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Thursday, August 24, 2006

Garner Has Officially Lost It

Check out the lineup for tonight's tilt with the Bucs.




Taveras - CF
Burke - LF
Berkman - 1B
Ensberg - 3B
Scott - RF
Biggio - 2B
House - C
Everett - SS
Wandy - P

Now I understand that Pat Maholm is a fairly talented young lefty and that righties (1.77 WHIP) are having much more success than lefties (1.33 WHIP) against him. But THIS is a little ridiculous. Hey Scrap, why is Scott in the lineup instead of Lane, if you want to go righty crazy?

By the way, Mike Lamb is 2-3 against Maholm this season, even though he hits left-handed. I wonder what "professional hitter" Aubrey Huff thinks about being benched against such lefties as Chris Michalak and Pat Maholm. FYI - the Astros bottom six hitters have the following batting averages entering play tonight: .231, .400, .257, .000, .240, .097.

Prediction: Pirates 10, Astros 4.

5 Comments:

Blogger Mysteryhunt said...

yes garner is bizarre, but we're still supporting houston here are we not? try thinking a little positive once in a while you might enjoy life more.

i'm done with this site. i though you guys had your heads on straight, but scott is just a fairweather whiner with an obsession with zobrist. enjoy your rantings.

Thu Aug 24, 08:28:00 PM  
Blogger Scott said...

Best. Post. Ever.

Thu Aug 24, 09:01:00 PM  
Blogger Scott said...

Mystery,

Before you go, let me know which portion of the above post illustrated that 'my head was not on straight'. Wandy gave up five runs in five innings, and the six question marks in tonight's lineup managed a grand total of one hit in 15 at-bats.

By the way - sneak preview - Ben Zobrist was 1-4 with a double. Aubrey Huff? DNP.

Thu Aug 24, 09:11:00 PM  
Blogger Scott said...

Correction - Zobrist was 1-3.

Thu Aug 24, 09:12:00 PM  
Blogger Tim said...

Sorry we weren't positive enough for you, Mystery. I'd suggest http://happysunshine.blogspot.com for more upbeat fare.

If anything, I'm guilty of being too positive about the Astros in the face of a plethora of evidence to the contrary. Up until the 'Stros took at 14-0 lambasting on Tuesday night to fall seven (7) games back in the wild card race, I was convinced they'd make the playoffs. If you take a rational look at the team (which I have only recently been able to do; such is the primary unfortunate side effect of fandom), you'd see that the line-up features one (1) consistent bat in Berkman and a couple of guys who have gone on nice streaks at various points of the season (Ensberg, Burke, Taveras, etc.). The pitching still features three (3) top-of-the-line starters, but the rest of the arms have not produced. Up until Tuesday, I thought the 'Stros could cobble enough together to make a run. Now I just think they don't have enough games left to overcome the deficit, to say nothing of the gaggle of teams ahead of them in the wild card race.

That said, did I still watch the game last night? Absolutely. Will I still watch the rest of the games this season? No doubt. And I will be frothing at the mouth for Opening Day next year. But the simple fact remains that this just isn't the Astros year. If someone pointing that out to you in August scares you off from the site, I respectfully suggest you look elsewhere for someone to pump sunshine about the 2006 Astros. Good luck finding such a site that isn't powered on rainbows and giggles.

Now, if you want to get what will likely be overly optimistic takes about the 2006 Texans, 2006 Longhorns, or the 2006-2007 Rockets, I'd stick around if I were you.

Fri Aug 25, 09:32:00 AM  

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