I'm following the Astros game last night on Yahoo! Sports, and I see that we score a run in the 1st off Ben Sheets (despite Willy Taveras sacrificing Biggio over to 3rd). I go to work on a PowerPoint presentation, come back about an hour later.....7-3 Astros in the 3rd???!!! Holy crap - apparently we had a bunch of hard-hit singles off Sheets, whose velocity was slightly down. When I checked our 5-8 hitters (Lamb, Wilson, Ausmus, Everett) were a combined 8-for-8! That'll work. Fernando Nieve pitched well (7 IP, 6 H (3 of them solo HR), 4 ER, 0 BB, 7 K) and we held on for a sweet 8-5 win.
A few notes, courtesy of Astros Daily:
Astros make an offer to Clemens
Apparently it's a pro-rated version of the 1 year /18 million deal Clemens had last season, which would make it worth around 12 million.
Adam Everett is the best fielding shorstop in the Majors:
According to the book The Fielding Bible, by John Dewan and Baseball Info Solutions, Everett is "quite simply the best shortstop in the Major Leagues." The book, released in February, attempts to quantify the value of defense for each player at the big league level.
According to Garner, the statistical analysis within the book concluded that Everett saves his team 25 runs per year due to his defensive capabilities.
Wow, that's pretty sweet. I know Everett is great defensively - I didn't know he was that great. Now just keep hitting .270 with some walks and a little power, and I'll be thrilled.
Roy Oswalt vs. Jason Marquis tonight, as we start a 2-game series with the Cardinals.
Astros vs. Marquis:
Brad Ausmus: 3-for-16 - 375 OPS
Lance Berkman: 9-16, 7 BB - 1633 OPS
Craig Biggio: 9-26 - 947 OPS
Morgan Ensberg: 8-19, 2 HR - 1158 OPS
Adam Everett: 6-22 - 577 OPS
Jason Lane: 6-15 - 904 OPS
Willy Taveras: 3-17 - 353 OPS
Preston Wilson: 3-16, 4 BB - 600 OPS
Lance Berkman and Ensberg have rocked against Marquis; Ausmus and Taveras have not. Let's go Roy O!