Tag:Lance Berkman
Posted on: August 25, 2009 11:44 pm

Two in a Row!

The Red Sox won again tonight against the White Sox, 6-3.

Jon Lester pitched well for most of the game, but ultimately gave up the lead.  It's too bad for him, but that's what happens sometimes.  Victor Martinez came in for Jason Varitek and added two hits.  He's undoubtedly been everything the team thought he would be.

In other news, Wandy Rodriguez went up against Adam Wainwright tonight in St. Louis.  It was no butt-kicking; the score was just 1-0 in favor of St. Louis on a freak double by Pujols (and I say that based on his HORRIBLE history against Wandy).  It just wasn't Wandy's night either; unfortunately for him, the Astros' offense sucks compared to the Red Sox.

I predicted that Lance Berkman's return could be the spark that returned the Astros to contention.  So far, that hasn't been borne out, in any way, shape, or form.  The pitching has been spotty at times too.  At the moment there are two rookies in the rotation, though, and I sure didn't expect that.  But with Mike Hampton's struggles and the usual spate of injuries, Bud Norris and Yorman Bazardo have had to step up.  Rookies being rookies, they haven't exactly done that.  I'm not worried about either of them, though.  And Bazardo isn't really a rookie anyway, though I'm not certain about his service time.
Category: MLB
Posted on: August 12, 2009 11:03 pm
Edited on: August 13, 2009 10:37 pm

Big Bats Crush the Opposition

The Red Sox had another strong night at the plate against Tigers starter Zach Miner.  Mike Lowell hit another home run in relief of the suspended Kevin Youkilis, Jason Bay hit a two-run shot as well.

Josh Beckett was pretty impressive again, throwing seven strong innings.  He gave up three hits, two runs, and struck out six.

In other news, the Astros put up 14 runs on Florida and finally won a game at LandShark, 14-6.  Hunter Pence hit two home runs; Lance Berkman and LaTroy Hawkins came back; Bud Norris started, and while he wasn't great, he was adequate.  He's still 3-0, though, so not much to complain about.
Posted on: August 9, 2009 11:53 pm


Victor Martinez hit a two-run homer, but Daniel Bard and Hideki Okajima conspired to take a win away from Jon Lester tonight.

I'm disgusted by this team currently.  Neither one of my teams are doing really well at the moment.  The Red Sox have now lost the series against the Yankees; they're 0-6 in the biggest week of the season.  Terrible.

In other news, the Astros won 2-0 today; they won the series with Milwaukee.  Wandy Rodriguez came back today and threw seven solid innings.  He allowed five hits and two walks, struck out three, and gave up NO earned runs.  That's a great effort to me, but Cecil Cooper, as usual, can't resist taking a dig at one of his players.

Cooper suggested none too subtly that he thought Wandy had been better before.  In fact, there have been fewer than five starts in 2009 where Wandy has been better, and quite a few where he was worse.  Frankly, I'll take another five or six outings like this from Wandy.  If he throws seven innings and gives up no runs, not only is the team in excellent position to win, he's saving the bullpen too.

But it would be crazy to expect Cooper to understand that, I guess.

Geoff Blum was the hero on offense today with a timely 4th inning home run.  There wasn't much else besides his big hit, but that's ok.

With Wandy and Roy Oswalt coming back, it would appear that the Astros could round into form sooner rather than later.  I would argue that the addition of Lance Berkman (a healthy and good-hitting one, at that) is the key to this particular season's puzzle.  Without Berkman, the rest of the lineup hasn't quite clicked.  It's a bit hard to figure, though, considering that Bourn has played well leading off, Tejada is having a monster season, Lee is being his usual consistent self, and Pence has bounced back from his sophomore slump.  But for some reason, Berkman's absence has proven to be quite profound.
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