IGD: Padres @ Astros (26 Jul 07)

Game #101
time: 5:05 p.m. PT
tv: 4SD
sp: David Wells vs Wandy Rodriguez

According to Wikipedia, there are Houstons in Scotland, Canada, Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Texas. This isn’t remotely interesting, but I have to put something here…

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  1. If we can’t beat a guy named Wandy, we don’t deserve to be in first place.

    That said, lets hope that the Padres’ juvenile tendencies are in full-force so that we can tormet Mr. Rodriguez for his geeky first name.

  2. Dude, Wandy is a tough pitcher and he’s deserving of a much better record as his peripheral numbers indicate.

    Of course, if every batter would cough Wandy’s name first before swinging at the first offerings, that maybe annoying enough to get a few runs and a win.

    Otherwise, it’ll be Barrett’s fault again. We are going to be pretty sick of yelling ‘Darn That Barrett’ for every lost the rest of the season.

  3. 2: Good call on Wandy’s peripherals.

    It appears that Padre hitters got the memo on working the pitcher more.

  4. 3: Unfortunately, it does not appear that Boomer got the memo regarding homeruns :-(

  5. Yeah, and Wandy is stingier at home at giving up runs.

  6. Boomer got nothing…again.
    Time to warm up the new guy…or anybody.
    I’d put Justin Hampson in Boomer’s spot if not for CY getting hurt.

  7. Boomer needs to only pitch at home. He is just awful away from petco

  8. Tonight’s the kind of game where I’d consider telling Boomer “It’s your game, big man. 8 innings no matter what the score. We need to rest the pen.”

  9. 8: At this point you are probably right

  10. Geez, Well’s is serving up BP to these guys

  11. 9 balls and 7 strikes is a horrible sign for Hensley.

  12. I’m outta here guys … my journey to Cooperstown begins now … I’m catching a midnight red-eye in Portland to JFK … “do it all” in Manhattan tomorrow … then up to Cooperstown for Saturday and Sunday … looking forward to seeing several of you there (rain or shine) … and hoping that we can make enough noise so that you that are watching on TV can hear and/or see our impact for our-man Tony! :-)

  13. 11: Its only 1 inning, lets see how his entire outing goes. Its good to see him out there.

  14. Coming into today’s game, Khalil’s OBP has dropped to .269. His 0-2 has lowered it even further, I’m sure. What happened to him?

  15. What do you mean what happened? He is being Khalil, streaky hitter, doesnt walk, swings for the fences.

  16. 15: His OBP last year was .320. His previous career low was .296. That’s just a monumental collapse.

  17. If he gets streaking again he will get it up to his career norms around .300. He’s never been an OBP guy

  18. At least Bud didn’t burn Hensley for one inning.

    This may have been a strategic loss for the Padres – get Boomer to give up a bunch of runs early so the ‘stros don’t try too hard, then bring Hensley in so he looks good for anyone scouting him and then trade him in the next four days for something useful.

    One can dream, right?

  19. Hensley is more useful than Boomer haha I wish Wells could be traded for something useful if we are dreaming.

  20. 14: Wow. I’ve come to believe that recent stathead conventional wisdom overvalues things like OBP and compensatory draft picks but damn, .269 is pathetic. And I love Khalil, he’s one of my favorite players.

    He’s still a productive player because of his power and defense but if either one of those diminishes he’ll be out of a job real fast.

  21. Clay, doesnt look too bad. He is throwing a few too many balls, but he is keeping his pitches down and thats the most important thing for him

  22. Suppose Clay’s pissed that his gameday photo shows him with a Portland hat?

  23. Thatcher looked good. Got 3 righties out.

  24. Clay’s ERA for July 0.00 – trade bait!

  25. This is starting to look really bad. I didn’t catch a lot of the game, but it did seem like the Astros snagged a lot of line drives. Still, this is one of the worst teams in baseball, just taking it to us behind Wandy Rodriguez. Geez.

  26. We appear to be hitting the wall in the marathon:

    Since 8 June: 18-24; won 5 series, lost 7, split 1

    And making a lot of bad pitchers look really good.

  27. The good news from tonight:

    Thatcher looked great-nobody made solid contact against him and his cutter worked as advertised.

    Hensley put up some zeros…

    I think that might be it. It’s a little difficult to blame this one on Michael Barrett, but I’m sure that the Cubs fan will be back tomorrow to work on it :)