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Talk Zone / Re: It's time
« on: Yesterday at 12:17:11 pm »
At this point I'm ready to try anything.


Talk Zone / Re: It's time
« on: August 13, 2018, 02:41:15 pm »
I think it was about this time last year that I made a run to the 7-11 a couple of blocks away to get 1) a bag of fritos, 2) some of that "chili" that squirts out of that machine where you doctor up your hotdogs and 3) some of that "cheese" that squirts out of the same machine. 

My bowels were never the same.  But the Astros won the WS so it was a small price to pay.

Beer and Queso / Re: Podcasts
« on: August 13, 2018, 08:54:08 am »
Hidden Brain is my favorite. It explores the whys behind what people do.

Car Talk makes me laugh the whole way. It’s not being made anymore, of course, but it is timeless.

Talk Zone / Re: season tickets
« on: August 07, 2018, 11:15:58 am »
When I lived in Colorado, we had a group that bought season tickets to the Rockies (obviously they have not won a World Series) and we each bought a share which consisted of 8 games.   We had to pay early so the tickets could be bought and then had a 'game draft' where all the home games were fairly divided up.   

Something to think about...

I did the same thing with Nats games and it was understood by the other 3 in my group that I got any Astros tickets.

Talk Zone / Re: No bat?
« on: August 01, 2018, 09:22:00 pm »
Particularly for a team, notwithstanding its recent woes, still on a pace at the trade deadline to win 101 games.

Exactly. Get to the playoffs and architect a team that can do well thru the playoffs.  This makes the most sense.

Talk Zone / Re: Morton
« on: July 27, 2018, 03:36:56 pm »
Quick! Delete comment before it's seen by...

I tried. No option to delete or edit. Maybe I’ve been banned.

Talk Zone / Re: Harper
« on: July 27, 2018, 03:27:22 pm »

In addition to Astros pitchers owning the highest collective strikeout rate in the majors, the franchise’s affiliates have the highest strikeout rate in the Triple-A Pacific Coast League, Double-A Texas League, High-A Carolina League, Single-A Midwest League, and short-season New York–Penn League. If Washington wants a few high-performing arms, well, Houston’s entire minor league system is populated with that exact player type, and the Astros can afford to lose a few of those pitchers because they have the ability to create new ones as replacements."[/i]

That’s some quality discovery/reporting there. What a remarkable comment.

Talk Zone / Re: Morton
« on: July 26, 2018, 01:18:10 pm »
And they've shown up to work every day.

Only team in all of MLB that can say that.  Every 5 days, just like clockwork.

Talk Zone / Re: Harper
« on: July 25, 2018, 03:11:38 pm »
1) “If they continue to slide.”

2) ... true Nationals fans would understand.

Gotcha on #1.

Re: #2, There are very few "true" Nats fans.  So few that they don't really represent the "base".  DC is such a transient town that the vast majority of fans are classic fair-weather fans that show up when the team is winning.  That's their true base.

Talk Zone / Re: Harper
« on: July 25, 2018, 02:18:53 pm »
Well, I may have exaggerated a little bit. I would give you Fisher for him, but I stand by my statement of his being the most overrated and overhyped player in the game. If he gets 350 million then Trout and Altuve are worth 450. They are much better players and so are many others and the Astros shouldn’t trade for him if the Nationals do announce they will take offers.

Back to the original question, Washington SHOULD try to move him and get something for him. They can always resign him in the off season and Harper would understand what the Nationals would be trying to accomplish if they did that. In my opinion, they would be stupid not to move him but I bet he stays put.

The fans would go ballistic, gate receipts and TV viewership would be negatively affected.  Remember, this is an entertainment business.  Being in the hunt for a playoff position, even from 6 games out in July, drives massive gate revenue.  They would take a big financial hit doing so.

Talk Zone / Re: Tucker
« on: July 21, 2018, 01:58:20 pm »
He drops the bat and sweeps it through the hitting zone. Yes, boy, his swing is long.

It took me 3 weeks of watching him to finally figure out who he reminded me of.  Aha moment was last night when I jumped up and yelled "Will Clark, that's it!!!".  My cat looked at me like I was crazy.

Clark did not have that hitch where he drops the bat head though.

Talk Zone / Re: Tucker
« on: July 21, 2018, 12:52:57 pm »

An unorthodox swing rarely plays well in the bigs.  People like Bagwell are certainly the exception.  What Tucker made up with bat speed and plate discipline at the lower levels may not be good enough if the MLB-caliber pitchers can exploit that long swing of his.

(I know you know all of this, Jim.  It's more of just a general comment for the thread...)

Talk Zone / Re: Stassi framing
« on: July 13, 2018, 01:52:49 pm »
I think that's actually Federowicz.

Stupid me for not catching that.

Well done to the Astros for having TWO backup catchers that are so adept at this important part of the game.

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.

Talk Zone / Re: Astros call up Tucker!!!!!
« on: July 07, 2018, 11:11:36 am »
Playing LF and batting 7th tonight, according to Hinch.

Talk Zone / Re: Astros trade James Hoyt to the Indians
« on: July 06, 2018, 04:09:49 pm »
Clears a 40 man spot.
Alvarez promoted to AAA.
Tucker not in the Futures Game.

Something’s brewing here.

I hope it’s not a catcher because of McCann going down. I LOVE what he brings to this team but did not see him here next year and feel pretty confident with Stassi / Stubbs going forward.

Edited to add:  I’m happy for Hoyt. He’s good enough to be on the MLB roster for many teams but I did not see a path forward for him on the Astros. I am intrigued by Dejuneas only because the Astros gave up an MLB-ready player for him and I trust the Astros Way so much.

Talk Zone / Re: All-Star voting
« on: July 05, 2018, 11:03:55 am »
Interesting that the Astros will likely go from 3 starters to one on a team that is on pace to win 104-105 games.

Talk Zone / Re: Morton last night
« on: June 28, 2018, 03:11:59 pm »
If I had to narrow down to 5 or 10 follows on Twitter, Pitching Ninja would absolutely still be one of them.

+1 on the Twitter follow.

Here's a couple more from this week.

Isolation on a Morton deuce.  Just so nasty.

Devenski CoD.  The bottom just disappears and Teoscar flails and falls down.

Talk Zone / Re: Morton last night
« on: June 28, 2018, 12:46:40 pm »
Here is a link to Morton's 18 swinging strikes, courtesy of the Pitching Ninja:

Talk Zone / Re: Checking in at the halfway point.
« on: June 28, 2018, 11:14:55 am »
So McCullers for a LH reliever and batter?

Um, no. Never give up a controllable (for 4 more years) pitcher with that much talent that is actually delivering.  My $0.02. Especially since the team as a whole is scoring more right now than anyone and preventing runs better than everyone.  I would like Britton, though, but there are enough other trade chips to leave McCullers far off the table.

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