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I’m posting this a little late, but here’s a picture I took from the roof of my building during the first inning yesterday. I didn’t get to go to the game, but Roy O looked great. The hitting left a little to be desired, but I’ll cut them some slack because Donrelle Willis is a pretty good pitcher. I’m going to the game tonight. I expect Andy to hold it down well, and, hopefully, the bats will pick it up. It’s great to have baseball back!
UPDATE: My favorite Astros/everything Houston blogger, Tom Kirkendall, has his 2006 ‘Stros preview up. His posts are always full of juicy sabermetrics. Makes me happy. 🙂
The White Sox were able to beat the best and the worst that the Astros sent out against them last night. I think they’ve scored on every pitcher on the team except Brandon Backe. He’s pitching tonight, though. I don’t know what Garner was thinking, but Zeke Astacio has consistently been one of the worst pitchers in the NL all season. He shouldn’t have even been on the roster. Luke Scott could probably have done a better job. You don’t walk in a run in the 14th inning of a World Series game, Zeke. You just don’t.
It’s not all Zeke’s fault, though. Roy Oswalt fell apart in the 5th, and the Astros bats went completely silent after the 4th aside from the tying hit in the 8th. The White Sox pitchers walked 9 Astros between the 8th and 14th. We had men in scoring position in every inning from the 8th on. We left 15 guys on base, and got only 1 hit in 47 at bats after we went up 4-0 in the 4th. In a lot of ways, this game was a lot like the 18 inning one we played against the Braves in the NLDS. Except, the White Sox are a much better team.
There’s a whole lot more bitching to do, but I have no energy. The game ended at 1:20 AM, just 19 minutes short of 6 hours, and the flu shot I got in the morning had a little too much flu in it. So, that’s all for now.
UPDATE: This article sums up how I feel about old Crap Iron. I thought I was the only one who noticed. I’ve been getting into arguments with people about his managing “style” all season. Maybe someone higher up will take notice.
My ‘stros have done it! They are in the World Series for the first time in the 44 year history of the franchise. I don’t think I need to emphasize how sweet it is for us Astros fans. What a great time to live in Houston (and across the street from Minute Maid Park!). Viva los Astros!