Sorry for the long delay. Looks like I didn't miss much Astros action, though - they've been shutout in consecutive games by Oliver Perez and Kip Wells. It doesn't look like any one guy is to blame, but it's a shame we haven't been able to take advantage of our dominant starting pitching so far. Even when Berkman gets back, he'll essentially be replacing Luke Scott / Chris Burke, who have been bad, but not that bad. Not Brad Ausmus or Adam Everett or even Jeff Bagwell bad. So a lot of guys have to pick it up.
Baseball Prospecuts mentioned Everett favorably in their latest Power Rankings: He's improved his walk rate for 11.1 walks / 100 PA, which should make him a viable leadoff man once a few more singles start dropping in.
I was in Vegas this past weekend (well, Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, actually) for a trip with the guys. It was great - good weather, cheap rooms, plenty of poker. I did all right (JT was the big winner, when he finished 3rd out of 120 players in a $40 buy-in tourney - he won $428, I think, and Todd won about $200 the first time he sat down at a poker table in Vegas), but you don't really go to win money - you go to break even. The combined 8 hour drive there-and-back wasn't that bad either (except for Hoover Dam...ugh.)
Anyway, I'm back, so look for a recap of tomorrow night's Clemens vs. Maddux matchup. Will the Astros score a run for The Rocket? Should be a good one - two Hall of Famers going against each other.