Well, what can I say? The Astros are in the midst of an actual winning streak. Sure, it’s only a two-game winning streak. But it’s a winning streak nonetheless. Led by a solid Matt Albers pitching appearance, the Astros defeated the St. Louis Cardinals yesterday by a score of 2-1. And luckily, when it mattered, Brad Lidge did not have to face Albert Pujols.
The win enabled the Astros to jump out of last place.
Small victories. That’s all that can be asked for at this time. Small victories. Like moving into fifth place.
Speaking of small victories, the Astros are 2-1 under new manager Cecil Cooper.
Richard Justice states that it’s a near certainty that Cooper’s going to be named as the manager for next season. And Justice states that Cooper deserves it. Justice then later implies that Cooper is an idiot for benching Mike Lamb to play Ty Wigginton. Apparently this means that Cooper’s not fielding his best lineup.
That leads me to ask: if Cooper won’t field his best lineup, then why does he deserve to be manager?
Speaking of Justice, in that same blog posting, he compares Drayton McLane to George Steinbrenner. He speaks of the way Drayton goes about firing personnel. But I think this is an unfavorable comparison. And it’s unfavorable to Steinbrenner.
First, The Boss’s teams have won many more titles than Drayton’s. Second, does anyone out there feel that Drayton understands baseball? For all of his faults, which are many, one still gets the feeling that Steinbrenner has a basic understanding of the game of baseball.
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Finally, Steinbrenner wants to win. He fires people because he wants to win. He spends money because he wants to win. Does anybody really think that Drayton cares all that much about winning? Does anybody really think Drayton spends money to help the team win? Or that he fires people because he wants to win?
I don’t think so.
The Astros end the month of August today with a day game at Wrigley Field. Don’t worry, Wandy’s pitching. So this should be an easy victory.
For the Cubs. – John Royal