For those of you who don’t live in the state of Texas and don’t follow the Houston Astros on a regular basis, I am going to let you in on a little secret. The Astros’ Wandy Rodriguez is having a month of July like Zack Greinke had in the month of April.
While Zack Greinke made national headlines because of his month of April where he went 5-0 with a 0.50 ERA, Wandy Rodriguez’s month of July so far has virtually gone unknown.
Last night Wandy Rodriguez and the Houston Astros beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 3-0. Rodriguez went six innings giving up zero runs, just five hits, and he struck six in the winning effort. For the month of July, Rodriguez is now 3-0 with a 0.41 ERA, walked only five, given up 17 hits, and has struck out 22 batters in 22 innings.
Those numbers are Greinke-esque.
For the season, Rodriguez is 9-6 with a 2.81 ERA. His nine wins have matched his win total for each of the past three seasons. So why is Rodriguez having a better year this year than in his previous four seasons? I think the answer is pretty simple – maturity.
I have looked at Rodriguez’s vital stats from 2005-2009. K/9, BB/9, groundball/flyball, opponents BAA., pitches/IP, and WHIP. Rodriguez’s 2009 stats are pretty much in line with what he did from 2005-2008. Of course, there are some difference here and there, but nothing that jumped out at me.
Rodriguez’s WHIP from 2005-2008 was 1.46. This year his WHIP is 1.27. A difference in Rodriguez’s favor, but I don’t think that is enough to make the case that Rodriguez is having a better year because of his WHIP being slightly lower.
I just think Rodriguez is a classic case of a pitcher taking a little longer than expected to figure out the league. He is 30-years old now and has been with the same team, the Astros for the last five years and has pitched in the NL Central for five years as well. I think that 100 percent helps.
Rodriguez’s ERA has gone down each of the last four years (5.64, 4.58, 3.54. and 2.81). That tells me he is getting more comfortable in his surroundings and he is starting to get to know the hitters better year after year. Remember, it took Roy Halladay four year to figure out how to pitch in this league.
With Rodriguez’s emergence, the Astros have a solid one-two punch with him and Roy Oswalt. If Rodriguez can keep this up, the Astros might make a serious push for not only the Wild Card in the National League, but the NL Central title.
The Vipers season ended with a bang last night. In our final regular season game we won 18-2. We put the game away with a 10 run second inning. We finished the regular season at 7-6. Not an usual Viper’s record as we have never lost more than three regular season games coming into this season.
Our playoff chances hang in the balance as we are still waiting for the results from another game. I finished the season with a .483 avg with three HR’s, 10 RBI and eight runs scored in 29 AB’s.
One last note here. THIS IS FOR THE IDIOTS WHO THOUGHT IT WAS A GOOD IDEA TO PUT BOULDERS IN THE OUTFIELD IN RANDALL’S ISLAND (RANDALL’S ISLAND IS IN NY, AND THERE ABOUT 14 SOFTBALL FIELDS THERE).
IT WAS ONLY A MATTER OF TIME BEFORE SOMEONE SERIOUSLY HURT THEMSELVES. THAT TIME WAS LAST NIGHT. MAYBE NOW YOU CAN REMOVE THOSE BOULDERS!!!!