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Francisco Cordero hasn’t made a very good first impression in Houston

Jul 26, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

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Francisco Cordero went from Toronto to Houston as part of last week’s 10-player swap and the Astros, having traded closer Brett Myers and setup man Brandon Lyon, installed Cordero as their new closer.

To absolutely no one’s surprise, it hasn’t worked out very well.

Cordero was terrible for the Blue Jays, throwing 34 innings with a 5.77 ERA and .340 opponents’ batting average, and he’s blown saves (and taken losses) in two of his first three appearances for the Astros.

Tuesday against the Reds he came into the game with a 2-1 lead in the ninth inning and went fly out, single, homer, ground out, walk, wild pitch, walk, single. By the time manager Brad Mills removed Cordero from the game it was a 4-2 deficit.

Last night, also against the Reds, he came into the game with a 3-2 lead in the ninth inning and went double, strikeout, walk, strikeout, double. Mills again removed him from the game before the inning was over, this time with a 4-3 deficit.

So though three games Cordero is 0-2 with two blown saves and a 23.14 ERA while allowing opponents to hit .417 with a 1.367 OPS. And the Astros, who have an MLB-worst 34 wins all season, have let a washed-up 37-year-old closer turn back-to-back ninth-inning leads into back-to-back losses.

  1. djpostl - Jul 26, 2012 at 2:20 PM

    Ahem, DisAstros…get it right.

  2. lpd1964 - Jul 26, 2012 at 2:24 PM

    As a Reds fan, this guy continually walked the tightrope and was overhyped. Thank goodness “Coco” is gone and he’s the Astros problem.

    • icanspeel - Jul 26, 2012 at 2:48 PM

      Sounds like he is still on the Reds by helping them get 2 come from behind victories.

  3. jaysfan64 - Jul 26, 2012 at 2:26 PM

    As long as he’s not blowing up here anymore…he was effective in spots but his days as an 8th or 9th inning guy are done…

  4. proudlycanadian - Jul 26, 2012 at 2:40 PM

    He did not make a very good first impression in Toronto either.

  5. okwhitefalcon - Jul 26, 2012 at 2:42 PM

    So much for the Astro’s idea to showcase and flip Coco for more suspects – nice try though.

    The ‘Stro’s are in deep waters now and it’s going to get a helluva lot deeper with the move to the Angel/Ranger (and dare I say Oakland) Bermuda Triangle next year.

  6. stex52 - Jul 26, 2012 at 3:46 PM

    No patience. Cut him. Eat the salary. You were going to eat Lyon’s anyway. Not like his record didn’t say he was going to be a disaster. Give some AAA kid a shot at greatness or close by committee.

    Jeez, is it that hard to figure?

  7. okwhitefalcon - Jul 26, 2012 at 4:28 PM

    Here’s an interesting article from Ken Rosenthal regarding Jeff Luhnow’s approach to the Astro’s rebuilding, they have an extremely tough road ahead of them.

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