Houston – If these are Roy Oswalt’s last weeks with the Astros, he’s certainly going out in style.
Oswalt, who requested a trade earlier this season, allowed only a first-inning single to Neil Walker, and Lance Berkman provided the power with two home runs as Houston completed a three-game sweep of the Pittsburgh Pirates with a 2-0 win Thursday.
Oswalt has said he told his agent not to come to him until an offer was on the table and that he doesn’t expect that to happen until after next week’s All-Star break and closer to the July 31 trade deadline.
He was cagey when asked if a day like Thursday made him feel strange about the possibility of leaving.
“They pay you to pitch and that’s what I’m going to do until it’s time to go somewhere else,” he said. “That’s the business part of it. The best part about it is when you step across the white line and you don’t have to worry about it.”
Still, some in the Astros organization aren’t convinced Oswalt, who has spent his entire career with the Astros, is going anywhere.
“I don’t know that we need to start singing his swan song just yet with the Astros,” Berkman said. “I’d say it’s probably a long shot that he gets traded. I just feel that way. I’m not saying it won’t happen, but I don’t know that it’s a great possibility.”
Oswalt’s seventh career shutout and 19th complete game finished the Astros’ third sweep of the season – second over the woeful Pirates.
His last shutout came in September 2008 against Pittsburgh.