Good news, bad news
Yesterday’s doubleheader in San Francisco left us with good and bad things equally. It can’t all be perfect, or so they say. Sadly, Brandon Backe had to leave action after 2.1 innings in the first game, due to elbow problems that will represent a stint on the DL, being substituted on the roster by Ezequiel Astacio, who had his share of playing time in the Big Leagues last season, with mixed results.
Astacio was in the competition for the fifth starter’s position (still undefined at this moment), but was demoted to Round Rock after wards.
The good news came with that solid outing by Roy Oswalt (he’s more of a pitching machine than those ones he endorses in Baseball America, it seems). He pitched eight shutout innings in the nightcap, allowing scarcely 8 hits.
I won’t forget about Lance Berkman, who went yard for the sixth time this season in barely 9 games (consider he was on the DL at this very moment last year). The last Astro in achieving such a feat was Jimmy "The Toy Cannon" Wynn in 1975. Too bad Preston Wilson couldn’t follow suit.
Berkman is batting before tonight’s game .344. The Astros have a collective .257 BA, ninth-best in the Senior Circuit… We have to be a little patient though because the win-loss record is still positive; however, we hope that batting average goes nowhere but up. (The Mets are leading that category, with a .320 collective BA).