So, Astros fan, did you enjoy the big New York Yankees weekend? Why, the Astros even had a chance of winning one of the games, that is until Doug Brocail let Derek Jeter homer into the right field stands on Friday night for the Yankees’ second run, giving them the 2-1 victory.
And did anybody really think that, despite Carlos Lee’s three-run first inning home run on Saturday, that the Astros were going to win that game? Well, if you did, you were wrong, because Wandy Rodriguez quickly let the Yankees get back into the game, and the Yankees won 8-4.
And don’t get me started on yesterday’s game, the 13-0 loss. Blame the umpires all you want for letting the Yankees take the 1-0 lead – which came in the third after Roy Oswalt got two outs, then gave up a double and proceeded to follow the double by walking three straight batters – but it was Oswalt who was not able to make his pitches.
So the Yankees came into Houston and got the sweep. And the home stand ended with the Astros losing five straight games while losing seven of the nine. The team’s record is now 33-37 on the season, and they are gaining on the Cincinnati Reds for last place in the NL Central – while they are now 12 games behind Chicago, they are only half-a-game up on the Reds.
The Astros are off today before playing the Baltimore Orioles for three games at Camden Yards, one of the most beautiful stadiums in baseball – anybody who thinks MMP is a great stadium has obviously never been to Baltimore and seen a real ballpark. Brandon Backe (4-8, 5.00) gets the start against Garrett Olson (5-2, 4.53) on Tuesday. Brian Moehler (3-3, 4.76) matches up against Jeremy Guthrie (3.07, 3.71) on Wednesday, and Shawn Chacon (2-2, 4.69) closes out the series against Brian Burres (5-5, 5.28) on Thursday.
SOME MISCELLANEOUS GAMES NOTES:
The quote of the weekend goes to Pam Gardner, President of Business Operations for the Astros, who said on Fox Sports Saturday night that this series was “so great because it’s a playoff atmosphere” that gives the fans a match-up they deserve.
The playoff atmosphere comes from Astros management treating a regular season game like it’s the most important game in the world. As for giving the fans what they deserve…well, let’s just say that I don’t think the fans deserved the highly inflated ticket prices for this series in the first place, especially since Drayton failed to lower prices for games with the Reds and the Pirates. And with the way the Astros played this weekend, those poor fans who lined Drayton’s wallet with mucho bucks this weekend deserve some kind of refund, so pitiful was the baseball played by the Astros.
I also heard the Astros were selling New York Yankees paraphernalia this weekend. That’s kind of surprising in that I’ve never noticed the Astros selling items involving the visiting team in the past. I guess Drayton will do anything for a buck.
If any of you were out at the games this weekend, I’d be interested in knowing if Drayton hiked the concession prices. I can’t see how he would pass up that opportunity.
****************** You will be pleased to know that home run derby continued at MMP this weekend, with the Houston pitching staff surrendering four homers over the weekend. This puts them at 100 for the season. The Astros are just barely on pace to match the Rockies NL record of 231 homers surrendered, but they’ve fallen off of the pace to match the Tigers MLB record of 240.
And speaking of Yankee home runs, this is to that moron wearing the Astros jersey sitting in right field on Saturday night. Yeah, asshole, I’m talking to you. Keep your glove away from Hunter Pence. Sure, the interference didn’t cost the Astros the game, but Pence had his jump timed perfectly and it looked like he would have caught the ball for the out. Instead, because of the moron’s interference – he knocked away Pence’s glove and tried to make the catch himself – the Yankees were given a home run and were on their way to making a comeback off of Wandy Rodriguez. -- John Royal