This morning I talked about Jordan Schafer and other things over at SB Nation Houston. The Astros patience at the moment is yards better than it was last year, upping their walk rate from 4.12 walks a game to 2.47 in 2011. Long may it continue.
Great win last night, and as most have pointed out on Twitter, it was the second time in 29 years that the Astros have won the game after being 3 or more runs down in the ninth.
Andy at the Houston Counterplot had some interesting things to say this morning. Originally his two gripes were people bitching about the manager and asking for the closer to be traded when the Astros are eight games into the season and are .500.
I'm guessing he was talking about this, where USA Today's Bob Nightengale Tweeted that the Astros are already shopping Brett Myers. Perhaps Jeff Luhnow thinks Rhiner Cruz is already ready to become closer (titter), or perhaps some teams are screaming for bullpen help on the open market.
Firstly, should we be constantly second guessing Brad Mills. Well, that's the fans job. I wouldn't begrudge anyone that. It makes the hours tick by.
Secondly, do I have a problem with shopping Brett Myers right now? I can't think Luhnow can really land something that good for Myers off the back of two saves and two appearances. And we would presumably be swallowing the majority of the $14m that he is still guaranteed. It would be unusual. Like Melancon if the pieces coming back eclipse what we would get from Myers and the Astros think someone can take his place (not Lyon, not ever), then its fine by me.
Wilton Lopez? Someone else?