Astro fans may be a bit nervous about the last three outings for pitchers who figure to lead the starting rotation in 2012. They should not be. At least they should not be concerned about those last three starts. Look at the calendar. At this point in spring training the dreaded "dead arm phase" routinely sweeps the camps in Florida and Arizona.
Not to be confused to the mid season dead arm epidemic the spring period is both physical and mental.
In successive starts Wandy Rodriguez, Bud Norris and Livan Hernandez were, uh, let me put it diplomatically, "not so good." None of the three got to four full innings. All three threw too many pitches both out of the strike zone and in the wrong spots when the were in it. All three got roughed up. Only Hernandez survived without a loss since the Astros scored nine runs against the Mets Sunday and won the game.
On Friday, Rodriguez went only three and a third innings against Atlanta. He gave up eight hits and seven runs and did not strike ...