Well... we won... and we did so behind a nice outing by Roy Oswalt against a very good team in the Tampa Bay Rays. It seems kind of odd to put the words "very good" and "Tampa Bay Rays" in the same sentence, but that is exactly what has happened this year. Since the Rays (formally Devil Rays) were created in 1998, they have never had a winning season. Heck, they've never had a season in which they have lost less than 91 games. Their best season ever was in 2004 when they finished 4th in the AL East with a 70-91 record under Lou Piniella. But finally(with the help of ex-Astros GM Gerry Hunsicker), the Rays are a good team with some very good young talent and actually look to have a future. They are even in the works of getting a new field to replace the pathetic Tropicana Field they currently play in. This season, with all of their young talent, they have started out the season 43-30 and currently sit just 2 games behind the AL East leading Boston Red Sox.
Anyways... back to the Astros. We WON!! YAY! It's been so long. I can't actually remember the last time we won... I can't remember the last team we beat without looking at the schedule. Ok, I just looked at the schedule... we beat the Brewers 6-1 at home on June 10th.
So what do we think of Roy O? He was very good tonight, giving up just 2 runs over 7 2/3 innings while striking out 5 and walking 2. He's lowered his ERA in each of his last 5 starts(not saying a whole lot, his ERA was up to 5.61) and currently sits under 5 for the first time this season(4.84). Hopefully this is more proof that he's returning to his old self and becoming the dominant ace that he used to be... only time will tell for that though.
@ Tampa Bay Rays
Saturday, Jun 21, 2008, 5:10 PM CDT
Wandy Rodriguez vs Edwin Jackson