Posts Tagged ‘Houston’

We are leaving for Europe today!

So I have not posted in a few days because we were not sure what was going to happen with our Europe trip thanks to the volcano with the extremely long name in Iceland.  We have been trying to get all last minute things done before our trip leaves.  We now know that our flight to Paris WILL be leaving as scheduled Tuesday afternoon.  Jenny and I will be gone about 3 weeks.  We are very excited to be taking this journey around parts of Europe.  Neither one of us have ever been there so it’s going to be so much fun.  We are also glad that for the first 10 days of the trip Rich and Sarah will be with us.  Really wish Josh and Rachel could have come too.  Would have made this amazing adventure even better.  I will update on here as much as I can with comments and pictures of our trip.  Our plane is supposed to leave Houston at 4:15 PM central time on Tuesday and arrive in Paris at 8:35 AM on Wednesday morning.  Hopefully we are able to get some sleep on the plane.

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Astros off to “great” start…

So this is my first blog on WordPress.  I thought I would just write a little bit tonight.

0-8.  What more needs to be said.  The Astros are off to their 2nd worst start in team history.  They have a chance to tie their worst start in history tomorrow afternoon when Bud Norris faces off against Kyle Lohse in the series finale in St. Louis.

Their offense is just horrific.  They have now scored 14 runs through 8 games.  That’s 72 innings.  They are averaging 1.75 runs per game.  It’s kinda hard to win games with that kind of run support.  The only run the Astros scored tonight in their 2-1 loss to the Cardinals was unearned in the top of the 1st.  There was a very interesting article in the Wall Street Journal today about why the Astros are scoring so few runs.  Here is that article from the Wall Street Journal from today, April 14, 2010:

“The Houston Astros began the season with seven straight losses largely because of an anemic offense that had scored just 13 runs, or 1.86 per game. Part of the reason is that their hitters are swinging at everything; they have the highest swing rate on pitches outside the strike zone, at 33.4%. Hunter Pence, above, has chased 46% of pitches out of the zone, and he’s one of the club’s best hitters.” – Dave Cameron

Those are very interesting statistics.  My brother-in-law Jon also compiled some interesting stats about the pitchers we faced the first 7 games.  Here is his take on it.

Day Pitcher 2009 ERA 2009 Wins Notes
Mon Lincecum 2.48 15 2 x Cy Young
Tue. Zito 4.03 10 Cy Young Winner
Wed. Cain 2.89 14 11 no-dec. in 2009
Fri. Happ 2.93 12
Sat. Moyer 4.94 12
Sun. Halladay 2.79 17 Cy Young Winner
Mon. Wainwright 2.63 19 Prob. Should have won Cy Young
Average: 3.24 14 4 x Cy Youngs…

Now this is no excuse for the poor play in the first week of the season but still very interesting to see.

Jenny and I will be going to Europe next week for 3 weeks.  I will try my hardest during that trip to blog every other day with what we have been doing and photos of places we have been.  That’s all for tonight.  Maybe some more after the game tomorrow.  Goodnight.