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Phillies – dang.

Posted in Houston Astros with tags , , , , , , , , , , on April 3, 2011 by beckeesh

Some small thoughts from this losing series…

1- Well, we were swept in the opening series last year.  As everyone knows, this is a (only) second half team.

2 – Wandy:  He should have been the opening day starter.  Yes, I know his Spring Training performance was horrible and that most people feel he underperformed last year, but with Roy gone, Wandy should be the number one.   Then, Mills has him pitch to Towles?!  Why does Wandy have to pitch to Towles?

3 – Angel Sanchez.  I’ve always liked him, even though the conventional wisdom (according to Alyson Footer and then Brian McTaggart and anyone else who answers Astros Mailbag) has been that he’s not a good enough major league hitter.  Phooey!  I’m glad he’s in uniform and I’m not missing Clint Barmes.

4 – Jason Michaels:  I’m glad to see Jason Michaels!  Even when he’s letting balls hit off his glove in left field I’m glad to see good old Mr. Clutch,  Jason Michaels.

5 –  Roy Oswalt:  Still weird that he’s a Phillie.  Not weird that he went inside on Carlos on Sunday, following Hunter’s home run.

Is anyone going to Fanfest?

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Chris Carpenter is a Big, Coddled Baby

Posted in Houston Astros with tags , , , , on May 13, 2010 by beckeesh

In the third inning of today’s game, Chris Carpenter had to be starting something with Carlos Lee.  Why?  Because he’s a big baby.  Because he has a Cy Young and pitches for the Cardinals and therefore gets coddled, his extreme need to be a jerk categorized as “competitiveness” or “fire.”

On the field today benches cleared (slowly), but after the game, Carlos Lee was left all alone by his teammates and manager.

Post game, why didn’t Berkman say something to defend Carlos?  Why didn’t Mills?

He’s having a down year for sure, but Carlos Lee has been the most consistent hitter on this team since we acquired him.  On top of that, he has never said a bad word about management, teammates, or opponents in all that time.

Now Carpenter wants to be starting something and nobody comes to Carlos’s defense?!

Tony La Russa knew what to do.  He defended his pitcher and threw more dirt at Carlos.

Our manager should do the same.

Off Season Meeting of the Bloggers

Posted in Houston Astros with tags , , , , , on February 28, 2010 by beckeesh

In a not-so-quiet spot in Texas this December, Cabeza de Vaca, Berkmaniac, and I met for a blogging conference.

OK, it was a party, but we found time to get together to offer random predictions about the 2010 MLB season.

note: quotes are approximate and reflect the facility of the transcriber

Bermaniac: Randy Wolf will be a disaster for the Brewers.  He will be the worst signing per dollar for the year off of free agency.  Put it down, Beckeesh.  9-12 4.8 ERA

Cabeza: We will not stick with Manzella as our shortstop.  Maysonet and Blum will fill in.  Paulino will come out and not do well.  They’ll try to send him to Round Rock but he’s out of options, so he won’t go.  He’ll go to another team and do well for them.

Berkmaniac: Paulino will win at least 12 games with Houston.  He will be in the minors for no more than two weeks barring injuries.

Win/Loss Predictions:

Berkmaniac: 89-73 If Paulino plays and he’s lost 20 pounds; we’ll compete for the Wild Card. At best, we lose in the NLCS.

Beckeesh: 72-90

Cabeza: 74-88

Cabeza: Mills is gonna be awesome.  They’re gonna play hard for that guy.

Beckeesh: I hate Mills.

Berkmaniac: Beckeesh will love Pedro Feliz.  She will follow Feliz by the end of May.  She will blog about him.

Cabeza: “Feliz means happy!” Feliz will do really well on Beckeesh’s birthday and she will write a blog titled Feliz Cumpleanos!

NL Central Predictions:

Berkmaniac:

Cardinals

Brewers

Astros

Cubs

Reds

Pirates

Cabeza:

Cardinals

Cubs

Brewers

Reds

Astros

Pirates

second note: I was reminded of this meeting when I found myself feeling crazy love for Pedro Feliz based on one article in the Houston Chronicle. Soy feliz, Cabeza!  Let’s have a great sub-par season!!