Today’s Spring Training game against the Mets holds some exciting news for me: Most notably, we’ll get our first look at Clay Hensley in an Astros uniform. In 2006 with the Padres, Hensley put together 29 starts, going 11-12 with a 3.71 ERA, 1.337 WHIP, 122 K, and 76 BB in 187 innings of work.
He’s shown flashes of great stuff, and the talk was, at one time, of him combining with Jake Peavy and Chris Young to be one of the great 1-2-3s in baseball.
Times have changed for Clay. He was injured early in 2007 and struggled in his rehab starts. He has yet to find his groove, and was non-tendered by the Padres following the 2008 season. The Astros signed him, presumably to vie for the fifth starting spot. I’m hopeful that he’ll re-find his form and we will suddenly have a really good #3 starter on our hands.
In a rotation that doesn’t have a lot going for it besides the great Roy Oswalt, the potential of a steal could be very big indeed.