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Beer and Queso / Re: The Last Jedi [spoiler alert]
« on: January 17, 2019, 03:17:30 pm »
The way you describe him, he's not much different from a young Han Solo.  I don't see any racism/pandering in that casting, especially as Oscar Isaac was somewhat of an "it" dude at the time, coming off Inside Llewyn Davis, A Most Violent Year and Ex Machina.

Mind blown....  I never made the connection that the same Issac in Ex Machina (which I loved) was the same as Poe in SW, who was good in VII and ok in VIII.  He seems so much shorter in Ex Machina.  And, man, talk about a beard changing someone.

Talk Zone / Re: Whitley piece in The Athletic
« on: January 17, 2019, 09:43:39 am »
I don't have a subscription but this makes me think I will get one.

The article is very good.

In a sea awash with them, a subscription to The Athletic is the only "print" media subscription I own.  And, I don't regret it one bit.

Talk Zone / Re: Collin McHugh podcast
« on: January 07, 2019, 10:40:55 am »
I'm about halfway through, and it's really good so far.  Colin asks good questions, Lance is an engaging guest, and it's a lot more casual and free-flowing than the usual athlete interview.

Also, they mention that Verlander only drinks Keurig coffee, which makes perfect sense somehow.  No mamby-pamby latte art, just give me my damn coffee as fast as possible.

I liked hearing both of them geek out about PitchingNinja.  And, suggesting he should be the next guest.

Talk Zone / Re: 2019 Roster (New & Improved)
« on: January 06, 2019, 02:56:44 pm »
Quote from a BP prospect writer who thinks the Mets gave up too much:

“I mean seriously if the Astros start calling you on dudes below full season A you should just hang the fuck up”

What a great compliment to the Astros organization.

Talk Zone / Re: 2019 Roster (New & Improved)
« on: January 05, 2019, 07:29:48 pm »
Added  Gio to the FA list...


Heyman's expert vs Heyman vs MLBTR vs Bowden vs Davidoff (length of [email protected]$AAV):


Spin rate list = out of the 228 pitches who show up on this Statcast search screen

Again, having watched him pitch, I'd take Gio at those 2 and 3 year costs over Eovaldi and definitely Keuchel at 4 or 5 years.  As a matter of fact (in my own head), a Gio signing at those projected costs would take considerable sting out of the Morton loss for me.  And, like @JimR, that was the most troubling Astros loss for me in a long while.

Talk Zone / Re: 2019 Roster (New & Improved)
« on: January 04, 2019, 09:38:40 pm »
I agree. If the brass isn’t going to make a deal for a top starting pitcher, practically any of the remaining low end of the market free agents are probably on the table. I think at least one starter, either thru trade or fee agency, is a must. While I like our rookies, I’d like some veteran depth at the back end, just in case someone near the top end of the rotation goes down for a bit.

I would be stoked if they picked up Gonzalez. Having watched him pitch in DC, his stuff is remarkable. What always struck me is the Nats just seemed to throw him out there, relying on that stuff. He never really seemed to have a plan. It seems to me that some data-intensive guidance on 1) what to throw particular batters and 2) on what strengths he should leverage in certain situations would do him a world of good. Hallmarks of a Storm transformation...

Talk Zone / Re: Talk me off the ledge
« on: December 22, 2018, 02:59:54 pm »
So, the Dodgers had no interest in Bailey?  I found this interesting:

"The Dodgers are expected to release Bailey, which would put them on the hook for the $23 million that the right-hander is owed in 2019, plus a $5 million buyout for 2020"

Talk Zone / Re: 2019 Roster
« on: December 19, 2018, 08:18:13 pm »
I hate the internet. Gimme a good sports bar and some friends and I'm there and off this damn screen. Now, get off my lawn!!!


(You see what I did there?)

This is my favorite thread of the offseason. Followed by @Nates salary and FA threads.

OWA remains the best baseball forum on the interwebs.

Talk Zone / Re: 2019 Roster
« on: December 18, 2018, 03:48:16 pm »
Said no one ever! Actually of all the folks in the TZ I've had the honor to hang out with, my favorites include das and Melvin in the DC area. Did I read you might move to Vermont?

Cheryl and Faith are up there full time already.  I am commuting to DC each Monday morning then back to VT each Thursday evening.  The Red Sox passion up there is the real deal.  Very serious, knowledgeable fans.  And, they have a ton of respect for the Astros and Astros fans.  DC, nasomuch.

Talk Zone / Re: 2019 Roster
« on: December 18, 2018, 03:35:29 pm »
:) I just gots to be me, else I'm somebody else.

We'll take the you that you are.  Always.

Talk Zone / Re: 2019 Roster
« on: December 18, 2018, 10:06:21 am »
Neither do I... 

But if there is an order to this kind of strategem

1.  Trade for Kluber/Bauer/Syndegaard type arm

What’s the general consensus around here re: who is more desirable?  Kluber or Bauer?

Talk Zone / Re: Ex Astros News 17-18
« on: December 16, 2018, 10:51:48 am »
Rockies just made their last $1.9M payment on Mike Hampton’s contract yesterday.

For two years of service in 2001 and 2002.  And has not thrown a pitch in MLB in 8 years.  Wow.

Talk Zone / Re: 2019 Roster
« on: December 13, 2018, 08:37:18 am »
I could not watch the sports news last night about his signing. They, of course, featured clips of his pitching as an Astros. I cannot remember when a player leaving the Astros affected me as much as Morton’s leaving does.

I feel the same way.

It will be interesting to see how he fares without the Astros ecosystem surrounding him.  I'll be equally interested to see how the front office staff that other orgs have imported fare as well.  High performing organizations are rarely a person or two but an entire ecosystem.  I'm wondering if the parts that are being enticed away (players and staff) regress to the mean and the Astros ecosystem maintains their high performing nature.  Or if the opposite happens.

Talk Zone / Re: Tucker article in Chronicle
« on: December 12, 2018, 03:47:24 pm »
Looking back, sure. Thats only because we know bregman turned it around from there. How do you know a similar turn around isn't coming soon? You don't.

Heres a few more similarities

RBI - both had 4.
Extra base hits Bregman had 4 doubles, Tucker had 2 doubles and a triple.
Homers both had zero.
Walks, Bregman had 7, Tucker 6.
Ks, Bregman 17, Tucker 13.
Slash line
Bregman, .156/.236/.219
Tucker, .141/.236/.203

Edit: not even close though.

The numbers don't tell the story, though.  Bregman was hitting frozen ropes right at people.  So much so that Hinch and the players were laughing about it and patting him on the back as he dejectedly walked back into the dugout after each AB.  Tucker had massive holes in his loopy swing and the MLB pitchers were often making him look silly at the plate exploiting his immaturity.  Those numbers just don't communicate what was going on in actuality on the field. 

Talk Zone / Re: Keuchel
« on: December 12, 2018, 03:32:55 pm »
He started a career-high 34 games in 2018.

...and, 200+ innings.  Although, since it was a walk year, I'm sure he would have pitched until his arm fell off to make that number.

I was thinking about him a bit yesterday.  I'm not convinced that his performance last year was decreasing control.  He lives (and dies) at the bottom of the zone so much and his big bump and BAA and # of hits (highest in all of the AL last year) can probably be explained away by him coming up (and ever so slightly in) in the zone.  His heat maps are not representative of someone loosing control (overall diameter increase, significant increase in core diameter) but instead shows a tightening of the core.  Instead, they indicate an intentionality to go a bit up and in.  I'm wondering if this is 1) because he's lost the bottom of the zone to the umps (no longer getting the benefit of the doubt 3 years removed from his Cy campaign) and 2) trying to jam the uppercut swingers inside.  He did a good job on #2 but the soft contact dribblers generated by #1 were death by 1,000 cuts.

Talk Zone / Re: 2019 Roster
« on: December 12, 2018, 03:06:10 pm »
Jeff Passan  @JeffPassan 46s
Free agent starter Charlie Morton and the Tampa Bay Rays have agreed to a two-year, $30 million deal, sources told Yahoo Sports.

From accompanying article:

I think it was lingering concerns over the shoulder as to why the Astros didn't re-sign him.

Grrrrr.  Darn.

Talk Zone / Re: ‘86 NLCS
« on: December 10, 2018, 10:23:01 am »
I listened to game 6 on the radio. Never seen the video.

Me too.

I don't think I could stomach it.

Talk Zone / Re: Shift-Banning Proposal Gaining Momentum
« on: December 10, 2018, 10:17:08 am »
Reid Ryan was on MLB Network Radio on Sunday.  He pretty much said that baseball needs to give fans what they want, whatever they want.  So if fans want more offense, then MLB should do what they can do.  He was also very supportive of the pitch clock and the extra innings rule that puts a runner on second.

We see this in the tech business sometimes.  CX/UX run amok.  The notion of giving people what/anything they want leads to horrible customer experiences.  "I want salty, greasy food delivered to my laz-y-boy 3 meals a day and chocolate cake for my two snacks" leads to poor outcomes.  Because, you know, the customer dies pretty quick. 

A very valuable part of good CX/UX is letting the product experts have a viable voice in the product construction and delivery.  Without that expertise to compliment customer desires, you get descending gibberish for a product.

Edited to add; all you have to do is look at contemporary news outlets to see a good analog of this progression.

Talk Zone / Re: Shift-Banning Proposal Gaining Momentum
« on: December 08, 2018, 12:58:23 pm »
Speaking of rules, was chatting with someone who thinks there a possibility of some tech getting introduced into the game. As in a way for pitchers and catchers to communicate without having to worry about other teams stealing signs.

She said that all teams are using tech to steal signs.  It’s becoming a real issue.  She said at least one of Maldanados passed balls In the playoffs was due to a cross up, because the signs have become so ridiculous due to knowing other teams are using new means to steal signs.

Said it could well be addressed at the winter meetings.   Had this conversation about a month ago, but hadn’t heard or read anything about that since.

Verlander mentioned it around a month ago as well. He used the NFL quarterback analogy. Said it would make the game safer (crossups), shorten the game (less mound visits) and would help stop the spying shenanigans.

Talk Zone / Re: Awards 2018
« on: November 29, 2018, 02:08:36 pm »
Baseball America  @BaseballAmerica 1h ago
After overseeing an impressive @astros pitching staff, Brent Strom is our MLB Coach of the Year.   This is a new award that BA has created.

Very impressive.  What an honor fro Strom.  And, good for BA for creating the category.

Also makes him even more of a target for other teams to nab and promote to a elevated position.

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