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Talk Zone / Luxury tax
« on: November 04, 2019, 06:29:36 pm »
Crane today appeared to express a willingness to go over it. Hooray! If Cole wants to stay and will compromise of the length of the deal, maybe we have a chance.

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Talk Zone / Hinch’s decisions and thinking/G7
« on: November 01, 2019, 05:58:52 pm »
Great article in the Athletic today concerning the stuff we have been discussing.

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Talk Zone / Kendrick
« on: October 31, 2019, 07:39:34 pm »
I have watched the replay several times. The pitch was a cutter down, maybe not a strike. How the fuck did he get the ball in the air.

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Talk Zone / Cole and Game 5
« on: October 28, 2019, 09:50:48 am »
A thing I hate about this morning is the obituaries already started. Kaplan and Rosenthal in the Athletic: “last start as an Astro;” “highest paid pitcher in baseball;” “eight year, &300 million;” “legacy in Houston.” Cole’s only response was a quick “No” to “Have you thought this might be your last start as an Astro?” There is the unstated, implied assumption the Astros will let him walk.

All of this may be true, of course. He may want to play elsewhere. He may want the “highest paid” status. Maybe money is most important to him. He may want a 6 or 8 year deal. Whatever, I hope we try our best to keep him. I hope he recognizes the contributions he received from the Astros in making him the pitcher he is today. I hope most of all he wants to stay. I trust Crane to be supportive of a financially competitive 3-4 year deal. We’ll see.

Most of all, I wish the writer would STFU about this stuff and concentrate on baseball and the Series. The games are not over, and Game 6 will not be easy.

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Talk Zone / Paxton
« on: October 19, 2019, 09:34:00 am »
My memory says he was always tough on us as a Seattle Mariner. We tried to trade for him, but NYY got him. I was not surprised he pitched well. I wanted badly to celebrate on their field, but to be honest, I never expected to win 2 of 3 in NY. I was hoping for one.

If the bats show up, we’ll be ok. If they do not, we may have a Game 7.

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Talk Zone / Sunday ticket available
« on: October 12, 2019, 07:04:15 pm »
Mark cannot go. PM me.

Face value, section 113

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Talk Zone / Sunday’s game
« on: October 11, 2019, 07:29:06 pm »
I have access to one available ticket for Sunday. If you are interested, PM me.

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Talk Zone / Tipping pitches
« on: October 11, 2019, 06:52:12 am »
Every time a pitcher gets hit hard, his (and others’) first thought is “I must be tipping somehow. They knew what was coming.” Well, maybe.

I happen to think it is good baseball to study a pitcher’s grip or mannerisms to determine if he is doing things differently on fast balls and breaking pitches. I did that for three years coaching first base for the Longhorns, and I was able to let the hitters know who wanted to know what was coming. Our first baseman, Bob Snoddy, won the SWC batting title my senior year and gave me credit in a newspaper interview, making Coach Falk apoplectic at this disclosure. One has to be certain when calling pitches for hitters because crossing the hitter up is dangerous and loses his trust in the credibility of the info.

I did this as often as possible coaching HS also. At McCallum in the ‘70s, we faced an outstanding pitcher named Tommy Boggs for three years. I called every single one of his pitches for three years because of a mannerism he had by sticking his tongue in his cheek on curves. He threw very hard, and this helped hitters get ready for his fast ball. Knowing what was coming helped us beat him every time we faced him his sophomore and junior years.

Despite our knowledge, Tommy beat us three times in close games  his senior year, including a playoff game. Shoddy defense at times plus bad luck contributed, and our hitters’ knowing what he was throwing was not the deciding factor in these games. Tommy was big, strong, a fierce competitor, and he had improved so much he was drafted second overall in the first round by the Rangers and played several years in MLB for the Rangers and the Braves.

Here is the bottom line on this issue, as Boggs showed us and as Glasnow showed the Astros after the first inning last night: a hitter can know what the pitcher will throw, either by a call from the bench or by watching for the tell, but he still has to hit the ball. Using tipping pitches as the excuse for being hit hard is at least partially valid, but the excuse also denigrates the hitters’ skills.

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Talk Zone / Frito pie
« on: October 10, 2019, 10:19:15 am »
Today is the day, boys and girls.

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Talk Zone / JV on short rest
« on: October 08, 2019, 04:35:23 am »
One of my best TZ friends is worried about Hinch’s decision. There is a great article on At Bat which should convince even the most anxious the decision to pitch him is correct, win or lose. One thing I learned while coaching playoff games is to do everything possible to win today and to not hold anything back for an uncertain tomorrow.

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Talk Zone / Tucker In September
« on: September 15, 2019, 02:38:42 pm »
Good to see him playing like he belongs. Line drives are better than occasional power.

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Game Zone 2019 / Astros at Royals, 9/15/19
« on: September 15, 2019, 11:28:21 am »
Springer and Altuve not playing

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Game Zone 2019 / As v. Astros 9/9/19
« on: September 09, 2019, 07:42:36 pm »
6-0 after one. Homers by Bregman, Alvarez, and Chirinos.

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Talk Zone / Mariners 9/5
« on: September 06, 2019, 06:36:02 am »
Good grief, what a game! I was so amped up when it ended sleep fought me for quite a while. Improbable wins like last night help to heal wounds caused by reliable relievers giving up late inning hits to lose games we thought were certain wins.

Tucker gave the Astros needed heroics with Springer hurt. Ditto Josh James giving multiple innings with several of the veteran pen guys out. Kudos to Osuna for bailing Smith out by striking out Seager with a runner at third and two out. Cannot forget Sneed and Urquidy who ate up seven innings while the Astros pecked away. Myles Straw(!)-watch the replay. Tucker’s clutch hit was straight to the RF on one chest high bounce, and Straw,helped by being free to run immediately with two outs, beat the throw easily. Making out a postseason roster will be difficult IF the Astros get there. Finally, Uncle Mike!

This team never quits. As Brantley said, the Astros are a “special team.”

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Talk Zone / Recalled players
« on: September 02, 2019, 11:59:49 am »
Kyle Tucker, Garrett Stubbs, Cionel Perez

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Talk Zone / Skaggs autopsy
« on: August 30, 2019, 03:16:11 pm »
"The cause of death is listed as a mixture of 'alcohol, fentanyl and oxycodone intoxication with terminal aspiration of gastric contents,' meaning Skaggs, 27, essentially choked on his vomit while under the influence," Torres and DiGiovanna wrote.

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Talk Zone / RR v. SA game 4
« on: August 29, 2019, 07:29:32 pm »
Tucker homered to LF. 1-0 RR in 2nd

Bielak pitching for RR.

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Game Zone 2019 / TB v. Astros, August 27, 2019
« on: August 27, 2019, 04:56:14 pm »
CFM v. JV

Hope the offense is there.

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