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Talk Zone / Joe Maddon to the Angels
« on: October 16, 2019, 10:14:46 am »
Not surprising, but sounds like its about to be official.

Mark Feinsand

Source confirms Joe Maddon is headed to Anaheim to become the next Angels manager.

Talk Zone / Rotation Games
« on: October 16, 2019, 10:11:04 am »
Need to win 2 of the next 4.

Sounds like lots of options for the next 4.

I'd go.  Grienke Thursday, Urquidy, Friday Verlander Saturday, Cole Sunday.

How the Houston Astros Disrupted Player Development to Become the Model MLB Franchise

Talk Zone / Keuchel vs McHugh
« on: June 10, 2018, 05:56:14 pm »
At this point, hard to argue Colin doesn’t give you a better chance to win.   

Speaking of lefties, really nice to see Sipp have some success, he always seemed like a really good guy.

Talk Zone / Reddick to the DL
« on: May 23, 2018, 09:54:04 am »

Chandler Rome
‏ @Chandler_Rome
1m1 minute ago

Josh Reddick is going on the disabled list. The #Astros have recalled Jake Marisnick

Talk Zone / MLB Rules you struggle with
« on: March 31, 2018, 10:22:53 am »
The 2 I seem to misunderstand the most were on display last night.  Replay and bases awarded on a ball thrown out of play.

I thought a ball thrown out of play meant 2 bases, Altuve was on second when the ball went in the dugout, but was only given third. 

Replays I’m just lost. I thought you got 1/2, yet somehow Bannister lost three of them.

Talk Zone / Crane Interview
« on: January 19, 2018, 12:44:59 pm »

Talk Zone / Astros Caravan 2018
« on: January 06, 2018, 03:39:12 pm »

Doesn't look like much of an effort to reel in central Texas folks.

Talk Zone / Site issues
« on: November 27, 2017, 06:53:36 pm »
Is this site taking incredibly long to load for anyone else?   I have had trouble with it for about 3 days now.

Talk Zone / Game times announced.
« on: October 01, 2017, 08:24:20 pm »
We play the early game Thursday and Friday.   F

Talk Zone / Playoff batting order
« on: September 25, 2017, 05:22:03 pm »
Curious what others see as the best lineup the Astros could run out.

VS LHP I like
Marwin (DH)

Marwin (DH)

Talk Zone / Mariners Series Rotation
« on: September 13, 2017, 07:24:14 pm »
Morton, Keuchel, Verlander (1st home start).   All three flying home early tomorrow.

Beer and Queso / Game of Thrones Season 7
« on: July 15, 2017, 09:04:08 am »
One more sleep until S7 starts.   Im not sure how it lives up to the hype I have created in my mind.   Finally got my wife to watch after years of her pushing back.    I re-watched all six season with her in about 3 weeks.   It is amazing how much stuff you pick up on the  second time through.

Also, if any of you are interested, I run a Game of Thrones death pool.   We started last year since they were past the books.   It was a blast last season, especially when Cersei took aboot about 7 characters in one swoop in the  finale.   

It is $20 to enter, we should have between, 25-40 people in it this season.   You pick 7 characters will die.   If you are interested in joining send an email to [email protected]  and I wills end you the rules.

Talk Zone / Thru ~50 games
« on: May 31, 2017, 10:40:52 am »

Found this interesting, and a lesson to not count your chickens.

Congratulations, your team is in first place! What does that mean about 50 games into the season? Let’s check the standings for the past five seasons at a similar point in the schedule and see how many first-place teams ended up winning their divisions:

2016: Four of six (Red Sox, Rangers, Nationals, Cubs) won the division. The Indians were 0.5 games behind the Royals; the Dodgers were 4.5 behind the Giants.

2015: Two of six (Cardinals, Dodgers). The Blue Jays were 3.5 games behind the Yankees and Rays; the Royals were 0.5 games behind the Twins; the Rangers were five games behind the Astros; the Mets were 0.5 behind the Nationals.

2014: One of six (Tigers). The Orioles were 3.5 behind the Blue Jays; the Angels were 1.5 behind the A’s; the Nationals were three behind the Braves; the Cardinals were 1.5 behind the Brewers; the Dodgers were five behind the Giants.

2013: Four of six (Red Sox, Tigers, Braves, Cardinals). The A’s were three games behind the Rangers; the Dodgers were 7.5 behind the Diamondbacks (and in last place).

2012: Two of six (Nationals, Reds). The Yankees were 1.5 behind the Orioles and Rays; the Tigers were 5.5 behind the White Sox; the A’s were nine behind the Rangers; the Giants were 5.5 behind the Dodgers.

Thirteen teams held on to first place. That's about half of them. That history suggests that three of the current division leaders won’t hold on to their leads. What areas should fans of those teams panic about? Let’s take a look:

2 on 1 out top of 1.

Talk Zone / Fun, not fun, Fun, Not fun, fun
« on: May 03, 2017, 01:52:04 am »
1st game of the season for me and the wife. Fun

Beers at 1820 to start.   Knowing most of you through posts and some in person (chuck) you'd all really enjoy 1820.

Get to the game and go check out the new CF area.  Maybe my expectations were way low, but they did a really good job out there.

Then Fiers gave up homer after homer after homer. Not fun

Moved to 109 and found some unused seats.  Of course right in front of a rangers family of 10.

Runs, Runs, Marwin grans salami.  Fun

Ranger family mostly leaves

Gregerson comes in and gags, Ranger family comes back. Not fun

Will Harris shuts their shithotles.  Fun.

Skipped food at the game and ubered to Keneallys for beer and pizza. More Fun

Speaking of fun.   I hope we aren't getting teased, cause this is 1998 Fun.

The redheaded former Astros writer was at Keneallys too, she says we need much better starting pitching.

Talk Zone / The Shift
« on: February 25, 2017, 12:22:09 pm »
One thing I have been curious about.  When teams come up with shifts, I assume (which I realize could be 100% false) they look at a batters spray chart and adjust the fielders accordingly.

I assume this is adjusted for RHP vs LHP, but how much does the type of pitcher play into positioning.   I'd think (again, could be way off) that a hitters spray chart vs say Tony Sipp would differ from someone like Aroldis Chapman.

Beer and Queso / Karbach to be acquired by Anheuser-BuschInBev
« on: November 03, 2016, 12:53:55 pm »
RIP Karbach.

Karbach to be acquired by Anheuser-BuschInBev
By Ronnie Crocker Updated 12:05 pm, Thursday, November 3, 2016

Fast-growing Karbach Brewing Co. of Houston is the latest U.S. craft brewery to be acquired by a global beer giant, announcing Thursday morning that Anheuser-BuschInBev is buying it for an undisclosed amount.
The 5-year-old Karbach will be part of the company's U.S.-specific High End business unit, joining the likes of Stella Artois and Shock Top; Goose Island, Breckenridge, Elysian and five other craft breweries; a cider company; and a hard seltzer company.

Ken Goodman and longtime business partner Chuck Robertson, who founded the brewery in a building they formerly used in their beer distributorship on Karbach Street, said existing management and brewers will remain in place and the company will retain much of its independence while also gaining access to the resources that will help it continue to grow.

Talk Zone / Rangers Post Season ballpark delicacy
« on: October 03, 2016, 02:38:32 pm »

New for Texas Rangers postseason: Smoked Brisket & Mac N Cheese on a pita with Popcornopolis Caramel Popcorn ($15)


Truly one of the most disgusting ballpark foods I have ever heard of.

Talk Zone / Minor League Baseballs
« on: September 08, 2016, 05:21:08 pm »
Gotta admit, I never knew this.

Pregame Sparks was talking about Paulino and mentioned getting used to the baseballs they use in MLB vs MiLB.  Sparks talked about how the seams are higher and its easier to throw a curve in the minors.

How have I never heard this until now.  And why is this the case?

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