If the Astros bullpen had a theme song, it would have to be Britney Spears' "Oops, I Did It Again." Because yesterday the bullpen, oops, did it again. This time, the offender was one Dave Borkowski who came in with one out in the 11th inning and proceeded to give up a monster double and a walk before letting Milwaukee's Damian Miller hit a three-run, walk-off home run to end the game.
If you think about it, the Astros bullpen could also use Britney's "Toxic" as a theme song, because you just can't get much more toxic than this pen's been this season.
I've got to give it to the Astros, the team was actually competitive in this game. Sure, the final was 6-3. Sure, the Brewers swept a three-game series from the Astros for the first time ever. Sure, the Astros had chances to win but didn't get the job done. Sure, Craig Biggio didn't get a hit. But at least the game was close.
And I guess that could be called a moral victory.
Woody Williams pitched one of those so-called quality starts yesterday. He went six innings and gave up only three runs. Here's why I think that's one of the stupidest stats in baseball: if you project that to nine innings, that means that the pitcher would've given up 4.5 runs. And pitchers that give up 4.5 runs a game don't really win that many games. That could explain Woody's awful record.
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I've got to give the bullpen some credit, though. Chad Qualls and Dan Wheeler -- that's right, Dan Wheeler -- and Trever Miller shut the Brewers down for 4.1 innings. Then came Dave Borkowski, and oops...
The Astros record falls to 32-46, a full 14 games under .500, and a full 14 games behind the first place Brewers, who stand at 46-32. And here's some positive news: the Astros don't have the worst record in baseball. That's right, the Cincinnati Reds and the Kansas City Royals have worse. That gives this team something to aim for. Reach for the stars, I always say.
The Astros return to Minute Maid Park tonight to start an 11-game home stand against the Rockies, Phillies, and Mets. The first four games are against the Colorado Rockies, who just happen to come into Minute Maid riding a six-game losing streak. Roy Oswalt gets the start tonight against Aaron Cook.
And Craig Biggio only needs three hits for the magic number, so if you want to see it, you should probably try to get to one of those Rockie games. Speaking of which, remember, Saturday's game time has been moved from 2:55 to 6:05 -- I guess that Fox Sports didn't want to subject the country to any more Astros games. – John Royal