9/18/12: Fernando Is A-Bad Enough Pitcher To Lead Astros To Number 100!!!

Losses, that is.

He actually wasn’t that bad – struck out a lot of guys, 6 in 5 innings, didn’t walk anyone, gave up 3 runs on 6 hits.

What was the absolute most amazing thing about this game is that Jason Castro threw out Jon Jay TWICE – once trying to steal second on a  strikemout, throwemout; once trying to steal third on a strikeemout, throwemout. JASON CASTRO MANAGED TO THROW OUT 2 RUNNERS IN THE SAME GAME!!! Will miracles nevah cease??!!

Trouble is that Kyle Lohse was GOOD, there’s a reason he’s the ace this year. Can you believe it? Better than Adam Wainwright? He gave up 4 hits and 2 walks over 7 innings, but no cigar.  You could see the guys breathe a sigh of relief when Mitchell Boggs, a good reliever, came in. He’s good, but he’s no ace. The guys managed to score a run on 3 singles – Brett Wallace tapped an outside slider opposite field to score Paredes from third.

Brett hasn’t been hitting real too good lately. His BA was .290 (.827 OPS) on Aug 31 and it’s down to .262, thanks to hitting .192 in September. The boy best pick it up iffn he doesn’t want to get displaced by that great platoon team of Scott Moore/Matt Downs.

Good news is that Larry Bowa is not going to be managing. I have absolutely NO idea why on earth they interviewed him in the first place. Crane says that they will choose the manager by the end of next week, so unless someone is interviewing after Bogar, it means they only interviewed 5 guys – and, naturally, nobody who is going to cost any sort of money. And best I know, they have NOT interviewed Brad Ausmus – too bad.

More news – the Lexington Legends have decided to not re-up with the Astros. You’d think it as the other way around from the headlines. Looks as if they’re going to have to change affiliations to somewheres in the Midwest. Interesting.

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10 Responses to “9/18/12: Fernando Is A-Bad Enough Pitcher To Lead Astros To Number 100!!!”

  1. Eric says:

    A Bad punny. A very A Bad punny.

    Let’s see if the Astros are even A Bad’der than last year’s 106 loss team. It’ll be a tight race, but with them playing the Cards five more times, they have a excellent shot of surpassing the previous year’s team in badness.

    Abad was a bad penny. Ok enough bad puns.


  2. Neil says:

    They still have a shot at the worst road record in history!

  3. Robert says:

    So who is going to be the next manager?? Hmmm i keep hearing about an unknown candidate. Could it be Biggio/Ausmus? I personally think that one of those 2 would resonate with the fans much better than someone outside the orgainizaton. I would prefer Ausmus and have Biggio as a bench coach or something to that affect. Ausmus seems to fit the Lunhow model. Of course regardless of who manages next year, they still need the talent, especially in the AL West next year…..

  4. Becky says:

    There’s a “stealth” guy in the running for the new manager………”they” know
    who he is but we don’t. This next week looks to be real interesting!! As for last nights *100* loss, the guys knew it was coming, but it doesn’t make it any easier to digest. I feel sorry for these kids……..they are demoralized, and it hurts to see them so sad. NOT THEIR FAULT. Becky :( :( :( :( :(

  5. Lisa Gray says:


    i LUUUVVVV A Bad pun.


    i’m not sure if these guys are down with going for the worst road record. it’s kind of like The Sacred All Time Pinch Hits Record – for some reason, nobody notices what is REALLY important


    i really doubt it is going to be biggio. he likes to say who he thinks the manager should be and what he should do. he’s been like that pretty much his whole career. i can’t see him agreeing to take over this gonna be terrible for a minimum of 2-3 years at LEAST team. he’d wanna take over when it looks as if the team could be good. i think he’s a lot more like that kind of guy. unlike a lot of people, i don’t think he’s the sacrificing kind. he’s some kind of special assistant right now and i would bet that is exactly where he wants to be.

    i guess there is now plenty of precedent about having guys with no managing or coaching experience who have a Name starting as a ML manager. dierker, ventura, matheny. i am just not sure that brad wants to take over a AAAA team. people always blame the manager for the team’s failures unless the team is able to present a convenient scapegoat (nomar garciaparra, the “beer and chicken” guys last year in boston. some shtty reliever in NY, some starter Who Couldn’t Take The Pressure. etc) and the astros are not exactly famous for throwing some player under the bus. well, maybe adam everett’s failure to hit like arod…

    i haven’t heard who a mystery guy is yet. unless he’s not connected with any ML team except the astros, they can’t announce it until after the series. far as i know, they’re not going after some OTHER team’s manager…

  6. wags says:

    The sooner Biggio takes over, the closer he is to his 3000th win.

  7. Eric says:

    Even if they asked Dierker back do you REALLY think he’d want to listen to those sabremetrics guys that Crane brought in ala Moneyball style ?

    I’m all for Ausmus becoming the Astros manager if they EVER can convince him to take over a Quad A team.


  8. Lisa Gray says:


    VERY good!!!!


    the guys they are interviewing have never managed in the majors, and any first job is often a stepping stone to a job managing a better team. ausmus is busy with Team Israel in the WBC. maybe he WILL manage – if there is anything that would get me to watch any astros games (when they play in a NL ballpark) it would be lots of closeups of brad ausmus in the dugout…

    because, heaven knows, ain’t much worth watching on the field.

  9. Becky says:

    Bought tickets for their LAST game at MM as a NL team. Wed. September 26th.
    I “hope” they can win THAT one.

  10. Lisa Gray says:

    you’re braver than me. i can’t bear to say goodbye.
    or give crane any money…