Look Honey, Kirk Gibson is back
This was one of the weirdest games I have ever seen. Old Wandy didn't have his control, but he is still too cool to get angry with. And he did meander hiw way through 5 innings to his credit. Despite allowing a plethora of hits, walks, and homeruns, Old Wandy got the win. That is what he does. He meanders. I really do love watching Wandy pitch. He just has these antics of his- putting his hands on his knees after throwing pitches, taking his cap off every few seconds. He is fun to watch. Livan Hernandez had an interesting night. He pitched pretty poorly, by his standards. He hit pretty well, by any standards. He was a triple short of the cycle. He minus well have needed ten, because as Bill Brown put it, it is going to take a collision in the outfield for Livan Hernandez to triple. One thing he did manage to do was break a homerun record. In the 4th inning, Livan Hernandez hit a homerun into the Crawford Boxes. He now holds the unofficial record for the slowest homerun trot in the history of the game. Normally, I wouldn't be making remarks like this, but in my opinion, Livan looked at that ball a bit too long and ran a bit too slow for me to be nice. Put your head down and run the bases, you aren't Kirk Gibson. In my opinion he intentionally ran the bases a bit slower than he could have, kept his head up a bit longer than he should have and is therefore going to be inserted into a "I can't beat Don Zimmer in a foot race" joke. He can't beat Don Zimmer in a footrace. Still though, the beginning of this game seemed to be P Livan hernandez vs H Livan Hernandez. Would he drive in more than he gave up? Well, no, he wouldn't.
Mike Lamb has looked pretty bad these last few games. He had a terrible game in the opener. He went 0-5 with two foulouts and hit into two double plays, one to end the game. If you think he played better today, we are in strong disagreement. His RBI single in the first was the result of getting jammed on a pitch headed for his neck. He hit into another duble play. In the 7th inning one of the dumbest things I have ever seen happened. Directly following Morgan Ensberg's ground rule double, with men on second and third, Mike Lamb ran the count full. Hernandez threw the pitch. The umpire calls it a ball and nothing happens... Mike stands there. The umpire stands there. Garner doesn't move. The fans are confused. Livan gets the ball back,
smirking away, and on the following pitch, induces a flyout to short. That is inexcusable, someone needs to get their head in the game. What is Cecil Cooper on the staff for, anyway? Other Astros who didn't contribute much to this win include Brad Lidge and Lance Berkman. However, throughout the course of the season, all players are expected to have bad games. The good ones have fewer bad games, and those 2 rarely have them. When you can win a game where 2 of your key players didn't play well and your starting pitcher doesn't have his stuff, it is in fact what makes this game a team sport...
I think of it like a machine. The machine the Astros were using early in the season was broken. Sometimes it worked well enough to pull out a win. Sometimes though, certain parts didn't work and the result was a loss. Now it seems that every part of the machine is working, Yet, when that certain part isn't working- whether it be the offense, pitching, or defense- the rest of the machine works well enough to pull out a win more often than a loss.
Time to give some credit to Willy Taveras who is marching towards 200 hits and added another 3 tonight. I really hope he makes it that far because it might lock in his ROY status. Craig Biggio added 4 hits tonight and passed up Luke Appling for 46th on the all time hits list. 3000 Hits Club coming up sooner or later.
Pujols and Lee are having better seasons, but Morgan Ensberg is the best player in the game as far as value goes. His numbers are competitive with the best of them and he is being paid a fraction of his competitiors' salaries.
Adding on to the list of players I would love to see on this team next season. Or anytime soon... Carl Crawford, the Houston native. the guy just turned 24 and look at a couple of things he has acheived at the age of 24: 565 hits, 46 triples, and 157 steals. Active players with more hits than Crawford at age 24: Ken Griffey Jr., Alex Rodriguez, Andruw Jones, , Adrian Beltre, Ruben
Sierra, Albert Pujols, and Ivan Rodriguez.
By the way that list currently stands at:
You give me a Carl, I'll give you a contract.