The Astros scored three runs in the first inning today, and lost 8-3. Once again, the pitching let the team down.
There's really not much to say about it. Unless the Astros either get better performances from their starters, or get better starters, they're going to have trouble like this for the rest of the season. At the moment, Roy Oswalt and Wandy Rodriguez are the only consistent (and good) starters in the rotation. The rest are pretty much bad filler until Bud Norris and Yorman Bazardo are ready. I doubt that'll be this season, aside from a call-up in September when they'll likely get put into the bullpen.
In other news, the Red Sox lost 6-2 to Baltimore. Another bad performance from John Smoltz, who strikes out a lot of batters, but allows far too many hits and earned runs, even for a fifth starter. Again, I have my doubts as to whether Francona (or Theo Epstein) will move Smoltz out of the rotation yet. He looks done, but he has such a tremendous history of success that it's difficult to pronounce him done. And due to the depth of the rotation, they've been loathe to start Clay Buchholz on a regular basis. I'm not sure he'd be much worse than Smoltz at this point. But, again, this is why I blog; Tito and Theo are great at what they do. And I'm sure they'll figure this stuff out and get the team on a good playoff run again.