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Talk Zone / Milo has cancer?
« on: September 30, 2009, 09:58:40 pm »
A slip of the tongue for JdJO, or did I just miss something??

Count Dave Clark among the legions happy that the legendary Milo Hamilton, a four-time Hall of Famer who is fighting cancer, will land in New York tonight in anticipation of calling the Astros' weekend series at new Citi Field. JdJO blog link

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Talk Zone / Type A & B free agent draft compensation questions
« on: September 30, 2009, 04:35:05 pm »
If the season ended today, the Astros would have the 9th pick in the 2010 draft. Depending on this final week of the season, the Astros could end up with as high as 8th overall pick or as low as 14th overall pick (in case of a tie, the team with the worse record in '08 gets the higher pick).

As I think I understand the draft pick compensation rules:
  -the Astros first round pick in 2010 is protected whether they sign a Type A free agent or not, but the Astros would lose their 2nd round pick for signing a Type A free agent (and potentially 3rd, 4th, etc. if they signed multiple Type A free agents);
  -teams do not lose draft picks if they sign a Type B free agent but the team losing the Type B free agent would receive a supplemental pick between the 1st and 2nd round (provided that they offer arbitration to a qualifying player and the offer is rejected);
  -(provided that they offer arbitration to a qualifying player and the offer is rejected) the Astros would receive the team signing a Type A free agents 1st round pick and a supplemental pick between the 1st and 2nd round (unless the signing team was ranked in the bottom 15 in which case the Astros would get that teams 2nd round pick instead); and
  -if a teams sign multiple Type A free agents, the 'lower rated' (per Elias rankings) players former team would get the signing teams next round pick (i.e. Mets sign 3 Type A free agents, they lose their 2nd, 3rd and 4th round picks).

My questions are:
  -Are my draft pick compensation 'understandings' noted above correct;
  -can a team lose a gained 1st round pick (for example, if the Astros lose Type A free agent Valverde to a top 15 team but sign projected Type A free agent Wolf, do they nevertheless maintain the top 15 pick they received for losing Valverde, or is that pick lost to Los Angeles); and
  -can a team lose a Supplemental Round pick (similar to the above example, but here the Astros lose Valverde and pick up a Type B free agent, do they still get they Supplemental pick and lose nothing)?

Apologies for the Noe'esque post (expanse, not substance), but am curious about the answers.

503
The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Minor League Averages '09
« on: September 30, 2009, 03:54:34 pm »
Matt Eddy has a piece at BA (non-subscriber content) on Minor League Averages in 2009.  Not sure that it 'actually' answers questions / hits directly on comments discussed from some of the other threads (e.g. 'misleading Cal league stats, relative ages in the various leagues, etc.), but does provide some interesting information.

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Talk Zone / Ed Wade live chat at 1:00 today
« on: September 29, 2009, 12:40:35 pm »
Ed Wade is participating in a live chat hosted by Pinwheel at the Chron in about 20 minutes.  Not sure there is a ton worth asking that he'd actually answer, but thought I'd note this nevertheless. LINK

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The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / BA Top 20s by league
« on: September 25, 2009, 11:22:43 am »
BAs Appy league top 20 prospects (with scouting reports) published today.  3 Astros prospects in the top 20.

#2: Jio Mier

#10: Juri Perez: "needs only to refine his below-average curveball, which he resists throwing at this stage, to profile as a mid-rotation starter."

#18 Jonathan Meyer


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The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Castro and Van Ostrand at the World Cup
« on: September 22, 2009, 02:33:42 pm »
Here is the link for info on the 3rd round of the baseball world cup (PBP and box scores available for free, telecast available for a fee).

Van Ostrand is starting at 1B for team Canada today.  Castro is riding the pine and appears to have 'lost' the starting role to Lucas May.

507
Talk Zone / Roy 'pitching to tolerance'
« on: September 14, 2009, 04:36:02 pm »
Per Footer tweets:

Oswalt had MRI Friday. Nothing new revealed. He has a "veteran pitcher's back," according to Wade. Will pitch to tolerance.

Oswalt will incorporate swimming into workout routine, to build tolerance.

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Talk Zone / So you really think Paulino should have a defined role, eh?
« on: September 14, 2009, 03:06:52 pm »
Then you are not the only ones...  (Zach Levine blog LINK)

I'll grant that I haven't been traveling with the team and my online job doesn't let me get to every single home game, but this is the most I've heard Paulino open up after a start.

I just need one role. Just give me the role, and I'll go pitch. It's really hard when you go to the games and you don't know what your role is. For me, it's more easy when you go to the games and they tell you "hey Paulino, you're going to start the next six games, so just be ready." It's going to be easy. Baseball now, you don't pitch with your body; you pitch with your mind. Now it's easier when you go pitch and you know you pitch every five days.

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The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Jio Mier > Tim Beckham?
« on: September 11, 2009, 04:25:53 pm »
From Baseball America's prospect chat today:

Mitch Dowden (Pickering, LA): Well it seems that Jason Castro will be in the top 100 but who else will join him? Possibly Jordan Lyles?

Ben Badler: Castro, Lyles and Jio Mier are all top 100 candidates. I saw Tim Beckham in the Appy League last year and saw Mier there this year. Beckham had more bat speed, but Mier had a better approach at the plate, was a better defender and a faster runner than Beckham. So yeah, I'm a Mier fan.



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Game Zone 2009 Archive / 9/11 "We Shall Never Forget"
« on: September 11, 2009, 03:35:22 pm »
Astros lineup:

Bourn CF
Matsui 2B
Berkman 1B
Lee LF
Tejada SS
Pence RF
Johnson 3B
Towles C
Norris P

Pirates lineup

(via Twitter from @FSHoustonPirates): Honus Wagner ss, Pie Traynor 3b, Stargell 1b, Clemente rf, Bonds lf, Oliver cf, Mazeroski 2b, Sanguillen c, Friend p

In the alternative...

McCutcheon cf
Young 2b
Jones 1b
Milledge lf
Doumit c
Moss rf
LaRoche 3b
Cedeno ss
Morton p

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Game Zone 2009 Archive / Labor Day Special, PHI at HOU
« on: September 07, 2009, 01:16:49 pm »
Good Guys: Bourn cf, Matsui 2b, Berkman 1b, Lee lf, Tejada ss, Pence rf, Blum 3b, Coste c, Moehler p

Phillies: Rollins ss, Victorino cf, Utley 2b, Howard 1b, Ibanez lf, Werth rf, Feliz 3b, Ruiz c, Moyer p

Middle 1: PHI 1, HOU 0

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Game Zone 2009 Archive / PHI at HOU, 9/5/09
« on: September 05, 2009, 07:02:12 pm »
Bourn singled and then stole his 50th base of the season in B1 but was stranded at 3B.
Spaz hit a 2-run shot to right in B2 to put the Good Guys up 2-0.
Oswalt has allowed 1 hit and walked 1 thru 3 with 3Ks (I think).
Spaz singles in Berkman in B3 (moving Lee to 2B).

End 3: PHI 0, HOU 3

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Game Zone 2009 Archive / Friday Night Fireworks, 9/4/09
« on: September 04, 2009, 08:13:06 pm »
End 3, Astros lead PHI 6-0.

B2: Wandy  doubles scoring Spaz and Kepp. Bourn K's, Matsui doubles scoring Q and Wandy. HOU 4, PHI 0
B3: Spaz HRs to right scoring Miggy. HOU 6, PHI 0

514
The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / BA on Clark and Alaniz
« on: September 04, 2009, 04:52:37 pm »
It's behind the pay wall, so if you have access would enjoy hearing the highlights from BA's article on Clark and Alaniz

515
Talk Zone / Oswalt and Valverde on the interwebs
« on: September 02, 2009, 04:26:47 pm »
As noted in the GZ last night, Roy has hit the interwebs. (Website: http://royoswalt44.net/ ; Twitter: http://twitter.com/royoswalt44net ).

Perhaps not to be outdone, Valverde has done so as well. (Website: http://www.papagrandellc.com/).

Mention this primarily because the video intro on Valverde's site is the same one that the Astros use at MMPUS prior to his entry into the game for a save op. One of the many things one misses from watching Extra Innings / MLB.tv, but IMO one of the cooler things (or one of the few cool things, as the case may actually be) the Astros do on the video board during the game.

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Game Zone 2009 Archive / Boooooooone, 9/1/09
« on: September 01, 2009, 06:15:31 pm »
Not in the starting lineup, but Coop said he'll "look at it and try to figure out a way to get him in there."

The game is being televised on WGN in case you're FSH/MLB.tv deprived...

Good Guys

Bourn cf,
Tejada ss,
Berkman 1b,
Lee lf,
Blum 3b,
Pence rf,
Matsui 2b,
Coste c,
Moehler p

FTC

Theriot ss,
Bradley rf,
Lee 1b,
Ramirez 3b,
Fukudome cf,
Fox lf,
Baker 2b,
Hill c,
Wells p

517
Beer and Queso / Does MusicMan have a clue?
« on: September 01, 2009, 02:03:57 am »
From GZ last night:

It's official: Brett Favre is a complete fucking asshole.

I was specifically referring to him going after Wilson's knees with a crackback block.  In a fucking PRESEASON game.

Play in question on YouTube (via Digital Sports Daily).

Verdict: Favre is, in fact, a CFA. MusicMan's 'good name' is restored...




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Game Zone 2009 Archive / Astros in Arizona, 8/30/09
« on: August 30, 2009, 04:31:16 pm »
Thru 5 and AZ isn't kicking the 'Stros butts by a dozen (yet)...

Update: Middle 6: HOU 1, ARI 1

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Talk Zone / The 'every once in a while' Astros update
« on: August 30, 2009, 04:15:53 pm »
Miggy tipping off pitches?  Carlos watching the horses?  Astros getting a dose of reality? Drayton to investigate energy drinks?  Chacon never really wanted to pitch in Houston in the first place.  All this and more (including some news of #5 and #7) for your reading pleasure(?)…

BTW, sorry for the lack of news posts recently.  Am semi-settled in on the left coast again, and plan to post more frequently in the future...

520
Talk Zone / Hampton done for the year
« on: August 29, 2009, 05:08:22 pm »
Per Footer tweets:

Hampton not coming back this year. Tried to throw yesterday, had continuing discomfort in shoulder. Will probably have surgery. LINK

Hampton will have MRIs on shoulder and knee sent to doctor and he will figure out procedure(s) that would allow him to play next year. LINK

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The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Fall instructional league 2009
« on: August 29, 2009, 01:50:53 am »
Mark Malone has the low down on Astros minor leaguers scheduled for the fall instructional league: LINK

The Astros have ticketed 10 Legends for Instructional League work, starting in mid-September: Austin, 2B Albert Cartwright, LHP Brad Dydalewicz, C Federico Hernandez, RHP Arcenio Leon, RHP Jordan Lyles, RHP Matt Nevarez, RHP Ross Seaton, RHP Henry Villar and SS Brandon Wikoff. Also scheduled to attend is LHP Patrick Urckfitz, who was recently promoted to High-A Lancaster. Instructors include Legends pitching coach Travis Driskill and two former Lexington staffers: Stubby Clapp (hitting coach) and Mike Smith (strength and conditioning coordinator). Pitching coach Charley Taylor, who missed this season due to bladder-cancer surgery, also plans to attend. …

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Game Zone 2009 Archive / FTC[o-ards], 8/27/09
« on: August 27, 2009, 01:32:54 pm »
Astros lineup:

Bourn cf, Keppinger 3b, Berkman 1b, Lee lf, Tejada ss, Erstad rf, Matsui 2b, Coste c, Moehler p

Cards lineup:

Schumaker 2b, Lugo ss, Pujols 1b, Holliday lf, Ludwick rf, Rasmus cf, DeRosa 3b, Molina c, Carpenter p

End 1: HOU 0, STL 0

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The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / AZ Fall League Rosters posted
« on: August 25, 2009, 04:48:23 pm »
AZ Fall League Rosters

Astros reps on Peoria Saguaros:

Pitching Coach: Don Alexander

Pitchers: Evan Englebrook, Chia-Jen Lo, Wilton Lopez, Dan Meszaros

Catcher: Jason Castro

Infielders: German Duran, T.B.D.

Outfielders: Jonathan Gaston


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The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / On Castro, Locke and rehab assignments
« on: August 09, 2009, 07:10:04 pm »
Castro breaks in to a top 50 prospect list, Locke breaks a Hooks’ record, and broken Astros have spent a lot of time in Corpus Christi this year…

Posted at the Bus Stop


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The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / From the pipeline
« on: August 05, 2009, 10:15:40 pm »
News updates from me are going to continue to be light over the next couple of weeks as I mosey over to the left coast.  That said, here you go...

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Talk Zone / As if 3-peating on the SnS Star Award wasn't enough...
« on: August 04, 2009, 03:20:11 pm »
Wandy named NL Pitcher of the Month for July.  (via Levine tweet). 

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Game Zone 2009 Archive / Escape from LA, 7/19/09
« on: July 19, 2009, 03:44:26 pm »
Middle 2: HOU 0, LAD 0

Bourn reached on an error T1 and then stole 2B with none out.  Astros unable to advance him.
Dodgers went down in order (K on Manny) in B1.
Pudge doubled and was stranded at 2B in T2.


Good Guys

Bourn cf,
Keppinger 2b,
Tejada ss,
Lee lf,
Blum 3b,
Pence rf,
Rodriguez c,
Coste 1b,
Ortiz P

Dodgers

Furcal ss,
Hudson 2b,
Ramirez lf,
Blake 3b,
Ethier rf,
Loney 1b,
Kemp cf,
Ausmus c,
Kuroda p

528
Game Zone 2009 Archive / Coop Hate Me, 7/18/09
« on: July 18, 2009, 07:44:19 pm »
Hampton: Seriously Coop, what did I ever do to you?

Coop: What are you talking about?

Hampton: I know some of the bench guys need to get some playing time, but all of them, tonight, while I'm pitching?

Coop: Respect my authoritaayy.

Hampton: Huh?

Coop: Well, if you don't let them hit the ball, then it really won't be a problem now will it?

Hampton: That's not exactly the way it works Coop.  Plus, a little run support would be nice as well.

Coop: You call yourself a hitter, so go hit.

Hampton: With all due respect Coop [interrupted]

Coop: With all due respect nothing.  This team is two games above .500 because of ME.  You don't like it, you can join Ortiz on the bench after 2 1/3 or Paulino in Round Rock.

Hampton: WTF?

Coop: Remember now, my door is always open.

Good Guys

Matsui 2b,
Keppinger 3b,
Tejada ss,
Lee lf,
Pence rf,
Coste 1b,
Michaels cf,
Quintero c,
Hampton p

Dodgers

Fucal ss,
Hudson 2b,
Ramirez lf,
Blake 3b,
Kemp rf,
Loretta 1b,
Martin c,
Kershaw p,
Pierre cf

(yep, pitcher batting 8th, not a type-o).

(edited to insert Dodgers lineup)

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The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Eli Iorg
« on: July 17, 2009, 09:35:23 pm »
Eli Iorg released today.  (Levine tweet)

530
Game Zone 2009 Archive / Just another day in Mannywood, 7/17/09
« on: July 17, 2009, 09:13:56 pm »
Good Guys

Bourn cf,
Matsui 2b,
Tejada ss,
Lee lf,
Blum 3b,
Pence rf,
Rodriguez c,
Erstad 1b,
Oswalt p

Dodgers

Furcal ss,
Pierre cf,
Ramirez lf,
Blake 3b,
Ethier rf,
Loney 1b,
Hudson 2b,
Martin c,
Billingsley p

531
Talk Zone / Injury update
« on: July 17, 2009, 08:45:18 pm »
Walking wounded update (Berkman, Brocail, Sampson, Boone, J.R. Towles and Backe), along with updates from notes posted earlier today.

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Game Zone 2009 Archive / They're back (and in La La land), 7/16/09
« on: July 16, 2009, 08:39:12 pm »
Good Guys

Bourn cf,
Keppinger 3b,
Berkman 1b,
Lee lf,
Tejada ss,
Pence rf,
Matsui 2b,
Quintero c,
Rodriguez p

Dodgers

Furcal ss,
Ethier rf,
Ramirez lf,
Blake 3b,
Kemp cf,
Martin c,
Loney 1b,
Hudson 2b,
Wolf p

533
Talk Zone / 10 years ago today
« on: July 16, 2009, 04:25:23 am »
Lance Berkman made his major league debut (July 16, 1999 in the Astrodome against the Detroit Tigers).  Happy 10th Fat Elvis (and other stuff)

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The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Minor Notes
« on: July 14, 2009, 06:32:39 am »
Catching up on: Castro and the Futures Game; Baseball America on Lyles, Seaton and Mier; Jay Austin's power surge; and other notables...

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Talk Zone / Acta given the boot
« on: July 13, 2009, 02:34:24 am »
Acta says he's been fired

"I thank the Nationals for giving me this opportunity and I'm sorry that things didn't work out as expected. It's normal for the manager to pay the price when the team is not doing well."

Care to add another manager to the 'fired list' there Mr. Wade?

536
Talk Zone / Getting a jump on the '09 Elias rankings
« on: July 13, 2009, 02:27:12 am »
The numbers for the '09 Elias rankings are a little over 3/4ths complete and are discussed (as they relate to the Astros) here

As little time waster for the mini-void that is the All Star break, who do you anticipate the Astros will offer arbitration to at the end of the season?



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Game Zone 2009 Archive / WAS at HOU, 7/12/09
« on: July 12, 2009, 03:09:55 pm »
Top 7, 1 out, runner on 2B: WAS 0, HOU 1

(Houston scored in the 1st on an RBI single by Tejada scoring Bourn).


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Talk Zone / Backe likely to have surgery
« on: July 09, 2009, 04:31:57 pm »
Tweets from Footer:

brandon Backe will be examined by Dr. Andrews Monday and is likely headed for shoulder surgery. LINK

Backe has been examined by team Dr., who diagnosed partial tear in rotator cuff. Astros will pay for surgery. LINK

539
Talk Zone / There is something very cub-ish about this injury...
« on: July 08, 2009, 10:48:15 pm »
Dumpster out 4ish weeks with a broken toe from 'celebrating'.  LINK

Dempster said he caught his foot on the dugout railing while jumping out of the dugout running onto the field after Sunday's win over the Brewers.

What happened?

Here's Dempster's explanation:

"Sunday after the game I was coming out of the dugout and stepping over the top of the railing there, I was sitting up on the ledge, and I caught my left foot on the rail as I was coming over and it just spun me around and slammed me into the ground. When I did it, I thought I just ripped my nail back on my foot. Unfortuinately, the result wasn't very funny. If you ask Derrek Lee, he thought it was pretty funny, because the first person I saw when I looked up was D-Lee, and he was laughing. I'm sure it looked hysterical from his angle.

"The unfortunate part was my foot, I guess just the way it hit- it came down straight into the ground. Came into the clubhouse and my toenail was ripped back and it was bleeding, and then I thought that was pretty much the end of it, thought I'd just tape it up."

540
Game Zone 2009 Archive / Getting the heck outta San Fran, 7/5/09
« on: July 05, 2009, 04:59:29 pm »
Astros lead 4-0 top of the 7th.

Astros have solo shots from the two '09 All Stars and Jason Michaels (starting against the lefty today).  Don't remember how the other scored.  Randy Johnson out of the game after 3.2 with left shoulder soreness.

Giants got a hit in the top of the 5th.

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Blue Crabs RHP Kenny Baugh Signed By Houston Astros

Following a stellar collegiate career at Rice University in Houston during which he posted three consecutive seasons with an ERA under 2.28, Baugh was drafted in the first round (11th overall) by the Detroit Tigers in 2001. After steadily rising through the Tigers' farm system, Baugh reached the Triple-A Toledo Mud Hens in 2005, where he recorded a 12-8 record with a 3.38 ERA.

After being traded by the Tigers to the San Diego Padres following the 2005 season, Baugh eventually signed with the Florida Marlins and pitched for the Albuquerque Isotopes, their Triple-A affiliate at the time, for all of 2007 and part of the 2008 season. Baugh quickly signed on with the Blue Crabs following his stint with the Marlins organization.




542
The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Around the Minors
« on: July 01, 2009, 10:07:55 pm »
Catch up on the GCL Astros, Jiovanni Mier, Bud Norris, Yorman Bazardo, Jason Castro, Jordan Lyles, Chris Blazek and Chris Johnson at The Bus Stop.

543
Game Zone 2009 Archive / Stros @ Pads, 6/30
« on: June 30, 2009, 08:31:27 pm »
Good Guys

Bourn cf
Tejada ss
Berkman 1b
Lee lf
Blum 3b
Pence rf
Kata 2b
Quintero c
Hampton p

Friars

Gwynn rf
Eckstein 2b
Hairston cf
Gonzalez 1b
Kouzmanoff 3b
Headley lf
Blanco c
Cabrera ss
Banks p

544
The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / California League Game for the Ages
« on: June 29, 2009, 02:14:16 am »
(And no, it wasn't the JetHawks)

Lake Elsinor 33
High Desert 18

BOX
RECAP

545
Talk Zone / Blum off the DL, Maysonet back to RR
« on: June 27, 2009, 08:41:02 pm »
Per Coop in the post game.

546
Game Zone 2009 Archive / AE @ MMPUS - Round 2: 7/27/09
« on: June 27, 2009, 06:10:05 pm »
Good Guys

Bourn cf
Keppinger 3b
Tejada ss
Lee lf
Berkman 1b
Pence rf
Matsui 2b
Quintero c
Paulino p

Tiggers

Granderson cf
Polanco 2b
Cabrera 1b
Thames lf
Kelly rf
Inge 3b
Laird c
Santiago ss
Figaro p

547
The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / July 2nd International signing period
« on: June 26, 2009, 02:44:34 am »
Anyone heard who (if anyone) the Astros may have been linked to so far?

(Edited to remove erroneous / outdated BA link - thanks Russe!).

548
Game Zone 2009 Archive / Royals at Astros, 6/21/09
« on: June 23, 2009, 06:37:29 pm »
Berkman at the game, but not in the lineup (sleepy from hanging with baby girl #4 perhaps?).
Royals batting the pitcher 8th.

Astros

M. Bourn cf (.300)   
J. Keppinger 3b (.273)
H. Pence rf (.331)   
C. Lee lf (.300)
M. Tejada ss (.331)
D. Erstad 1b (.141)    
I. Rodriguez c (.249)
K. Matsui 2b (.233)
R. Ortiz p (.250)

Royals

D. DeJesus lf     (.245)
W. Bloomquist ss (.286)
B. Butler 1b (.286)
J. Guillen rf (.266)
M. Teahen 3b (.279)
A. Callaspo 2b (.305)
M. Olivo c (.253)
Z. Greinke p (.000)
M. Maier cf (.242)

549
The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Bazardo vs. Norris
« on: June 23, 2009, 03:04:27 pm »
Which one should come up first and why?

550
The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / FSN Hooks / Express Games
« on: June 21, 2009, 02:35:12 pm »
FS Houston has 3 minor league games on this next week.  LINK

Monday, June 22  San Antonio Missions at Corpus Christi Hooks, Whataburger Field, 7:05
Thursday, June 25  San Antonio Missions at Corpus Christi Hooks, Whataburger Field, 7:05
Sunday, June 28  Iowa Cubs at Round Rock Express, The Dell Diamond, 7:05


The remainder of the schedule is as follows:

Thursday, July 2  Nashville Sounds at Round Rock Express, The Dell Diamond, 7:05

Thursday, July 23  Albuquerque Isotopes at Round Rock Express, The Dell Diamond, 7:05
Sunday, July 26  Frisco RoughRiders at Corpus Christi Hooks, Whataburger Field, 6:05
Thursday, August 6  Tacoma Rainiers at Round Rock Express, The Dell Diamond, 7:05

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Game Zone 2009 Archive / Astros @ Rangers, 6/17/09
« on: June 17, 2009, 06:53:26 pm »
Astros lineup
Bourn cf
Keppinger 3b
Tejada ss
Lee dh
Berkman 1b
Pence rf
Rodriguez c
Matsui 2b
Michaels lf

Astros pitching: Ortiz (RHP)


Rangers lineup
Kinsler 2b
Young 3b
Blalock dh
Cruz rf
Murphy lf
Byrd cf
Davis 1b
Saltalamacchia c
Vizquel ss

Rangers pitching: Harrison (LHP)

552
Talk Zone / Backe to start in place of Hampton
« on: June 16, 2009, 10:19:51 pm »
Missed most of it, but caught the end of a conversation in the Astros postgame with Footer in which she said Backe was going to get to start in place of Hampton (who has a groin strain?).  I presume they meant it would be Thursdays start (but it could also mean Roy will get that start and then Backe the next one).

Sorry to ruin your birthday there Mr. Happy...

553
Game Zone 2009 Archive / Astros at stRangers, 6/16/09
« on: June 16, 2009, 06:26:46 pm »
Matsui activated, Blum to the DL.  (Footer via Twitter)

Pudge "somewhat a 'surprise' starter" tonight and will tie "Pudge" Fisk in all time games caught (at 2,226).  Read about Pudge's career at the Dallas Morning News and at the Chronicle.

Read JaneDoe's Sing a song of Elvis series review here (or Astros.com series preview here) (or Yahoo! sports series preview here).

To round out todays pregame link-o-rama, here links to the Astros Gameday Press Pass and Gameday.


Good Guys

Lineup:

Bourn (CF)
Tejada (SS)
Pence (RF)
Lee (DH)
Berkman (1B)
Rodriguez (C)
Matsui (2B)
Erstad (LF)
Maysonet (3B)

Pitching: Wandy Rodriguez

Rangers

Lineup:

I. Kinsler (2B)
M. Young (3B)
A. Jones (DH)
N. Cruz (RF)
D. Murphy (LF)   
M. Byrd (CF)
C. Davis (1B)
J. Saltalamacchia (C)
E. Andrus (SS)

Pitching: Kevin Millwood (RHP)

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The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / 2009 Draftees and Status
« on: June 15, 2009, 10:25:46 pm »
Draftee information has been compiled from lists at MLB.com.  Signings to date have been verified at McTaggart’s Blog.  Let me know if anything is incorrect, I've missed a nickname, etc.

        Draftee
Mier, Jiovanni
Bushue, Tanner
Nash, Telvin
Meyer, Jonathan
Hyatt, BJ
Wikoff, Brandon
Hernandez, Enrique
Keuchel, Dallas
Walker, Brandt
Orloff, Ben
Castro, Erik
Williams, David
Thomas, Geoffrey
Goebbert, Jake
Berner, David
Humphrey, Ryan
Sanchez, Ronald
Harper, Justin
Macdonald, James
Kemp, Brian
Martinez, Julio
Butera, Barry
Jones, Mark
Donovan, Robert
Modica, Mike
Stanley, Nicholas
Watson, Matthew
Bray, Aaron
Anderson, Eric
Wright, Garen
Petite, Brandon
Smink, Travis
Peavey, Gregory
Stines, Brenden
Migl, Scott
Hogue, Jackson
Saladino, Tyler
Rivera, Raul
Barksdale, Sean
Young, Rory
Sarisky, Daniel
Escobar, Carlos
Thomas, Ivory
Tzamtzis, Anthony
Schurz, Michael
Morales, Adrian
Gonzalez, Justin
Branham, Matthew
Rodriguez, Steven
Smith, Matthew
Hylander, Spencer

Rd/Pick
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  (4)- 131
  (5)- 161
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 (21)- 641
 (22)- 671
 (23)- 701
 (24)- 731
 (25)- 761
 (26)- 791
 (27)- 821
 (28)- 851
 (29)- 881
 (30)- 911
 (31)- 941
 (32)- 971
(33)- 1001
(34)- 1031
(35)- 1061
(36)- 1091
(37)- 1121
(38)- 1151
(39)- 1181
(40)- 1211
(41)- 1241
(42)- 1271
(43)- 1301
(44)- 1331
(45)- 1361
(46)- 1391
(47)- 1421
(48)- 1451
(49)- 1481
(50)- 1511
 
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Bonita HS (CA)
South Central HS (IL)
Griffin HS (GA)
Simi Valley HS (CA)
U South Carolina Sumter
U Illinois Champaign
American Military Academy
U Arkansas Fayetteville
Stanford U
UC Irvine
San Diego St U
Crowder College
Stephenson HS (GA)
Northwestern U
San Jose St U
St Louis CC Meramec
Manuela Toro HS
Oklahoma City U
Boston College
St Johns Univ.
Nova Southeastern U
Boston College
Manheim Township HS (PA)
Stetson Univ.
George Mason U
Florida Southern College
Pompano Beach HS (FL)
UNC Charlotte
Mountain Vista HS (CO)
Putnam City HS (OK)
Vauxhall HS
Virginia Military Institute
Oregon St U
Ball St U
Texas A&M U
Mississippi St U
Palomar Col
Colegio San Vicente De Paul
Temple U
R.E. Mountain SS
Oglethorpe U
Chatsworth HS (CA)
Downey HS (CA)
La Salle HS (FL)
U Iowa
Miami Dade CC South
Christopher Columbus HS (FL)
U South Carolina Upstate
Gulliver Prep School (FL)
U Mississippi
Oklahoma Baptist U
Position
   SS
   RHP
   LF
   3B
   RHP
   SS
   SS
   LHP
   RHP
   SS
   3B
   C
   RHP
   OF
   LHP
   CF
   1B
   RHP
   RHP
   CF
   RF
   2B
   RHP
   RHP
   LHP
   1B
   1B
   3B
   RHP
   CF
   RHP
   LHP
   RHP
   RHP
   RHP
   CF
   SS
   RHP
   OF
   RHP
   RHP
   C
   CF
   RHP
   RHP
   2B
   SS
   RHP
   LHP
   1B
   LHP
   B/T
 R/R
 R/R
 R/R
 B/R
 R/R
 L/R
 R/R
 L/L
 R/R
 R/R
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 R/R
 R/R
 L/L
 L/L
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 L/R
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 R/R
 R/R
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 R/R
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  6'02" - 175
  6'04" - 180
  6'01" - 230
  6'01" - 195
  6'04" - 205
  5'09" - 170
  5'11" - 170
  6'02" - 180
  6'03" - 185
  5'11" - 170
  6'04" - 200
  6'00" - 190
  6'00" - 187
  6'00" - 205
  6'02" - 205
  6'00" - 195
  5'10" - ???
  6'03" - 210
  6'02" - 190
  5'09" - 180
  6'03" - 194
  6'00" - 180
  6'07" - 205
  6'05" - 220
  6'00" - 175
  6'02" - 195
  6'00" - 200
  6'00" - 180
  6'04" - ???
  6'03" - 230
  6'03" - 210
  6'02" - 200
  6'01" - 185
  6'02" - 190
  6'03" - 190
  6'00" - 190
  6'00" - 185
  6'03" - ???
  6'00" - 210
  6'01" - 210
  6'01" - 184
  6'02" - 185
  5'09" - 175
  6'00" - 185
  6'02" - 205
  5'10" - 180
  6'02" - 175
  6'05" - 220
  6'03" - 215
  6'03" - 230
  6'01" - 195
        DOB
  1990-08-26
  1991-06-20
  1991-02-20
  1990-11-01
  1988-12-14
  1988-04-05
  1991-08-24
  1988-01-01
  1987-11-09
  1987-04-26
  1987-11-13
  1989-03-13
  1991-08-04
  1987-09-24
  1987-08-16
  1988-09-19
  1991-08-09
  1988-06-10
  1987-04-15
  1988-09-02
  1987-08-21
  1987-06-05
  1990-08-29
  1988-04-24
  1986-12-16
  1987-05-12
  1990-11-17
  1987-07-04
  1990-10-19
  1990-12-25
  1990-12-05
  1987-04-10
  1988-07-11
  1987-01-12
  1987-09-01
  1986-06-26
  1989-07-20
  1991-02-05
  1986-10-18
  1991-06-17
  1988-05-25
  1990-12-31
  1991-08-24
  1990-11-04
  1986-09-12
  1988-11-18
  1991-06-24
  1987-09-28
  1991-04-16
  1987-12-13
  1986-06-12
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    HS
    HS
    HS
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    JR
    JR
    SR
    JR
    J2
    HS
    JR
    SR
    J2
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    JR
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    SR
    HS
    HS
    HS
    SR
    SO
    SR
    JR
    SR
    J2
    HS
    SR
    HS
    SO
    HS
    HS
    HS
    SR
    J2
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    JR
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Rpt, Vid, Vid, Q&A
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Game Zone 2009 Archive / Stros @ Snakes 6/14/09
« on: June 14, 2009, 02:48:43 pm »
Lee out with remnants of yesterdays cramps (per Footer)

Astros Lineup

Bourn (CF)
Tejada (SS)
Pence (RF)
Berkman (1B)
Pudge (C)
Michaels (LF)
Kata (2B)
Maysonet (3B)
Moehler (P)

Diamondbacks Lineup
F. Lopez (2B)
E. Byrnes (LF)
J. Upton (RF)
S. Drew (SS)
M. Reynolds (3B)
C. Young (CF)
J. Whitesell (1B)
C. Snyder (C)
B. Buckner (P) (RHP, no relation...)

Not able to do PBP today, so if anyone wants to feel free!

556
Game Zone 2009 Archive / Astros at dBacks, 6.12.09
« on: June 12, 2009, 08:52:04 pm »
Astros
M. Bourn cf
M. Tejada ss
H. Pence rf
C. Lee lf
L. Berkman 1b
G. Blum 3b
J. Keppinger 2b
H. Quintero c
M. Hampton p

Diamondbacks
F. Lopez 2b   
G. Parra lf
J. Upton rf
S. Drew ss
M. Reynolds 1b
C. Young cf
C. Snyder c
R. Roberts 3b
D. Haren p

557
Game Zone 2009 Archive / FTC, 06.11.09
« on: June 11, 2009, 12:58:37 pm »
FTC's

Soriano lf,
Theriot ss,
Fukudome cf,
Lee 1b,
Hoffpauir rf,
Fontenot 3b,
Hill c,
Blanco 2b,
Dempster p


Good Guys
Bourn cf,
Tejada ss,
Pence rf,
Lee lf,
Berkman 1b,
Blum 3b,
Rodriguez c,
Keppinger 2b,
Ortiz p

Notes: Russ Ortiz gets the start today. How long can he go? "They seem to only let me go about 70 pitches," said Russ this morning. (FSHouston Twitter).  FS Houston pregame also noted that Kepp is getting the start at 2B because of how he hits against Dumpster.

558
Talk Zone / "They Report, We Decide" is posted
« on: June 08, 2009, 06:38:24 pm »
I don’t do apostrophes worth a crap, and am entirely too comma and run on-sentence happy.  My elementary school teacher mom is ashamed of me as were my English teachers and my legal writing professors.  My paralegals have mocked me for years.  Still, I DON’T CARE.  If the correct use of apostrophes is important to you by all means DO NOT READ these posts.  Same goes for my comma overuse or my affinity for the run-on sentence.  Otherwise, I hope you enjoy!

So without further adieu, here you go: They Report, We Decide, (continued), Miscellaneous and Assclown of the Week Award (aka 'The Justice')

559
Game Zone 2009 Archive / Roots at Stros (Rubber Game), 6/7/09
« on: June 07, 2009, 02:11:03 pm »
End 3: PIT 1, HOU 1

Paulino gone with 2 outs in the 2nd from a groin injury(?- no official announcement).  Ortiz in.

'Stros have grounded into 3 DPs.

Lineups in a sec...

Oh yeah, and FTC!

560
Talk Zone / Question for JimR
« on: June 05, 2009, 02:35:01 pm »
Is THIS really the way you played the game back then?

561
Talk Zone / Glavine released
« on: June 03, 2009, 05:30:38 pm »
LINK

The left-hander is not happy about the Braves' decision.  "He wants to pitch. He feels great," his agent, Gregg Clifton, said. "He's still shocked about being released by a team he's been a member of, and he's not prepared to retire. He looks forward to pitching again in 2009."

Glavine met with Braves general manager Frank Wren, John Schuerholz, and manager Bobby Cox. Glavine was told his velocity is down, and the executives suggested to Glavine that he could retire. But Glavine intends to pitch again.

562
Talk Zone / Footer on video
« on: June 03, 2009, 01:03:01 am »
F---house Footer and McTaggart Q&A live (video) at 2 pm on Astros.com.  Submit your questions here.

563
Talk Zone / Astros looking to add, Roy and Coop aren't BFFEs
« on: June 02, 2009, 11:28:24 am »
Baseball insider: Astros will add, not subtract

Astros looking to add folks:

According to one of the top executives and most respected men in baseball, the Astros are not in the mode to trade any of their players, most notably Roy Oswalt.

***"Mr. McLane will be more prone to adding to his team rather than trading his present players away." The executive added, "I read your blog and whoever told you Houston will continue moving Oswalt just wasn't correct." 

"Mr. McLane believes in his management team," said the source. "And his players are someone who he believes in as well. I doubt that you'll see [the Astros] ever trading players just to save salary."


Roy and Coop ain't BFFEs

The source, however, did not deny that there are rumblings that Oswalt and manager Cecil Cooper have had problems with each other recently.

564
Talk Zone / Ticket scalping at MMPUS (and other ticket misc)
« on: June 01, 2009, 11:50:22 pm »
Thought I'd throw my $0.02 out on the topic, since I was curious about it when I got here and didn't get many good answers...  Hope this little primer helps...

Scalping:

Rule is (or at least what it seems to be) that scalpers have to be across the street(s) from MMPUS to talk money / sell tickets.

You can generally identify them in 4 ways: they are at specified locations (i.e. places with 'tickets' signs and folks sitting down), are the guys approaching you asking if you have tickets to sell, are holding up a couple of tickets not saying anything, or are asking you if you need a ticket.

Its a barter economy.  Many of the scalpers buy extras from folks at deeply discounted rates, not sure how the others get theirs (perhaps someone else can opine).  I have occasionally payed above face (at other venues) for VERY good tickets (front row dugout, etc.), but usually am able to work 25%-50% off the price at MMPUS.  Often times (if not most of the time), the selections from scalpers are better than you can get ordering online or at the box office (especially from the 'established' scalpers, i.e. the ones in the 'marked locations'). 

If one of the scalpers doesn't have what you are looking for, another will.  Often if the 'roaming scalpers'  don't have the location you are looking for, they know which of their buddies does, and will call them over.  Not saying it won't happen, but have bought tickets from scalpers about 15 times, and have not been stung yet (of course by saying this next time I will...). 

ETA: Obviously the prices get better the closer it is to game time (and better still late in the 1st inning), although the section declines.  IME, scalpers don't want to be stuck with unusable inventory and will work to get it sold.  As for selection of tickets, MMPUS isn't exactly packing 'em in right now, so I don't think finding what you're looking for will be too big of a problem.

Other non-traditional purchasing options: 

I highly recommend the [insert team name of venue you are visiting] ticket exchange as well for buying tickets.  This is a place on team web sites established to allow season ticket holders to offer seats for sale.  Although the prices on these are not typically 'bargains,' the seat selections are usually excellent and there is no worry that your ticket may not be valid.

I also recommend perusing the EBay ticket offerings as well, as oft you can get good seats for legit prices there too. 

Anyway, hope this helps someone save a couple of bucks and gets 'em closer to the action than they otherwise would have been from buying tickets at the ticket office!

565
Game Zone 2009 Archive / Fun with lineups, 5/31/09 at Pirates
« on: May 31, 2009, 01:09:38 pm »
Astros
Maysonet (2B)
Miggy (SS)
Spaz (RF)
Lee (LF)
Puma (1B)
Michaels (CF)
Kepp (3B)
Q (C)
Hampton (P)
(huh?)

Pirates
N. McLouth CF
An. LaRoche 3B
F. Sanchez 2B
C. Monroe LF
Ad. LaRoche 1B
R. Diaz C
B. Moss RF
J. Wilson SS
P. Maholm P

566
Game Zone 2009 Archive / ASTROS at Pirates, 5.30.09
« on: May 30, 2009, 06:04:44 pm »
Good Guys
Bourn cf
Tejada ss
Berkman 1b
Lee lf
Pence rf
Rodriguez c
Keppinger 3b
Maysonet 2b
Rodriguez p

Pieroots
Morgan cf
Andy Laroche 3b
Sanchez 2b
Monroe lf
Hinske 1b
Young rf
Diaz c
Wilson ss
Karstens p

567
Talk Zone / Firing the manager is not in the cards
« on: May 28, 2009, 05:29:02 pm »
JdJO LINK

At least for now, Drayton McLane doesn't plan to fire Cecil Cooper in the immediate future.

"Firing the manager is not in the cards," [McLane] said via phone.

McLane is aware of all the talk about Cooper's job being in peril, and I asked if he was close to firing Cooper.

"He's only been the manager for a year and a half," McLane said. "I think that's somewhat premature."

McLane says that one thing he's learned about baseball is you need patience. "When you're real good that doesn't last for ever. When you're playing real bad that doesn't last forever," he said.

He mentioned Jose Valverde's and Doug Brocail's DL stints and how that has forced the club to put relievers in roles they weren't expected to pitch in. He cited Chris Sampson and LaTroy Hawkins, who have been pushed into innings the club hoped would be handled by Valverde (Hawkins now) and Brocail (Sampson now).

So is firing Cooper on the radar now?

"That's not in the cards," McLane said. "We got to work through this."

568
Talk Zone / Coolbaugh / Sanchez book
« on: May 26, 2009, 04:39:49 pm »
Heart of the Game by S.L. Price.  Haven't read it yet, but there is a good Q&A (LINK) about it in the New York Times today and sounds like a good read.

Excerpts from the lengthy Q&A.  (There rest of the article/Q&A, as well as the book excerpt at the end, are well worth reading also.)

With the publication this month of “Heart of the Game,” Price discussed Mike Coolbaugh, Tino Sanchez and minor league baseball.

Q: How did your commitment to pursuing the story of Mike Coolbaugh and Tino Sanchez — as a magazine article and as a book — evolve?

A: *** And lastly, throughout the reporting, I had this strange experience. It’s a dark moment, obviously, but while talking to everyone involved I kept thinking, “I know this is a tale of woe, so how come I feel so good?” Because everyone — at this extreme moment where there was no place to hide or fake it — kept doing the right thing. Tino in his anguish showed great respect to Mike and the life he lived, the Coolbaugh family repeatedly reached out to Tino to let him know they didn’t blame him, to support him, and, he says, that pulled him from a very dark place. The Colorado Rockies voted Mike’s family a playoff share — it ended up over $230,000 — in 2007, though they didn’t know him and he’d only been with the team three weeks and the history of stingy ballplayers goes back as far as the game’s origins, and then they refused to talk about it. The national media wanted to celebrate them, but the players and management wouldn’t say who came up with the idea, how the vote went, nothing. It was too important to talk about. Meanwhile, fans all over the Texas League and minor league baseball donated money night after night, $1 here, $5 there, to give to the Coolbaugh family. And no one did this because they thought the media might notice.

Q: Journeymen. Lifers. AAA players. How would you describe Coolbaugh’s and Sanchez’s baseball careers? How did they carve out, for better and worse, such long minor league careers?

A: Well, from the outside they look similar — Mike was a 17-year lifer, Tino an 11-year lifer — but in the minor league hierarchy there was a great difference between the two. Mike was a minor league star, a team M.V.P. on nearly every level; *** Essentially, I think Mike was the same guy at the end, at 35, as he was as a rookie. A little harder, wiser, a family man now, and one who’d come to terms with his frustration, but I think he kept the game in perspective and always understood it wasn’t as central to him as his family and friends.

*** Tino was a true minor league journeyman, never really rising above Double-A, but he was the kind of player who, after swallowing the initial hard fact that he’d never be a star, adopted the minor league code, made himself useful — sometimes even vital — to his teams. But, unlike Mike, the game changed him at his core. He went from a selfish, somewhat hotheaded utilityman to a player who took responsibility for all his failures and shortcomings. He learned, as lifers say, to “respect the game,” and that’s one reason he so fully carries the burden of being responsible for Mike’s death.  He knows — and the Coolbaugh family certainly knows — that it was never Tino’s fault, but he learned too well in the minors to always say, “It’s on me,” to take responsibility. And though he certainly has had his good days since, I’m not sure he’ll ever let himself completely off the hook.

Q:  You saw Tino Sanchez’s first game with the Tulsa Drillers after the accident — and his tearful talk with Mike Coolbaugh’s sister and sister-in-law. What was that like?

A: Astonishing. Tino hadn’t known that Mike’s brother, Scott, was coaching the Frisco RoughRiders that night, not until he saw him take up his position in the first base coach’s box with the name, COOLBAUGH, stitched across the back. I had spoken with Scott that day and knew that they hadn’t spoken, and when Tino subbed in to play first base in the eighth inning — with the two men just feet away from each other, both wanting to speak and comfort each other, both constrained by baseball’s code from doing so — I realized I was witnessing the most emotionally-loaded moment I had ever seen as a sportswriter.

Q: When was your last contact with the Coolbaugh and Sanchez families? How are Mike Coolbaugh’s wife, Mandy, and Tino Sanchez coping?

A: I saw Mandy and her boys and some of the Coolbaugh clan May 13 in San Antonio. They all have their moments, as anyone who has lost a loved one can understand. But I was struck, when I was there, by the fact that, with two sets of grandparents in town, with uncles and aunts and cousins all nearby, Mandy and Mike’s parents are surrounded by people who knew and felt and loved Mike’s outsized presence in the family, who understand exactly what was lost here, and who can provide a shoulder when someone has a bad stretch.

Tino has it harder, in a way. I spoke to him over the winter, and his dad on May 19, and he’s still having a tough time with this. A part of him is haunted by the idea that Mike’s kids don’t have a father now, and he hit the ball that made that happen. And the problem is, as much as his wife and parents and friends support him, unlike the community surrounding Mandy none of them can possibly understand what Tino is going through. Who could? He’s all alone on this. Time will soften it somewhat, but it’s something he’s going to carry with him for good.

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The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Promotion considerations
« on: May 26, 2009, 02:13:54 pm »
Levine (chron.com link) had some interesting comments regarding potential 'fab 5' promotions from Lexington to Lancaster. 

Trouble in paradise

One of the reasons fans might not see some of the touted arms out of the 2008 draft class in Lancaster so fast is Lancaster itself.

Though the Legends’ rotation boasts promising starters in Jordan Lyles (2-4, 2.96 ERA), Kyle Greenwalt (2-4, 2.91), Ross Seaton (4-4, 3.00), Robert Bono (5-1, 2.25) and Brad Dydalewicz (2-0, 0.47), Bennett worries about the mental effects of moving young pitchers to Lancaster, a hitters’ paradise.

Baseball Prospectus rates Lancaster as one of only three parks in all of affiliated baseball to have its numbers skewed more than 10 percent in favor of hitters in each of the last three seasons.


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Talk Zone / Got Hunter fever?
« on: May 26, 2009, 01:41:44 pm »
Mannywood
Astros style?

Seems like low hanging fruit...

Quote
Got Hunter fever? Cool down with Hunter Pence and the Astros this summer at Minute Maid Park in Hunter's Lodge for only $30 per game! Located near Right Field, Hunter's Lodge is available for every remaining Astros regular season home game beginning Monday, June 1st vs. the Colorado Rockies. For $30, Hunter's Lodge visitors can score:

    * A Field Box seat in Section 134 or 133
    * A one-of-a-kind *Hunter Pence t-shirt (each month will feature a new t-shirt design)
    * An automatic entry into a monthly drawing for an Astros Gift Pack featuring a Hunter Pence autographed baseball!

Buy Tickets Now »

*Fans will receive a voucher for their Hunter Pence t-shirt along with their ticket. The voucher can be redeemed the day of the game at the kiosk adjacent to Section 134.

You don't want to miss out on this exciting ticket package! Hunter's Lodge is available online or at the Minute Maid Park Box Office. Inventory is limited, so purchase your seats today before the Lodge is sold out!

Hunter's Lodge ticket offer does not guarantee Hunter Pence will take the field on your specific game day purchase. No refunds or exchanges. All sales are final.

571
Game Zone 2009 Archive / Good Guys at Wrigley, 5/16/09
« on: May 16, 2009, 12:55:13 pm »
Astros   
K. Matsui 2B
M. Bourn CF
L. Berkman 1B
C. Lee LF
M. Tejada SS
H. Pence RF
G. Blum 3B
I. Rodriguez C
R. Oswalt P

sCrubs
A. Soriano LF
R. Theriot SS
K. Fukudome CF
D. Lee 1B
M. Hoffpauir RF
G. Soto C
M. Fontenot 3B
B. Scales 2B
R. Wells P

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Game Zone 2009 Archive / Astros at Rockies, 5/13/09
« on: May 13, 2009, 07:01:34 pm »
strosrays Series Preview
Footer Game Preview
Astros Games Notes (MLB Press Pass)


Astros
Matsui (2B)
Bourn (CF)    
Berkman (1B)    
Lee (LF)    
Tejada (SS)    
Pence (RF)    
Blum (3B)    
Quintero (C)    
Hampton (P)    


Rockies
D. Fowler (CF)
T. Tulowitzki (SS)
T. Helton (1B)
R. Spilborghs (LF)
B. Hawpe (RF)
G. Atkins (3B)
C. Iannetta (C)
I. Stewart (2B)
J. Marquis (P)

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Talk Zone / Jayson Werth
« on: May 13, 2009, 01:31:24 pm »
Stole 3rd in the 4th, and then stole 2nd, 3rd and home in the 7th off the Dodgers last night.  (story) (video link)

It was a rare feat, indeed. Only 49 players in MLB history have stolen all three bases in the same inning — only nine since 1942 have thieved in such a manner — and the last Phillie to do it was Pete Rose in 1980. Considering that Werth only stole 20 bases in 2008 and that Philadelphia only had 12 stolen bases coming into the game, it becomes an even more impressive rarity...


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Game Zone 2009 Archive / Good Guys at Rukkakes, 5/12/09
« on: May 12, 2009, 07:11:52 pm »
Astros
K. Matsui (2b) - .255    
M. Bourn (cf) - .287    
L. Berkman (1b) - .184    
C. Lee (lf) - .333    
M. Tejada (ss) - .313    
H. Pence (rf) - .310    
G. Blum (3b) - .253    
I. Rodriguez (c) - .273    
F. Paulino (p) - .167    

Rockies
D. Fowler (cf) - .258    
T. Tulowitzki (ss) - .237    
T. Helton (1b) - .343    
B. Hawpe (rf) - .330    
G. Atkins (3b) - .210    
S. Smith (lf) - .310    
C. Iannetta (c) - .211    
I. Stewart (2b) - .194    
U. Jimenez (rhp) - .500

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Game Zone 2009 Archive / Astros at Reds, 4/29/09
« on: April 29, 2009, 06:40:44 pm »
Paulino vs. Volquez, no Puma or Pudge (Erstad and Towles instead).

T1: Miggy doubled, missing a HR to right by a foot or so, but Lee couldn't drive him in.
B1: Taveras walked but was doubled off on a hard line drive. 
T2: Astros down in order.
B2: Bourns been busy.  Hard to charge hard on a ball he initially went back on from Bruce, and had to sprint back on a long fly from the next hitter.  Nix struck out swinging.

End 2: HOU 0, CIN 0

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Talk Zone / Valverde to the DL
« on: April 28, 2009, 07:04:50 pm »
Per JD and Brownie, Valverde has been retroactively placed on the DL (eligible to return on May 12).  Fulchino will be recalled.

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Game Zone 2009 Archive / Astros at Reds, 4/27/08
« on: April 27, 2009, 06:56:02 pm »
Astros hitting Cueto decently, but no runs to show for it.  Roy retired the first 7 he faced, until an infield single between Blum and Miggy by the 8-hole hitter.  GIDP by Cueto ends the inning.

End 3: HOU 0, CIN 0

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Game Zone 2009 Archive / Brewers at Astros, 4/25/09
« on: April 25, 2009, 05:23:38 pm »
Good Guys
K. Matsui (2b) - .222    
M. Bourn (cf) - .286    
L. Berkman (1b) - .186    
C. Lee (lf) - .267    
M. Tejada (ss) - .348    
H. Pence (rf) - .305    
G. Blum (3b) - .298    
I. Rodriguez (c) - .236    
M. Hampton (p) - 1-1, 3.12 ERA

Brewers
R. Weeks (2b) - .270    
C. Hart (rf) - .279    
R. Braun (lf) -.328    
P. Fielder (1b) - .200    
M. Cameron (cf) - .315    
J.J. Hardy (ss) - .190
B. Hall (3b) - .250
J. Kendall (c) - .143    
J. Suppan (p) - 1-2, 8.56 ERA

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Talk Zone / J.R. Richard Q&A
« on: April 22, 2009, 01:57:29 pm »

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The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Local Reporting on Farm Teams
« on: April 20, 2009, 11:44:49 pm »
It'd be nice to have links to the local paper that write on the the farm team.  If anyone has 'em and wouldn't mind putting links to 'em it would be appreciated.

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Game Zone 2009 Archive / Astros at Pirates, Tax Day Edition
« on: April 15, 2009, 06:12:37 pm »
Astros: Hampton pitching

M. Bourn cf (.318)
M. Tejada ss (.269) 
L. Berkman 1b (.167) 
C. Lee lf (.192)
H. Pence rf (.308)
G. Blum 3b (.333)
I. Rodriguez c (.217) 
J. Keppinger 2b (.556)
M. Hampton p (.000)


Pirates: Ohlendorf (RHP) pitching

N. Morgan lf (.387) 
F. Sanchez 2b (.375) 
N. McLouth cf (.160) 
R. Doumit c (.241) 
A. LaRoche 1b (.231) 
C. Monroe rf (.000) 
A. LaRoche 3b (.000) 
R. Vazquez ss (.250) 
R. Ohlendorf p (.000)

If anyone wants PBP feel free to have at it!

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Talk Zone / RIP Mark Fidrych
« on: April 13, 2009, 05:16:11 pm »
The Bird found dead at his farm in Massachusetts.  He was 54.  LINK

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Beer and Queso / A beer drinkers guide to MMPUS
« on: April 05, 2009, 01:11:58 pm »
From the Chrons beer blogger (Ronnie Crocker) - LINK

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Talk Zone / Roy to start the WBC semifinal
« on: March 20, 2009, 05:36:48 pm »
Oswalt to take the hill for the USA against Dice-K and Japan on Sunday night.  LINK

Johnson said it was an easy decision to flip-flop his two starters.  "It's because of pitch count and where they're at this point in Spring Training," said Johnson, who added that it wouldn't hurt to give Peavy an extra day. "And Roy seemed to be farther along than Jake. Either choice was fine with me. I decided to go with Roy and come back with Jake, give him extra time."




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Talk Zone / Roy on takes the hill for USA against Venezuela
« on: March 08, 2009, 07:05:36 pm »
7:00 (central) Sunday night on ESPN (i.e. now).

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Talk Zone / Berkman in Pain?
« on: February 22, 2009, 07:44:03 pm »
Its all about the final sentence of the quote...  Footer Link

Typically, within the first two weeks of Spring Training, Astros slugger Lance Berkman has to deal with a couple of pains in his side -- one, a recurring strain near the left side of his abdomen area that usually pops up this time of year, and the other, reporters who repeatedly ask him about said strain.

This year, the Puma decided to get ahead of the game a bit, doing some preventative work during the offseason...***

***The result? A stronger midsection.

"I'm in a little better shape in that area," Berkman said, munching on a donut.


Gets my vote for quip of the week in any event.


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Talk Zone / RIP Dave Smith
« on: December 17, 2008, 08:48:57 pm »
Former Astros Pitcher Dave Smith Passes Away

Former Astros pitcher Dave Smith died Wednesday according to one of his former teammates, Joe Sambito, who is now a baseball agent. Sambito told FOX 26 Sports he was informed by a family friend that Smith died of a heart attack in the San Diego, California area. *** Smith passed away at the age of 53.

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Talk Zone / 46 year old Moyer agrees to 2 YR contract
« on: December 15, 2008, 07:27:57 pm »
$13M with incentives which could bring it to $20M.  LINK

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Oswalt willing to rework contract to help Astros  (WARNING: JdJO article linked)

"We need another starter,” Oswalt said via phone from Mississippi...***  “I got four more years to try to win something,” said the 2005 NLCS MVP. “They haven’t approached me about it, but I wouldn’t have a problem with it. Actually, I told Ed Wade that we could redo my contract if we could go out and get another starter.”

In other news, Backe's agent was in Las Vegas to try to negotiate a contract for him but went home empty handed.  (Same JdJO link). 

ETA: Cabrera'd by Anit

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Talk Zone / Valverde isn't going anywhere...
« on: December 09, 2008, 05:50:55 am »
Enrique Rojas at ESPN is reporting Valverde is not going to be traded.  LINK

"Basically, I don't like to talk publicly about potential trades, but I can assure that Valverde is not being traded," Wade said Monday in Las Vegas.

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Talk Zone / Who will be the odd man out?
« on: November 15, 2008, 06:21:23 pm »
Ed Wade was on JD & Dave's Excellent off Season Adventure this past week and had an interesting exchange with Dave. [This is about 48:20 into the 11/13 segment.  Quotes are not exact, but are very close].

Wade: To keep the club together that we finished the season with … it’d probably be about $120 million to keep the club in place, and realistically we are going to have to be below that number… It may entail us having to move one, one or more bigger contracts in order to make it all work… 

Dave:  Now wait a minute.  Moving one of those bigger contracts has got to be a little tough… Don’t they mostly all have no-trade clauses?

Wade: Yeah, yeah there are moving parts to everything but we’ll, we’ll try to figure out (and then purposefully refers to JD as 'Milo' to get Dave off this subject).


Looks like the Astros are looking hard to move one of the big money guys.  Valverde or Wigginton?

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The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / ESPN scouting reports on Bud Norris
« on: November 11, 2008, 05:22:35 am »
Jason Grey busts out the following observations of Bud Norris in the AFL:

Future still bright for Hughes, Buchholz (11/6/08): He's been turning heads in relief work, and he might be best suited as a late-inning power reliever or closer. Norris picks up a lot of velocity out of the 'pen, consistently working at 95 to 97 mph with late movement. He couples it with a power high-80s breaking ball, a pitch that he throws like a curve but that acts more like a late-breaking slider. His changeup is below average, a straight pitch in the mid-80s that he uses on a limited basis. 

His build and repertoire have drawn some comparisons to Ben Sheets, as they are both relatively short right-handers with two power pitches and not much else, but Norris' command is far behind Sheets' at this point. *** Regardless of his role, Norris' live arm is one to watch, and I think he has a chance eventually to close games in the big leagues if the Astros decide starting is not for him.


Norris, Roe impress scouts at AFL (11/10/08): I wrote about Astros pitcher Bud Norris in my last post, and he also busted out something improved recently. My report on Norris was already pretty good, but one thing I mentioned was that his changeup wasn't up to the level of his other two pitches. *** Then in his last outing, he threw a couple with sink that just dropped off the table, causing all of us watching to wonder where that pitch was before. 

We're talking legit 65-70 grades on these changeups. Of course, he also threw his share of below-average ones in the same outing, so there is still a lot of work to be done to firm up the pitch, but it was those few good ones that you dream about. If he can find the consistency with it to make the below average ones the exception, it can be devastating, considering his two other quality offerings.

How devastating?  A front office man from a National League club said simply, Norris "has the best stuff I've seen from a reliever at the AFL in the last five years." That's pretty high praise.


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Beer and Queso / Mr. Happy waiting out the Void as an SEC referee?
« on: October 20, 2008, 04:41:16 pm »
Gotta know Mr. Happy, were you refereeing the LSU vs. South Carolina game this weekend?  LINK

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Talk Zone / "It ain't going to be pretty"
« on: October 18, 2008, 01:49:01 pm »
It is being reported that in the Sheffield/Boras Arbitration, the Arbitrator ruled that Boras is entitled to 5 percent of an $11 million option that Boras was able to eliminate for Sheffield, but declines to award him money on the $39,000,000 3-year contract that Sheffield negotiated with the Yankees himself after firing Boras.  Boras wins against Sheffield in Arbitration

Here's hoping that Sheffield keeps with his promise to unleash on Boras after the arbitration was resolved. 

"Last February at the start of spring training, Sheffield made clear his displeasure with Boras.

'I shouldn't have ever introduced myself to him. Period. Bad person,' Sheffield said then. 

Sheffield promised to say a lot of 'ugly things' about various topics when the case is resolved.

'It ain't going to be pretty,' he said then. 'No fine is going to be big enough. No suspension is going to be long enough.'"

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Talk Zone / And the Biggest Assclown at ESPN Award Goes to...
« on: September 30, 2008, 02:18:58 am »
Keith Law, for a body of work culminating in this comment from his ESPN Insider chat last Thursday:

Matt (Fredericksburg, TX): Your thoughts on the Astros home stand in Milwaukee?

SportsNation Keith Law: Untalented players whining about losing to a better team? I'm not interested, sorry.

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Game Zone 2008 Archive / Adios Mr. Ausmus, 9/28/08
« on: September 28, 2008, 01:45:27 pm »
Looks like Brad is trying to leave in style.  2 run no doubter into left makes it 2-0 Good Guys!

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Game Zone 2008 Archive / Braves at Astros, 9/27/08
« on: September 27, 2008, 05:55:24 pm »
Braves Lineup

Josh Anderson, CF
Martin Prado, 3B
Kelly Johnson, 2B
Casey Kotchman, 1B
Jeff Francoeur, RF
Brandon Jones, LF
Clint Sammons, C
Brent Lillibridge, SS
James Parr, P

Astros lineup

Kaz Matsui, 2B
Michael Bourn, CF
Miguel Tejada, SS
Lance Berkman, 1B
Geoff Blum, 3B
Hunter Pence, RF
Ty Wigginton, LF
Humberto Quintero, C
Brandon Backe, P

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Game Zone 2008 Archive / Astros at Pirates, 9/20/08
« on: September 20, 2008, 05:06:46 pm »
Good Guys lineup

K. Matsui, 2B
M. Bourn, CF
M. Tejada, SS   
L. Berkman, 1B   
G. Blum, 3B
H. Pence, RF
T. Wigginton, LF
H. Quintero, C
B. Moehler, P

Pirate lineup

N. Morgan, LF
F. Sanchez, 2B
N. McLouth, CF
R. Doumit, C
A. LaRoche, 1B
B. Moss, RF
A. LaRoche, 3B
L. Cruz, SS
J. Barthmaier, P (RH)

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Game Zone 2008 Archive / Pirates at Astros, 9/10/08
« on: September 10, 2008, 07:09:13 pm »
Pirates lineup

N. Morgan, LF
N. McLouth, CF
R. Doumit, C
A. LaRoche, 1B
B. Moss, RF
A. LaRoche, 3B
L. Cruz, 2B
B. Bixler, SS
T. Gorzelanny, P

Good Guys lineup

Erstad, LF
Loretta, 2B
Tejada, SS
Berkman, 1B
Pence, RF
Castillo, 3B
Abercrombie, CF
Quintero, C
Moehler, P

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Game Zone 2008 Archive / Good Guys @ Rukkakes, 9/6/08
« on: September 06, 2008, 06:38:05 pm »
The Good Guys'll be starting an all-righty lineup against Rukkakes left-hander Jeff Francis

Good Guys

Wigginton, LF
Loretta, 2B
Tejada, SS
Berkman, 1B
Pence, RF
Castillo, 3B
Abercrombie, CF
Ausmus, C
Oswalt, P

Rukkakes

Barmes, 2B
Taveras, CF
Holliday, LF
Hawpe, Rf
Atkins, 1B
Stewart, 3B
Iannetta, C
Tulowitzki, SS
Francis, P

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Game Zone 2008 Archive / Astros at Rockies, 9/5/08
« on: September 05, 2008, 08:12:44 pm »
Astros Lineup

M. Bourn, CF
T. Wigginton, 3B
M. Tejada, SS
L. Berkman, 1B
G. Blum, 2B
H. Pence, RF
D. Erstad, LF
H. Quintero, C
B. Moehler, P

Rockies Lineup

C. Barmes, 2B
W. Taveras, CF
M. Holliday, LF
B. Hawpe, RF
G. Atkins, 1B
I. Stewart, 3B
C. Iannetta, C
T. Tulowitzki, SS
U. Jimenez, P

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Talk Zone / September Call-ups
« on: September 01, 2008, 06:30:21 pm »
The Astros have called up 5 players.  <a href="http://houston.astros.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20080901&content_id=3400956&vkey=news_hou&fext=.jsp&c_id=hou>LINK[/url].

Nieve and Cassel were called up on Sunday, and were in uniform with the Astros at todays opener at Wrigley. 

After todays game started, the Astros announced that Arias, Towles and Maysonet would join the team on Tuesday.

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Game Zone 2008 Archive / Labor Day Special: Astros at Scrubs
« on: September 01, 2008, 02:52:37 pm »
SnS Series Preview (JaneDoe): Astros @ Cubs–Commence Operation: Cub Free Fall
MLB.com Gameday
MLB.com PressPass: Astros Pregame Notes

Good Guys lineup

Erstad, CF
Wigginton, LF
Tejada, SS
Berkman, 1B
Blum, 3B
Spaz, RF
Castillo, 2B
Ausmus, C
Oswalt, P

scrubs lineup

Soriano, LF
Fukudome, RF
D. Lee, 1B
A. Ramirez, 3B
M. DeRosa, 2B
Edmonds, CF
Soto, C
Theriot, SS
Marquis, P

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Game Zone 2008 Archive / Co-ards at Astros, 8/31/08
« on: August 31, 2008, 02:45:42 pm »
Astros up 1-0 through the top of the 5th.  Wandy out with a strained oblique (line: 5.2 IP, 7 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K).

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Talk Zone / Tejada to skip winter ball
« on: August 30, 2008, 09:18:28 pm »
From JdJO's blog (consider yourself forewarned) LINK:

"I'm going to be calm this winter and relax with my family," he said. "I go every year, but this year I'm not going."

Next season will be a contract year for Tejada, and it's clear he wants to earn an extension.

"I want to have a super season," he said. "I want to see if after next year I can stay here."

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Game Zone 2008 Archive / Jakes at Stros, 8/29/08
« on: August 29, 2008, 07:09:25 pm »
For the Jakes:

C. Izturis SS
N. Stavinoha LF
A. Pujols 1B
R. Ludwick RF
T. Glaus 3B
Y. Molina C
J. Mather CF
K. Lohse P
F. Lopez 2B

For the Good Guys:

D. Erstad CF
T. Wigginton LF
M. Tejada SS
L. Berkman 1B
G. Blum 3B
H. Pence RF
D. Newhan 2B
H. Quintero C
R. Wolf P

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Talk Zone / Dainty to the DL
« on: August 16, 2008, 06:22:43 pm »
Matsui has been placed on the 15 DL.  J.R. House's contract has been purchased from Round Rock.  LINK

Edited to get rid of JdJO link

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Game Zone 2008 Archive / Diamondbacks at Astros, 8/16/08
« on: August 16, 2008, 06:13:05 pm »
Arizona Lineup

S. Drew, SS
C. Young, CF
C. Jackson, LF
A. Dunn, RF
M. Reynolds, 3B
C. Tracy, 1B
M. Montero, C
C. Burke, 2B
Y. Petit, P

Houston Lineup

D. Erstad, CF
M. Loretta, 2B
M. Tejada, SS
L. Berkman, 1B
G. Blum, 3B
T. Wigginton, LF
H. Pence, RF
H. Quintero, C
B. Backe, P

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Game Zone 2008 Archive / Giants at Astros, 8/14/08
« on: August 14, 2008, 01:01:21 pm »
Giants Lineup

D. Roberts, LF
E. Velez, 2B
R. Winn, RF
A. Rowand, CF
P. Sandoval, C
T. Ishikawa, 1B
R. Rohlinger, 3B
I. Ochoa, SS
K. Correia, P

Astros Lineup

D. Erstad, CF
T. Wigginton, LF
M. Tejada, SS
L. Berkman, 1B
G. Blum, 3B
H. Pence, RF
D. Newhan, 2B
H. Quintero, C
B. Moehler, P

Am at work (thus catching the game sporadically), so any PBP would be appreciated!

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Game Zone 2008 Archive / Giants at Astros, 8/13/08
« on: August 13, 2008, 07:02:41 pm »
Giants Line-up

R. Winn, RF
R. Rohlinger, 3B (call-up from AA)
A. Rowand, CF
B. Molina, C
F. Lewis, CF
R. Aurilia, 1B
E. Burriss, 2B
O. Vizquel, SS
B. Zito, P

Astros Line-up

T. Wigginton, LF
M. Loretta, 2B
M. Tejada, SS
L. Berkman, 1B
G. Blum, 3B
H. Pence, RF
R. Abercrombie, CF
H. Quintero, C
R. Wolf, P

Not going to be able to do PBP, so if anyone else is able to do so, by all means...

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Talk Zone / Broken left pinky for El Caballo
« on: August 09, 2008, 07:52:56 pm »
On a HBP from Arroyo tonight.  CRAP!!! LINK

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Talk Zone / And the 'Most Loyal Fans in Baseball' are...
« on: August 08, 2008, 01:22:03 pm »
The Texas Rangers fans?  Per Forbes anyway.  LINK

Most loyal: (10) Padres; (9) Orioles; (8) Cardinals; (7) Brewers; (6) Jays; (5) Pirates; (4) Cubs; (3) Braves; (2) Red Sox; and (1) Rangers.

Least Loyal: (10) Mariners; (9) Mets; (8) Indians; (7) Astros; (6) Yankees; (5) Phillies; (4) Twins; (3) A's; (2) Tigers; and (1) Angels.

On the Astros: "If you were to look merely at raw attendance marks, the Astros fans seem to be fairly loyal sorts. After all, some of their highest-drawing seasons were in years when the team was lousy. But once you control for the spike from the team's new downtown stadium, the fans aren't quite as dedicated, deserting their team, per loss, at a slightly worse rate than the Cleveland Indians."


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Game Zone 2008 Archive / Astros at Reds: 8/7/08
« on: August 07, 2008, 06:29:52 pm »
Games started.  Am in a conference call and would appreciate some PBP if anyone can accommodate.

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Astros signed J .T. Tilghman to a minor league contract today.  JdJO LINK 

Tilghman is a 21 year old right hander, and was the closer for the Texarkana Gunslingers.  LINK

Per JdJO: ""Rusty [Pendergrass] got word [Tilghman] was breaking 100-mph," Astros scouting director Bobby Heck said. "We had an area scout go see him and then Rusty saw him, and he was hitting 95-mph and 98-mph."

JdJO's article notes that he's had some off-field issues, but Heck notes that "he's going to get a second chance".

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Game Zone 2008 Archive / steM at Astros, 8/2/08
« on: August 02, 2008, 06:08:07 pm »
SnS Series Preview (Limey): Hate the Mets
Astros.com game preview (Footer): Oswalt taking on Johan in battle of aces
MLB.com Presspass
MLB.com Gameday

Astros Lineup
Kaz Matsui, 2B
Miguel Tejada, SS
Lance Berkman, 1B
Carlos Lee, LF
Mark Loretta, 3B
Hunter Pence, RF
Darin Erstad, CF
Brad Ausmus, C
Roy Oswalt, P

steM Lineup
Jose Reyes, SS
Carlos Beltran, CF
David Wright, 3B
Carlos Delgado, 1B
Fernando Tatis, RF
Daniel Murphy, LF
Damion Easley, 2B
Ramon Castro, C
Johan Santana, P

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Game Zone 2008 Archive / steM at Astros, 8/1/08
« on: August 01, 2008, 06:07:11 pm »
SnS Series Preview (Limey): Hate the Mets
Astros.com game preview (Oliphant): Bourn may be ready to go vs. Mets
MLB.com Presspass
MLB.com Gameday

Astros Lineup
Kaz Matsui, 2B
Miguel Tejada, SS
Lance Berkman, 1B
Carlos Lee, LF
Hunter Pence, RF
Ty Wigginton, 3B
Michael Bourn, CF (late scratch from game)
Darin Erstad, CF
Humberto Quintero, C
Brandon Backe, P

steM Lineup
Jose Reyes, SS
Endy Chavez, RF
David Wright, 3B
Carlos Delgado, 1B
Carlos Beltran, CF
Fernando Tatis, LF
Damion Easley, 2B
Brian Schneider, C
Pedro Martinez, P

ETA lineup change from Bourn to Erstad

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Game Zone 2008 Archive / Reds at Astros, 7/30/08
« on: July 30, 2008, 06:51:43 pm »
Astros Lineup
Matsui, 2B
Tejada, SS
Berkman, 1B
Lee, LF
Blum, 3B
Pence, RF
Erstad, CF
Quintero, C
Rodriguez, P

Reds Lineup
Bruce, CF
Keppinger, SS
Junior, RF
Phillips, 2B
Dunn, LF
Encarnacion, 3B
Votto, 1B
Bako, C
Volquez, P

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Game Zone 2008 Archive / Astros at Brewers, 7/27/08
« on: July 27, 2008, 03:22:53 pm »
Through the middle of the 6th (no GZ all weekend?), Astros lead the Brewers 8-4.  Wolf lasted 4 1/3, giving up 7 hits, 4 runs (3 earned), 3 walks and a 2 run shot to Braun on a fastball up and outside.

Astros starting lineup

K. Matsui 2B
M. Tejada SS
L. Berkman 1B
C. Lee LF
G. Blum 3B
H. Pence RF
D. Erstad CF
B. Ausmus C
R. Wolf P

Brewers starting lineup

R. Weeks 2B
J.J. Hardy SS
R. Braun LF
P. Fielder 1B
C. Hart RF
B. Hall 3B
G. Kapler CF
M. Rivera C
J. Suppan P

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Game Zone 2008 Archive / Pirates at Astros - 7/22/08
« on: July 22, 2008, 07:13:22 pm »
Pirates:

N. McLouth CF
F. Sanchez 2B
R. Doumit C
J. Bay LF
X. Nady RF
A. LaRoche 1B
J. Bautista 3B
P. Maholm P
J. Wilson SS

Astros:

K. Matsui 2B
M. Bourn CF
L. Berkman 1B
C. Lee LF
M. Tejada SS
H. Pence RF
T. Wigginton 3B
H. Quintero C
J. Cassel P

620
Game Zone 2008 Archive / scrubs at stros 7/19/08
« on: July 19, 2008, 05:50:40 pm »
SnS Series Preview: And So It Begins (MRaup)
SnS 7/18/08 Game Recap: Nice, Very Nice (Budgirl)
Astros.com Game Preview: Erstad sees more action against Cubs (Oliphant)
MLB.com Official Pregame Notes: Astros Press Pass
MLB.com Gameday

General notes: JdJO has reported that Oswalt has been placed on the 15 day DL.  LINK.  Runelvys Hernandez will pitch on Monday and Jack Cassel will likely pitch on Tuesday.  Coop doesn't appear to want to take Sampson out of the pen.  Additionally, the Astros signed their 48th round pick Danny Meszaros, making it the 29th player they've signed from the 2008 draft on Friday. LINK.

Cubs

Theriot, SS
Johnson, CF
Lee, 1B
Ramirez, 3B
Soto, C
DeRosa, LF    
Fukudome, RF
Cedeno, 2B
Zambrano, P


Astros

Matsui, 2B   
Erstad, CF   
Berkman, 1B
Lee, LF
Tejada, SS
Pence, RF
Wigginton, 3B
Ausmus, C
Rodriguez, P


621
Talk Zone / Oswalt to the DL
« on: July 19, 2008, 05:07:37 pm »
Chron.com is reporting that Oswalt has been placed on the 15 day DL.  LINK.   

Quote
Astros ace righthander Roy Oswalt was put on the 15-day disabled list today with a left hip abductor strain, which he suffered on June 30 and aggravated on July 11.  ***  After talking to [Labossiere], we're still hopeful that he's going to be able to make his start on the 28th, which would be the first day that he'll be eligible to come off the list.  "Hopeful is the key word there. We won't know obviously. It will be dictated on how he feels."

Hernandez will start Monday and Cassel will likely pitch Tuesday.

622
Game Zone 2008 Archive / Astros at Nationals: 7/12/08
« on: July 12, 2008, 07:05:14 pm »
Geez, no game thread tonight? C'mon folks...


Pence with a line drive 2-run homer makes it 3-2 HOU in the top of the 4th.

623
Game Zone 2008 Archive / Astros at Nationals: July 11, 2008
« on: July 11, 2008, 06:36:09 pm »
SNS Series Preview: The end of an 'era' (strosrays)
Astros.com Series Preview (Footer)
MLB.com Gameday
MLB.com Presspass

Astros Pitching: Oswalt

Astros Lineup:

Pence, RF
Matsui, 2B
Berkman, 1B
Lee, LF
Tejada, SS
Wigginton, 3B
Bourn, CF
Ausmus, C
Oswalt, P


Nationals Pitching: Redding (RHP)

Nationals Lineup:

Harris, CF
Lopez, 2B
Guzman, SS
Kearns, RF
Young, 1B
Castro, LF
Flores, C
Belliard, 3B
Redding, P

624
The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Bogusevic Ankeiled?
« on: July 06, 2008, 12:46:20 am »
Greg Rajan at the Caller-Times is reporting that Bogusevic is being sent to Salem to become an outfielder.  LINK

"He was progressing as a pitcher, but with our players, my job is to project each player in our organization and decide what their ultimate role will be at the major-league level," [Ricy] Bennett said. "Through our evaluation and feedback from our staff, we didn't feel like Brian's ceiling would be as a high as a pitcher as it would be as a position player. We felt we wanted to give him an opportunity and make a decision sooner than later and give him time to transition into a position player."

"The one thing that we have comfort in is the same scouts who turned him in as a first rounder as a pitcher also liked him as a corner outfielder high in the draft," Bennett said. "This is something that has been talked about since day one."

625
Game Zone 2008 Archive / Astros at Braves: July 5, 2008
« on: July 05, 2008, 05:24:40 pm »
SnS A”brave”iated Preview (Jacksonian).
Footer Game Preview: Loretta a super alternative at second
Gameday Press Pass: Astros Media Information
MLB.com PBP: Gameday

Astros notes:
Oswalt flew back to Houston today to have his hip examined and will miss his next start (Footer LINK).

Astros shake things up in the lineup:
Wigginton batting first, Bourn sits again and Abercrombie gets the start in center and Ausmus catching on his 'regular' day (lineup from Levine at Chron.com: LINK). 

Astros Pitching: Chris Sampson

Astros Lineup:
Wigginton - 3B
Loretta - 2B
Berkman - 1B
Lee - LF
Tejada - SS
Pence - RF
Abercrombie - CF
Ausmus - C
Sampson - P


Braves Pitching: Jo-Jo Reyes (LHP)

Braves Lineup:
G. Blanco - LF
Y. Escobar - SS
C. Jones - 3B
M. Teixeira - 1B
B. McCann - C
K. Johnson - 2B
M. Kotsay - CF
J. Perry - RF
J. Reyes - P

626
Talk Zone / Matsui to the 15 day DL
« on: June 24, 2008, 04:27:09 pm »
Chron.com (Z. Levin) LINK.

Quote
Kaz Matsui was placed on the 15-day disabled list with an injury in his right hamstring, and the Astros recalled infielder-outfielder David Newhan from Class AAA Round Rock to take Matsui's place on the 25-man roster.

While Loretta will get most of the playing time at the position, manager Cecil Cooper did not rule out the possibility that Geoff Blum or Ty Wigginton would get a start at second.

The 15-day disabled list assignment leaves open the possibility that Matsui will return by the All-Star break, but there's no definite timetable beyond that.  "He's getting treatment today, and we'll just go from day-to-day," Cooper said.

627
Game Zone 2008 Archive / Houston at Baltimore, 6/19/08
« on: June 19, 2008, 06:26:00 pm »
Astros:

M. Bourn CF
K. Matsui 2B
M. Tejada SS
L. Berkman DH
C. Lee LF
H. Pence RF
T. Wigginton 3B
M. Loretta 1B
B. Ausmus C

Chacon Pitching

Orioles:

B. Roberts 2B
N. Markakis RF
M. Mora 3B
A. Huff 1B
K. Millar DH
L. Scott LF
R. Hernandez C
J. Payton CF
A. Cintron SS

Orioles pitching: Burres (LHP)

628
Game Zone 2008 Archive / Tejada's present @ Tejada's past, 6/17/08
« on: June 17, 2008, 05:36:14 pm »
SNS Series Preview (JaneDoe): The Young and the Listless
Astros.com game preview: Astros know it's time to step it up
Astros Media Information: Press Pass
MLB.com Gameday

Astros Pitching: Backe

Astros Lineup:

M. Bourn, CF
K. Matsui, 2B
M. Tejada, SS
L. Berkman, DH
C. Lee, LF
H. Pence, RF
G. Blum, 1B
T. Wigginton, 3B
H. Quintero, C


Orioles pitching: G. Olson (LHP)

Orioles lineup:

B. Roberts, 2B
N. Markakis, RF
M. Mora, 3B
A. Huff, DH
K. Millar, 1B
L. Scott, LF
A. Jones, CF
R. Hernandez, C
F. Bynum, SS

629
The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Astros Historical Draft Picks
« on: June 16, 2008, 06:16:05 pm »
Zach Levine (the "Unofficial Scorer" at Chron.com) has put together a database to allow folks to search Astros drafts and picks back to 1998.  It may be found HERE for those interested.

630
Game Zone 2008 Archive / Milwaukee's Best(?) at MMPUS, 6/11/08
« on: June 11, 2008, 07:07:11 pm »
Bourn sitting, Abercrombie in CF and Pence still leading off...

Brewers Pitching: Parra

Brewers Lineup:
C. Hart, RF
J.J. Hardy, SS
R. Braun, LF
P. Fielde, 1B
R. Branyan, 3B
M. Cameron, CF
J. Kendall, C
C. Counsell, 2B
M. Parra, P

 
Astros Pitching: Backe

Astros Lineup:
H. Pence, RF
K. Matsui, 2B
M. Tejada, SS
L. Berkman, 1B
C. Lee, LF
T. Wigginton, 3B
R. Abercrombie, CF
B. Ausmus, C
B. Backe, P


Still working here on the left coast, so no PBP from me today...

631
The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / 2008 Draftees and Status
« on: June 08, 2008, 02:30:54 am »
This information has been compiled from lists at MLB.com and Baseball America.  Where there are discrepancies between the lists, I've gone with the one from MLB.com. I'll try to keep this updated every couple of days.  Please let me know if anything is incorrect, I've missed a nickname, etc. 

        Draftee
Castro, Jason
Lyles, Jordan
Austin, Joseph
Davidson, Charles
Seaton, Ross
Steele, Thomas
Duncan, David
Shuck, Jack
Gaston, Jonathan
Dydalewicz, Brad
Cruz, Luis
Holloway, Jarred
Priday, Jacob
Hulett, Jeff
Godfrey, Kyle
Hicks, Christopher
Disher, Phil
Poytress, Joshua
Simunic, Andrew
Flores, David
Mowdy, Ashton
Robin, Shea
Jones, Rodarrick
Jackson, Terrence
Huchingson, Daniel
Meier, Danny
Hacker, Michael
Wolf, Shane
Pettus, Nathaniel
Grimmett, Zachary
Jackson, Christopher
Diaz, Michael
Rummel, Philip
Vollmuth, Bryan
Armstrong, Shawn
Jankowski, Jordan
Garcia, Rene
Wood, Austin
Rivers, Kirkland
Castellanos, Kristofer
Van Winkle, Tyson
Lawson, Scott
McClendon, Tony
Danbury, Ryan
Green, Austin
Sparks, Edmond
Garvin, Grayson
Modica, Mike
Metroka, Nathan
Meszaros, Daniel
Lehr, Chase
Austin, Jamal

Round
   1
  1S
   2
   3
  3S
   4
   5
   6
   7
   8
   9
  10
  11
  12
  13
  14
  15
  16
  17
  18
  19
  20
  21
  22
  23
  24
  25
  26
  27
  28
  29
  30
  31
  32
  33
  34
  35
  36
  37
  38
  39
  40
  41
  42
  43
  44
  45
  46
  47
  48
  49
  50
   Pick
    10
    38
    56
    88
   109
   122
   152
   182
   212
   242
   272
   302
   332
   362
   392
   422
   452
   482
   512
   542
   572
   602
   632
   662
   692
   722
   752
   782
   812
   842
   872
   902
   932
   962
   992
  1022
  1052
  1082
  1112
  1142
  1172
  1202
  1232
  1262
  1292
  1322
  1361
  1379
  1406
  1433
  1460
  1487
  Signed 
     -
   Yes
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     -
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   Yes
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               School
Stanford
Hartsville HS (SC)
North Atlanta HS (GA)
Milton HS (GA)
Second Baptist School (TX)
U Arizona
Georgia Tech
Ohio St U
U Arizona
Lake Travis HS (TX)
Academia Santa Monica
St Petersburg JC
U Missouri Columbia
Okaloosa Walton CC
Hiwassee JC
Georgia Tech
U South Carolina Columbia     
Fowler HS (CA)
U Tennessee
Cal St Sacramento
Eastern Oklahoma St JC
Vanderbilt U
St John HS (LA)
North Central Texas Col
U Arkansas Ft Smith
U Portland
Cosumnes River Col
Ithaca Col
Western Oklahoma St Col
Beggs HS (OK)
Virginia Commonwealth U
Southern Connecticut St U
Kutztown U
Biloxi HS (MS)
West Craven HS (NC)
Peters Township HS (PA)
Colegio Sagrada Familia
Niceville HS (FL)
Texas A&M U
Newsome HS (FL)
Gonzaga U
Grayson County Col
Damien HS (CA)
North Florida CC
Patrick Henry HS (CA)
Chipola JC
Wesleyan HS (GA)
George Mason U
Compton CC
Col of Charleston
Glendale CC
Harrison HS (GA)
Class
   JR
   HS
   HS
   HS
   HS
   JR
   JR
   JR
   JR
   HS
   HS
   J2
   SR
   J2
   J2
   JR
   SR
   HS
   SR
   SR
   J3
   SR
   HS
   J1
   J1
   SR
   J2
   SR
   J1
   HS
   JR
   JR
   SR
   HS
   HS
   HS
   HS
   HS
   SR
   HS
   JR
   J2
   HS
   J2
   HS
   J1
   HS
   JR
   J2
   SR
   J2
   HS
Position
     C
   RHP
    CF
    OF
   RHP
    CF
   LHP
    CF
    RF
   LHP
   LHP
   LHP
    RF
    SS
   RHP
   RHP
    1B
   LHP
    2B
    3B
   RHP
     C
    CF
   LHP
   LHP
    OF
   LHP
   LHP
   RHP
   RHP
    SS
    2B
   RHP
    SS
   RHP
     C
     C
   RHP
   RHP
   LHP
     C
    2B
    CF
    CF
     C
     C
   LHP
   LHP
    RF
   RHP
   RHP
    CF
Bat/Throw
      L/R
      R/R
      L/L
      L/R
      L/R
      R/R
      L/L
      L/L
      L/R
      L/L
      L/L
      R/L
      R/R
      R/R
      R/R
      R/R
      R/R
      R/L
      R/R
      R/R
      R/R
      R/R
      R/R
      R/L
      L/L
      R/R
      L/L
      L/L
      R/R
      R/R
      R/R
      L/R
      R/R
      R/R
      R/R
      R/R
      R/R
      R/R
      L/L
      L/L
      R/R
      L/R
      R/R
      R/R
      R/R
      R/R
      L/L
      L/L
      R/R
      R/R
      R/R
      R/R
Height
  6'03
  6’04
  5'11"
  6'05"
  6'04"
  6'03"
  6'09"
  5'11"
  6'00"
  6'01"
  5'09"
  6'03"
  6'01"
  6'00"
  6'04"
  6'04"
  6'02"
  6'01"
  6'00"
  6'02"
  6'00"
  5'11"
  6'00"
  6'03"
  6'05"
  6'03"
  5'09"
  6'03"
  6'01"
  6'03"
  5'11"
  5'10"
  6'05"
  6'03"
  6'02"
  6'01"
  6'00"
  6'04"
  6'01"
  6'03"
  6'00"
  5'10"
  6'02"
  6'02"
  6'01"
  5'11"
  6'05"
  6'00"
  6'02"
  5'10"
  6'02"
  5'10"
Weight
   210
   185
   170
   222
   190
   215
   230
   185
   210
   180
   170
   230
     -
   185
   200
   205
   215
     -
   170
   220
   185
   185
   190
   185
   180
   205
   175
   225
   200
   185
   185
   160
   235
   195
     -
   210
   172
   205
   195
   185
   190
   185
   180
   170
   180
   200
     -
   175
   220
     -
   185
   175
Date of Birth
1987-06-18
1990-10-19
1990-08-10
1990-01-14
1989-09-18
1986-09-21
1986-06-01
1987-06-18
1986-11-13
1990-03-24
1990-09-10
1988-08-28
1985-10-02
1987-11-16
1986-02-06
1987-02-17
1985-06-17
1990-07-20
1985-08-07
1986-10-13
1986-06-21
1985-12-11
1990-07-31
1988-09-24
1989-04-14
1985-10-28
1985-11-06
1986-09-10
1988-10-09
1990-02-05
1986-12-30
1987-04-11
1985-06-26
1989-12-23
1990-09-11
1989-05-17
1990-03-21
1990-07-11
1986-01-06
1990-07-01
1988-02-02
1987-08-12
1990-09-01
1987-08-31
1990-02-22
1989-02-17
1989-10-27
1986-12-16
1986-08-30
1985-09-06
1987-10-09
1990-08-26

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Game Zone 2008 Archive / Coards at Houston, 6/7/08
« on: June 07, 2008, 05:41:50 pm »
Jakes pitching: Wainright

Jakes lineup:
S. Schumaker, CF
B. Barton, LF
A. Pujols, 1B
R. Ludwick, RF
T. Glaus, 3B
Y. Molina, C
A. Kennedy, 2B
A. Wainwright, P
C. Izturis, SS

Astros Pitching: Chacon

Astros lineup:
H. Pence, RF
K. Matsui, 2B
M. Tejada, SS
L. Berkman, 1B
D. Erstad, LF
T. Wigginton, 3B
M. Bourn, CF
B. Ausmus, C
S. Chacon, P

633
Talk Zone / Puma love at SI
« on: June 07, 2008, 12:17:49 pm »
Berkman hitting the front page at SI.com (baseball): Hot in Houston: Berkman's torrid bat sparking Triple Crown talk (also links to an article from the SI vault on him from 8/6/01: The Story Of His Life).

634
Talk Zone / Towles to RR, Quintero to MM
« on: June 05, 2008, 09:53:57 pm »
Astros' catcher Towles sent down to AAA Round Rock and Club purchases contract of Express' Quintero. 

Ausmus will be pulling most of the catching duties, with Q likely matched with a particular pitcher (tbd).

Quote
“For some reason since I wasn’t playing the last couple of days, I figured it was coming,” Towles said. “I guess I wasn’t too surprised. I’m not happy about it, but I’m going to work hard to get back up here.”

Quote
“I told him it wasn’t about his catching and game-calling,” manager Cecil Cooper said. “It was more about his offense. He needs to get his confidence back. The last game he played he looked like he was really frustrated, and we saw signs he was going to come out of it but he went backwards a little bit.

“I thought the first game in Milwaukee he swung it pretty good and we said, ‘Uh oh, here he comes.’ The next time he played he went back the other way. He needs to go play and get his confidence up and work at it. I know it’s disappointing to him, but he took it well.”

635
Game Zone 2008 Archive / Astros at Brewers, 5/31/08
« on: May 31, 2008, 05:33:59 pm »
Astros trying to snap a season long losing streak this evening against the Brewers.  Ausmus is catching Moehler again, and the only significant change in the lineup comes from the insertion of Erstad at the top of the lineup and in center for Bourn.

SnS Series Preview (Jacksonian): Astros at Brewers – It’s tap a keg weekend.
Astros.com Game Preview: Cooper grateful to Selig and Brewers
MLB.com Gameday
MLB.com Presspass: Astros

Houston Pitching: B. Moehler

Houston Lineup:
D. Erstad, CF (.304)
K. Matsui, 2B (.260)    
M. Tejada, SS (.323)
L. Berkman, 1B (.386)
C. Lee, LF (.269)
H. Pence, RF (.303)
T. Wigginton, 3B (.266)
B. Ausmus, C (.188)
B. Moehler, P (.000)


Milwaukee Pitching: B. Sheets (RHP)

Milwakee Lineup:
R. Weeks, 2B (.201)    
M. Cameron, CF (.231)
R. Braun, LF (.299)
P. Fielder, 1B (.273)
C. Hart, RF (.296)
R. Branyan, 3B (.250)
J.J. Hardy, SS (.254)
J. Kendall, C (.259)
B. Sheets, P (.125)

Around the Majors today:
scrubs over Rockies 5-4.
Braves leading Reds 7-6 in the 8th.  Chipper is 2-3, and Junior hit career HR 599
Mariners shut out Tigers (17 inning scoreless streak by the vaunted Tiger lineup)

636
Talk Zone / Guess Again
« on: May 25, 2008, 06:21:42 pm »
For all of us who had guessed Nieve in the "who will be sent down to Round Rock when Wandy gets activated from the DL" pool, guess again.  Nieve was sent back down to Round Rock today, and Cassel was called up to take his place in the bullpen.  LINK (McTaggart).

Quote
"We think at some point in time Fernando will be capable of coming up here and being effective for long periods of time, but he needs to continue work on his slider and tighten it up to be effective at this level," general manager Ed Wade said. "He has to be able to command the slider and be more than a one-pitch pitcher.


So, does that leave Cassel as the prohibitive favorite to go back to Round Rock now, or did Borks outing today earn him a ticket to AAA? 

637
Game Zone 2008 Archive / Phils @ Astros, 5/25/08
« on: May 25, 2008, 01:26:45 pm »
Astros pitching: Sampson

Astros lineup:
Bourn, CF
Matsui, 2B
Tejada, SS
Berkman, 1B
Lee, LF
Pence, RF
Wigginton, 3B
Towles, C
Sampson, P


Phillies pitching: Hamels (LHP)

Philliep lineup:
Rollins, SS
Victorino, CF
Utley, 2B
Howard, 1B   
Burrell, LF
Jenkins, RF   
Feliz, 3B
Ruiz, C
Hamels, P

638
Game Zone 2008 Archive / Phillies @ Astros, 5/22/08
« on: May 22, 2008, 06:50:43 pm »
Astros pitching: Oswalt

Astros lineup:
Bourn, CF
Matsui, 2B
Tejada, SS
Berkman, 1B
Lee, LF
Pence, RF
Wigginton, 3B
Ausmus, C
Oswalt, P


Phillies pitching: Kendrick (RHP)

Philliep lineup:
Rollins, SS
Victorino, CF
Utley, 2B
Howard, 1B   
Feliz, 3B
Jenkins, RF   
Dobbs, LF
Ruiz, C
Kendrick, P

Still at work here on the Left Coast, so won't be able to handle PBP

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Game Zone 2008 Archive / Good Guys vs. Scrubs, 5/21/08
« on: May 21, 2008, 06:50:07 pm »
Astros Pitching: Chacon

Astros lineup:
Bourn, CF
Matsui, 2B    
Tejada,SS    
Berkman,1B    
Lee, LF    
Blum, 3B
Pence, RF
Towles, C
Chacon, P


Cubs pitching: Gallgher (RHP)

Cubs lineup:
Theriot, SS
Fukudome, RF   
Lee, 1B
Ramirez, 3B
Hoffpauir, LF
Soto, C
Edmonds, CF
DeRosa, 2B
Gallagher, P

Notes: Blum in for Wigginton for the second night in a row.  Skip-to-my-lou getting a night off for the scrubs.

ETA: Can't do PBP today (the first half of the game anyway).

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Game Zone 2008 Archive / Astros @ stRangers, 5/17/08
« on: May 17, 2008, 06:05:17 pm »
Astros Pitching: Oswalt

Astros Lineup:
Pence, RF
Matsui, 2B    
Tejada, SS    
Berkman, 1B    
Lee, DH   
Erstad, LF    
Wigginton, 3B    
Bourn, CF    
Ausmus, C


stRangers Pitching: Padilla

stRangers Lineup:
Kinsler, 2B    
Young, SS    
Hamilton, RF    
Bradley, DH    
Murphy, LF    
Laird, C    
Catalanotto, 1B    
Byrd, CF    
Vazquez, 3B

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Game Zone 2008 Archive / Astros @ Giants, 5/13/08
« on: May 13, 2008, 08:47:13 pm »
Tejada talks himself in to staying in the lineup again.  Blum in for Wigginton, batting 6.

SnS Series Preview (Jacksonian's Fourway by the Bay)
SnS 5/12/08 Game Recap (MusicMan's Man Crush)
Footer Game Preview/ Berkman's Naggin Pain
MLB Gameday Press Pass / Pregame Notes
MLB Gameday PBP

Astros Pitching: Backe

Astros Lineup:
Bourn, CF   
Matsui, 2B    
Tejada, SS    
Berkman, 1B    
Lee, LF    
Blum, 3B    
Pence, RF    
Towles, C    
Backe, P


Giants pitching: M. Cain (RHP)

Giants lineup:
F. Lewis, LF
O. Vizquel, SS    
R. Winn, RF    
B. Molina, C    
A. Rowand, CF    
J. Bowker, 1B    
R. Durham, 2B    
R. Aurilia, 3B    
M. Cain, P

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Talk Zone / Izzy out, Springer (and Franklin) in
« on: May 10, 2008, 02:46:59 pm »
Cards have yanked Isringhausen from the closers role and will split closing duties between Russ Springer and Ryan Franklin.  SI Link  Hope its Franklin personally... watching Izzy implode is a favorite past time of sorts, and I'm sure I could embrace watching Franklin take over the role of 'imploder' (can't really root for Springer to implode though, Card or not).

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"It needed to be done," [Isringhausen] said. "It's a mental break more than anything."

Isringhausen, who leads the NL with 11 saves and is eight saves shy of 300 for his career, was clearly upset after Friday's game, putting all the blame on himself.

"I'm just getting sick of embarrassing myself and letting my team down," he said Friday night. "We should be five more wins in the win column in my mind, so we should be ahead in first place even more. But they can't keep sending me out there when I'm pitching the way I'm pitching.

ETA quote.
Second edit per 'slapdown' from Noe.

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Game Zone 2008 Archive / Nats @ Astros, 5/8/2008
« on: May 08, 2008, 06:29:54 pm »
SnS Series Preview (MRaup)
Footer Game Preview/ Berkman Record article
MLB Gameday Press Pass / Pregame Notes
MLB Gameday PBP

Astros Pitching: Backe

Astros Lineup:

Bourn, CF    
Matsui, 2B    
Tejada, SS    
Berkman, 1B    
Lee, LF    
Pence, RF    
Wigginton, 3B    
Towles, C
Backe, P


Nats pitching: John Lannan (LHP)

Nats lineup:

W. Harris, CF
C. Guzman, SS
R. Zimmerman, 3B
N. Johnson, 1B
A. Kearns, RF
R. Belliard, 2B
R. Mackowiak, LF
W. Nieves, C
J. Lannan, P

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Game Zone 2008 Archive / Nats @ Astros, 5/7/2008
« on: May 07, 2008, 06:39:26 pm »
SnS Series Preview (MRaup)
Footer Game Preview/ Berkman "Sneeky Speed" article
MLB Gameday Press Pass / Pregame Notes
MLB Gameday PBP

Astros Pitching: Oswalt

Astros Lineup:

Bourn, CF    
Matsui, 2B    
Tejada, SS    
Berkman, 1B    
Lee, LF    
Pence, RF    
Wigginton, 3B    
Ausmus, C
Oswalt, P


Nats pitching: Odalis Perez (LHP)

Nats lineup:

F. Lopez, 2B
C. Guzman, SS
R. Zimmerman, 3B
N. Johnson, 1B
L. Milledge, CF
A. Kearns, RF
P. Lo Duca, C
W. Mo Pena, LF
O. Perez, P

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Game Zone 2008 Archive / Brew Crew @ Astros May 3, 2008
« on: May 03, 2008, 05:45:54 pm »
SnS Series Preview (strosrays)
Molony Game Preview
MLB Gameday Press Pass / Pregame Notes
MLB Gameday PBP

Roof open at Minute Maid Park
Astros Pitching: <a href="http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/players/6965>Backe[/url]

Astros Lineup:

Bourn, CF    
Matsui, 2B    
Tejada, SS    
Berkman, 1B    
Lee, LF    
Pence, RF    
Wigginton, 3B    
Towles, C
Backe, P


Brewers pitching: M. Parra (LHP)

Brewers lineup:

R. Weeks, 2B    
M. Cameron, CF    
R. Braun, LF    
P. Fielder, 1B    
C. Hart, RF    
B. Hall, 3B    
J.J. Hardy, SS    
M. Parra, P    
J. Kendall, C

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Game Zone 2008 Archive / Astros at Jakes, 4/27/2008
« on: April 27, 2008, 12:41:13 pm »
SnS Series Preview (Jacksonian)
Footer Tejada article / Game Preview
MLB Gameday Press Pass / Pregame Notes
MLB Gameday PBP

Astros pitching: Backe

Astros lineup:
Matsui, 2B
Bourn, CF
Tejada, SS
Berkman, 1B
Lee, LF
Pence, RF
Loretta, 3B
Towles, C
Backe, P


Jakes pitching: Lohse

Jakes lineup:
Schumaker, LF
Ankiel, CF
Pujols, 1B
Ludwick, RF
Glaus, 3B
Miles, 2B
Molina, C
Lohse, P
Ryan, SS

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Game Zone 2008 Archive / Astros at Dickities - 4/23/08
« on: April 23, 2008, 06:12:31 pm »
SnS Series Preview (Craig)
Footer Erstad article / Game Preview
MLB Gameday Press Pass
MLB Gameday PBP

Astros pitching:Sampson

Astros lineup:
Matsui, 2B
Erstad, CF
Tejada, SS
Berkman, 1B
Lee, LF
Pence, RF
Loretta, 3B
Towles, C
Sampson, P


Dickities pitching: Arroyo (RHP)

Hairston Jr., CF   
Keppinger, SS
Junior, RF
Phillips, 2B
Dunn, LF
Encarnacion, 3B
Votto, 1B
Ross, C
Arroyo, P

Still working on the left coast, so won't have time for PBP until late (if then)

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Game Zone 2008 Archive / Pads at Astros - 4/21/08
« on: April 21, 2008, 06:13:57 pm »
SnS Series Preview (MRaup)
Molony Astros.com Game Preview
MLB Gameday Press Pass
MLB Gameday PBP

Astros pitching:Oswalt

Astros lineup:
Bourn, CF
Matsui, 2B
Tejada, SS
Berkman, 1B
Lee, LF
Blum, 3B
Pence, RF
Ausmus, C
Oswalt, P


Padres pitching: J. Germano (RHP) [Bio & stats link]

Padres lineup:
B. Giles, RF
P. McAnulty, LF
A. Gonzalez, 1B
K. Kouzmanoff, 3B
J. Edmonds, CF
K. Greene, SS
J. Bard, C
T. Iguchi, 2B
J. Germano, P

Will take the 1st 3 innings unless we have another taker...

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Game Zone 2008 Archive / 4/19/08: COL at HOU
« on: April 19, 2008, 06:00:54 pm »
Houston pitching
Wandy Rodriguez (2.33)

Houston lineup
Bourn, CF (.222)    
Matsui, 2B (.000)    
Tejada, SS (.306)    
Berkman, 1B (.295)
Lee, LF (.275)    
Blum, 3B (.222)    
Pence, RF  (.200)    
Towles, C (.212)
Rodriguez, P (.000)

Colorado pitching
Cook (3.79)

Colorado lineup
R. Spilborghs, CF (.296)    
T. Tulowitzki, SS (.185)    
T. Helton, 1B (.242)    
M. Holliday, LF (.333)    
G. Atkins, 3B (.313)    
B. Hawpe, RF (.188)    
C. Barmes, 2B (.433)   
C. Iannetta, C (.400)    
A. Cook, P (.000)

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Game Zone 2008 Archive / 4/12/08: FLA at HOU
« on: April 12, 2008, 05:30:44 pm »
Astros game notes:
Bourn out, Cheito in and Pence batting first.
MLB Gameday Pregame Notes
MLB Gameday PBP

Astros pitching:
Brandon (got your) Backe on the mound: 0-1, 11 IP, 11 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 HR, 6 BB, 10 K, 3.27 ERA, 1.55 WHIP.

Astros lineup:
Pence (.196), RF
Loretta (.200), 2B
Berkman (.289), 1B
Lee (.250), LF
Tejada (.293), SS
Blum (.320), 3B
Cruz Jr. (.111), CF
Ausmus (.000), C    
Backe (.250), P

Marlins pitching:
Andrew Miller: 0-1, 7.2 IP, 16 H, 11 R, 11 ER, 1 HR, 3 BB, 9 K, 12.91 ERA, 2.48 WHIP

Marlins lineup:
Ramirez (.410), SS    
Uggla (.184), 2B    
Hermida (.357), RF    
Willingham (.237), LF
Jacobs (.286), 1B    
Cantu (.293), 3B
Rabelo (.400), C    
Amezaga (.348), CF    
A. Miller (.333), P


I'll pick up PBP for the first 3. 


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Game Zone 2008 Archive / 4/6/08: Astros at Cubs
« on: April 06, 2008, 01:02:45 pm »
Astros
Bourn, CF
Pence, RF
Erstad, 1B   
Lee, LF
Tejada, SS    
Blum, 3B
Perez, 2B    
Towles, C   
Backe, P


Cubs
Soriano, LF    
Johnson, CF    
Lee, 1B    
Ramirez, 3B    
Fukudome, RF    
DeRosa, 2B   
Theriot, SS    
Blanco, C
Zambrano, P

Edited to add:Gameday pitch-by-pitch [Good reference, as Gameday is now posting videos of 'highlight' plays shortly after they happen]

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Game Zone 2008 Archive / 4/2/08: HOU at SD (Game 3)
« on: April 02, 2008, 08:51:49 pm »
Houston Pitching: Rodriguez

Houston Lineup:

M. Bourn cf        
H. Pence rf
L. Berkman 1b
C. Lee lf
M. Tejada ss
G. Blum 2b
T. Wigginton
J.R. Towles c   
W. Rodriguez p

San Diego pitching: Maddux

San Diego lineup:

B. Giles rf
T. Iguchi 2b
K. Kouzmanoff 3b
A. Gonzalez 1b   
S. Hairston cf     
K. Greene ss
M. Barrett c
J. Huber lf    
G. Maddux p

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Game Zone 2008 Archive / 03/26/08 - CLE at HOU
« on: March 26, 2008, 12:10:38 pm »
Someone else is going to have to pick up PBP today, as I'm not going to be able to listen to the game.  Anyway... here are the lineups.

Astros pitching: Oswalt

Astros lineup:

Bourn, CF
Pence, RF
Berkman, 1B
Lee, LF
Tejada, SS
Loretta, 2B
Wigginton, 3B
Towles, C
Oswalt, P

Indians pitching: Sabathia

Indians lineup:

Gutierrez, CF
Cabrera, SS
Dellucci, LF
Martinez, C
Garko, 1B
Blake, 3B
Michaels, RF
Carroll, 2B
Sabathia, P

PLAY BALL

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Game Zone 2008 Archive / 03/25/08: HOU at DET
« on: March 25, 2008, 05:56:04 pm »
Astros Pitching: Sampson

Astros Lineup:

Bourn, CF
Pence, RF
Berkman, 1B
Lee, LF
Tejada, SS
Cruz, DH
Wigginton, 3B
Towles, C
Perez, T, 2B


Tigers Pitching: Verlander

Tigers Lineup:

Renteria, SS
Polanco, P, 2B
Sheffield, DH
Ordonez, RF
Cabrera, 3B
Guillen, 1B
Jones, J, LF
Rodriguez, C
Inge, CF

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Game Zone 2008 Archive / 03/22/08: Reds at Astros
« on: March 22, 2008, 01:09:15 pm »
Just coming into the game in the middle of the 4th (watching today - MLB.TV).  Reds 3, Astros 3
Astros pitching: Backe

Astros Lineup:
Bourn, CF
Pence, RF
Berkman, 1B
Lee, LF   2
Tejada, SS
Blum, 3B
Newhan, 2B
Towles, C
Backe, P

Reds pitching: Arroyo

Reds Lineup:
Freel, CF
Hatteberg, 1B
Griffey, RF
Phillips, B, 2B
Dunn, LF
Encarnacion, 3B
Gil, SS   1
Bako, C   1
Arroyo, P

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Game Zone 2008 Archive / 3/21/08: Marlins at Astros
« on: March 21, 2008, 01:03:36 pm »
Just started listening and box scores aren't up so can't give you a lineup yet.

Oswalt and Miller pitching.

End 2: Marlins 0, Astros 0

Astros 2 hits, Marlins 4 hits.
Oswalt got a double play in the first inning to get out of trouble, and then got a strikeout with runners on 2B and 3B in the second to get out of trouble.


Bottom 3:
Ausmus: flyout to left.
Oswalt: out
Pence!: gapper to right center for a stand up triple.
Loretta: out.
End 3: Marlins 0, Astros 0





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Game Zone 2008 Archive / 3/20/08: Astros at Nationals
« on: March 20, 2008, 06:25:37 pm »
Astros Pitching: Chris Sampson

Astros Lineup:
Bourn, CF
Pence, RF
Tejada, SS
Berkman, 1B
Wigginton, 3B
Blum, 2B
Erstad, LF
Quintero, H, C
Sampson, P

Nationals Pitching: Perez
Guzman, C, SS
Milledge, CF
Zimmerman, 3B
Johnson, 1B
Kearns, RF
Belliard, 2B
Mackowiak, LF
Flores, C
Perez, O, P

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Talk Zone / News you can't use (or give a crap about for that matter)
« on: March 20, 2008, 12:48:24 am »
The Cubs are a bunch of pansies...
and decide to take out there frustrations on their strength and conditioning coachs' 1995 Nissan Sentra. 
Quote
When the Cubs began practice in the morning, Aramis Ramirez pointed to a wrecked '95 Nissan Sentra near the Cubs bullpen and asked: "Hey 'Bussy,' what's your car doing on the ramp?" Buss looked over at the wreck and replied: "That's not my car." But then Buss did a double take. "Dude," he said to Ramirez. "That's my car!" Buss soon discovered his car was demolished beyond recognition, but this was no ordinary crime. The car windows all had been smashed in, the front, back and sides all were severely dented and the smoking guns -- a couple of baseball bats and balls -- were strategically placed in the windshield.

Although I prefer my attribution to their motivations to trash his car, it appears that their motives might have been a tad more altruistic. 
Quote
After the workout ended, Dempster told Buss to "quit pouting" and come with him to the weight room to "see something." As they walked out the back door, Buss saw several players and a 2008 Nissan Xterra parked in the walkway. Ryan Dempster gave him the keys for the new SUV...

***

Baseball is killing the planet...
so the Japanese are leading the charge to save the world??? 
SI (via Tokyo AP) reports that "As part of the fight against global warming, Japanese professional baseball has come up with a plan to shorten its games and reduce carbon dioxide emissions at stadiums.."  LINK
Quote
Teams will aim to cut playing time by six percent, or 12 minutes, from the average of three hours and 18 minutes per game...  Under the plan, teams will be required to spend no more than two minutes and 15 seconds when they change from fielding to batting.  Pitchers will be asked to throw within 15 seconds of receiving the ball from the catcher when no runners are on base.


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Game Zone 2008 Archive / 03/19/08: Astros vs. Braves
« on: March 19, 2008, 06:18:03 pm »
Astros starter: Chacon

Astros lineup:
Bourn, CF
Pence, RF
Berkman, 1B
Lee, LF   0
Tejada, SS
Loretta, 2B
Wigginton, 3B
Ausmus, C
Chacon, P

Braves starter: Reyes

Braves lineup:
Johnson, 2B
Escobar, SS
Jones, C, 3B
Teixeira, 1B
McCann, C
Diaz, LF
Kotsay, CF
Blanco, RF
Reyes, P

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Game Zone 2008 Archive / 03/16/08- Mets at Astros
« on: March 16, 2008, 01:40:50 pm »
Through 5: Mets 5, Astros 1

Came in at the end of the 5th inning, but here's what I'm piecing together.

Sampson was very strong through 4, but ran out of gas when he and Coop tried to stretch him out in the 5th.  Through 4 (it sounds like) he'd only allowed 1 walk and no hits, but allowed 5 hits and 5 runs in the 5th.  Sampson line: 4.1 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 3 SO, O HR.
Wesley Wright came in and got the final two outs.

Astros at bat through 5: Ausmus had a single in the 5th and Berkman homered in the 4th for the Astros lone run.  Bourn, Lee and Wigginton have taken walks. 

Here are your lineups through the 5th inning:

Astros lineup
Bourn, CF   
  Abercrombie, CF   
Pence, RF   
  Cruz, RF   
Berkman, DH   
Lee, LF   1   
  Gorneault, LF   
Tejada, SS   
  Perez, T, SS   
Erstad, 1B   
Wigginton, 3B   
  Newhan, 3B   
Loretta, 2B   
  Castillo, C   
Ausmus, C

Mets lineup:
Reyes, A, 2B   
Martinez, F, RF   
Saenz, 1B   
Pagan, CF   
Tatis, 3B   
Feliciano, J, DH   
Cancel, R, C   
Tejada, SS   
Mendez, V, LF

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Game Zone 2008 Archive / 3/14/08: Tigers at Astros
« on: March 14, 2008, 06:54:04 pm »
Houston starter: Rodrigues
Houston lineup:
Abercrombie, CF   
Pence, RF   
Tejada, SS   
Berkman, DH   
Wigginton, 3B   
Loretta, 2B   
Blum, 1B   
Diaz, V, LF
Quintero, H, C

Tigers starter: Robertson

Tigers lineup:

Rodriguez, C
Inge, SS   
Sheffield, DH
Ordonez, RF
Cabrera, 3B
Guillen, 1B
Jones, J, LF
Granderson, CF   
Santiago, 2B

Someone'll have to take over from here, as I'm not able to watch the game this eve... Enjoy & go Astros!

Edited to note: Poronto took over for Wandy after 2 pitches.  According to McTaggart:
Quote
Lefthander Wandy Rodriguez, the club's No. 3 starter entering the season, was forced to leave tonight's game against the Detroit Tigers after throwing only two pitches because of a strained left oblique. He is listed as day-to-day.

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Game Zone 2008 Archive / 3/12/08: Astros vs Tigers
« on: March 12, 2008, 01:50:48 pm »
I just started listening, so don't have any info on the first 5 innings except what the box score tells me.

Through 5:  Tigers 8, Astros 1
Houston: 1R, 3H, 0E 0    
Detroit: 9R, 13H, 0E 

Williams: 3.0IP, 10H, 8R, 8R, 0BB, 0SO, 4HR
Moehler: 2.0IP, 3H, 1R, 1R, 0BB, 1SO, 0HR

Astros Lineup:
Bourn, CF
Loretta, 2B
Tejada, SS
Berkman, 1B
Lee, LF   
Erstad, RF
Wigginton, 3B
Cruz, DH
Ausmus, C
   
Tigers Lineup:
Granderson, CF   
Polanco, P, 2B   
Sheffield, DH   
Ordonez, RF   
Cabrera, 3B   
Guillen, 1B   
Renteria, SS   
Rodriguez, C   
    St. Pierre, M, C   
Jones, J, LF

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Game Zone 2008 Archive / 03/11/08: Astros at Reds
« on: March 11, 2008, 12:43:47 pm »
End of 3.  Astros 0, Reds 0

Astros Lineup
Pitching: Backe
Bourn, CF   
Cruz, RF
Pence, DH
Blum, 1B
Wigginton, 3B
Newhan, 2B
Abercrombie, LF
Perez, T, SS
Quintero, H, C

Reds Lineup
Pitching: Harrang
Freel, CF
Keppinger, SS
Griffey, RF
Phillips, B, 2B
Dunn, LF
Hatteberg, 1B
Valentin, C
Green, 3B
Tatum, DH

9 up, 9 down for both pitchers.

I'm listening intermittently, so probably not going to update much.  Link to Box score

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Game Zone 2008 Archive / 03/09/08: Astros at Mets
« on: March 09, 2008, 01:05:32 pm »
Houston: Cassel pitching
Erstad, 1B
Manzella, SS
Pence, RF
Wiggington, 3B
Newhan, 2B
Diaz, LF
Gorneault, CF
House, DH
Quintero, C

Mets: Maine pitching
Reyes, SS
Chavez, CF
Wright, 3B
Chruch, RF
Saenz, DH
Pagan, LF
Valentin, 1B
Castros, C
Hernandez, 2B

End of 3rd: Astros 0, Mets 2
Maine continues to domintate Astros hitting.  0H, 0R, 0ER, 1BB, 3SO

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Game Zone 2008 Archive / 3/8/08: Nationals at Astros
« on: March 08, 2008, 12:56:55 pm »
End of 2nd Inning: Astros 4, Nats 3
Will try to catch up on stats.

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Talk Zone / Rays of Sunshine permeate Astros camp
« on: March 06, 2008, 09:21:49 pm »
Campbell's had a couple of 'snapshots' from spring training posted in his blogs the past week that have been a decent read.  Todays was about the Astros meeting with Sunshine Kids (a group near and dear to my heart considering my sis was one way back in the day).  Here's the link (Rays of Sunshine permeate Astros camp) and some quotes - hope y'all enjoy!

Quote
"Wonderful kids,'' Brocail said softly, walking out of the room. "Jeez, it rips your heart in half.''

Quote
Randolph lingered with the kids longer than most, if not all, of the Astros. He seemed almost reluctant to leave. In camp as a non-roster pitcher, Randolph has undermined his hopes of making the team by allowing six walks and four hits in his first 1 2/3 innings.

"I love kids,'' Randolph said. "That's easy for me. Those kids, they don't know a bad day. They don't know a good day. I walk around moping because I had a few walks. That doesn't matter, compared to what those kids are going through. It's a reality check. You should go out here and have fun and feel blessed and grateful I can do it every day. I have my health. I have my family. I have everybody around me. Some of those kids have nothing. It's tough. You see them sitting over there with a smile on their face.''

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Ausmus is so notoriously stoic, teammates kidded him that after he the tying home run that helped the Astros win an 18-inning National League Divisional Series game, he looked like he was carrying a suitcase with a dead baby. He took his time with the Sunshine kids, but at a price. By the time Ausmus made it out of the room, his eyes looked suspiciously moist. He walked away briskly. Asked if the visit got to him, Ausmus, the father of two daughters, said, "I've done it before. It's hard.''

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That is what Adam Everett aspires to be anyway...  From the Minneapolis Star Tribune:  New shortstop a remodeling project

Quote
New Twins shortstop Adam Everett wants to be more than someone who gets the bat knocked out of his hands.

On his thoughts of his abilities:
Quote
"I know I can hit... It's just a matter of me going out and doing it."

On trying to improve his hitting in his last year with the Astros:
Quote
"One coach after another said, 'This is what you need to do,'" Everett said. "It was like, 'OK. I could only do so much.' It finally got to the point where [they said], 'Well do what you know how to do,' and I was like, 'I don't know how to do that anymore.' That's all it was."

Oddly enough, Everett is a 'hitting machine' in comparison to one of the other Twins shortstops from last year,  Nick Punto, who played 27 games at SS last year (25 games at 2B and 108 games at 3B), and in 472 ABs had a .210 AVG and .271 SLG (as compared to Everetts .232 AVG and .318 SLG in 220 ABs).

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