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Talk Zone / Re: Alvarez
« on: Today at 08:02:04 am »
He is something, isn’t he?

Does he have as good a bat control as he's demonstrated thus far?

Beer and Queso / Re: NCAA Div. I Baseball Tournament
« on: June 11, 2019, 10:09:22 pm »
This is Texas Tech's fourth visit to the CWS in six years. They were there last year.

You're right. I really meant Michigan more than anything else.

Beer and Queso / Re: NCAA Div. I Baseball Tournament
« on: June 11, 2019, 06:13:20 pm »
Arkansas finishes the destruction of Ole Miss 14-1 and are the last to get their ticket punched to Omaha.

The College World Series field is set. Here are the first game match-ups:
Michigan vs Texas Tech
Vanderbilt vs Louisville
Arkansas vs Florida State
Auburn vs Mississippi State

Congratulations to the super regional victors. Next weekend in Omaha.

They're going to have a lot of newbie fans in Omaha this year. Congratulations to Michigan, Texas Tech and Louisville for getting in for the first time or in a long time. Note that half of the field again is from the SEC (Superior Effing Conference).

Beer and Queso / Re: NCAA Div. I Baseball Tournament
« on: June 10, 2019, 07:34:30 am »
Florida State sweeps LSU in Baton Rouge. The Seminoles win 5-4 in 12 innings. Big upset.

Earlier, Vanderbilt ended Duke's delusions of grandeur 13-2 and are headed to Omaha.

As I wrote earlier, the LSU loss to a gentleman like Mike Martin doesn't bother me at all. I'll be pulling for the Seminoles this year in the CWS.

Talk Zone / Re: Alvarez
« on: June 09, 2019, 05:46:05 am »
I hope Alvarez can deal with the expectations. It's going to look like, and I'm sure he's going to fee like, it's on his shoulders to turn this offense around. I think it would have been much better if he had come up when he was surrounded by the regular lineup and just had to fit in, but we are where we are.

Excellent point. I agree.

Talk Zone / Re: Ex-Astros News 2019
« on: June 07, 2019, 05:59:39 pm »
Anyone who matters understands its always 100% the player's call.  He probably doesn't lose any sleep over what the talk radio crowd thinks.

This. This right here. Boras is laughing all the way to the bank.

Talk Zone / Re: Keuchel
« on: June 07, 2019, 05:23:24 pm »
In my opinion, Keuchel is a descending player. We got the best of him. His stuff is, and always has been, marginal.

Talk Zone / Gurriel
« on: June 07, 2019, 03:54:24 pm »
We've all spent lots of bandwidth on Tyler White, but the black hole in the lineup is Gurriel, and this needs to be addressed. JUstice mentioned getting Encarnacion. Don't know if he's the answer, but Gurriel's lack of production (Astros are at the bottom of MLB in first base productivity) needs to be addressed.

Talk Zone / Re: Keuchel
« on: June 07, 2019, 03:51:35 pm »
Assuming that they don't find his health in trouble, he'll start tomorrow night for Gwinnett.

Talk Zone / Re: Collin McHugh podcast
« on: June 06, 2019, 11:21:01 am »
Current episode is out and it is very good.  Love hearing Brent Strom talk pitching with McHugh.  Hot take - the Vietnam war was an important part of making Nolan Ryan the pitcher he was due to Ryan having to do Guard duty and limiting his pitch count during his 18-20 yr old years when he was wild and still growing.

I saw Ryan pitch for the steM a couple of times. He had no idea where the ball was going. But his control wasn't great during his early years with the Halos, where he routinely walked more than five or six hitters, but always striking out more than one per inning, in his starts.

Talk Zone / Re: The crazy play last night
« on: June 04, 2019, 08:10:31 am »
When I first saw the first and third play on which the fourth run scored, my first thought was “WTF is the SS doing?” Why did he throw home instead of turning two to end the inning?” TK said this on his pbp. Perhaps some or many of you thought the same thing. But after watching the replay several times, I changed my mind, and Stanton voiced my current opinion in the postgame show.

The catcher was the one at fault. With a runner at third and one out, he cannot assume a double play attempt and leave the plate uncovered. Think Bregman and McCann in Game Seven against NYY. The Seattle SS had to charge the ball slightly to his right and was moving diagonally away from second base. Right or wrong, he made the judgment he did not have time to stop, plant, turn, and get the DP to end the inning and to keep the run from scoring. Like Bregman in the ALCS, he threw home to cut off the run which he thought would score if he tried for a DP. The catcher had no business vacating to plate in that situation, and the runner coming from third would have been out. The SS looked foolish throwing to an uncovered base, but the error in judgment was the catcher’s.

That catcher was boneheaded.

Talk Zone / Re: Straw
« on: June 04, 2019, 07:50:35 am »
No worries. Hyperbole is no stranger to OWA.

Indeed, hyperbole is a close cousin to just about everyone here.

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: 2019 Draft
« on: June 03, 2019, 07:48:40 pm »
I'm a tad bit surprised with the percentage of every day players versus pitchers.

Noe, I couldn't agree more.

Beer and Queso / Re: NCAA Div. I Baseball Tournament
« on: June 03, 2019, 07:08:01 pm »
Congrats to my Tigers for being selected to host a super-regional against Florida State. I must admit to being somewhat ambivalent about playing Florida State, and their venerable head coach, Mike Martin. I had the opportunity to meet with Coach Martin when Florida State entertained the Tigers. He's been the Florida State Seminoles head baseball coach for approximately 45 years. Despite his long career, and a bevy of College World Series appearances, Coach Martin has never won a college world series. I'd really like to see him win one, even if it is at our expense, because he's one of the realaly good guys in college baseball.

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: 2019 Draft
« on: June 03, 2019, 07:01:10 pm »
Is anyone else watching the MLB Amateur Draft?

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: Round Rock 2019
« on: June 03, 2019, 06:59:45 pm »
What does Detroit have to do with anything re: the Astros?

Do I really need to explain that the use of Detroit was as an example? The Yankees and Scranton Wilkes-Barre do the same thing, so I could have used them.

Thanks for that. What a great piece. Most importantly, the player is in favor of and receptive to suggestions from non-baseball personnel, on the grounds that the player wants to improve, and the program improved them a lot.

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: Round Rock 2019
« on: May 31, 2019, 12:34:58 pm »
I mainly watched AA over the last decade and only seen a few AAA games during that time.  From that small sample size, I agree that a lot of AAA players just appear to be going through the motions.  However, I've concluded that you can't take much away from that.  I saw Fisher just last week loaf out a ball hit to second, and it was difficult to watch but he's hustling in the big leagues now. 

AA is a better product IMO as the games have more intensity.

Excellent observation, and it is certainly in line with my thoughts as well. I've seen lots of both AA and AAA ball. AAA has become a storing place for "insurance policy" players, e.g., the third catcher, backup starting pitching, etc., while most of the real prospects are at AA. Many of these AAA players who are on the 40 man roster frequently shuttle back and forth to the big leagues. Detroit shuttles players back and forth here to Toledo almost every day. Often, these players have some time in the show. For example, I just saw Logan Morrison and Brad Miller playing for Scranton-Wilks Barre (and Morrison not very well, hitting about .130).

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