My only question is, why couldn't they do this the last time they were in Tampa?
Jon Lester pitched well tonight and earned the win. Jonathan Papelbon had to come in early to get the save, ultimately throwing for two innings. I'm not certain that's the smartest move, but since every game counts and they need to secure the wild card, it's not a bad thing for now. I'm hoping it doesn't happen too often in the next couple weeks, because Papelbon needs to be fresh for the playoffs. I like Billy Wagner, and all, but Papelbon is the guy at the back of the bullpen.
In other news, the 2009 Astros are a sinking ship.
I wish I had something nice to say, but I really don't. They had a nice win yesterday, and followed it up with another loss that could have easily been a win had the offense done ANYTHING. Maybe I'm not seeing the forest through the trees (or vice versa), but this lineup does not look like it should be performing this badly. Yet almost every night, they routinely show a lack of patience, a lack of clutch hitting, and a lack of run-scoring besides homers. They never string base hits together (or hardly ever). They do have what looks like a bonafide lead-off hitter (for the first time since 2004/2005) finally in Michael Bourn. But if they can't bring him in from third, what the hell's the point?