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Talk Zone / English
« on: September 02, 2016, 08:50:28 am »

Talk Zone / Roster moves
« on: August 03, 2016, 12:26:54 pm »
So Hoyt is taking Gregerson's spot on the roster
Musgrove was suppose to take Feldman's, now might be McCullers.
Maybe Rodgers next to take Feldman's old spot
And Reed is up to take someone's spot.  Possibly via a short 3 game hiatus for Fister then either Tucker or White.  Or possibly Marwin to DL

Game Zone 2016 Archive / Astros @ Angels June 29, 2016
« on: June 29, 2016, 02:41:08 pm »
G Springer RF
M Gonzalez LF
J Altuve 2B
C Correa SS
L Valbuena 3B
C Gomez DH
A Reed 1B
E Gattis C
J Marisnick CF

J Giavotella 2B
K Calhoun RF
M Trout CF
A Pujols DH
J Marte 3B
C Cron 1B
J Bandy C
A Simmons SS
S Robinson LF

Talk Zone / Devenski called up to replace Feliz
« on: April 07, 2016, 12:11:01 pm »

40 man roster move coming

Game Zone 2016 Archive / Opening Day
« on: April 05, 2016, 11:18:00 am »
Altuve 2B
Springer RF
Correa SS
Rasmus LF
Gomez CF
Valbuena 3B
Tucker DH
Gonzalez 1B
Castro C

P - Keuchel

Ellsbury CF
Hicks LF
Rodriguez DH
Teixeira 1B
Beltran RF
McCann C
Headley 3B
Castro 2B
Gregorius SS

P - Tanaka

Game Zone 2016 Archive / The last stand of Dan Straily 3/25
« on: March 25, 2016, 11:47:27 am »

P - Straily

Game Zone 2016 Archive / Astros @ Mets 3/24
« on: March 24, 2016, 11:54:40 am »
Marwin (2B)
Tucker (RF)
White (1B)
Reed (DH)
Fisher (LF)

P - Keuchel

Marwin (1B)
Tucker (DH)

P - Fiers

Game Zone 2016 Archive / Astros @ Nats 3/21
« on: March 21, 2016, 11:45:16 am »
Marwin (SS)
White (DH)
Valbuena (3B)
Duffy (1B)

P - Feldman

Game Zone 2016 Archive / Astros @ Phillies 3/20
« on: March 20, 2016, 12:00:01 pm »
White (1B)
Duffy (3B)
Wandy  - P

Game Zone 2016 Archive / Astros @ Jays 3/18
« on: March 18, 2016, 12:02:10 pm »

P - Fister

Game Zone 2016 Archive / Astros @ Braves & Jays @ Astros 3/17
« on: March 17, 2016, 11:43:14 am »
Astros @ Braves
Gomez (DH)

P - Fiers

Jays @ Astros
Tucker (DH)
Marwin Gonzalez (1B)
Heineman (C)

P Feliz

Game Zone 2016 Archive / Tigers @ Astros 3/16
« on: March 16, 2016, 01:08:45 pm »
Rasmus (DH)

P - Peacock

Game Zone 2016 Archive / Nats @ Astros 3/15
« on: March 15, 2016, 12:32:39 pm »

P - McHugh

Game Zone 2016 Archive / Tigers @ Astros 3/11
« on: March 11, 2016, 12:26:34 pm »

P - Feldman

Game Zone 2016 Archive / Nats @ Astros 3/8
« on: March 08, 2016, 11:58:18 am »

P - Fister

Game Zone 2016 Archive / Houston @ Yankees 3/7
« on: March 07, 2016, 01:54:55 pm »
0-0 Top of 7.  Stassi just doubled.  Man on second with one out

Talk Zone / Strange but true
« on: January 01, 2016, 07:44:05 pm »
No shock that Gattis makes a strange but true list

• Billy Hamilton really did hit a home run this year before Giancarlo Stanton -- but, in an even bigger upset, got out-tripled by Evan Gattis. Then again, so did a lot of people. Gattis' mind-boggling stat line: 11 triples, 0 stolen bases. First man in 75 years to hit that many triples but forget to steal a base. Of course he was!

Game Zone 2015 Archive / Tigers @ Astros - August 15th, 2015
« on: August 15, 2015, 05:38:54 pm »
I Kinsler 2B
J Iglesias SS
M Cabrera DH
V Martinez 1B
J Martinez RF
T Collins LF
N Castellanos 3B
J McCann C
A Gose CF

@ Good Guys
J Altuve 2B
P Tucker LF
C Correa SS
J Lowrie 3B
C Gomez CF
C Rasmus RF
E Gattis DH
L Valbuena 1B
J Castro C

Talk Zone / Carter a short-timer?
« on: August 14, 2015, 08:21:31 am »
From mlbtr

The Astros have had a rough stretch of games on the road, but GM Jeff Luhnow tells the Houston Chronicle’s Evan Drellich that he’s confident due to the quality of pitching he’s received as well as the quality of upper-level players who will join the team in September. The Astros currently have a logjam of corner/DH options that will be magnified by the return of George Springer. As Drellich writes, though, it’s difficult to justify the loss of a player like Chris Carter for little to no return (that is, by way of DFA or waiver claim) when expanded rosters are just under two weeks away.

Good guys
J Altuve 2B
C Gomez CF
C Correa SS
J Lowrie 3B
C Rasmus RF
E Gattis DH
L Valbuena 1B
J Castro C   
J Marisnick LF

B Burns CF
C Crisp LF
J Reddick RF
B Butler DH
S Vogt C
B Lawrie 3B
I Davis 1B
M Semien SS
E Sogard 2B

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Hot sheet
« on: April 24, 2015, 01:22:57 pm »
Correa made last weeks list

12. Carlos Correa, ss, Astros
Age: 20
Why He’s Here: .345/.441/.655 (10-for-29), 6 R, 6 2B, 1 HR, 10 RBIs, 4 BB, 6 SO, 1 HBP, 1-for-1 SB

The Scoop: A modern marvel, Correa has shown no ill effects from the season-ending broken leg he suffered last June at high Class A Lancaster. By hitting .326 with two home runs in 20 games this spring, he was the toast of big league camp, but what’s really impressive is how he has rapidly adjusted to life at Double-A after missing the entire second half of 2014 and also winter ball. He leads the Texas League with six doubles and 10 RBIs, and just two minor league players have collected more extra-base hits than his seven thus far.

This week there were 2 astros
8. Brett Phillips, of, Astros
Team: high Class A Lancaster (California)
Age: 20
Why He’s Here: .484/.515/.742 (15-for-31), 9 R, 3 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 6 RBIs, 2 BB, 7 SO, 1-for-3 SB

The Scoop: Phillips, who skyrocketed up the Astros’ list to No. 6 entering the season after a fantastic season at low and high Class A in 2014, is only adding to his resume this season in what should be a brief repeat of the California League. His over-the-fence power might be his only question mark, but he rates as a solid-average hitter with good bat control. He plays an aggressive game and has three triples already this season.

10. J.D. Davis, 3b, Astros

Team: high Class A Lancaster (California)
Age: 22
Why He’s Here: .419/.444/.710 (13-for-31), 7 R, 3 2B, 2 HR, 9 RBIs, 3 BB, 8 SO, 0-for-0 SB

The Scoop: The Astros’ third-rounder out of Cal-State Fullerton, the 6-foot-3 righthanded hitter has slid in adeptly at third base, the position Houston scouted him at Fullerton when Matt Chapman, the A’s first-rounder last June, was injured. A two-way player for the Titans, the Astros liked what they saw after moving him to third.  They were already impressed was his above-average raw power, which he has carried into 2015. The Astros are loaded at first base and DH at the major league level, so the move to third base could speed his ascension. The mature Davis could be in Double-A by midseason if he continues to have success.

Talk Zone / Outfield/1B/DH
« on: March 16, 2015, 10:31:13 am »
This one just is not going to be easy I think (which is a good thing).  Grossman had a nice 3 out of 4 on-base effort Saturday to break a mini slump.  Marisnick has been quite steady at the plate as well.  Singleton has been solid.  Rasmus has done well also.

Gattis/Carter/Springer are all guaranteed full time positions somewhere.

Srping stats of the others (Plate Appearances/OPS)
Grossman  23/1110
Singleton  24/1077
Marisnick  29/1099
Rasmus   14/1167

Carry 5 outfielders? 

Talk Zone / Quiet, too quiet
« on: March 09, 2015, 08:30:51 am »
Is the serious lack of posts due to the crappy level of play at the major league level the last few years or is this forum dying?  I mean this team has a legit shot at greater than 500 this year.  Albeit we can relate to only a handful of players.  Perhaps that is it.  Such a huge turnover of personnel has fans struggling to get into it. 

Talk Zone / Welcome Luke Gregerson
« on: December 10, 2014, 08:32:17 am »
Signed Luke Gregerson for 3 years 18.5 million  (more info on deal)

Apparently 3 million extra in incentives.

One reliever to go

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Rule 5
« on: July 23, 2014, 09:53:36 am »
Jayne has published A Rule 5 Draft Primer and 2014 Astros Eligible Players

List just looking at the interesting ones:
*RHP Mike Foltynewicz
LHP Tommy Shirley
*RHP Nick Tropeano
*OF Delino DeShields
*RHP Michael Feliz
*RHP Vincent Velasquez

Looking at the current 40 man it isn't hard to find 6 spots. 

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / New Astros top 10??
« on: June 26, 2014, 12:31:26 pm »
Last year's midseason thread

What a difference a year makes.  My list from last year:
1. Correa
2. Singleton
3. Appel (2013 Draft)
4. Foltynewicz
5. Springer
6. McCullers, Jr.
7. DeShields, Jr.
8. Cozart
9. Tropeano
10. Fontana

Singleton, Springer and Cozart no longer eligible.  Appel has dropped off the top 10 for me.    

1. Correa
2. Foltynewicz
3. Aiken (2014 Draft)
4. Tropeano
5. Santana
6. Teoscar Hernandez
7. McCullers, Jr.
8. Josh Hader
9. Michael Feliz
10. Kyle Smith
11. Vincent Velasquez - (He'd of been pushing top 5 if it wasn't for the groin set back)
12. Appel
13. Ruiz
14. DeShields, Jr. - (looks like it takes him over a year to figure out each A level)
15. Shirley (older prospect, currently 25 at CC, but potentially a solid mid rotation starter)
16. Kemp
17. Fontana

2014 Draftees Fisher, Reed, Davis and Nix may all fit in there somewhere, so I guess that fills out a top 21

Talk Zone / Eternally hoping this spring
« on: February 26, 2014, 07:21:24 am »
JD not going without a fight.

He's always found ways to get better throughout his career.  That would seemingly fill out the roster quite nicely if JD could LF/DH at around a 900 OPS.  (957 in winter ball using his new swing for the first time). 

Talk Zone / This could get interesting
« on: June 26, 2013, 04:45:00 pm »
Cubs, Kris Bryant "Nowhere Close" To Deal

This could get interesting because the Cubs are already over slot.  And supposedly signed their 12th round pick to 3rd round money putting them way over slot.  And thus at risk of losing a draft pick next year should the Bryant slot money be lost.


For the numbers if it is true that the signed their 12th pick for say around a half million then they are 650k over.  They can go 525k over if they sign Bryant (5% of 10.5 million).  However if they can't then they only have 190k (5% of 3.8 million).  Really tough to make up 460k with the 2nd, 3rd, and a couple of other top 10 picks already locked in.  Boras is holding all the cards if this all is true.  They have to sign Bryant.  He'll make sure they pay Bryant every dollar possible now. Figure he is getting minimum 6.6 at this point.

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / 6 in the top 100
« on: June 25, 2013, 08:19:21 am »
Flipping through the top 20 prospects lists today on  I noticed the Stros now have 6 of the top 100.  Not sure when they updated their lists.  Apologies if someone had pointed it out. 

#25 - Singleton
#28 - Correa
#51 - Springer
#79 - Cosart
#87 - DeShields
#94 - McCullers

Which does not include a certain someone turning heads at AA popping triple digits on the gun.

And of course Appel.

Talk Zone / Fields activated, Edgar Gonzalez to the DL
« on: May 31, 2013, 05:59:24 pm »
No way to catch Miami with moves like this one

Talk Zone / Good day for the organization
« on: May 27, 2013, 08:50:12 pm »
Won at every level (5 for 5).  Springer had 2 HRs and 5 RBI, Santana with 4 hits including a HR, DeShields had his second consecutive 4 hit game, Correa had 3 hits and 4 RBI, Tropeano and Velasquez both had wins (though neither pitched great) and Singleton's suspension is officially over.  

Talk Zone / Maxwell teaching his son
« on: May 16, 2013, 10:33:56 pm »

I made my son watch this and told him, "This is why you always run them out" Lol.

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / BA 2013 Hot Sheet
« on: April 15, 2013, 08:30:20 pm »

11. Nolan Fontana ss, Astros

Nolan Fontana
Team: High Class A Lancaster (California)

Age: 22

Why He’s Here: .423/.529/.885 (11-for-26), 2 HR, 4 2B, 1 3B, 9 RBIs, 8 R, 6 BB, 7 SO, 1-for-1 SB.

The Scoop: Fontana enjoyed his first week in Lancaster, but don’t expect him to maintain his Cal League-leading .885 slugging percentage. (He also had a whopping .579 average on balls he put in play.) He’s more of a gap power guy. Nonetheless, the Astros’ 2012 second-round pick does know his way around the batters’ box, opening the year on a seven-game hitting streak, in addition to his reputation as a reliable defender at shortstop.

Team Photo:
Asher Wojciechowski, rhp, Astros.  After allowing just two hits in his first two appearances (9 IP, 0 R, 4 BB, 11 SO) for Double-A Corpus Christi, the 24-year-old has shown that he has the makings of a back-end starter.


Jonathan Villar, ss, Astros. As a 21-year-old in Triple-A, Villar is one of the youngest players in the Pacific Coast League, but he’s been bad in just about every way possible on offense. He’s 1-for-25 (.040), doesn’t have an extra-base hit yet and he’s drawn just two walks. Even on the rare occasions when Villar has been on base, he’s managed to get erased, as he’s 0-for-2 stealing bases despite having excellent speed.

Mike Foltynewicz, rhp, Astros. Foltynewicz has to know he’s going to take his lumps pitching for high Class A Lancaster. His first two outings in the JetHawks’ hitters’ paradise both ended badly, as he gave up a combined 10 runs (seven earned) on 12 hits over five innings. The 21-year-old did strike out seven, but he also didn’t do himself any favors with seven walks.

Should be noted Folty did very well his next start

....against TCU.

Talk Zone / Stanton
« on: January 02, 2013, 02:25:59 pm »

I know they don't need the production this year, but you'd have this guy locked up till 2016.  2 years into the Astros supposed competitive years.  It's going to start to get hard to avoid losing talent to the rule 5 draft.  Would packaging up some of the top prospects be worth it?  Would you sacrfice a 4-5 prospect type package for the guy?

Could be a package of lots of different players but with log jams forming soon at specific positions, maybe a pacakage like:
DeShields or Springer, Folty, Paredes/Villar, Santana, and Wallace

2013 Lineup might actually be decent:
Berkman (if healthy) (DH)
Pena (1B)
Pick a Martinez

Possible 2014:
Some DH candidate (or a Martinez if one should work out)
Springer (if you traded DeShields)

Talk Zone / Rule 5 draft
« on: December 06, 2012, 09:02:46 am »
They will be picking shorty.  Supposedly a lot more depth in this years than the past few.

Talk Zone / DH really?
« on: October 31, 2012, 08:55:09 am »
So mlbtr has the Stros looking for a DH.   Don't they have a plethora of DH candidates in house?  Martinez, Martinez, Wallace/Singleton (they both can't play 1st).   Only reason I can think of for picking up a DH is to trade him away when Singleton gets the call.

Much rather have them look at pitching and more pitching.  Young pitching requires a real strong bullpen.  Like to see them spend about 15-20 million (more) on the pen alone.  Not saying mlbtr didn't say they weren't going for pitching.  But rather have another 5 million dollar arm in the pen then a aging 5 million dollar bat.

Talk Zone / Greene for PTBNL or cash
« on: August 09, 2012, 12:13:08 pm »
Bixler deignated for assignment to make room on the 40 man

25-man move yet to be made.

Talk Zone / CJ to Arizona
« on: July 29, 2012, 12:23:50 pm »
McTaggart tweet:
Quote  has learned Astros have traded 3B Chris Johnson to Arizona, according to source. More to come.

The Diamondbacks announced that they acquired third baseman Chris Johnson from the Astros for minor league outfielders Marc Krauss and Bobby Borchering.

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Updated top 20 prospect list
« on: July 23, 2012, 08:35:53 am »
Good news, they updated the list.  The bad news is that it was done by a complete idiot.

1) Singleton
2) Cosart
3) Springer
4) Villar
5) Folty
6) Clemens
7) Oberholtzer
8 ) DeShields
9) Santana
10) Nash
11) Jordan Scott
12) Bushue
13) Wates
14) Chapman
15) Weiland
16) Buchanan
17) Tropeano
18) Juan Abreu
19) Zied
20) Kvasnicka

1) Jonathan Singleton
2) Jarred Cosart
3) George Springer
4) Matt Dominguez
5) Jonathan Villar
6) Mike Foltynewicz
7) Joe Musgrove
8 ) Paul Clemens
9) Brett Oberholtzer
10) Delino DeShields
11) Asher Wojciechowski
12) Domingo Santana
13) Rob Rasmussen
14) Telvin Nash
15) Carlos Perez
16) Jordan Scott
17) Tanner Bushue
18) Austin Wates
19) Kevin Chapman
20) Kyle Weiland

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Perfect day
« on: July 17, 2012, 01:00:05 pm »

The Astros organization went 10-0 from the Major League level down to Dominican Summer League, sweeping 2 doubleheaders (Corpus rained out).

Beer and Queso / Liability rules in this country are beyond stupid
« on: July 06, 2012, 09:32:21 am »,0,5326638.story

Firend of victim:  "Help! My friend is dorwning!"
Lifegaurd who is following the rules: "Can you have him thrash his way to the left a 50 feet?   Insurance doesn't cover anything I do over there"

Game Zone 2012 Archive / Fathers @ Astros 6/25/12
« on: June 25, 2012, 04:44:53 pm »
2B Brian Bixler
SS Jed Lowrie
1B Carlos Lee
RF Brian Bogusevic
3B Chris Johnson
C Jason Castro
LF J.D. Martinez
CF Jordan Schafer
P Wandy Rodriguez

RF Chris Denorfia
CF Cameron Maybin
3B Chase Headley
LF Carlos Quentin
1B Jesus Guzman
2B Logan Forsythe
SS Everth Cabrera
C Nick Hundley
P Ross Ohlendorf

Talk Zone / Pirates maybe looking at Pence
« on: July 18, 2011, 08:21:01 am »
Some random unpronounceable reporter in Pittsburgh thinks the Pirates are scouting Pence for a trade deadline deal:

The top talent is very young (or not far along) in the Pirates system:

Allie and Heredia have failed to throw strikes this year.  Is Taillon a possibility?  I can't see them giving up Pence without one possible big name prospect coming back.  

Talk Zone / Time for a lineup adjustment?
« on: April 22, 2011, 09:29:47 am »
Against righties, bat Wallace 4th and Lee 5th.   Bourn, Angel and Pence have done a decent job of getting on base.  Might be nice to have Wallace bat with more runners on, not to mention Wallace's 370 OBP adding to runners on for Lee. 

Game Zone 2011 Archive / 4/20/2011: Astros at Mets
« on: April 20, 2011, 04:30:38 pm »
Lineup tbd

Talk Zone / Odd
« on: April 05, 2011, 01:17:49 pm »
Any reason why McTaggart woud refer to the chron while referring to[url]

I'm not in Cincinnati with the club this series, but stayed tuned to for the Ultimate in Astros coverage.

Talk Zone / Barmes out 4-6 weeks with broken hand
« on: March 26, 2011, 10:05:01 am »

Game Zone 2011 Archive / Astros @ Orioles
« on: March 15, 2011, 01:07:59 pm »
Bourgeois, CF
Sanchez, An, SS
Wallace, 1B
Michaels, DH
Hall, 2B
Johnson, C, 3B
Bogusevic, RF
Towles, C
Shuck, LF

Pie, RF
Jones, A, CF
Scott, LF
Guerrero, DH
Fox, J, C
Hardy, SS
Harris, B,2B
Bell, 3B
Snyder, Br, 1B

Game Zone 2011 Archive / Phillies @ Astros 3/14/11
« on: March 14, 2011, 11:35:49 am »
Rollins, SS
Victorino, CF
Ibanez, LF
Howard, 1B
Polanco, 3B
Mayberry, RF
Ruiz, C
Barfield, 2B
Hamels, P

Steele, CF
Barmes, SS
Pence, RF
Lee, C, LF
Hall, 2B
Johnson, C, 3B
Wallace, 1B
Corporan, C, C
Figueroa, N, P

Game Zone 2011 Archive / Astros @ steM 3/9/11
« on: March 09, 2011, 12:34:19 pm »
Bourn, CF
Sanchez, An, SS
Wallace, 1B
Lee, C, LF
Martinez, J.D., RF
Clemens, DH
Downs, M, 3B
Hernandez, A, 2B
Esposito, C

Hyphen - SP

@NY Mets
Castillo, L, 2B
Pagan, CF
Murphy, Dn, DH
Bay, LF
Davis, I, 1B
Duda, RF
Adams, R, 3B
Thole, C
Hu, SS

Young - SP

Game Zone 2011 Archive / Split Squads 3/8/11
« on: March 08, 2011, 11:30:10 am »
Steele, CF
Hall, 2B
Bogusevic, RF
Locke, LF
Johnson, C, 3B
Clemens, 1B
Manzella, SS
Quintero, H, C
Thompson, DH

Rodriguez, A SP

Kalish, CF
Pedroia, 2B
Crawford, LF
Drew, J, DH
Lowrie, 1B
Saltalamacchia, C
Reddick, RF
Spears, N, 3B
Iglesias, SS

Beckett SP

NY Mets
Hairston, S, CF
Emaus, 2B
Davis, I, 1B
Duda, LF
Lutz, 3B
Martinez, F, RF
Thole, C
Ryan, D, DH
Tejada, SS

Perez, O  SP

Bourn, CF
Barmes, SS
Pence, RF
Lee, C, LF
Wallace, 1B
Downs, M, 2B
Navarro, 3B
Towles, C
Nash, T, DH

Figueroa, N SP

Talk Zone / Barnett article on
« on: February 10, 2011, 11:38:38 am »
Some good stuff with the new guys

Barnett is eager to see what Pence will do this year, coming off a season in which he hit 25 homers and set a career high with 91 RBIs en route to team Most Valuable Player honors. He says Pence is more committed to hitting the fastball to the middle of the field and not trying to guess as much.

"He's got a tremendous feel for what he's doing at the plate," Barnett said. "As long as he prepares well, the sky's the limit. Sometimes it takes guys four years before they get their feet on the ground, but it was good to hear him say that he [wants to] stay focused on the middle or going the other way and hitting the fastball more, because that's where he'll have success. That's my job -- to continue to remind him when he does it right."

well at least Barnett's "job" will be easy.

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Everyone's top prospect lists
« on: February 10, 2011, 09:17:22 am »
This guy put together a nice compilation of prospect lists:

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Barret Loux
« on: September 02, 2010, 07:52:24 am »
Key date has come and gone with very little fan faire.  Only thing I can find on him is it will probably take several days for him to sign somewhere. 

Talk Zone / McLane willing to pick up portion of contract
« on: June 22, 2010, 06:52:32 am »
According to latest Livine article:

That ought to get the phones ringing.

Beer and Queso / Nice just nice...
« on: June 18, 2010, 11:32:36 am »
Go to CNN and read about the Utah execution and read and watch nothing but family members of the killer and PHD observers of the execution. 

Go to FOX News and you get statements from the victims of the murderer and facts about what the killer had done to lead to his execution.  (and a couple of lines the killer's family at the end).

Talk Zone / Aww crap...
« on: May 13, 2010, 09:01:16 am »
Ugh please no.

Quote from MLBTR:
"It seems much more likely that the Nationals will keep Strasburg in the minors for three more starts, save themselves a few million and call on the phenom to face the Astros in Houston June 1st. "

Talk Zone / Learn something new everyday...
« on: March 09, 2010, 08:24:57 am »
"Norris was forced to change his glove after the first inning because the umpire thought it was too light in color."

Talk Zone / Craving some hot stove action...
« on: December 01, 2009, 08:41:01 am »
This offseason creeps along at a disgustingly slow pace.  What about a trade idea.  Pittsburgh doesn't want to lock Duke to a long term deal.  At they trade deadline last year they wanted a "gaggle of prospects" according to Whitey.  What about a package of Johnson, Gervacio, Palino and either Bogusevic or Yordany. 
 - Not excited about Johnson at third next year
 - Gervacio stock is way high right now, seems like a great trade high candidate. 
 - Palino is out of options. 
 - Bogusevic and Yordany have no where to go this year and probably the 2 years after that unless Wade can pull a rabbit out of his hat with a Lee trade in the window he has next year.

Duke would give the Stros a solid #3 guy at about 10 million over the next 2 years.  (assuming 4 mil in arb this year, 6 the next).  A nice starter to help fill the void as the 2008 draftees get ready.

Try and lock in Hawkins for closer and Tejada at 3rd.  Should have enough cash left over to fill out the bullpen.

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Alaniz...
« on: August 15, 2009, 07:12:38 pm »
Don't see any discussion on him anywhere yet.  But if Heck is excited, then my interest is peaked.

Talk Zone / Tejada did not make it..
« on: August 10, 2009, 08:00:59 am »
According to MLBTR, Tejada claimed on waivers and pulled back by the Astros.  Does this end any possible trade or can he be resent through waivers later?

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Mier the anti-Biggio
« on: July 07, 2009, 07:39:04 am »
Dude has 3 triples and no doubles

Talk Zone / Hmmm...
« on: April 28, 2009, 07:42:05 am »
"To me, Hunter is an RBI guy," Cooper said. "That's why he hits down in the order. I told him in that second pitch I thought he might have been trying to go the other way a little bit. I told him I didn't want him to ever do that. He's an RBI guy, and we need him to drive in runs for us to be successful."

Talk Zone / Keppinger for PTNBL
« on: March 31, 2009, 03:40:23 pm »

Talk Zone / Gregg over Marmol...
« on: March 30, 2009, 12:26:15 pm »
In the ESPN Article on Gregg as closer over Marmol:

(Marmol, who also pitched for the Dominican Republic in the World Baseball Classic, entered Sunday with a 1-1 record and 4.50 ERA in spring training. He has hit five batters with pitches.

[couple of paragraphs]

"Disappointed, yeah," Marmol said. "I can't control this.")


Talk Zone / Would an indictment void a contract?
« on: January 15, 2009, 11:42:09 am »
Curious, if Tejada were indicted, would The Astros still have to pay him? 

Talk Zone / WBC
« on: January 05, 2009, 07:33:41 pm »
Oswalt supposedly going to be team USA's ace.
A quote:
"I figured I'd start two weeks earlier, in case I need to pitch five innings March 5," Oswalt said.

Here's hoping Team USA gets bounced in the first round.   

Talk Zone / Sampson...
« on: May 16, 2008, 09:25:14 am »
As bas as the end results were, did Sampson really pitch that bad?

The 2 in the first could have been erased if Loretta makes the DP.  And then the final one was Lorretta as well.  Re-listening to that game again today it sounded like a bluff from Lewis pulled Matsui out of position for a possible double play that could of made it 2 outs nobody on to start that 4 run 3rd.  Had luck favored Sampson a little better.  Sounded like he could have gone 6 with only a couple given up. 

Talk Zone / Talk about struggling to say something positive...
« on: January 31, 2008, 04:07:04 pm »
Keith Law on Towles:
"Towles has had little trouble hitting for average throughout his pro career, but it will be interesting to see what he does when consistently facing big league pitching. Towles sets up with a big, deep load and almost locks his lead elbow; as a result, his plate coverage isn't great and he struggles to reach the ball down, getting very long with an exaggerated finish just to reach balls in the lower third of the zone. He's a dead-pull hitter, which is a good thing for a right-handed bat in Houston's ballpark, but he'll have to show he can adjust to the ball away as well as down. His arm is fringe-average and he's an adequate plate blocker, but isn't plus in any aspect of his defense. Given his performance history, he should be at least an everyday catcher in the majors, but he's not a star and may settle in as a barely average regular."

Talk Zone / With Bradley signing with the Rangers...
« on: December 09, 2007, 05:33:17 pm »
Wouldn't this put the Padres in a need situation with a corner infielder. 

We need a front of the rotation starter and they need some real talent in the outfield.  Why not offer up say Pence and Woody(+ cash) for Young.  Williams did really well in the vastness of Petco and Pence would be great to cover some of that extra space.  And if Pence and Woody aren't enough maybe throw in Albers.

We wouldn't be hurt too bad because we have Scott to fall back on and right field isn't all that big anyways.  I mean it would hurt, but help so much more.

Roy, Young, Backe, Wandy and Sampson/Albers/Patton(he'd probably start in AAA) would be an awesme rotation. 

Talk Zone / Poetic license and hard facts...
« on: May 31, 2007, 06:39:07 pm »
"Ensberg followed by ripping a pitch to deep right-center, but Norris Hopper made a running catch on what likely was the hardest-hit ball of the game. Biggio advanced to third on the out." - Ben DuBose

Don't get me wrong, I like Ensberg, still think he can be the third baseman forthis team.  But this was not his ripping out.  That came in an earlier at bat.  The ball was off the end, average depth and Hopper was drifting to his left.

White said. "The only comparison I can make to it is I'm stuck in a big pile of unlucky dog doo, rolling down a hill, and I'm waiting to slam into something, so I can stop."

Now this is some spot-on self analysis.  It describes well what we have been watching. 

Talk Zone / Announcers for Fox talking Lidge trade...
« on: May 26, 2007, 04:06:31 pm »
??? Are they just bullshitting or is there some news I haven't seen?

Can't imagine they would trade him now that White is struggling.  That would leave just 2 competent arms in the bully. 

Talk Zone / Last night..
« on: April 26, 2007, 07:08:45 am »
Albers had real nice stuff.  20 mph between fastball and curve.  His speeds almost mirror Oswalts. 92-4mph heater, 74-9 curve.  2 other pitches 83-84(looks a bit like a slider).  Another pitch at 88-9, not as much movement(maybe a different grip fastball.)  Location can be lacking at times, not bad, but definite room for improvement.  But with the speed differences location can be off a bit.

Can't imagine him holding a roster spot though.  Sampson and Wandy have had only 1 bad start.  Oswalt and Woody aren't going anywhere.

Situational hitting was pathetic.  Ensberg didn't even try to go the other way after Lee's lead off double.  He did smoke the shot in the 11th but looked awful in his other 6 outs.

Anyways, other than the hits just refusing to come at the right time, enjoyable game. 

Talk Zone / Lidge...
« on: April 13, 2007, 10:29:41 pm »
Really settled down nicely after struggling early.  The last at bat against Helms was vintage.  A "no hump" slider that dipped just below the knees for ball one, then 2 knee high fastballs on the corners, and one right on the hands for a swinging strike 3. All 3 fastballs right to the glove.

Talk Zone / Just as I think...
« on: April 03, 2007, 08:17:31 pm »
..see I should have stopped there.

I look up Snell's splits for right/left expecting to see that case of a rare righty that is better against lefties.  I'm shocked and appauled to see Snell's OPS 226 higher against lefties.  I'm thinking(again there I go), Garner has fricken lost it!!!.

Then back to the game and WHACK, Lane homers to left.  And I'm quickly reminded as to why I'm paying 15/month for a 3 by 3 picture and not managing the club.

Talk Zone / Hey Wandy, come here...
« on: March 27, 2007, 05:40:52 pm »
Yeah what's up coach?

How's that foot?

Fine, fine.  Don't feel a thing.

Really, cause there might be the possibility of a bone break or something.

Nah, I think it's fine. Ready to get out there again!

Well, just in case, let me take a look at it.



Talk Zone / Stupid little survey...
« on: March 12, 2007, 06:37:07 pm »
Bring day at work...

Nice surprises, pick one(or more):
1) Ensberg of 2005 - 35+ hrs and 300+ avg.
2) Jennings was a steal - 20 wins, 3.2 era or less
3) Albers rules - 12+ wins, < 4.00 ERA
4) Sampson rules - 12+ wins, < 4.00 ERA
5) Moehler doesn't suck - 12+ wins, < 4.00 ERA
6) Nieve rules - 12+ wins, 4.00 ERA
7) Wandy can actually pitch - 12+ win, < 4.00 ERA
8) Scott does it for a whole season - 35+ hrs and 310+ avg
9) Burke excels with more playing time and doesn't blow as a CFer -  300+ avg, 375+ OBP, Astros aren't in the bottom 5 in doubles and triples given up
10) Biggio regains his youth - 300 avg, min 300 ab
11) Pence gets ROY
12) All will not happen

Big busts (pick one or more):
1) Ensberg of 2006 returns - < .270 avg, < 15 hrs
2) Jennings had a career year last year - 5.00+ ERA
3) Albers gets chance and fails - 50 minimum innings, 6.5+ ERA
4) Sampson gets chance and fails - 50 minimum innings, 6.5+ ERA
5) Moehler gets chance and fails - 50 minimum innings, 6.5+ ERA
6) Nieve gets chance and fails - 50 minimum innings, 6.5+ ERA
7) Wandy gets chance and fails - 50 minimum innings, 6.5+ ERA
8) Biggio deteriates greatly - < .240 avg, < 15 hrs
9) Luke's September was sign pitchers figured him out - < .270 avg, < 20 hrs
10) Burke can't handle CF - he isn't starting there in July
11) Pence gets called up but is sent back down due to lack of production(at any point of the season)
12) Nobody fails this badly

Talk Zone / What?????
« on: August 09, 2006, 09:39:11 pm »
Oswalt hit a homerun?  Gamecast must be screwed up

Talk Zone / Hey look
« on: July 14, 2006, 10:08:29 pm »
Sanchez has a nono going

..6 if they get crazy and put Palmeiro in center.

Talk Zone / Hey look...
« on: June 16, 2006, 10:26:08 pm »
Elarton has a no hitter going...

Talk Zone / Okay I'm convinced..
« on: June 03, 2006, 10:51:59 pm »
..the Astros be cursed this year.  What was he 3 feet in the air on a dead run away when he made that catch?  That's a tie ballgame.  I thought you had to slowdown to get elevation?

Talk Zone / Caw Caw...
« on: May 25, 2006, 04:33:33 pm »
sounds like someone's cookin some crow.  Keep on servin' Wilson, I can take it!

Talk Zone / Still waiting..
« on: May 24, 2006, 10:32:32 pm »
...for this hot streak.  Wilson is really really not having a great year.  Don't see anything in his history that tells me he plays better in the second half either.  I can't imagine Luke Scott doing much worse up here.  And the savings....mmmmm...mmm.  Don't the Yankees need an outfielder?

Talk Zone / It fell on deaf ears but somebody delivered well...
« on: May 05, 2006, 09:48:01 am »
The Link

"I'm afraid the critics are right, you are a big-time flip flopper. It's only getting worse lately as you try to cover your butt after making knee jerk reactions. The flip-flopping has reached near-siezure levels. I keep thinking someone should have you bite down on your keyboard to keep you from swallowing your tongue."

Talk Zone / Everett !?!?!?
« on: April 25, 2006, 10:46:57 pm »
I'm at work only have Milo's interpretation, anybody see it?  How bad?  Oh man, not good.

Talk Zone / Happy Zone?
« on: March 29, 2006, 10:07:01 am »
"Penciled fifth starter Ezequiel Astacio has major league stuff, but tends to leave his mistakes in the hitter's happy zone. Just ask Geoff Blum. " - by Bob Hulsey

If that's Geoff's happy zone, he should set down the bat and take up golf.

Talk Zone / Couple of thoughts...
« on: March 28, 2006, 01:14:46 pm »
...sure to be annihilated.  Did Craig Wilson come off the market?  Was the Pirates asking price to high?

Supposedly they were asking for a starter.  Would any of the prospects for 5th starter do?  Say Astacio and another decent prospect.  

You'd have to start Willy T in RR, but he'd then be insurance if any of: Berkman, C. Wilson, Lane, or P. Wilson land on the DL.  It would also create a lineup with 5-6(6 if you think Bidge could do it again) 25+ HR guys in the starting lineup.  Sure he'd K alot but who cares batting 6th.  He still gets on base at a decent percentage.

On a side note, it doesn't seem like early to mid May would be out of the question for Clemens, should he return.  He was already up to 5 innings in the WBC and continues to throw (albeit batting practice).  Seems like 1 or 2 starts in the minors would be more than enough.

Talk Zone / Reds name opening day starter?
« on: March 24, 2006, 12:07:20 pm »
President Bush to throw first pitch at Reds' opener

Talk Zone / Crap Fantacrap
« on: March 22, 2006, 01:35:57 pm »
This article must have been written by a close relative of Burke

The Link

Talk Zone / 1 batter
« on: March 07, 2006, 06:38:24 pm »
How is Carlos (assuming C, Henrandez is Carlos) going to have a chance to earn a spot in the rotation being a left handed specialist for Venezuela?

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