Rotation Made Of Clay

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.

Clay Hensley.jpgHe’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.



  1. roundrock15

    Well, that didn’t go well at all for Mr. Hensley. The Mets batted around and hit two home runs (including a grand slam by Carlos Delgado.) He didn’t finish an inning of work before Polin Trinidad came in to clean up.

  2. roundrock15

    That would certainly be nice. He doesn’t have Wolf’s resume, he’s a righty, and he’s here at the beginning of the season, but we’re hoping it’s a similar-type signing with similar results. It doesn’t sound like management is putting too much confidence in him to break camp on the 25-man roster, so I figure he’ll probably start the season at Round Rock with either Backe or Ortiz as the fifth starter… but I don’t particularly like either of those options, so I’m hoping his next outing goes a lot better.

  3. Kaybee

    I really enjoyed having Hensley here when he was with the Padres. He had a lot of injuries, but he was a great guy. I was pretty disappointed that the Padres let him go, but I hope he gets a chance with you guys. He’s been through a lot in the last few years…

  4. roundrock15

    I loved watching him in San Diego in 2006, too. I also really liked Justin Germano, but his numbers were likely greatly enhanced by the park. Germano’s off to Japan and Hensley’s trying to make his hometown Astros… how times change.

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