|Who the hell are these guys?|
Though last night's win was probably a welcome gimme, even if some Astros fans are actually hoping that they slip down the rankings to give themselves a better draft pick in next year's first round. Having won just once in the previous seven days the Astros will send Brett Myers to face Bronson Arroyo tonight, with the hope of clinching their second series win against the Reds, before heading home to face the Cubs in the final series of the season. Arroyo is 2-0 against Houston with a 2.13 ERA in two starts.
Currently the Astros have the joint ninth worst record in the majors, level with the Milwaukee Brewers at 75-83, realistically this is not going to change. The Cubs would need to sweep the Astros to overtake them, and the Astros would need to sweep the Cubs, and have Oakland, the Mets and the Marlins lose their four remaining games (they all have 77-81 records). Next year's draft is said to be very deep, so we should stop worrying about it too much (the D-backs have the 6B pick after not signing Barret Loux this year).
Carlos Lee went 3-4, on eight pitches, and this makes me believe he's lost the correct approach at the batters box. Getting hits of course is paramount, but I get the increasing feeling that Lee can either go up there looking to walk or he can go up there looking to get a hit, but not both at the same time. Once again the Astros failed in the walks department, not drawing a single one, and scoring their two runs on a Carlos Lee double in the first, scoring Keppinger, before they scored a run on a Wallace force-out, which should have either been a double play, or the runner should have been nailed at the plate. But hesitation by second baseman Chris Valaika allowed Lee to scoot home, with Wallace picking up a pretty un-merited RBI.