Oh God no
It´s true what Robert Falkoff says in his article: if it happened to Roy Oswalt and Andy Pettitte, why wouldn’t it happen to Taylor Buchholz?
The young Astros starter (who already has dedicated fans and all) got his first true beating this season, giving up 8 runs and 12 hits in 4.1 innings, losing to the Dodgers 9-6, the sixth defeat in a row for the Houston ballclub.
It isn’t that the Houston bats couldn’t muster some hits of their own, but the reaction in the game’s last third, including Lance Berkman’s ninth-frame tater, wasn’t enough. Buchholz got a good dose of L.A. lumber, including homers by Jeff Kent and Rafael Furcal. The Astros left 8 men in transit.
The debate remains, particularly during this forgettable roadtrip: Are the Astros in need to sign, once again, Roger Clemens? He is a remarkable addition for any team, but we have seen this rotation holding on its own. Those guys have proved it and, to be fair, this is just the first bad spell they’ve faced so far.
If this goes on for two more weeks or so, and we hope it doesn’t, then we’ll call for help. Don’t misunderstand me, it isn’t that I wouldn’t want to see the Rocket one more time wearing the Astros uniform. It’s just that I don’t see it as an urgent matter. Yet.
Now, we’ll have to see if Wandy Rodriguez can get rid of this skid.