Archive for Miguel Tejada

Rebuilding – One Position at a Time

Posted in Houston Astros with tags , , , , , , , , on February 6, 2010 by beckeesh

What the heck?!  It’s a bad time to wake up to being an Astros fan.

First (and most importantly of course) the Orioles get Tejada for only $6 million?  If that sounds like a lot to you, then consider this: we’re paying a combined $6 million at third base, and that’s only counting $4.5 million to Feliz and $1.5 million to Blum.  (Yes, BLUM!)  Of course, Keppinger is back.  How should we count his salary?  I hear you, utility… but then why am I reading that Blum is utility?  And we resigned Jason Michaels, and some guy named Cory Sullivan?!  How many thirty-plus year old utility players do we need?

Back to shortstop, though.  I keep hearing that even if we had resigned Tejada, we would’ve demanded he play third base.  Yes, because Manzella needs to play.  We have too many prospects in the minor leagues, people.  Ahh!!!

I apologize for being so sarcastic and negative.  I do.  It’s just that I really don’t want Geoff Blum on this team, and I really do not see the point of Jason Michaels.  And I do not understand why we are throwing perfectly good money at plenty of old players, except for the one old player who produced for us.

Geez, I am so negative.  I’m sick of myself.  I need to get in the Astros spirit.  Maybe I’ll go shopping for some fan gear.  A pinstripe Brandon Lyon jersey will surely make me feel better.

Miguel Tejada: Current Stats

Posted in Houston Astros with tags , on August 5, 2009 by beckeesh

As was strongly expressed in my last article, Miguel Tejada is having an incredible season, one that is not being covered by astros.com, chron.com, or Alyson Footer’s blog.

I have been inspired by the monster stat provided by Berkmaniac as a response to my last column to put out there, for the record, some of Mr. Tejada’s crazy numbers.

Batting Average: .323, Fourth in NL

Hits: 139, First in NL, Second in MLB

Doubles: 33, First in NL

RBI: 63, Second among NL Shortstops

Runs Created: 64, Second among NL Shortstops

Games Played: 105, First among NL Shortstops

NOSGOR (Number of Spotlights Given or Received): Unknown, most likely First in NL, First in MLB

Have more?  Post them here!

Astros’ Best Hitter?

Posted in Houston Astros with tags , on July 22, 2009 by beckeesh

In a post game interview after last night’s 11-6 win over the Cardinals, Miguel Tejada (2 for 3 with 3 RBIs) was asked about the importance of winning while the team’s best hitter, Lance Berkman, is out with a strained calf.  Miggy answered as expected, that it’s very important, that Lance is our best hitter and to win without him is big.

But I wonder, is Lance our best hitter this season?

His stats say, yes.  He leads the team in home runs, OBP and SLG. 

Did you have to look them up? you may be wondering.  He’s Lance Berkman!  He plays in 100 percent of ESPN fantasy leagues.  Everyone knows he’s the Astros’ best hitter.  Once upon a time there was Biggio and Bagwell, and now there’s Berkman.  Duh.

So, OK, he’s our best hitter… but still, this scene in the locker room, it rubbed me the wrong way.  And if you peek at Miguel Tejada’s stats, you’ll see why. 

Tejada’s .326 avg leads the team, as do his 30 doubles.  He has 53 RBIs (only 2 fewer than Berkman).  In July, Berkman and Tejada have almost identical stats in doubles, HR, and RBIs.  This season, Tejada’s avg with RISP is .319.  Berkman’s has been .260.  There is negligible difference between the two players on the Bill James’s runs created formula (Berkman sits at 63 in 2009, Tejada at 61).

Berkman may be our best hitter, but this season, he’s not “best” by so much.  He has more power than Tejada, undoubtedly.  And he walks a ton.  (Tejada has walked only 12 times all season!)  But if you asked me who I’d rather have on the bench for a few days, Berkman or Tejada, I’d toss a coin. 

Wait, Tejada on the bench with an injury?  Haha!  That never happens!

Is there a stat for hits while injured?  If there were, Tejada’s numbers might improve even more.

Astros Win! Re-Sign Miguel Tejada

Posted in Houston Astros with tags on June 2, 2009 by beckeesh

Miguel Tejada was 4 for 6 tonight with all 3 of our RBIs, including the game-tying 9th inning RBI single and walk off HR in the 11th.

Re-sign Miguel Tejada!

I know, I know, we should be rebuilding… but I don’t trust our front office to do a decent job of this.  We’ll end up with four AAA-quality catchers or six infielders with “pop.”  History has proven this to be true.

This is Why We Call the Blog Disastros

Posted in Houston Astros with tags , , on May 24, 2009 by beckeesh

Ugh.

I planned my afternoon around this game… And what happens?  Blanked by the Rangers. 

Let me put that in context.  Swept by the Rangers.

It was one of those games when we didn’t hit and we didn’t make any miraculous fielding plays either.  It was one of those games when our starting pitcher gave up hit after hit and then our hitters countered with one pitch pop fly outs.  

It was a game I’ve seen before, about a million times.  It’s not even July yet but I’m feeling kind of down about our chances.

OK, bright spots:

Miggy went 4 for 4.  Q got 2 hits.  Russ Ortiz pitched 4 shutout innings.  Cooper got the lineup right.

We need something to pump up this team, and this fan blogger. 

Bagwell for team manager!

You Mean We Can Score Twelve Runs in One Game?

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on May 10, 2009 by beckeesh

Astros 12, Padres 5

Phew! and Yahoo! today’s game was fun.

Winning is fun. I’d forgotten.

Lee, Tejada, and Pudge were all hitting. That was super fun.

And it’s true that Roy didn’t look as sharp as Wandy does – ahem, I mean, as sharp as he can look – giving up four earned in six innings, including two home runs.  And it’s true that our bullpen tried to blow it in the seventh and again in the eighth.  And, of course, the Padres are as bad as we are (Worse, actually!) and committed two errors (Ouch, Chris “Smacky” Burke!), and threw in a wild pitch and a passed ball…

But still winning is fun!

Happy Mother’s Day!

Welcome, Jeff Keppinger!

Posted in Houston Astros with tags , , , , , , on April 8, 2009 by Cabeza De Vaca

Last year, it was the new guy, Miguel Tejada, providing the walk-off heroics. This year another new guy came through for the victory. This time, it was the new guy’s first at-bat as an Astro. I heard that Keppinger is a blue-collar player who tries hard, hustles, and plays the game the way Astros fans have come to expect. Well, the swing sure wasn’t pretty, the broken bat was interesting, and the follow through looked like there were banana peels all over the batter’s box, but Keppinger got bat on ball. That’s the determination we need with a runner on third with one out.

Stumbling around has never been so pretty.

Stumbling around has never been so pretty.

The Astros missed a golden opportunity in the 9th inning, with runners on first and second, no outs. Bourn decided to pull a bunt back and swing away. Apparently Cooper tells his players to use this trick if the infield is playing where it would be almost impossible to make the bunt work. That advice is obviously, however, for pitchers who don’t have Bourn’s speed and athletic ability. Shouldn’t Bourn be the best on the team at laying down a bunt? The worst part about that decision is that it shows that Michael Bourn still doesn’t have a solid understanding of the game. He has admitted he didn’t like baseball or watch it at all growing up, and I can’t help but feel that he’s still playing catch up.

Oh well, luckily, that didn’t make a difference in the win column. Hats off to Wandy for looking like a solid number 2 starter. So far, two games, two quality starts. Let’s cross our fingers and hope we see plenty more, because this offense could be pretty fun to watch. Miggy is looking like our spark plug again. In game one, he had three lead-off singles. Last night he had only one hit, but again it seemed like he was involved in some way with everything the team got going. Carlos Lee will start hitting at some point, and I’m hoping that Cooper starts to fill out a line-up card that makes sense.

The Astros are .500. With this team, it’s anyone’s guess whether they’ll see this winning percentage much farther out into the season. Oh well, for now, it’s good enough to focus on how good it feels to beat the Cubs. Go Stros!