Rookie pitcher Jeriome Robertson leads the first-place Astros in tattoos, piercings and, most significant, victories (12 at week's end). The 26-year-old lefthander, who also leads the majors in wins by a rookie, has been an unlikely stopper in a rotation that's been hampered by injuries. "He's been more consistent than anyone would have thought," says third baseman Morgan Ensberg. "He's just a [great] athlete."
Robertson struggled in his first six starts, going 1-3 with an 8.36 ERA, and in early May was sent to Triple A New Orleans, where he worked on refining his sinker. After Robertson returned to the rotation on May 16, the Astros won 15 of his next 19 starts. With ace Roy Oswalt battling to come back from his third groin strain of the year, Robertson will play a critical role down the stretch for Houston, which was tied with St. Louis atop the National League Central.