I know things are bad with the Astros lately... but I NEVER would have thought we would have been swept by the Pirates and I NEVER would have thought they would have scored 8+ runs against us in each game to bury us back in the cellar... well, it happened and to the cellar we go again.
I still dont' know what to say about this series against the Pirates. We started out so good the 1st game, taking a 3-2 lead into the 9th inning where our stud closer could seal the victory for us and take us into game 2 of the series with a 1-0 lead... only to blink and see the 3-2 lead completely gone and the Astros in disbelief as they went home with a 9-3 loss.
That loss hurt and it showed as we came back in the 2nd game(with probably our strongest starting pitcher on the hill in Wandy Rodriguez) and put up just 2 runs(and those were after the game was out of reach) in what turned out to be an 8-2 smack down.
And then we come back the next day with one of our only brights spots of the season(Brian Moehler) on the hill to watch him exit the game after pitching just 2 1/3 innings in the hole 5-4.
I'm trying to find a bright spot in the Astros current situation and I just can't seem to find one. Sampson has been good lately... and Lee has been good... I guess you could call them bright spots... but there are so many clouds in the Astros sky(okay.. that was really lame) that they are drowning out the bright spots...
So what do you do as an Astros fan? Do you stop watching the games? Do you sit through them in agony? Do sit and hope for change? Should we "drink the Kool-Aid" and be happy that the Astros are making attempts to better the team now in hopes of making a playoff push? What do we do? I wish I knew the answer... I'm sure like many of you that come here, I'll sit through the games and continue to watch them until game 162 is done... and then I'll start looking forward to next season in which I'll do it all over again. But... it's painful. Being an Astros fan right now just isn't much fun.
I guess there's always tomorrow... wait.. it's an off day!! YES!!!
I was just looking through the standings in the National League and noticed that the worst team in the NL isn't the Nationals any more. That title has been taken by the Padres who have won 10 games less than the Astros. Wanna hear something pathetic... They have about the same chance of making the playoffs as the Astros do. The Astros are 12.5 games out of 1st place in the NL Central(at the time of this posting) while the Padres are 13 games back. Hell, you could make a case that the Padres are in better contention for a division title as all of the teams in the NL West suck. The Astros have to get passed the three best teams in the National League to win the division title.
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The Astros optioned Cassel back to Triple-A today to make room for Randy Wolf. Wolf is scheduled to start Sunday against the Brewers in Milwaukee.