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.

Capt9cd28d4ab4b249c19e6d313428283dd0bravTim Purpura said to us once that he always thought of Nieve as a great third of fourth starter in his team’s rotation. And he seems to be right.


His breaking ball looked great tonight, and so did his performance.

4 in a row, back to .500.

If Buchholz doesn’t get back on track its a distinct possibility that he’ll be the one moving over for Clemens’ return.

Would be nice to keep rolling against Tim Hudson tonight.

Lamb looked great in the 2 slot.


The Astros will be a force in the NL Central. With everyone losing guys to injury the NL Central is wide open. I enjoy reading your MLBlog ….. check out mine “Major League Ballhawk”

Nieve was awesome for sure.. 6 shutout innings after giving up the 2 runs was very nice to see..


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