How crazy has the last 10 or so days been with the Astros? It is exciting scoring 9 runs and kills me to see the bullpen give up 4 in one inning. So the week+ has energized my hopes a little and opened my thoughts.
Garner plays hunches more than most if not all current managers. And over the baseline of this season he has put forth his worst job since coming here. And that is not his biggest problem. The larger and blinding problem is talent evaluation. Either Garner has been looking at different games than I have or he is far too emotionally attached to his "favorite" players. The other possibility is that Garner is forced by TP or Drayton to keep players on the team, or even worse, play guys he doesn't want to. The latter would be the worst and if that is the case the team is in some serious trouble going forward with this front office/management.
The glaring examples of this are Trev Miller and Woody. You can extend that to OP and Biggs leading off as well if you want. Miller and Woody have simply been horrible this year. There is no doubt in my mind that players in the minors could perform much better than them. Basically because it is not that hard to have a WHIP of less than 1.5. Woody would have a hard time or simply wouldn't be able to get out college players right now. OP had a great night yesterday but he those 4 hits are 30% of all the hits he has had all year. He has been horrible and if I hear Gar say "OP is one of the best hitters I have ever seen", again I will simply think he is a liar. That seems like cover-speech to me. And finally Biggs is not a leadoff hitter.
I am having serious trust issues with the management and TP now. And by trust issues I mean I don't trust them to run a ML baseball team, especially my beloved Astros. I would love to see TP go.
Team issues: The biggest issue is attitude. The way I see the Astros right now is too even keel. Their only emotional outbursts are disappointment within themselves. And I think that is a bad thing. They should take out frustrations on their opponents. They really don't have to "do" anything. They just need to take an "us against the world" approach.
Good news: Is it me or does the lineup look like a real professional group of hitters right now? Mark is giving everything you can ask for, Lee is doing his job, Berkman is coming back to form, Scott is good when not injured, and Pence is hands down ROY. Wow, a lineup with 5 good hitters! And then Lamb is tearing it up now. This is not quite the mashers of 04 or 98 but this is the best Houston has seen recently. Once Biggs gets 3000 this might be a pretty good offensive club.
Bad news: All the pitching but Sampson. There are four pitchers on this team that need to think about a career change. Oh wait, why the hell would they do that? The are getting paid a fortune to sling their crap at the plate. I have no doubt they try hard(except for JJ). If JJ was serious about his job there is no way he would be in the condition that he is in. What a joke I think he is.
Lidge got hurt, Moehler is on the team, Biggs is hitting 1st, Ensberg has been put to pasture, and TP is still slothing his way along as GM of the Astros, so all of my thoughts on the team have not happened. Well you can't win them all. Good news is I found 2 new great places to go before going to minute maid. And many people now question Gar and TP.