A pinch hit two-run jackson by Brad Eldred in the tenth inning lifted the Nationals to an 8-6 win over the Astros. What should be taken away from this result is not the fact that the Nationals are hitting clutch dingers (c’mon people it’s spring training. It’s like me going yard against a girls slow pitch league) but the fact that the Astros have just one, count it ONE , win in spring training so far.
For a team that made many a butt cheek clinch in St. Louis and Milwaukee last fall with its annual late season push, the H-town boys aren’t exactly charging out the gate. At least Houston main man Cecil Cooper (big ups to any dude named Cecil) seems to be keeping the faith as he isn’t letting on any sort of worry. But that’s what a manager is supposed to do. My point is this – just like college recruiting, NFL combines, NBA workouts and every other sports preseason, not much stock can be put into spring training of any sort. And if the Astros happen to run away with the division, the pennant, the World Series and 2012 elections then this could all be forgotten.
But sketchy pitching (Backe is in pain) and unproven offense (hot fire bats like Randy Wolf and Jason Lorretta were replaced with Jason Michael and Aaron “tore my ACL hooping at Rucker Park” Boone) isn’t leaving anyone in Houston peeling too good.
So until the Astros show something, I guess the only thing residents can say is at least we got the Texans. (sigh)