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Game Zone 2019 / Astros @ Angels, September 26th 2019
« on: September 26, 2019, 09:07:45 pm »
Doors are closing on the plane in 5 minutes. Hoping to hear Miley’s first batter.

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Game Zone 2019 / ASTROS @ ATHLETICS, AUGUST 16, 2019
« on: August 16, 2019, 09:04:13 pm »
Let’s get this party started!

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Game Zone 2019 / Astros @ Mariners, 04june19
« on: June 04, 2019, 09:22:44 pm »
Miley looks sharp so far.

No hits, no runs for the Astros at the top of the inning.

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Talk Zone / Last nite
« on: April 30, 2019, 10:33:28 am »
What a horrific showing by the offense.  The chatter in the GameZone was spot on.  Altuve and White are deep, dark black holes in the lineup right now and the approaches we saw last night made pedestrian Odorizzi look like Cy Young.  If I were Hinch, I'd levy a $100 fine to any player for the next One (1) game that does not take the Mike Schmidt approach of watching pitch 1, no matter what, so they can see how the ball is coming out of the pitchers hand and see what he's throwing.  Clearly, I'm not Hinch tho...

Verlander was classy as always, tipping his cap and making no excuses.  The fact that there was "chatter" in the clubhouse about the check swing call in the 3rd kills me.  The only reasonable chatter should have been about the awful approaches the hitters were taking against an ok pitcher.  With the express intent of changing things.

"Twins third baseman Ehire Adrianza led off the third inning with a homer on a 3-2 pitch -- one pitch after Verlander nearly got Adrianza to strike out on a 2-2 check swing -- to back seven scoreless innings from Odorizzi in Minnesota’s 1-0 win over the Astros at Target Field.  The check swing to Adrianza that third-base umpire Doug Eddings called a ball was a topic of conversation in the Astros' clubhouse after the game."
https://www.mlb.com/astros/news/justin-verlander-astros-fall-to-twins

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Talk Zone / Another good twitter feed to read
« on: March 29, 2019, 12:34:14 pm »
Not as good as Pitching Ninja (yet) but interesting for sure.  It's from the head of MLB Baseball R&D.  Lots of Astros info in the feed from yesterday.  Statcast-generated views of things.  I especially like to see the field positioning diagrams as plays (like a rundown) develops.

https://twitter.com/darenw

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Talk Zone / It’s Opening Day!!!!
« on: March 28, 2019, 06:33:01 am »
T-Minus 8 hours until The Void is over.

How will you be watching/listening to the Astros today? 

I’ll be at an airport watching on MLB.tv then dark for probably innings 2-6 while in the air then back online as soon as the plane touches down. I’ll likely actually pay for inflight WiFi so I can follow aLong in the GZ during those middle innings.

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Game Zone 2018 / Astros at O's, 9/27/18
« on: September 27, 2018, 09:04:52 am »
Weekend part of the series will be beautiful in Baltimore.  Highs in the low to mid 70's and low humidity.  Heavy rain Thursday night and Friday morning should finish by 8 or 9am Friday morning, giving the field plenty of time to dry out.

Tonight's game will be close as the heavier rains will pick up sometime after 8pm.  I hope they get Cole out of there quickly if the rains start to fall.

https://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?lon=-76.6216929629445&lat=39.28399480749411#.W6ziihNKjOY

https://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?lat=39.284&lon=-76.6217&unit=0&lg=english&FcstType=graphical

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Talk Zone / Loved the Astros fans presence at Fenway last night.
« on: September 08, 2018, 09:20:16 am »
There may have been more at Fenway last night than at MMPUS during some of the lean year games.

https://www.nbcsports.com/boston/red-sox/red-sox-fans-let-astros-fans-take-over-fenway

Sawx fans reactions are great. “It’s like an invasion!” 

https://nesn.com/2018/09/houston-fans-invade-new-england-for-red-sox-astros-boston-fans-react/

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Talk Zone / Stassi framing
« on: July 12, 2018, 11:29:30 am »
While this series of pitches are focused on McCullers deuce from last week, I really enjoyed watching how Stassi frames each pitch, especially on the down/outside to lefties.

https://twitter.com/PitchingNinja/status/1015583424420171777

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Talk Zone / Checking in at the halfway point.
« on: June 28, 2018, 08:11:35 am »
I continue to be very impressed with how this front office and manager construct the team, fills holes that emerge during the course of the season and react to personnel as they go through the ups and downs of a long season.

Not being from Houston, it's interesting to see how the team is perceived outside of the Texas area.  Here's an example:
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/fancy-stats/wp/2018/06/26/astros-are-on-pace-to-be-one-of-the-most-dominant-teams-in-mlb-history/?utm_term=.e2aa90dcf53b

Last years' team was a sight to behold.  This team, relative to the rest of MLB, seems to be just as good or better here at the halfway point:

Team:
Wins: T-1st
Run Diff:  1st

Pitching: 
ERA:  1st
BP ERA: 2nd
SO:  1st
WHIP:  1st
BAA:  1st

Batting:
Average:  T-1st
RBI:  1st
Runs:  1st
OBP:  T-1st
SLG:  3rd
Hits:  2nd
OPS:  3rd
K's:  4th

Fielding:
FPCT:  T-1st
Runs Saved:  5th

All points to a well run, well constructed, well managed, well playing team.  Last year was so very fun.  This year is proving to be just as fun to watch but for quite different reasons.

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Talk Zone / Exposing the Craft
« on: June 21, 2018, 01:54:11 pm »
I find it interesting to read articles with heavy quotes from elite players exposing their craft because its infinitely fascinating to me to try to understand the dynamics they discuss and then watch for them in upcoming games.  Makes me appreciate the game that much more.  I always wonder what the risk is to so clearly laying out part of your game plan.  Take this article for instance.  I would think this gives a roadmap to better success against JV and Cole:
https://www.mlb.com/astros/news/verlander-cole-dominating-with-four-seamers/c-282243266

Maybe their elite "hoppy" 4-seamers are just so hard to hit that it does not matter if the batter knows it's coming.  Alternately, maybe these guys know what they are doing and will load up the next game with 2-seamers down in the zone.

In a somewhat related vein, I wonder if pitchers take stuff they (maybe) read out in the public domain and apply it to their craft.  I found this in-depth look at the decreasingly effective Keuchel slider to be informative and interesting. 
https://www.crawfishboxes.com/2018/6/13/17454146/the-cause-of-keuchels-slide-the-slider-astros-trending-part-1

I also thought it was very interesting that the very next game after this article was published, his slider was MUCH sharper and effective.  I'll be watching Keuchel's start tomorrow night very closely to see if there is a trend here.

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Talk Zone / “Special”
« on: May 26, 2018, 06:46:26 am »
Cracks me up how every post game interview the last two games has Astros players inserting “that’s why this team is special (or similar)” in response to Clevinger saying “they’re not that special” last week.
http://www.sportingnews.com/mlb/news/mlb-astros-indians-mike-clevinger-special-trevor-bauer-gerrit-cole/pl44w6mgxyel1c37yysmx4pjl

Gonzalez and Altuve yesterday, Bregman and Morton Thursday.

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Talk Zone / Couple of Astros pitching articles:
« on: May 25, 2018, 12:22:51 pm »
I really like this comment about the value of analytics:  It will be interesting to see how long the Astros can hang onto their value-extracting competitive advantage. They’ve already created tens of millions of surplus dollars in added performance value and won a World Series title.
https://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/the-astros-staff-is-the-best-ever/

This was funny:  It’s like the Astros were a dumb thought experiment somebody came up with after too many edibles. “What if Stephen Strasburg were a robot and could pitch every inning, man? That’d freak people OUT.”
https://www.sbnation.com/mlb/2018/5/24/17389196/houston-astros-pitching-stats-verlander-cole-morton-keuchel-mccullers

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Talk Zone / Ohtani has NH thru 4, 0 BB, 7 K’s.
« on: April 08, 2018, 04:26:54 pm »
nm

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Talk Zone / OMG Altuve
« on: February 17, 2018, 12:28:44 pm »
So, some talking heads have ranked Altuve behind Trout as the top player in MLB.  Fine.  Take a look at this clip from 1:50 to 2:10 as Altuve jumps on first pitches to a .449 average.  Say what you will about Trout (who is in deed incredible) but the diversity of pitches that Altuve jumps on is amazing from FB's to curves to sliders.  Just amazing to watch in rapid succession.

https://www.mlb.com/news/mike-trout-no-1-in-mlb-networks-top-100/c-266463158

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Talk Zone / 2017/18 Void Offseason Moves
« on: November 25, 2017, 09:05:17 am »
Perez and Deetz placed on 40-man to protect them from the Rule 5 draft.

http://m.astros.mlb.com/news/article/262240950/astros-protect-two-prospects-from-rule-5-draft/?topicId=27118380

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Talk Zone / Astros Wins
« on: November 07, 2017, 04:39:04 pm »
There's lots of baseball metrics out there.  Since wins are the most important metric, I thought I'd take a look at the magical run the Astros went on in September and October, once the team was at (largely) full strength again.

The Astros, and their 101 wins this season, won at a .623 clip this year.  Second only to the 102 win (.630 winning percentage) 1998 team.  They were an incredible +.700 for the first two months leading up to their disastrous, injury-plagued summer.  Once the team recovered, they resumed their +.700 pace in September, logging a .724 winning percentage for the month against mediocre opponents that were a combined 541-593 (.477) for the year.

Then it gets interesting.  Their opponents for the playoffs won and won often on the year, leading to a combined 288-198 record for a .592 winning percentage.  I find it fascinating that this team played to a .611 winning percentage against the cream of the crop, the best of the best in the playoffs.    That's the same as a 99 win season.  Against the best baseball has to offer for the entire month of October.  Just an incredible, magical run.

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Talk Zone / Giles
« on: October 14, 2017, 01:36:36 pm »
Man, he loves that slider. 4 of his 5 outs last night were on punch outs using the slider. It sure sets up well when the batters are looking for the 100mph heat. I get the sense that he knows the bottom will drop out but that he’s not sure if it will tail in or out. If he could control that, he’d be nearly unhittable.

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Beer and Queso / TS (now Hurricane) Harvey
« on: August 24, 2017, 06:59:16 am »
For those of you in Texas, please keep an eye on Harvey.  Two main concerns:  1) as the storm approaches the coast, the steering currents that move a storm around will collapse so, once the storm moves inland, it could sit-and-spin or meander around for multiple days.  This is a classic signature for a significant flooding event in your area.  And, 2) the storm has been in hostile development environments for it's entire lifecycle so far.  That is about to change and, for the next 36-48 hours, the storm has the potential to rapidly intensify.  Waters are warm, upper level outflow is significantly improving and the forward motion is perfect to negate upwelling.  The current forecast pegs the storm at 80-ish mph at landfall but, rapid intensification cycles are the least understood period of development for tropical systems.  Forecasters are getting good at seeing the conditions for RI development but why one storm responds and another does not is still unknown as is the amount of intensification during the RI phase.  So, this one bears watching.

Hit me with questions throughout the day if you have them...

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