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Talk Zone / Re: Brantley Article
« on: April 20, 2019, 06:15:36 pm »
“I’m the R in WAR” is a classic.

And the fact that he’s perfectly fine with that is great.

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Talk Zone / Re: Brantley Article
« on: April 20, 2019, 05:49:27 pm »
OK, I'm subscribing.

You won’t regret it.

Over the years, it has been rare that I would read non Astros coverage unless there was some tangential reason to do so. The Athletic coverage is so good, I find myself branching out quite a bit and it’s enhancing my enjoyment of the game.

The writing is just great. Good example is Stark’s “totally useless info” series. This weeks version has a hilarious interview with Erik Kratz after he caught all 18 innings of a game last week.
https://theathletic.com/933505/2019/04/19/stark-the-useless-info-dept-lets-play-18-edition/?source=dailyemail

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Beer and Queso / Re: The Last Jedi [spoiler alert]
« on: April 18, 2019, 11:06:40 am »
...after R2 just magically awoke from years in a droid-coma with the other 99% of the map.  🙄

With all my fanboi might, I was never able to reconcile in my mind how that happened.  Best I could come up with was Yoda and the other deceased Jedi braintrust willed it to happen to wake up the slumbering Luke. It’s a pretty unsatisfying rationale though.

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Beer and Queso / Re: London / UK recommendations
« on: April 17, 2019, 11:51:53 am »
If u want to stay reasonably close to London for the small town part of the experience, anything in the Cotswolds will do. It’s a beautiful area and well suited for small walks between the hamlets.

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Game Zone 2019 / Re: Astros @A’s, April16, 2019
« on: April 16, 2019, 10:28:41 pm »
True or false: McHugh is a better starter for having spent a year in the pen.

That it having time to kill when he was recovering from injury in ‘17 to learn the slider grip and play around with it.

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Game Zone 2019 / Re: Astros @A’s, April16, 2019
« on: April 16, 2019, 10:19:17 pm »
Putting one between the numbers right after a GS is a bad look.

It seemed to get away from Hendricks. He was wincing as soon as he released the pitch.

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Game Zone 2019 / Re: Astros @A’s, April16, 2019
« on: April 16, 2019, 10:16:21 pm »
Yeah baybeeeee. Bergs with the slam!

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Game Zone 2019 / Re: Astros @A’s, April16, 2019
« on: April 16, 2019, 10:06:44 pm »
He just about got it in the throat.

https://twitter.com/AlexBonilla_OVA/status/1118344981071257600

That Mattress Firm slo mo at the end is ridiculous.

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Game Zone 2019 / Re: Astros @A’s, April16, 2019
« on: April 16, 2019, 10:03:02 pm »
First time seeing White in person this year. He lost a bunch of weight last year and got in decent shape. Did he gain it all back?

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Game Zone 2019 / Re: Astros @A’s, April16, 2019
« on: April 16, 2019, 09:26:20 pm »
Have not been able to figure out Blue’s strike zone yet.

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Game Zone 2019 / Re: Astros @A’s, April16, 2019
« on: April 16, 2019, 09:22:05 pm »
You're not going to see many catches better than those two.

+1. The Chapman catch was excellent.

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Talk Zone / Re: Beltran told Paxton
« on: April 14, 2019, 06:48:39 pm »
But then there's this:

And this:

“Paxton was peppered for five runs and eight hits in four-plus innings by the Astros with an 8-6 victory that night. None of the hits that Paxton permitted came with a runner at second base”

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Talk Zone / Re: Opening Day
« on: April 06, 2019, 03:11:52 pm »
I wish I could be there with y’all!

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Talk Zone / Re: Ex-Astros News 2019
« on: April 01, 2019, 05:10:22 am »
Trent Thornton, of Fresno (AAA) fame last year and traded to the Blue Jays for Díaz pitches five innings, allowing two hits, no runs and striking out 8 (!) in his MLB debut yesterday. Good for him.

http://www.sportsnet.ca/baseball/mlb/trent-thornton-sets-blue-jays-record-strikeouts-mlb-debut/sn-amp/

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Talk Zone / Re: Another good twitter feed to read
« on: March 29, 2019, 02:20:14 pm »
Very cool! I didn't understand the positioning one, though.

For example, here's a flyout to Springer.  Each position starting point is the small circle and the big circle is the player position when the play ended.  In this example, Springer moves like a foot since he is so well positioned and the center fielder instinctually moves a few steps to right to cover.  Red line is the path of the ball.
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/D2xmFPnUwAAy6nu.jpg

In this scenario, it's a rundown so the player positioning over time is much more complex with the left fielder covering third base and the center fielder sprinting in to back up the rundown.
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/D2xSVVJWwAAtAgv.jpg

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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 / Re: Race For the Lid XXI
« on: March 28, 2019, 01:16:48 pm »
I can see why Budgirl didn't want to do it anymore.

:^P

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Talk Zone / Re: Race For the Lid XXI
« on: March 28, 2019, 11:58:27 am »
Everyone is so quick on the draw.  The first pick is official as long as the OWA timestamp starts with 2.
Eastern or Central?

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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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Talk Zone / Re: Team Payroll 2019
« on: March 26, 2019, 09:29:56 am »
The report I saw said the “new” money he was getting was 4 @ $120.5M which is an AAV of just over $30M for the “new” money. That is interesting because Sunday on the front office show, both Bowden and Duquette were speculating that it would take 6 @ $185 to sign Cole. That would be an AAV of just over $30M

I REALLY like Cole. I REALLY don’t like a 6 year deal.  If he has another great year this year, he may get it but I’m not sure I’d want the Astros to be the takers. Problem is, I’m not sure he takes an extension that does not push the time out. Here’s to hoping the Astros brass work their magic...

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