W-L = 6-9; 147 Games to be Played
With a 2nd win over the LA Dodgers on Wednesday, 4/22/2009, three notable trends are emerging:
1) The Astros offense is waking from its slumber. All but Matsui and Berkman are playing below their potential. This is good news if the slope of the curve continues to move upward.
2) Roy Oswalt is struggling. It’s difficult to hear your ace pitcher, when evaluating his performance use words like “I could care less” and “…so it doesn’t matter what I do.” Agreed these words are taken out of context, but it illustrates my point that Oswalt is not in a good place mentally and certainly with respect to his performance on the field. To be fair, here’s the complete quote from Oswalt and a link for the full context: “The team battled and we won, so it doesn’t matter what I do. I could care less about my stats, as long as the team wins.”
3) The bullpen performance is firming, but still not solid. More solid than Jello. Maybe more like wet concrete before it sets. Hawkins did a great job filling in for the bruised Valverde. Let’s hope the chemical bond in the bullpen binds quickly.
Here’s the box score from the win against the Dodgers on 4/22/2009.