Monday, April 17, 2006

Two wins and 18 runs later, it looks like our offense is back on track. Morgan Ensberg and Lance Berkman continue to be the big threats, but Jason Lane, Adam Everett, and Willy Taveras all provided some big hits in the last two days. However, the most impressive performance was probably that of Wandy Rodriguez on Saturday. I watched the game and Wandy looked solid, consistently locating a 90-92 mph fastball and occasionally dropping in a big breaking ball. Only a few balls were hit hard off him, both by Damion Easley. If he keeps pitching like that...well, he probably won't, but if he does, that would be awesome.

My one (minor) complaint is that Eric Munson needs to start hitting! Garner has shown he's willing to give someone other than Brad Ausmus some playing time, and of course Munson has responded by hitting .143 with 5 strikeouts in 14 at-bats. Also, I have to give Ausmus some props - I don't know if he's been reading Moneyball or Baseball Prospectus or what, but he has a .400 OBP, with 6 walks in only 28 AB's. If you're going to slug .250, at least draw some walks. Nice going, Brad.

We start a 3-game series with everyone's sleeper team, the Brewers, today:

Taylor Bucholz vs. David Bush
Roy Oswalt vs. Doug Davis
Andy Pettitte vs. Chris Capuano

Go 'Stros!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

hey y'all, are you getting the feeling that we may be able to have some confidence that the offense will actually keep them in more games? I thought it was going to be over after the 3 run HR by the brews. but i was wrong. it felt strange, yet awesome to see them come back. think they can keep scoring enough runs to cover the runs given up by the bullpen and starters not named Roy?