The Astros won a slugfest last night, 7-6, over the Cincinnati Reds. But that’s not the real news. The news is that Roy Oswalt is shutting it down for the season. But that’s still not the real news. No, the real news is that I agree with Jesus Ortiz about this.
(Waiting patiently for you to pick yourself up off of the floor.)
No, really, I mean it. Oswalt doesn’t have anything to prove. To anybody. We’ve all known for years that the guy’s a gamer. A true ace. That he pitches hurt. That pitches craftily. That he’s the ultimate competitor. That he’s the guy you want on the mound when it’s for all of the marbles.
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There are four games left this season. The only thing the Astros are playing for is to keep out of last place. And if not for the stellar work from Oswalt, the Astros would be deeply mired in the cellar.
The only thing Oswalt will be missing by missing his start is pitching to Craig Biggio who will be catching some innings this weekend. Biggio was originally going to catch Oswalt for two innings on Friday, but will now catch two innings of Brandon Backe on Saturday night.
I’m sure lots of people will be thrilled to see Biggio catch one last time. Myself, I’m going to prefer remembering the Craig Biggio of the late-1990s when he was the best second baseman in the major leagues.
The Astros finish off their 2007 season road adventures tonight with Wandy Rodriguez pitching against the Reds. Then the Astros return to MMP for the final three games of the season, which will be against the Atlanta Braves. -- John Royal