Brett Oberholtzer becomes first Astro to throw a complete game in 2013

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24-year-old rookie Brett Oberholtzer blanked the Mariners over nine innings this afternoon, becoming the first Astro to throw a complete game since Jordan Lyles on September 30 last year. Lyles was also the last to throw a shutout.

Oberholtzer allowed just four hits and one walk while striking out five. Mariners starter Hisashi Iwakuma was nearly as good, holding the Astros scoreless through seven on six hits and a walk while striking out seven. The Astros victimized reliever Charlie Furbush in the eighth to give their starter some support. Jose Altuve and Jason Castro hit back-to-back doubles to lead off the eighth. Castro would later score on a bunt single by Brandon Barnes.

Oberholtzer worked around a one-out single in the ninth to wrap up the shutout.

Player Date Tm Opp Rslt IP H R ER BB SO Pit
Jordan Lyles 2012-09-30 HOU MIL W 7-0 9.0 4 0 0 1 3 103
Lucas Harrell 2012-06-27 HOU SDP W 1-0 9.0 6 0 0 4 7 109
Dallas Keuchel 2012-06-23 HOU CLE W 8-1 9.0 6 1 1 1 3 108
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Generated 9/1/2013.

The Rays announce “The Rays Tank.” Really.

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Earlier this offseason the Rays traded away franchise player Evan Longoria. Over the weekend they traded starter Jake Odorizzi to the Twins and designated All-Star outfielder Corey Dickerson for assignment. These were clearly financially driven moves, and now the Rays sport a payroll of less than $70 million. The club’s offseason moves prompted Longoria to say that he feels sorry for Rays fans.

If you asked Rays brass, I’m sure they’d make strong statements defending all of these moves while offering evidence-light arguments that, yes, they truly are interested in fielding a competitive team in 2018. They would likely react VERY angrily to any suggestion that they are tanking this year. Teams never admit that they’re tanking.

In other news, the Rays announced a new blog:

Oh.