July 29, 2007 § Leave a comment
I almost couldnt believe this and it hurts that it is for real. Astros starting pitcher Jason Jennings just gave up 11 earned runs in the top of the first inning to the Padres. I cant even remember or think of another major league pitcher that has given up this many runs in just .2 innings pitched. Mark McLemore was brought in with 2 outs in the top of the first inning to bail out Jennings. I think this is gonna really hurt Jennings confidence next time he takes the mound and what I dont get is why Garner let him stay out their that long. Anyways the Astros will get a big test now on their bullpen and this is just coming a day after the Astros traded away reliever Dan Wheeler to the Devil Rays for 3rd baseman Ty Wiggington. This game is currently in the top of the 3rd with the Padres leading 12-0. Houston we have a problem.
July 27, 2007 § Leave a comment
The Padres are in Houston tonight to take on the Astros who are fresh off of winning 2 of the 3 games against the Dodgers, and taking game one against the Padres lastnight.The Astros who have been really struggling are now on a 3 game winning streak. The Astros are having to look to other bats and sparks on the team with the loss of rookie sensation Hunter Pence who is on the 15 day DL with a wrist injury. The Astros have called up Jason Lane from Triple A Round Rock to play center field for the injured Pence. The Astros are sending Houston native Woody Williams to the hill tonight. Williams is 5-11 with a 5.03 era this year. The Padres are sending one of the best pitchers in the league this season to the mound tonight. Jake Peavey is 9-5 with a 2.47 era so far this season. Peavey who was pitching very well up to the all star break has been struggling a bit in his recent starts. Peavey hasnt won a game in a while and he will be coming out hungry to shut down the Astros and get the Padres a win. It should be an intresting match up tonight to see if the Astros can keep the winning streak going, and to see if Jake Peavey will give the Padres one of his much expected dominate starts.
July 24, 2007 § Leave a comment
Craig Biggio announced today that he will retire at the end of this season. Biggio has said all along that he had a plan and when the time was right he would let everyone know. I respect that from a player and I think it is the right way to handle it. Biggio had goals this season and he has accomplished some very big things in his career. Most people dont realize that Biggio actually was a catcher before he became a second baseman. Becoming a second baseman was perhaps what has really made his career what it is today. Biggio’s great career may not have even lasted this long had he remained a catcher. I think a lot of us saw that Biggio’s retirement would be coming this year. Its gonna be hard to watch Biggio play in his final game at the end of the season. I remember watching Biggio as I have grown up and I have always respected him. As everyone always says “Biggio plays baseball the way it should be played” and that is the truth. Biggio said that he will probobly keep his uniform on all day the last game of his career because “once you take off the uniform off its off”. Biggio is a great baseball player who has accomplished a lot in his career and most recently got his 3000th hit. Craig also does so much off the field with working with “the sunshine kids”. The Sunshine Kids are dedicated to children with cancer, and Biggio works very closely with them and they mean so much to him. In all this is gonna be sad day for so many Astros fans and baseball fans in general. I wish Biggio the best in the rest of the season and we all know the hall of fame is where Biggio will end up.