I mentioned in yesterday's game thread (even before Lyon came into the game) that I thought Lopez should have pitched the 9th inning. That wasn't received very well by most of you (for obvious reasons). But here's the reason I felt that way. My Dad told me a long time ago, "If it's not broke, don't fix it ". Lopez had just dispatched the Phillies in the bottom of 8th with 12 pitches. What did that tell us? That he was spot on yesterday. Now, we all know that some days great pitchers have bad days...and some days, so-so pitchers have great days. The Managers job is to figure out who's having what kind of day, and then select his players accordingly. I know what you're thinking...then why have a "closer" at all if you're going to let your set-up guy close? Answer: Some days your set-up guy is not going to be spot on...that's when you would bring in your closer (and it might even be in the 8th....another move that is usually considered unorthodox). You see, I don't give a darn about baseball etiquette!! All I care about is winning games, and if that means being unorthodox....so be it!! The Astros are not willing to win games at any cost....they're just going through the motions....and that's why..."Being an Astros fan is tough "!!!