Houston Astros Update: Good News and Bad News...What Do Ya Want First?

Jason CardwellCorrespondent IMay 4, 2009

HOUSTON - APRIL 06:  Lance Berkman #17 of the Houston Astros fields against the Chicago Cubs during the Opening Day game on April 6, 2009 at Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
The Astros won the series against Atlanta and are 4-2 on their road trip…why am I not excited? 
The Stros are BEAT UP right now.  Valverde out at least three weeks which could end up being five, Chris Sampson takes a line drive off the ankle and is unavailable for no less than a few days, and Doug Brocail JUST got of the DL only to injur his hamstring.  Brocail says, ”Of course it will be a [disabled-list stint…No doubt.”
I said I’m not excited but I am happy with the effort the team has shown the last two games.  LaTroy Hawkins, or LeHawk, has been picking up the slack and giving the Stros someone to close out games with. 

With Moehler coming off the DL Houston has another reliever somewhere, and right now that is Felipe Paulino.  We’ll see what happens after Mo’s start.
I think that the bullpen is going to do their best to step up but after the last two games, Houston really needs a starter to go deep.  This could be difficult with Moehler making his first start since coming off the DL.
But, for some reason, I see Lance Berkman benefiting from this…weird right?  It’s not that I think Berkman is going to swallow some magic pill and start hitting all of the sudden, but I do think he is going to see a team that he can really help and find his stroke…call it a hunch.
Ok, enough rambling.  Houston is going to be in a difficult spot for a while and that isn’t going to change until they get healthy or their offense catches fire.
I for one am always bummed with Houston loses or gets rained out, so this Atlanta series has been an interesting one.  But they are going to Washington where it’s been raining for…all season. 

It seems like the Nats have had half their games rained out.  There is chance that Houston may get a day off to get well and as much as I want to watch my team play, I wouldn’t be totally bummed.
Houston Astros @ Washington Nationals series preview tomorrow.  Moe and Roy O.