Time to break out the voodoo doll.
This morning I told Cecil Cooper that the odds were overwhelmingly in the Astros favor, considering they were playing two games that day. That pretty much doubled their chances to win, right?
In a nutshell, no. The Kissimmee side lost to the Philies, 5-2, and those who traveled to Tampa to play the Yankees lost, 3-1.
So the Astros are 1-13-1. How bad is it? It depends on who you ask. Coop is having a hard time with this, but if you go into the clubhouse, you’d find a much different take on this Grapefruit League season. You would actually find people who don’t even know the Astros have won only one game.
Lance Berkman, who is aware of the record, reminded Coop about the 1998 Yankees, who won 114 games during the regular season and nearly swept their way through the playoffs.
How is that team similar to your 2009 Houston Astros? According to Berkman, quoting his good friend Yankee pitcher Andy Pettitte, the ’98 Yankees had “the worst Spring Training in Yankee history.”
I can’t find what the Yankees record was that spring, but I’ll take Berkman’s word for it. Berkman also issued a friendly reminder to his manager: “We are 0-0.” Meaning, once Opening Day gets here, this nightmare of a spring season will be forgotten.
Posted on the bulletin board in the Astros’ clubhouse was a note indicating everyone is going to Disney on Sunday. Everyone — as in every position player and every pitcher scheduled to pitch. Usually a handful of players will stay behind and work out at the home facility. Not this time; Coop is obviousy steamed, and Sunday’s game with the Braves is going to be a group effort in its most literal sense. We’ll see how that goes.
Russ Ortiz wasn’t happy with himself after his start against the Phillies.
“I was terrible,” he said. “I was just bad.”
Ortiz allowed three runs over 3 2/3 innings, walked three and struck out two.
“I didn’t come here just to go through the motions,” he said, when asked if he felt like his chances to make the club were diminished after this outing. “I came here to throw and throw well, and be healthy. Whatever happens, happens. I’ve said it before, yea, I want to be on the team, and my goal is to be on the team first and foremost.”
Jose Capellan is scheduled to start Sunday’s game in Atlanta. This is getting interesting.