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Talk Zone / Starting Pitching
« on: April 22, 2018, 08:02:22 pm »
Game Scores since McCullers imploded on April 11.

Cole 76
Morton 63
Verlander 86
Keuchel 67
McCullers 81
Cole 68
Morton 79
Verlander 70
Keuchel 64
McCullers 54

Not a bad run.

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Talk Zone / In search of old Astros programs and magazines
« on: March 04, 2018, 03:03:30 pm »
If you’ve got any you wouldn’t mind selling, please PM me. Thanks.

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Talk Zone / Pitching
« on: May 03, 2016, 12:55:33 am »
This team's problem is much more of a pitching problem than a hitting problem.

One thing masking this is the fact that run-scoring across the league is down by a significant amount this year, about 10 percent. (Collectively, the league's 15 clubs are on pace to score about 1,000 fewer runs this season than last.) This makes the offensive drop-off this year look worse than it is, and it makes the pitching drop-off this year look less bad than it is.

Other things masking this are the poor hitting with runners on base and in scoring position, the high strikeout rate and the black holes at four places in the batting order. But the strikeout rate was bad last year, there were black holes then too and even the hitting with runners on base and in scoring position was mediocre in 2015, although not as bad as this season thus far.

In 2015, the Astros were fifth in the league with 4.50 runs scored per game. The league average was 4.39 runs scored per game. In 2016, the Astros are ninth in the league with 3.68 runs scored per game. The league average is 3.98 runs scored per game. If the Astros were scoring runs at roughly the same rate as last year, they'd probably be about 10 runs better than they are now. Instead of 8-17, they might be about a game better, 9-16 or 10-15.

In 2015, the Astros were first in the league with 3.81 runs allowed per game. The league average was 4.29 runs allowed per game. In 2016, the Astros are 15th in the league with 4.96 runs allowed per game. The league average is 3.99 runs allowed per game. If the Astros were allowing runs at roughly the same rate as last year, they'd probably be about 35 runs allowed better than they are now. Instead of 8-17, they might be significantly better, probably 12-13 or even just above .500 at 13-12.

This is not to understate the degree of the offensive woes. Since improving your offense and upgrading your pitching are not mutually exclusive, eliminating or reducing the black holes in the line-up and hitting better with runners on and in scoring position would certainly help win more games. But the pitching implosion, both in the rotation and the bullpen, is the primary issue dragging this team down. Until that gets fixed, the Astros are going nowhere even if Gomez, Valbuena and Gattis turn themselves around or help comes from the farm system.

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Talk Zone / Season Tickets
« on: March 02, 2016, 06:07:44 pm »
I've got a full season plan, but, sadly, I doubt I can make it to all 81 games. If anyone wants in (with playoff options, if you take enough of a share), please PM me.

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Talk Zone / Preseason Predictions
« on: October 14, 2015, 09:50:40 pm »

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Talk Zone / Destiny
« on: September 30, 2015, 04:01:08 am »
Because the Rangers and the Angels play each other their final four games, the Astros still hold their destiny in their own hands. That series guarantees that the Rangers and the Angels cannot both run the table.

If the Astros were to finish 2-2, 1-3 or even 0-4, they would nonetheless have a chance to tie for or win the second wild card. At 2-2, the Astros would need the Angels to lose at least 3 and the Twins to lose at least 2 for a tie. At 1-3, they would need the Angels to lose at least 4 and the Twins to lose at least 3. And at 0-4, they would need the Angels to finish 0-5 and the Twins to lose at least 5. I am disregarding the Indians here, but they have not yet been eliminated from the wild card hunt.

If the Astros were to finish 3-1, the only way they would be eliminated is if the Rangers were to finish 2-3 and the Angels were to finish 4-1. Otherwise, they would either tie for the second wild card, win the second wild card or even wind up in a three-way tie for the division. The last scenario would occur if the Astros were to finish 3-1, the Rangers were to finish 1-4 and the Angels were to finish 3-2.

And if the Astros were to finish 4-0, they would secure either the second wild card, a tie for the division or a division title. They would win the division if the Rangers were to finish 1-4 and the Angels were to finish 3-2. They would tie the Rangers for the division if the Rangers were to finish 2-3 and the Angels were to finish 3-2. They would tie the Angels for the division if the Rangers were to finish 1-4 or 0-5 and the Angels were to finish 4-1. There would be a three-way tie for the division if the Astros were to finish 4-0, the Rangers were to finish 2-3 and the Angels were to finish 4-1.

As painful as September has been, the Astros still have the opportunity to get up from the mat and get back into this thing.

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Talk Zone / Rookies
« on: September 28, 2015, 11:11:08 am »
Maybe this belongs in Beer & Queso, depending on who you are.

https://www.facebook.com/KHOUDanielGotera/posts/1023389384348469

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Talk Zone / MFAH Film
« on: August 01, 2013, 04:35:38 pm »
Some of you might be interested in this:

http://www.mfah.org/films/rare-baseball-films-newsreels/

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Beer and Queso / Chron.com
« on: May 28, 2013, 05:03:22 pm »
I realize that the weakness of the local rag is Cabrera'ed ad infinitum, but today's offering provides a rare form of patheticness, even for Chron.com. I apologize in advance for wasting your time, but please allow me to vent.

Visiting the front page at 4:30 p.m. to check the weather and traffic, I discovered the main headline to be "How arty farty people party" accompanied by a slideshow of pictures of the people who attended the party in question. While we regularly get "news" coverage of "events" social-media-style on the Chron's front page, it's a rare treat to see random people's pictures in the paper accompanied by a rhyming fart reference. At this rate, perhaps the scatalogical humor on the TZ and GZ should go mainstream. At least those jokes are funny.

The story beneath that is a pictorial of a three-bedroom house for sale in Bellaire. How newsy! It couldn't be an ad, could it? The Chronicle doesn't say.

The Chron's Hot Topics! are, in clockwise order, "17 ways to get a better night's sleep," "Kelly Rowland cries onstage, reunites with Destiny's Child," "Researches think they know why your baby won't sleep" and "The best looks from Comicpalooza." (After all, we can't have too many pictures of random people at local events. They and their friends and relatives are driving page views!)

There are some actual "news" stories along the left margin, including one about the much-anticipated opening of three new bakeries in the downtown tunnels and an item about a possible Martian sighting in a NASA photo.

The bottom "news" story caught my eye: "JCPenney in hot water over this ad." Follow the link, and you see a photo of a billboard for J.C. Penney promoting a tea kettle that supposedly, when blurred, looks like Hitler. I suppose it does if you drink enough or slam your face into a wall several times (which, come to think of it, is rather like choosing to read the Chronicle) and are looking for something stupid to say about the billboard.

Then, at the bottom of that page, comes this house ad:

"The Houston Chronicle is the premier local news provider for the country's 4th largest city. Currently the nation's sixth-largest newspaper, the Houston Chronicle is a multimedia company publishing print and online products in English and Spanish that reach millions of people each month. The Houston Chronicle is owned by the Hearst Corporation."

Premier, indeed. A front page filled with Facebook posts, a fart joke and links to tabloid trash. Writing and editing that makes most middle-school newspapers Pulitzer material by comparison. And this without getting into the tendency of its sports "journalists" to stir up shit and try to make themselves the story.

I don't do enough online reading to know whether the mainstream newspapers in other big cities comprise the same level of birdcage liner that the Chronicle does. I realize the industry is dying, but how do any of the self-respecting journalists left at the Chronicle (if there are any) not hide their faces as the enter and leave the building? Working at The Daily Texan and other smaller, lesser college newspapers, I would have been embarrassed to have my name appear in the staff box of such garbage.

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Talk Zone / What's a half-century of tradition worth?
« on: November 15, 2011, 10:06:21 pm »
Seventy million pieces of silver, apparently.

Every single cent of that had better be plowed back into the club.

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Talk Zone / Astros, Rockets set to finalize deal for TV network
« on: October 29, 2010, 04:24:46 pm »
http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/sports/7270086.html

The pissing match between Comcast and the other providers should be interesting.

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Talk Zone / Wandy
« on: September 01, 2010, 10:02:57 am »
Wandy, 2008-2010:

ERA: 3.38
H/9: 8.7
BB/9: 2.8
SO/9: 8.2
HR/9: 0.8
SO/BB: 2.91

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Talk Zone / DraytonBall 2011
« on: July 31, 2010, 12:39:59 am »
Drayton's comments in his pregame interview about trying to "be a champion" in 2011 suggest what we may be headed for:

C Castro (24)
1B Wallace (24)
2B Keppinger (31)
3B Johnson (26)
SS Manzella (28)
LF Lee (35)
CF Bourn (28)
RF Pence (28)

SP Wandy (32)
SP Myers (30)
SP Happ (28)
SP Norris (26)
SP Paulino (27)

SU Lyon (31)
CL Lindstrom (31)

Even putting aside Lee, whom the Astros would gladly move if they possibly could, that team is hardly younger than 2010, and a majority of those players are moving into the expensive years of their careers. Even with Oswalt and Berkman coming off the payroll, and even if the Astros could somehow unload Lee's salary, the raises owed to all those arbitration-eligible players could easily eat up the savings.

Maybe the Astros will continue to move some of those players who have value, but if McLane plans to reload by sticking a couple of young guys among a group in its late 20s and early 30s, then it would have been better to watch the two franchise players keep playing here rather than shipping them out for a piecemeal rebuilding. Only time will tell if McLane grasps this, but his comments so far, his insistence on obtaining major-league talent in the Oswalt deal and reports that the Astros deem Myers "untouchable" indicate he does not.

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Talk Zone / MOVED: The Chronicle
« on: March 26, 2009, 08:40:20 am »

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Beer and Queso / Speaking of scams ...
« on: March 11, 2009, 01:17:46 pm »
... perhaps somebody should get his grandmother to buy this for him.

http://houston.craigslist.org/clt/1029153699.html

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Talk Zone / Negro Leagues Documentary
« on: January 19, 2009, 01:57:18 pm »
I hope I'm not Cabrera-ing this, but I just heard about it and thought other posters might be interested:

http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20090115&content_id=3745001&vkey=&fext=.jsp&c_id=mlb

Looks like it's on 213 on DirecTV.

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