He looked mahvelous, dahlings
Fernando Nieve has been another victim of the poor run support his Astros teammates have given him. Add that up to some rough outings, and the result is the perception the casual fan might have of Nieve paying some huge dues; and that’s why he sounds as the biggest candidate in the "Roger returns" musical chairs game.
A closer look will reveal us that Nieve has two things in his favor: stability in his delivery, and the ability of recovering fast after a setback.
That was precisely what we saw last night at Minute Maid Park: after he allowed Andruw Jones belting a two-run homer in the first frame, the Venezuela-born pitcher showed his class on the mound, tossing seven innings and a third of solid baseball without granting more liberties to the Atlanta offense. Nieve got his second win this year, and the first one in Houston.
Astro bats seem to have gotten their groove back: Mike Lamb (who has a .366 BA, yikes!) went 3-for-3 driving in a run with a solo shot. Preston Wilson got two home with a double in the eighth; and Craig Biggio also went yard.
Finally, a nice streak going for the Astros after so much despair. The 7-2 score was possible, mostly due to Nieve’s outstanding performance, that helped him gain more points in the heart of Houston fans. And that is so great for us, who have followed him during his rise in baseball, and his development in the Minor Leagues and the Venezuelan Winter League, playing for the Caribes de AnzoŠtegui team; most especially considering his future in baseball was severely put into question due to injuries; and there was moments in which we thought he’d lost the qualities to become a starter.