Since the Astros found it in themselves to blow a six, yes 6, run lead there’s not a lot to say about how sucky this game one against the Arizona Diamondbacks is. So, to entertain us all here’s the latest scoop on what’s going on with the Houston Nine.
- Jeff Keppinger rejoined the Astros tonight. I was hoping his highsocks would be the right amount of luck and early on it appeared that way. Kepp came back in style despite the ‘Stros pitching atrocities going 2-5 with 1 RBI. Welcome back, Kepp. You were missed. If he keeps hitting, he should see more playing time than my best friend, Bill Hall.
- Brett Myers continues his run of disappointing pitching. He’s now not accumulated a win in six starts which is a career long. Tonight in 5.2 IP, he allowed 5 hits, 4 ERs, walked 3 and had 2 dingers hit off of him. His ERA is now 5.11. Brett hasn’t fulfilled my dream of having a strong first starting pitcher this season. Will his greatness of last season return? I’m thinking it’s not likely. This very well may be his struggling season. If we want a pitcher to cheer for, I think we’ll find it in Wandy Rodriguez and/or Bud Norris.
- The club released IF Joe Inglett today from AAA OKC to make room for Brain Bogusevic. Bogie was sent back down after Kepp completed his rehab assignment and returned to the big club.
- Humberto Quintero tried to steal some of Buster Posey’s thunder when he slipped on a bat at the plate, was run over by the Dbacks Roberts, bending his ankle underneath him and sending him back to locker room with the trainers. The damage to Q? A sprained right ankle. The damage to the game was staggering as the Astros not only lost their best catcher, but their lead as well when 2 runners scored. Who the heck are they going to pull up to Houston if Q goes on the DL? Carlos Corporan is on the DL. So is it Robinson Cancel or Max Ramirez? I’d probably take Cancel, but the catcher position is one where the farm system is ridiculously weak. Of course, where is the farm system not ridiculously weak? Mr. Crane, hurry up so you can drop some serious dough in the draft, please!
-Wandy Rodriguez will be getting a precautionary MRI tomorrow for a sore left elbow. He’ll forgo his start and in his place, Bud Norris (2-3, 3.77 ERA) will take the mound. Studly Cudly Budly has been pitching well lately so it shouldn’t have that large of an effect. Sunday J.A. Happ (3-6, 4.99 ERA) will start. Hopefully we’ll get news on Wandy tomorrow afternoon and if all is well they can slot him back into the bottom of the starting rotation.
- Jason Bourgeois started swinging off a tee Monday and could begin a Minor League Rehab assignment by the end of the weekend. Jason, who had injured his right oblique, says he’s pain-free. We could use him back as he was hitting .407 and had an impressive 12 steals on the season with only 54 at bats. Hurry back, Jason. We need you!
- Tomorrow’s 6:05pm CDT game will NOT be televised. You’ll have to catch it on the radio with Milo or on MLB.tv if you’re not blacked out. Given the sad attendance at Minute Maid Park this season, I feel confident saying that there are plenty of good seats available if you’re so inclined.
- Will the devastation ever end? The offense took off early and gave us all hope. The pitching fell apart and dashed those hopes. The defense was decent tonight, but the Diamondback’s offense nullified any effort the D made. Pitching, my friends. We really have to figure out this pitching thing.
-The game just ended as I finished gathering the scoop for you. Despite Hunter Pence’s agressiveness, stealing second with Lee at the plate, 2 outs and a 1-2 count, the Astros fell to the Diamondbacks 7-6. I’d like to say I’m surprised, but frankly, nothing surprises me with this club this year. Tomorrow is a new day and thank heavens for that.
Terri Schlather (AGirlintheSouth) is the Senior Houston Astros Reporter for Aerys Sports. You can read her Astros blog at www.talesfromthejuicebox.com, email her at email@example.com, or follow her on twitterÂ @agirlinthesouth.