Tag:Mike Hampton
Posted on: August 13, 2009 10:35 pm
Edited on: August 13, 2009 10:36 pm

Two Steps Forward....

The Red Sox couldn't finish off the sweep this afternoon against Detroit.  All in all, they played pretty well until they ran into Justin Verlander today.  Even so, they didn't play too badly, though it's becoming clear that Clay Buchholz is either not quite ready or just had some bad luck.  He's got a no-hitter on the resume, but his other starts have barely shown a glimpse of that brilliant outing.

I think Theo waited too long on Smoltz, and he's making the same mistake with Buchholz.  Buchholz is a different case since he's still really young and is a product of the Red Sox farm system.  But if the team wants to keep winning consistently, I think he's going to have to go for now.  The next problem would be, who replaces him in the rotation?  I wish I knew the answer.

In other news, the Astros lost again in Florida.  It was ugly all around, as the pitching stunk and the offense wasn't much better.
Mike Hampton seriously needs to go.  And since Yorman Bazardo showed tremendous improvement today, he might be just the guy to take Hampton's spot in the rotation.

The other problem tonight was Chris Sampson.  He was terrible.  It's a possibility that he's hurt again, and playing in spite of the pain.  It has been proven with every practically every injury that Sampson has had that he does not play well when attempting to pitch through pain. His performance is such that the team may have no choice but to get rid of him after the season.  He proved that he can't start and win consistently, and now he's terrible in the bullpen.

My guess is that his shoulder is still bothering him.  But if it isn't, then there's a bigger problem.  Given the economy and Drayton's stand on payroll, Sampson could find himself non-tendered this offseason unless he improves.
Posted on: August 8, 2009 11:05 pm


The Red Sox haven't played too well this week.  It's a big week for them, and they're coming up short again and again.

I don't really have a lot of motivation to blog about this.  It just angers me, really.

In other news, the Astros got beat, again.  Shocking.  Mike Hampton is out with an injury, and Yorman Bazardo made a less-than-impressive debut.

I'm not selling the farm on Bazardo yet, obviously.  He's going to have to have a few starts before I give up on him.  Bud Norris has made a difference thus far, winning both his starts.  I fully expect Bazardo to put up that kind of effort once he breaks into the rotation.  I'm not sure when that will be, exactly.

After the mess with Paulino, it's bluntly obvious that he can't be trusted.

Roy Oswalt and Wandy Rodriguez should be coming back soon.  With Hampton out for an as-yet undetermined amount of time, and the demotion of Paulino, it looks like the rotation will be Oswalt, Rodriguez, Moehler, Norris.  Spot #5 might be filled by Bazardo.  That's how I would do it, and honestly, I'm not sure there's anyone else besides Bazardo that COULD do it.

Sure, there's Chris Sampson.  But he looks like a solid reliever now, and I doubt he'd get moved back to the rotation full-time.

It'll be interesting to see what happens.  But ultimately, it probably won't matter.  That road trip the team blew against Chicago and St. Louis looks to have sealed their fate.
Posted on: August 4, 2009 1:03 am
Edited on: August 4, 2009 1:13 am

Lightning in a Bottle

Luck or skill?  Tonight for the Astros it was a little of the latter, and quite a bit of the former.

They got to Matt Cain in the 6th and got a lead they didn't relinquish.  Of course, that doesn't mean there was no drama involved.

Mike Hampton had a rare good start, allowing one earned run in six innings.  Jose Valverde got the save, though he gave up a run while doing it.  Geoff Blum and Kazuo Matsui provided most of the offense with a solo shot and two-run homer.  Carlos Lee then gave the Astros the necessary insurance run in the 8th to make it 4-2.

Cain ended up with a complete game loss.  He certainly didn't pitch great, considering he gave up four earned and lost it.

There is no other news; the Red Sox were off tonight.

EDIT: I forgot about the big news of the day the first time around; Roy Oswalt is not yet ready to make his next start, so the Astros are bringing back Felipe Paulino.

This smacks of BS and coddling, to be honest.  Paulino stunk in practically every start he made for the big-league club, and because he has options and Bazardo doesn't, he gets to come back up and stink again.  Bud Norris coming up was a good move, because he was doing good at Round Rock this season and the result of his first start bore out what most people thought he was capable of.  Paulino, on the other hand, came into the season with a mandate from Ed Wade that he pitch well or GTFO.  He didn't pitch well, and lost his job to Russ Ortiz (though it took until July for that to happen, for some odd reason).  Now that Ortiz is gone, the guy to replace him should be Paulino?  I disagree, and heartily.

Apparently, this is what happens when a team neglects the farm system for years under an idiot GM.  There are so few players at Round Rock ready to come up and make an impact, and the one guy that IS ready gets caught in this logjam because he has no options (what would be the problem with using him out of the bullpen after Oswalt comes back?  Oh, that's too forward-thinking for this bunch, I guess).  So we're stuck with Paulino until Oswalt comes back.  Obviously, he and Wandy can't come back soon enough.
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Posted on: July 29, 2009 6:33 pm

This Afternoon Game Stunk

And Mike Hampton stunk right along with it.

The aged formerly good pitcher gave up nine earned runs in just four innings today.  He's making other older gentlemen pitchers look quite good (John Smoltz, I'm looking at you).

The offense was putrid today as well.  No runs today, and they let Randy Wells (who?) throw eight innings against them.  Pitiful.

In other news...well, there actually isn't any.  The Red Sox play later tonight, so there will be no entry to celebrate their latest win or bemoan their latest loss.  Stuff happens.
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