Aren’t all yall excited!!! We get the number one draft choice again!!! Just like the Nats did a few years back, only they got 2 superstars and we didn’t/aren’t. I mean, even the Rays didn’t get number ones 2 years straight and neither did Pittsburgh. Or KC. Or Milwaukee.
And the deciding game was an Astros Special. Terrible pitching, fielding, hitting, errors galore, unmade plays galore.
Astros left bases loaded in the first. Gee, left bases loaded you say? Imagine that. 9 Ks in 7 innings? 2 GIDP and 7 or 8 RISP stranded? What a surprise. Everyone not named Scott Moore looked bad with the bat. Brett Wallace is having a TERIBLE September. Well, so is everyone else, I shouldn’t point fingers.
Abad had a 1,2,3 inning, but somehow hurt his little self (not used to pitching 4 innings straight, you say?) walking a batter and in came Froddy again. You might could kind of call it starting on short rest. Anyway, he gave up a – ahem – triple – ahem – to right. Scott Moore is not a RF, so you can say a better fielder just might could have done a lot better. But the FB down the middle to the next batter was entirely his own darn fault. Except for a solo homer to Yadi Molina – and that one was right down the middle too, he threw 3 more scoreless innings. Had no idea we had a long man. Don’t guess Froddy knew it neither.
Jose Velez gave up 2 runs because of TWO screwed up plays on successive sac bunts. Yeah – once Matheny saw that we couldn’t handle bunts, he ordered .300 hitter Jon Jay to lay down another and wouldn’tcha know it. Bases loaded, Matt Holliday singles to center and Bogu, of all people, makes an error and bobbles the ball and it’s men on second and third, 2 runs in. Not Bogu’s fault, just the advance to second. But Valdez shut it down, then Rhiner Cruz and Chuckie Fick pitched a scoreless.
Official attendence was 12, 584 – yeah, surrrrre. There weren’t 5 K people in the stands and most of em were Cards fans.
Now that Edgar Gonzalez and Abad are injured, wonder who on earth they are gonna use to start. Enerio Del Rosario? No wonder they are pushing Bud Norris to start. Although it might could not work in his favor – remember what happened to Brandon Backe who thought he was taking it for the team…
Oh yeah – news. Julio Daniel martinez is getting hand surgery and is out for the year. Like Brandon Barnes, he’s supposed to play winter league ball. He’s had The Year From Hell. And leads the Astros in RBIs which tell you all you need to know about RBIs. Fernando Martinez can’t hit or field.
The reason this team has won as much as it has this month is, in my opinion, due to all the extra relievers and uninjured bench players. Most of the time, we really didn’t have a 25 man roster. Not that this team could have been even decent if no one was injured, mind.