Odds and Ends


Today the Houston Astros joined a very short list. That list? NL Central teams Jim Edmonds has not played for which is now down to just the Astros and Pirates. Edmonds was traded from the Milwaukee Brewers to the Cincinnati Reds for Chris Dickerson.

Kolby Clemens leads Astros minor leaguers with 22 homeruns in Triple-A. (No genetic-steroid joke, I promise)

Tonight the Astros faced Atlanta and rookie Mike Minor. Minor was making his league debut and despite a poor 4th inning, had Houston looking confused.

  • Brett Wallace and Chris Johnson kept up their hot-hitting with two hits a piece (They’re also the only Houston hitters with an OPS above .800).
  • Unfortunately Bud Norris took a step backward allowing 4 earned runs over 6 innings and striking out just 3.
  • Michael Bourn stole his 36th base.
  • Rookie Jason Castro continues to prove he’s not major-league ready dropping his avg to .188

Houston has scored 4 or more runs in 6 of their last 7 games.

Tomorrow J.A. Happ takes on Jair Jurrjens. (Vote on poll at bottom of page about Houston’s deadline trades)

Jason Bourgeois came off the bench tonight as a pinch runner. Bourgeois was tearing Triple-A pitching apart. Not getting him in the lineup as much as possible makes about as much sense as Brian Cushing’s overtraining theory.