to have the problem with the weak 7,8,9 again.
And anyone who thinks there is someone in the minors who is ready, let’s hear who it is. Oh yeah – and WHO is it that is supposed to take Erstad’s spot on the bench when Bourn is DFA’d/sent down? And no, we can NOT keep the Bourn on the ML bench because he obviously isn’t going to be much use as a PH and the other bench guy is Jose Cruz with his buck40 average and all he’s good for is sometimes taking a walk and DR. We don’t need two guys to DR in the OF on the bench when neither one of them can hit, right? So exactly WHERE are the Astros gonna get this bat?
And once more, I don’t get the interest in replacing Towles with Quintero, who is doing simply awful in AAA – and Josh Paul is doing worse. And the guys in AAA have OPS under 700 – there are no Saltalamacchias in waiting. I hope this isn’t gonna be one of those – oh, since Quintero did great in spring training, he’ll do great all year. Yall forgetting that Cheito Cruz did great in ST as well?† As did Bourn and Towles? ST stats mean zero.
Tomorrow, it’s Brandon Backe vs Kason Gabbard
Brandon hasn’t been particularly good this year – 2-5 in 9 GS (3 QS): 48.2 IP (5.1 IP/GS) – 53 H, 8 HR, 29 BB, 37 K: 4.62 ERA, 1.67 WHIP and a .267 BAA
He has pitched 10 innings at Arlington – 7 ER – 11 H, 2 HR, 4 BB, 7 K (not good)
Kason Gabbard, LHP, age 26 is the pitcher the Rangers got from Boston (along with David Murphy) in the Eric Gagne swindle last year. He’s been up and down the past few years and now has a career 8-4 in 25 GS and 3 in relief with a 3.89 ERA, 1.40 WHIP and a .241 BAA.
This year, he’s 1-0 in 6 GS (2 QS) – 29.2 IP – he seems to have had some injury problems as he had one start with 2 IP, after which he missed 1 start, and he had to leave after 3.2 IP at Seattle (the game where that idiot Richie Sexson threw a helmet at him for throwing a pitch down the middle, then charged the mound.) His last start, he gave up 2 runs over 5.1 IP.
28 H, 1 HR, 14 BB, 11 K: 2.12 ERA, 1.42 WHIP, .257 BAA
He has pitched 23 innings in Arlington – 22 H, 4 HR, 9 BB, 12 K – 4.30 ERA, 1.35 WHIP, .247 BAA