Archive for Wandy Rodriguez

What Penetrates the Fog

Posted in Houston Astros with tags , , , on April 18, 2011 by beckeesh

Sorry to say it, Astros fans, but I’ve been away from the game for the entirety of the Padres series. Vacation/work/why do you care?  Yet some facts about this team have managed to penetrate my MLB fog.  I’m writing today with a stranger’s perspective:

1 – Astros are in last place.  Yikes, still haven’t won a single series.

2 – However, Astros are in first place in taking out middle infielders at second base.  Does this implicate some fire in the ‘Stros clubhouse?

3 – Wandy, Wandy, Wandy.  Even strangers are crying about your 7.31 ERA.

4 – Brett Myers.  Even strangers are impressed that the Astros have a solid starting pitcher in the rotation.

5 – Strangers have noticed that Lance Berkman is on fire!!!!  Oh, wait, he’s a Cardinal.

6 – Strangers have noticed that Hunter Pence is not on fire.

5 – Strangers conclude that the Astros are back to being the disastros, which is a lot better than being “the good guys.”

New York City, here they come!

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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?

It’s Official Astros Fans: Never Gonna Happen 2010

Posted in Astros rivals, Houston Astros with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 19, 2010 by Astropolithecus

Folks,

Though our fair broadcasters on both radio and television might gloss over  a very ugly season by not saying anything very negative or critical, I want to make an announcement. Houston is done as of today, June 19th. This is from an eternal Astros optimist.

We are a crap team this year, and for the first time since I can remember I’m questioning the effort team wide, which bothers me deeply. Oswalt wants to leave, and rightly so.

I say blow it up and start all over.  Youth movement in Houston helmed by new hitting coach Bagwell is about the best we can hope for in the next two years.   Buckle down, ladies and gentlemen, judging by the listless nature of this mediocre squad, your fandom will be tested Pittsburgh Pirates style until the blessed day in early October when this train wreck(Wooo!Wooo! my ass) is over.

I knew the playoffs would be a miracle, but I never imagined what I’ve been watching these last 3 months. Only up from here, I hope.

Onward and Upward,

Berkmaniac

Willy T. v. Wandy: What do I do?!

Posted in Houston Astros with tags , on March 17, 2010 by beckeesh

Wandy pitched well today.  He struck out 7 and gave up only 2 earned runs, both solo shots, in a 70 pitch, 4 inning effort.  The Astros beat the Nationals 11-2.

One of the home runs belonged to my man, Willy T.

See, it’s situations like this that make me cringe.  As an Astros fan who latches on to certain players and never lets go, I had a crisis today.

Willy is 1 for 12 off Wandy in regular season play… but what if he’s got his number now?!  What will I do?!

Of course, yes, it depends on the situation:

Are we in the playoff chase?  Oh wait, we’re the disAstros… Are we one game out of the cellar?

Are there runners on base?  Or, OK, is there one runner on base?

Are we ahead by 10 runs?  Oh, wait, sorry, Spring Training scores have me all out of whack…  Are we ahead by 3 runs?

And how is Wandy feeling?  Is JJO misquoting him in the media again? Is little Walinda sick? Oh wait, JJO isn’t around, and we still don’t get decent Wandy coverage!!!

People, I am an Astros fan, first and… first.  So, you know, the important factors, I’ll take them into consideration.  I’ll add them all up and divide and quantify before I make the decision to I tearfully root for…

Willy T.?  or Wandy?

Wandy? Wandy?

Posted in Houston Astros with tags on March 10, 2010 by beckeesh

Wandy got rocked today.

I was sad, but then I remembered that my last post – just yesterday – was titled, “Matsui Goes Yard Off Santana.”

Smell it – it’s springtime!

Hunter Pence Shows Flash of Ausmus Spring Greatness

Posted in Houston Astros with tags , , , , on March 4, 2010 by beckeesh

And he better!

The Astros took BP off of the Nationals in the Spring Opener today. There were home runs all around!

All I know is I hope Pence keeps it up this spring and into the regular season.

Frequent readers of this blog know that I have a perhaps irrational belief in some players on our team, such as Wandy Rodriguez and Wesley Wright.  Well, I have an equally irrational distaste for others on our team, such as Geoff Blum and Hunter Pence.

Listen, I want them to do well, I just… eh.

With Hunter, it’s the “aw shucks” routine.  It bothers me.  Tons.  Dude, if you want to hide your private life from the media, then be like Biggio and offer the “respect the game” line.  There’s still life in that!

I think that actually Hunter enjoys the spotlight, but he wants it on his terms.  He wants to be able to be a reckless young MLB player in his private life and have adulation in his professional life, so he pretends to be all dumb and gracious.  Hunter, we all grew up with people just like you.  You spend all weekend drinking and all week sucking up.   It’s gonna catch up to you.

So, yeah, I tire of the “aw shucks” bit.  I also tire of his 100+ strikeouts every year.  I also tire of his habit of doing nothing when the bases are loaded. In 2009 he was 0 for 11 in this situation.  I know I’ve blogged about it before.

Other game notes reveal that Jason Michaels hit one out, too!  Yes, Jason Michaels!

Wandy Rodriguez is Amazing!!!

Posted in Houston Astros with tags , , , on May 14, 2009 by beckeesh

So why do we have to rely on faulty sources for information about his awesomeness?

Case One: Alyson Footer

In a game wherein Wandy struck out 11 and allowed only 2 earned, Footer’s headline is Astros Capitalize on Errors to Take Finale.  Yeah, and Blue Skies Sit Atop Denver as Score Goes 5-3, and Lance Plays First as Astros Win, and Relievers Pitch a Couple Innings While We Outscore the Opposition. 

WANDY STRUCK OUT ELEVEN HITTERS!!!

I’m just a little frustrated.

Footer’s title best fit her article, however.  She didn’t mention the eleven strikeouts thrown by our starter until the sixth paragraph of her piece.  I’m serious.  She went with the errors angle.

Case Two:  JJO

JJO actually went with the appropriate, and accurate, angle for any article about this game.  However, he’s still JJO.  He compared Wandy’s 11 strikeout game to Randy Johnson striking out 12 in 1998 (the last lefthander to strike out that many).  He should have made the comparison.  It’s apt, and not my problem with his piece.  Here’s my problem.  He quotes Wandy saying the following:

“It means a lot to me to have accomplished that mark of 11 strikeouts for the first time by a lefthander for this team since he struck out 11.”

Wow!  Wandy talks like that?  Really?  I just don’t believe it.  I don’t believe the quotes that JJO gives, and I further cannot believe that he is the only Spanish language speaking reporter on the sports staff of the Houston Chronicle.  

I MUST RELY ON JJO FOR WANDY QUOTES?!  IS THIS AMERICA?  IS THIS TEXAS?!!!

Astros fans, I am so happy that we won.  And I am so so happy that Wandy won.  On the road.  In Denver.   Where he struck out eleven.  And where he probably said something like, “I am boss tonight.  My hook was off the hook.  My fast ball was jumpin’!  I rocked this town like nobody’s business, praise God… And respect the game.”

I just wish there were more appropriate, and more capable, and more enthusastically accurate, Wandy coverage.

He’s earned it!