So, I got the opportunity to see the Astros play the Phillies on Friday. I work for the company that owns the Astros and got some free tickets. I looked at the lineup and stated, "if this game was played 10 times, the Phillies would win 8" I should have said the Phillies would win 11 out of 10. The game was a bloodbath. Carlos Lee was the only starter at his position that was better than the player the Phillies ran out there. Starter Bud Norris, a nice kid who signed the ball below, could not find the plate.
He can touch 94 on his fastball and has an 88 mph slider, but couldn't throw these pitches for strikes. If a guy can't throw strikes the Phillies lineup will kill him. He gave up 6 hits, 4 walks and 3 ERs through 2.2 innings. He managed to throw 82 pitches, only 44 for strike, and burned the a large part of my evening to get 8 outs. His night ended when he walked pitcher Happ. While Norris was brutal, Happ wasn't terribly sharp either, allowing 6 hits and 2 walks,while throwing 103 pitches in 5 innings. He didn't give up any runs, but he was very slow out there. This was probably the slowest moving game I've seen live.
The final score was 8-0 Phillies, but it seemed much worse. The Phillies offense sucked the life out of the stadium very quickly. The game-time was 3:17, but it seemed to take 3 days. The first 4 innings took about two hours. My boss's team is going to have a very long year.
Oh Well! The stadium is really nice, go check it out when you can, hopefully you will get a better game.
If you are an Astros fan, take a year off, join the Minnesota Twins bandwagon, we'd love to have you.