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Talk Zone / Re: We're launching a new forum
« on: December 05, 2019, 09:51:04 am »
Loads fine for me on my desktops in Chrome?

What browser are you using on your desktops?


Talk Zone / Re: We're launching a new forum
« on: December 04, 2019, 12:35:09 pm »
Ah.  Apparently there's a bug with IE compatibility that should be fixed in the next forum update whenever it gets released (should be reasonably soon).

That said, you should know that Internet Explorer is an old, insecure, dying web browser and you should really start using something different (e.g. Chrome or Firefox) if you have any say in the matter.

Internet Explorer and I have something in common then. I will try switching to Chrome and see how that works out. Thanks for the suggestion. I suspected that may be the case.

Talk Zone / Re: We're launching a new forum
« on: December 04, 2019, 11:25:52 am »
Internet Explorer

Talk Zone / Re: We're launching a new forum
« on: December 04, 2019, 09:03:18 am »
I'm having the same problem.  It works on a mobile device, but never loads on the desktop.  I hope that can get fixed.

I only use a desktop for OWA.

Talk Zone / Re: We're launching a new forum
« on: December 03, 2019, 03:02:00 pm »
is the new forum working? I've signed up but I just get that little broken circle going around and around. I've stared at it for hours and nothing has happened worth a damn.

Talk Zone / Re: More controversy
« on: November 23, 2019, 01:22:12 pm »
Please don't call him that.

Mike plays left field for this team and is a goddamn professional hitter.

Exactly. The dipshit was a mal-content the whole time he was in Houston.

Talk Zone / Re: More controversy
« on: November 23, 2019, 01:20:23 pm »
Apropos of nothing, I was wearing my Astros polo last week and another guy struck up a conversation with me.  He said he was a huge Astros fan, bitched a little bit about Hinch in the WS, and then asked me what I thought of the scandal.  I said there was so much conflicting info out there, hard to believe what is true, waiting for the full report, etc.  Dude launches into a tirade about the people running the team, Hinch and Luhnow should be permabanned from baseball, and that Mike Fiers is a hero for speaking out about it.

Except that when he mentioned Fiers he said, "Who's that guy---Mike 'Fears'?"

Yeah, you know how I know you're not as big a fan of the team?

Probably a Johnny-come-lately post-Fiers fan. Fuck him and the horse he rode in on.

Talk Zone / Re: More controversy
« on: November 23, 2019, 11:30:05 am »
Which is why it’s really unlikely any player faces serious consequences.  It’s gonna be front office, he org and maybe some coaches including Beltran and Cora.

I doubt they will touch Beltran or Cora. If so, slap on the wrist.

Talk Zone / Re: More controversy
« on: November 22, 2019, 03:33:43 pm »
I just feel absolutely sick to my soul about all this shit. Is it accurate to say that there is no evidence of the Astros cheating since 2017? Most all the columns I’ve read are laced with what seem to me pretty blatant rationalizations for the one-sided skewering the Astros are receiving, including that Crane is a war profiteer and Luhnow fucked over Brady Aiken and the Astros are unscrupulous in their zeal for winning—never mind how exactly.

This should be the best time in history to be an Astros fan. I’m pissed at the front office for fumbling the Osuna and then the Taubman issues and sickened and saddened by this whole fucking abysmal shit show that likely wouldn’t have played out this way had they not. What a steaming pile we’ve been forced to watch the best team in Astros history made out to be.

And the silence from Houston is deafening. I imagine they’re under gag orders but Jesus Christ.

OK, here endeth the rant. Sorry. Thanks.

I could not have described my feelings any better than you did in your first sentence.

Talk Zone / Re: 2020 Roster
« on: November 22, 2019, 10:59:26 am »
McCann is with Chicago

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Ok then.

Talk Zone / Re: 2020 Roster
« on: November 22, 2019, 09:59:44 am »
The Astros would have to add more than Reddick (money and/or some other player) to get that done.

I would think Detroit would insist on prospects or younger players.

Talk Zone / Re: More controversy
« on: November 17, 2019, 08:52:11 am »
I think part of this is that MLB is concerned about cheating/sign stealing and knows it is rampant. They need a scapegoat. Houston is a convenient foil.

Talk Zone / Re: More controversy
« on: November 16, 2019, 12:12:44 pm »
I want to believe Beltran too.  My disappointment comes from the fact that MLB is not interested in the truth and will not thoroughly investigate.  They flat out  stated yesterday the goal now is to punish the Astros as quickly as possible, and nothing is off the table, including stripping the World Series title and declaring the Yankees AL champions in 2017 AND 2019.  There is talk of banning Hinch and Luhnow for life, and making the players return their 2017 rings.  The latter is the most laughable to me.  But there is no MLB without the New York Yankees, so they will get to dictate this whole affair.  That's just the reality.

Even one of those "punishments" would do it for me as a fan of the game at this level. I would be done. I probably should be done now but I want to believe the best.

Talk Zone / Re: Awards
« on: November 15, 2019, 09:21:56 am »
No problem with Trout winning.

Bregman had HRs all season.   But he didn't really start raking until midseason or so.  He puts it together from April thru September and he'll have his MVP.

His contribution filling in at SS was probably underappreciated nationally.

His playing every day should have been taken more seriously in my opinion. Value is greatly diminished on the DL.

Talk Zone / Re: More controversy
« on: November 15, 2019, 09:17:19 am »
One article today is quoting unidentified GMs as wanting the 2017 WS title vacated.

You had to know that was coming.

Talk Zone / Re: More controversy
« on: November 14, 2019, 09:56:56 am »
I truly believe that the Taubman fiasco, especially the lame-ass attempt to discredit the SI piece, left the Astros ass exposed and the media is not holding back with the paddle.

Fine.  Just don't stop with Houston. We've been told that suspicions are rampant amongst contenders.   Tear back the curtain.

I don't believe for a minute that the Taubman fiasco isn't related to the sign stealing crap.

Talk Zone / Re: More controversy
« on: November 13, 2019, 01:22:58 pm »
Oh, the Humanity!!

Talk Zone / Re: More controversy
« on: November 13, 2019, 11:13:29 am »
If you want to read more, a lot more, about this crap today's astroscounty has a lot to peruse.

Talk Zone / Re: More controversy
« on: November 12, 2019, 01:41:09 pm »
The first sentence at the end of the first paragraph:  That illegal sign stealing, particularly through advanced technology, is everywhere.

But don't let that fact stop the baseball press from saving the world from the bad boys from Houston.

Talk Zone / Re: Reid Ryan phasing out
« on: November 08, 2019, 01:33:53 pm »
His son got the job because presumably he will be the owner one day. Better he get involved in the business now so he can get the experience and be a good owner if and when that day comes. Let's not pretend this is unique, every owner of every professional sports team has their kids in high positions. It makes sense, if you were Crane and your son wanted to "join the family business" he would be hired the next day.

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I've come around to this conclusion as well.

Talk Zone / Re: Reid Ryan phasing out
« on: November 08, 2019, 11:17:12 am »
Some public comments from the priniciples themselves:

(Crane) We felt at this time it was time for [Jared] to step in. I'm past retirement age, and he needs to learn the business if the family is going to retain the team...I'm not a spring chicken. I've been working hard for a long time, and in all of my stuff I'm building a succession plan. Baseball requires a plan in peace for each team, so we're doing that and planning for the family. It has nothing to do with Reid.

(Reid) Jim Crane has been a great owner for the city of Houston, and I thank him for the opportunity to lead the Houston Astros organization. Thank you to the many employees, fans, and partners that have supported this team during my tenure as president. Baseball is about bringing joy to people's lives and I take pride in knowing that we have made so many memories for our fans. While my role has changed, I will remain with the Astros and look forward to another great season in 2020.

Talk Zone / Re: Reid Ryan phasing out
« on: November 07, 2019, 03:09:31 pm »
The optics on this are horrible. And after the Taubman fiasco. Is Crane tone-deaf?

Talk Zone / Re: Reid Ryan phasing out
« on: November 07, 2019, 02:47:51 pm »
Interesting about Reid. I wonder the inside story. Nolan Ryan is a world-class jerk who did nothing day to day but lend his name.

Does Nolan have an official position with the club? Will be interesting to see who is providing the wienies next season.

Talk Zone / Re: The Void (transacations)
« on: November 06, 2019, 09:43:56 am »
He had that terrific season a few years ago.  The Astros obviously didn't know the injury existed prior to the deal for him.  I don't think we'll know how the Astros feel about him long term until after the contract situation is done.

Don't clubs get to see medicals on guys before consummating a deal? Not being a wise-guy, I'm just not really sure. I thought that was part of the process?

Talk Zone / Re: Luxury tax
« on: November 05, 2019, 10:24:46 am »
Crane today appeared to express a willingness to go over it. Hooray! If Cole wants to stay and will compromise of the length of the deal, maybe we have a chance.

I found this from Luhnow: We're probably over the line [the so-called Luxury Tax] at this point without any added additions. Fortunately, Jim's been really open to different investment ideas depending on how we justify it and how it helps our team. At the end of the day, we're not going to know our payroll until we start next year. There's going to be opportunities to improve the team.

Talk Zone / Re: Hinch’s decisions and thinking/G7
« on: November 04, 2019, 09:09:03 am »
Bullshit.  The Nationals did not want to win more than the Astros.  That's a slap in the face to the Astros.  The difference was some balls ended up in gloves and some didn't.
Right on all accounts.

Talk Zone / Re: Hinch’s decisions and thinking/G7
« on: November 03, 2019, 04:21:54 pm »
I have no idea what this means. We played really good players who were on a roll this time. Cannot explain the difference between the two teams’ performances at home and on the road.

Particularly since it was not a trend during the regular season that was repeated post-season.

Talk Zone / Re: Hinch’s decisions and thinking/G7
« on: November 03, 2019, 10:54:47 am »
1980 was terrible also. I MAY be over them.

Until 2017 I was convinced this franchise was established simply to break my heart every few years.

Talk Zone / Re: Ex-Astros News 2019
« on: November 02, 2019, 10:53:48 am »
Collin with a heartfelt goodbye to Houston.

Talk Zone / Re: Cole and Game 5
« on: November 01, 2019, 11:27:44 am »
Maybe next season some built in substitute starts.

AJ and Luhnow are meeting with the media now.

Of course AJ is hitting all the right notes.

Where are you seeing/hearing this?

Talk Zone / Re: Cole and Game 5
« on: October 31, 2019, 10:36:38 pm »
He has to cost a fortune, too, doesn't he?

 Cole $$ I would think.

Talk Zone / Re: Kendrick
« on: October 31, 2019, 10:19:34 pm »
I have watched the replay several times. The pitch was a cutter down, maybe not a strike. How the fuck did he get the ball in the air.

Actually looked like a strike to me. When they use that graphic with the strike zone superimposed it was right in the corner.

Talk Zone / Re: Cole and Game 5
« on: October 31, 2019, 08:57:51 am »
I find Cole's alleged actions embarrassing for him. I thought he was better than this.

Talk Zone / Re: WS 2019
« on: October 28, 2019, 12:52:43 pm »
Don’t overlook the very different circumstances in which the two teams entered the series.  The Astros were coming down off the high of the ALCS and fatigue (mental as well as physical) was likely a factor.  The Nats, on the other hand, came in completely rested and with an abundance of confidence following their demolition of the Jakes. 

Hopefully, they’re a little deflated having been swept at home.  They can’t be happy about coming back to Houston.  How they react will be very interesting.
Don’t overlook the very different circumstances in which the two teams entered the series.
This makes some sense. I was exhausted after the Yankee series from just watching.

Talk Zone / Re: Cole and Game 5
« on: October 28, 2019, 10:54:20 am »
I don't mind the storyline. It's what reporters do and maybe it was his last game. It'll play out with lots of noise and hoopla and odds are what odds are, and I'd just as soon ease into that now than discover it when it happens. I would really hate for him to end up a Yankee though.

Probably because of the storyline I was thinking last night what a special defensive team this is for a pitcher, and that if I were a pitcher looking at leaving the Astros, that's what might hold me. It would be easier to pitch in front of this team than any place else in baseball. Yeah, Cole is great, but at least a bit of that greatness is what's behind him.

You can also see that he is having fun and enjoying the attention and  that is probably something he didn't have much of in Pittsburg.

Talk Zone / Re: WS 2019
« on: October 28, 2019, 10:51:18 am »
Well said. I hope JV has a dominating game left. I hope the bats show up and support him with early runs. I hope the team keeps playing with the intense passion we saw in DC. This will not be easy.

why would the team play with more passion in DC than in Houston? I don't question your statement but it is puzzling to me what we have just seen. Flies in the face of history.  Maybe the Nats did the same? Just very odd for all of the five games to have gone to the visitor.

Talk Zone / Chirinos
« on: October 27, 2019, 12:48:31 pm »
I don't have anything to say about him that you all don't know. Just thought he deserved a shout-out for the outstanding job he has done in the post-season and WS. What a pick-up he's been.

Game Zone 2019 / Re: 2019 World Series, Game 4, October 26, 2019
« on: October 27, 2019, 10:24:30 am »
I saw Howard play in Austin more than once with the Victoria Rosebuds of the Texas League. Disch Field (now gone) had a tall 400 foot deep CF fence, and Howard hit a bullet line drive which was still rising when it left the park.

He was a baaad man. But, I understand, a gentle giant and gentleman.

Game Zone 2019 / Re: 2019 World Series, Game 4, October 26, 2019
« on: October 27, 2019, 08:29:03 am »
Frank Howard had three or four great years. Not a HoFer but he was very good.

I saw Hondo play (one game) in that old shithole that was the stadium the Redskins played in before their new digs. Me and a couple of hundred of my closest friends. That was before they exited for Arlington.

Talk Zone / Re: Astros and D.C. (well, Northern VA)
« on: October 26, 2019, 08:26:55 am »
McLane and Baylor deserve each other.

Talk Zone / Re: Latest Controversy
« on: October 25, 2019, 08:18:55 am »
Luhnow didn’t look so good at his PC.


Taubman has paid for his indiscretion with his job and possibly his career. At this point the media should STFU and move on.

Game Zone 2019 / Re: 2019 World Series Game 1; October 22, 2019
« on: October 24, 2019, 11:34:14 am »
Springer is dead meat if he tries for 3B.  Tucker had to hold up at 2B, and I was wondering if he was even going to score.  Springer would have had to slow up approaching 2B anyway.  It's possible the Nats misplay the throw and Springer makes it to 3B, but you don't make that out at 3B.

Springer could not sleep until he spoke to Hinch about his base running on this play Tuesday night.

I'm glad to hear he did that. It was not a good look.

Talk Zone / Re: Latest Controversy
« on: October 23, 2019, 11:18:28 am »
Also, "those that know me know I am a progressive" sure sounds a lot like "I'm not racist, I have black friends".

Doubt there will be any more statements though.

I am not a Progressive and I would not have considered doing what he allegedly did. This is not about politics.

Talk Zone / Re: World Series Umpires
« on: October 21, 2019, 07:50:14 pm »
Just posted this on facebook, but it applies here too:

On top of not being a who's who of umpiring douchebaggery, this is a pretty good crew. I think the worst in this group is Porter, who has been known to have a bit of a short temper, but compared to the usual suspects, he's amazing.

I consider myself a pretty good fan but you provide a scouting report on the umps? Half of which I don't recognize the names? Ok.

Where are Doug Harvey and John Kibler? Jocko Conlan?

Talk Zone / Re: Lance McCullers' good deed.
« on: October 21, 2019, 09:30:07 am »

Lance got some fans tickets for game 1 that were harassed at Yankee stadium.

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Props to LMJ. He's good people. And Fuck the Yankees and their two-bit fans. I hope it is at least another decade before they win anything as much as a division title.

Talk Zone / Re: Defense
« on: October 20, 2019, 10:50:08 pm »
I swear Correa’s throw was accelerating as it reached Gurriel.

And rising.

Talk Zone / Re: Defense
« on: October 20, 2019, 01:30:14 pm »
After Brantley's amazing catch, the grass stains on his uniform acted like a green screen for the cameras. When he came up to bat there were silvery patches where it looked like his magic was leaking through.

I saw one on his jersey and couldn't figure out what that was exactly until he faced the camera.

Buck made sure to caveat the Pina HR with a crawford boxes remark of course.

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as if there aren't any short porches in Yankee Stadium.

Talk Zone / Re: Rotation Games
« on: October 19, 2019, 09:42:53 am »
Any word on who's "starting" / opening?

I haven't heard anything definitive but my $$ would be on Urquidy.

Sure. Right after she one the arm wrestle.

It’s still a fun ad to watch though.

it lost its appeal for me 200 showings ago.

Talk Zone / Re: NLCS
« on: October 17, 2019, 11:09:31 am »
The Who played at my high school.  Opened for The Buckinghams.

Must have been a really big high school.

Talk Zone / Re: Rotation Games
« on: October 17, 2019, 10:42:12 am »
Very sorry to hear about your father's passing but what a lovely story. As a youth, I always went to games with my grandfather who lived in Houston. He passed when I was in college, shortly after the '80 NLCS. My father played and loves baseball but was much too busy when I was young to set time away for a ballgame. I went to my first game with my father in July 2017 on his 81st birthday. It was magical and I firmly believe we had a hand in the push to the championship. We spoke on the phone for 30-40 minutes after the last out. He sounded like a kid again.

One of the reasons my wife and I moved from metro D-FW to Georgetown upon her retirement was to see our two grandsons, age 1 and 3, grow up and to help our daughter and son-in-law, both busy professionals, with them. Son-in-law is an avid basketball and football fan so it is my grandfatherly duty to introduce these lads to the great game. I look forward to taking them to UT and Express games. I hope it "takes". Hell, my wife has even gotten interested in the Astros the last couple of years. A lot of it is Hinch and the players. These guys are easy to like.

Talk Zone / Re: Rotation Games
« on: October 16, 2019, 09:46:43 pm »
Long time lurker...over a dozen years but hey, I'll give my first take and try not to be called a neck. 

Hinch is consistent in his approach...and players love that about him, they know what to expect. He always gives guys scheduled days off whether they were hot or not or whether they liked it or not.  He uses analytics for shifts and sticks with it despite some player's objections (cough, Dallas, cough) and he doesn't put up with disrespect (see ya Giles).

He also never intentionally walked a batter. From a macro level that's what this pitching decision is...essentially we're not going to intentionally walk a game with our bullpen. We're going to go right after you and if you beat us, you tip your cap and move on to the next game.

Welcome aboard. Don't wait another 12 years to post again.

Talk Zone / Re: Weather report for Game 4
« on: October 16, 2019, 02:25:28 pm »
They would if such a thing existed.

That reminds me....last nite I was channel surfing and ESPN had this doc about the history of college football and television. I am old enough to remember most of it. There was for several years in the '60s but one college football game televised per weekend. And each team could only appear on the Game of the Week once per year. So, if Texas/Oklahoma was televised nationally the Texas/A%M game could not be even if the Aggies hadn't used up their quota of one. My how things have changed.

Talk Zone / Re: Weather report for Game 4
« on: October 16, 2019, 02:18:38 pm »
Which tells you all you'll never need to know about Fox's sports priority.

A meaningless Thursday Night Football game ranks higher than the semi-finals for MLB.

Please, MLB, for fuck's sake, sell rights to broadcast your playoff games to a network that isn't run by 3 gibbons in a trenchcoat.

the sad thing is that the meaningless Thursday Night Football game will probably get better ratings.

Talk Zone / Re: Joe Maddon to the Angels
« on: October 16, 2019, 10:34:49 am »
Not surprising, but sounds like its about to be official.

Mark Feinsand

Source confirms Joe Maddon is headed to Anaheim to become the next Angels manager.
And the first thing I think of is "what does Cole think about that?"

Talk Zone / Re: Rotation Games
« on: October 16, 2019, 10:33:32 am »
If tonight’s game gets postponed until tomorrow, I’d flip Verlander and Urquidy in your order.  Verlander won’t be fazed by pitching in Yankee Stadium in October, and he’s on normal rest Friday.


Talk Zone / Re: NLCS
« on: October 16, 2019, 10:32:35 am »
This inspired me to dig it out of the vinyl collection. Listening now, with Mingus and Art Blakey in queue.

that was a great post from AstroAndy.

Talk Zone / Re: NLCS
« on: October 16, 2019, 08:43:16 am »
Sometime in the '90s I was in NYC for a weekend on a business trip. That Saturday, a beautiful day,  I had no plans and started walking from the Marriot Marquise in Times Square. Eventually worked my way down to Greenwich Village and passed the Village Vanguard. Hallowed ground.

Talk Zone / Re: Sunday’s game
« on: October 14, 2019, 06:52:10 pm »
My sentiments exactly...and I did pay $16.50.

I'm down for a case.

Talk Zone / Re: Frito pie
« on: October 14, 2019, 02:07:05 pm »
I had a Frito pie chili cheese dog at Minute Maid last night. I am claiming credit for the win.

Anyone who thinks pizza is a sub for Frito pie should be too embarrassed to post it.

I made mine at home with the Wick Fowler mix and added some beans for my conscious. Mighty tasty and the fritos made it a balanced meal.


that's great. Makes Sparks look like the calm one by comparison.

Talk Zone / Re: Weather report for Game 4
« on: October 14, 2019, 11:00:43 am »
The built the most expensive baseball stadium of all time and forgot to put a roof on it. Man, Yankees are stupid people.

They haven't changed their uniforms in 100 years either. It is almost like they are traditionalists or something.

Talk Zone / Re: Weather report for Game 4
« on: October 14, 2019, 10:32:25 am »
Of course that's the one game I was planning on going to - would they make it up Friday?

Thursday, weather permitting.

Talk Zone / Weather report for Game 4
« on: October 14, 2019, 09:41:31 am »
Currently a 100% chance of rain in NY on Wed. per a Footer/McTaggart column. If game rained out then Greinke could go on full rest in Game 4 Thursday skipping the Urquidy/BP game.

Edited: Game 4 not 3. Cole of course is Game 3. My typo.

But, they will get to a third time if they are used that much in relief....

They just need to see the ball and hit the ball.  It's simple, right?

I don't know if it's simple. Probably not but seeing the ball well against a different guy each time is probably really hard.

Meanwhile...7.2IP, 3H/2ER, 11K:4BB Yankee pen this series
                      4.2IP, 1H/0ER, 5K:2BB.   Astros pen this series. 
Our guys are holding their own very nicely. 

I think Smoltz is actually on to something. Think about how many times this year the Astros did nothing through the first few innings and then destroyed the pitching in the 5th or 6th innings after they had seen the stuff a bit. With the way Boone is handling his staff (and same for Cash in the last series), they're simply not getting that third time around against the same pitcher.

Exactly. This is not hard to figure out.

Talk Zone / Re: Skaggs autopsy
« on: October 12, 2019, 10:59:07 pm »

This may be becoming a big deal. The Angels’ director of communications supplied Skaggs with the drugs and told the DEA that five other Angels players use. Also said that the team’s former VP - who is now the president of the HOF - knew about Skaggs’s drug use.

Rusty Hardin representing the family. I was trying to remember where I had heard that name.....Roger Clemens.

Sparks screaming at Harris "you're skanky" and "your wife loves money" as Harris cheerily replied "she loves winning and being a party of this thing."

Somehow I was not aware that Brandon Crawford is Garrett Cole's brother in law.

And they use the same barber.

Talk Zone / Re: Sunday’s game
« on: October 12, 2019, 10:00:30 am »
$16.50 for a big Love Street. If Abbott can keep people from profiteering during hurricanes, he ought to be able to do something about this.

Same likelihood that the players will take less money to play.

Talk Zone / Re: was anyone else irritated
« on: October 12, 2019, 09:16:19 am »
I only had the volume up at moments when I wanted to hear the crowd.

3 man booths are terrible.  Especially if both color analysts are jackwagons.

This is so true and I don't, for the life of me, understand why networks don't get that.

Total silence at my house...except when I talked to myself or to my dog.

trust and your do would have been better than this crew. And PBP was actually ok. The two analysts acted like they were there for reasons other than analyzing what was happening on the field.

Talk Zone / Re: ALCS Rotation
« on: October 11, 2019, 10:34:16 am »
So, it might seem that dropping Straw for another bat off of the bench may make sense with Marisnick only being used for pinch-running and/or late inning defense. But what bat would you add? Or would it be a bullpen piece? It does seem Straw is a little bit of a luxury but Hinch/Luhnow have always liked that speed off the bench asset.

Talk Zone / Re: Tipping pitches
« on: October 11, 2019, 10:22:23 am »
Thank you, JG.

You are welcome. Thanks for sharing it.

Talk Zone / Re: ALCS Rotation
« on: October 11, 2019, 10:20:59 am »
Marisnick, while not Straw, is fast and an excellent baserunner. Perhaps Hinch is not comfortable having them both taking roster spots in this series.

Talk Zone / Re: Tipping pitches
« on: October 11, 2019, 10:15:24 am »
Every time a pitcher gets hit hard, his (and others’) first thought is “I must be tipping somehow. They knew what was coming.” Well, maybe.

I happen to think it is good baseball to study a pitcher’s grip or mannerisms to determine if he is doing things differently on fast balls and breaking pitches. I did that for three years coaching first base for the Longhorns, and I was able to let the hitters know who wanted to know what was coming. Our first baseman, Bob Snoddy, won the SWC batting title my senior year and gave me credit in a newspaper interview, making Coach Falk apoplectic at this disclosure. One has to be certain when calling pitches for hitters because crossing the hitter up is dangerous and loses his trust in the credibility of the info.

I did this as often as possible coaching HS also. At McCallum in the ‘70s, we faced an outstanding pitcher named Tommy Boggs for three years. I called every single one of his pitches for three years because of a mannerism he had by sticking his tongue in his cheek on curves. He threw very hard, and this helped hitters get ready for his fast ball. Knowing what was coming helped us beat him every time we faced him his sophomore and junior years.

Despite our knowledge, Tommy beat us three times in close games  his senior year, including a playoff game. Shoddy defense at times plus bad luck contributed, and our hitters’ knowing what he was throwing was not the deciding factor in these games. Tommy was big, strong, a fierce competitor, and he had improved so much he was drafted second overall in the first round by the Rangers and played several years in MLB for the Rangers and the Braves.

Here is the bottom line on this issue, as Boggs showed us and as Glasnow showed the Astros after the first inning last night: a hitter can know what the pitcher will throw, either by a call from the bench or by watching for the tell, but he still has to hit the ball. Using tipping pitches as the excuse for being hit hard is at least partially valid, but the excuse also denigrates the hitters’ skills.

Great post, Jim.

Talk Zone / Re: Tipping pitches
« on: October 11, 2019, 10:13:47 am »
I agree re Cash. Glasnow too.


Cash is a class-act. No surprise he and Hinch are friends. I wish this club well in the future when not playing Houston.

Nobody’s ever going to forget this moment.

That Konerko fella is kind of a showoff.

Talk Zone / Re: NLDS
« on: October 10, 2019, 01:36:17 pm »
If you think he’s been that the last couple of years, check again.

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That was intended as sarcasm on my part and, clearly, I failed miserably. I have been tired of the Kershaw worship since 2017. He seems to still be a good pitcher but he fails in the most inopportune times (if you are a Dodger teammate, coach or fan).

Talk Zone / Re: NLDS
« on: October 10, 2019, 09:07:17 am »
He deserves to be second guessed forever for putting Kershaw in there.

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The best pitcher in baseball?

Talk Zone / Re: The Importance Of Will Harris Can't Be Understated
« on: October 08, 2019, 12:19:49 pm »
You say "under", I say "over"; why can't we all get along? get the point.

Hopefully they are getting all of the shit out of their system today. But Springer and Brantley need to find their stroke.

Talk Zone / Re: The bullpen
« on: October 07, 2019, 09:46:16 am »
I think he was accurately describing his condition, not being ironic. Maybe he was just accurately describing my condition.

There is no doubt a lot of that going around. And that is one of the things that makes fandom so great.

Talk Zone / Cole article in The Athletic
« on: October 04, 2019, 10:05:56 am »

Talk Zone / Re: ALDS
« on: October 04, 2019, 10:04:22 am »
Devo AND Peacock out surprises me.  That's some serious reliever experience missing from the team.

Neither one is pitching particularly well at this time.

Talk Zone / Re: ALDS
« on: October 03, 2019, 01:41:02 pm »
Seriously?  You name one of them "Maverick" and the other one something other than "Goose"?

I was thinking Cheyenne to go along with Maverick. Or Gunsmoke.

Talk Zone / Re: ALDS
« on: October 03, 2019, 10:32:52 am »
We probably should forfeit.

No doubt. I've made plans to travel outside the country where there is no baseball or even t.v.

Talk Zone / Re: ALDS
« on: October 03, 2019, 07:31:47 am »
-The Rays won four out of seven games against Houston in 2019.
 -The Astros outscored the Rays 40-27 in 2019.
 -Tampa won three of those four games to open the 2019 season.
 -The Astros scored nine runs in those four games, and scored four runs in the last three games of that opening series combined.
 -The second HOU/TBR series was Aug 27-29. Houston won 15-1, won 8-6, and lost 9-8.
 -The Astros are 5-12 at Tropicana Field since the beginning of the 2015 season. They're 2-6 in 2018-2019.

Buckle up, folks. Tampa is a good baseball team. Their bullpen is purportedly one of the best in MLs so getting runs early is key.

Talk Zone / Re: Greinke
« on: October 02, 2019, 12:14:20 pm »
In other Drayton news, he is suing Crane for purposely tanking in 2012-13 to undermine Comcast Sportsnet.

I can't imagine investing in a business model that revolves around the fortunes of a single, or even two, sports teams' performance to determine profits.

Talk Zone / Re: Greinke
« on: October 02, 2019, 11:20:26 am »
Great read, and it makes it apparent that Jim Crane knows baseball and is a perfect complement to Jeff Lunhow.

When McLane sold to Crane the ownership position improved by several WAR points.

Talk Zone / Re: Choose Wisely
« on: October 01, 2019, 12:19:46 pm »
He might take it to stay and keep the JV/Cole/Greinke staff together.

I've been watching Cole a lot during the games. The way he interacts with his teammates and coaches. In addition to becoming a better pitcher I have to think he's having the time of his life. And the fan reaction, compared to the atmosphere in Pittsburg, has to be very uplifting. And, as far as I know, Houston has wine and the Hill Country vinyards aren't that far away.

Talk Zone / Re: ALDS
« on: October 01, 2019, 10:29:03 am »
Get your Worrell button ready. TV announcers for games 1-2 are Kenny Albert, Joe Girardi, and.... AJ Fuckhead.

I mute the tv and pickup the Astros radio broadcast. You have to synch it up because tv is ahead of radio but that is easy with the delay tv button.

Talk Zone / Re: ALDS
« on: October 01, 2019, 10:22:57 am »
I can deal with the f'd up start times, but if they delay our game I will absolutely loose my shit!

That would be beyond the pale. They have got to find a way to do better than that. Like switching to the later game in the territories of the two teams. Or putting the late game on an alternate FOX network until the big FOX can pick it up. But since it is already on FOX1 I suppose there isn't an alternate network and it is a college football gameday. This has the possibility of being really fucked up.

Game Zone 2019 / Re: Astros @ Angels - 9/27/19
« on: September 30, 2019, 11:37:01 am »
Two nights in Toronto, one night in Montreal, two nights in Quebec City, two nights in Halifax, all in Great Northern RR hotels (now Fairmont).

was that through Vacations By Rail?

Game Zone 2019 / Re: Astros @ Angels - 9/27/19
« on: September 30, 2019, 09:47:06 am »
Train from Vancouver to Halifax with stops along the way is great.

I bet so. That is a fer piece.

Talk Zone / Re: Post Season Awards
« on: September 30, 2019, 09:39:17 am »
Also Sabathia got really old and fat. So, adversity.

I can't remember Sabathia ever being NOT old and fat.

Game Zone 2019 / Re: Astros @ Angels - 9/27/19
« on: September 29, 2019, 11:29:53 am »
I've been considering doing that. I assume you'd recommend it? What time of season did you go?

We did the Canadian Rockies early summer IIRC.  Flew into Vancouver to catch it and tacked a couple of days at the end of our trip in Banff. Drove to Calgary to catch a flight home. I recommend it for those that can enjoy being in a comfortable seat and looking out the window for hours at a time. You can go out to the rear of the car, which I did often, and get some air and less obstructed views. The food on the train is very good, too. We paid extra to sit in a dining car for the meals which really is just lunch and something light for breakfast. By dinner we were off of the train and in a town where we were put up in lodging.

Talk Zone / Re: Miley's Last Chance
« on: September 28, 2019, 01:01:56 pm »
This seems most likely.

Before the collapse Sparks commented that for guys like Miley it can be tough to put guys away with 2 strikes.   "Hard to get them living on the edges" or something line- that.

Miley is one of those guys that, when he's good, he lets guys get themselves out.

Talk Zone / Re: Miley's Last Chance
« on: September 28, 2019, 10:25:52 am »
I think it became much easier. If Miley showed any sign of getting outs, it would be different.

It really sucks because Miley was such a pleasant surprise all season.

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I feel bad for Miley. Most of the season he looked like a solid #3 and then when Greinke came he really looked solid in the #4. But,
Urquidy's four September appearances: 18IP, 10H/3ER, 16K:3BB, .182 BABIP.

Game Zone 2019 / Re: Astros @ Angels - 9/27/19
« on: September 28, 2019, 10:17:40 am »
Just read the GZ on a train from Munich to Paris. So much wailing and hand-wringing. This team will be ready in October.

sounds like a nice trip. I love train travel. We did the Rocky Mountaineer trip through the Canadian Rockies a few years ago. What a way to travel.

Talk Zone / Re: Miley's Last Chance
« on: September 28, 2019, 10:11:22 am »
Urquidy’s excellent start tonight certainly doesn’t make Hinch’s choice any easier. Or maybe it does.

I believe it does.

Talk Zone / Re: Miley's Last Chance
« on: September 26, 2019, 06:34:08 pm »
It's entirely possible that Miley makes the roster, but will be used in the pen, not as a starter.  I have a hard time trusting him to start a game.

Why would you trust him in a tight game out of the pen which he is not accustomed to?
My 2 cents is that he starts or he sits at home.

Talk Zone / Re: Miley's Last Chance
« on: September 26, 2019, 06:32:32 pm »
I'd take James and Devo.

I'd take James before Devo. The Astros seem to like James velocity out of the pen.

Game Zone 2019 / Re: Astros @ Mariners, September 25, 2019
« on: September 26, 2019, 10:04:31 am »
Servais on Greinke post-game: It was art. He's out there just dealing and drawing it up the way he wants to. It's frustrating when he's on his game like that, because you really have to be disciplined at the plate. One of the things he's really good at is when he gets ahead in the count, the balls are just off the edge and they look like strikes. Veteran pitcher and he was really on top of his game tonight. Coming in after Cole, it's totally different styles.

Talk Zone / Re: Choose Wisely
« on: September 26, 2019, 09:59:11 am »
Whoa there.  I like Toro as much a the next guy, and he's done a good job filling in.  But he's not an everyday player in the big leagues, and he's certainly no replacement for Correa.

I'd like to see if Toro could be the new Marwin. Maybe not play SS but play ever other IF spot and corner OF.

CC has played in 57.8% of Astros games since the beginning of the 2018 season.

Game Zone 2019 / Re: Angels @ Astros - 9/21/19
« on: September 23, 2019, 12:47:24 pm »
Gotta be Urquidy or Valdez.

I may trust Valdez less than Miley.

Talk Zone / Re: Lunch today
« on: September 21, 2019, 09:51:18 am »
Lately I've been eating mullet every chance I get. I never understood why it's considered a trash fish; the filets are beautiful. Although it doesn't get much respect here, either. It's called 'bobo,' which means stupid.

My daughter and her family have a 15 yr. old Beagle named Riley that they started calling Bobo about five years ago. It all starts to make sense now.

Talk Zone / Re: The Mets
« on: September 19, 2019, 10:59:27 am »
We probably win in '80 if the Dodgers don't sweep the final weekend.  Niekro could have pitched twice in the NLCS.

Interesting thought.

Talk Zone / Re: Milestones
« on: September 19, 2019, 10:56:43 am »
I only saw one a Colt Stadium-Musial and the Cards won 2-1-but I listened every night on the radio.

I got to see Musial play too at Colt Stadium. Must have been his last season....'63.

Talk Zone / Re: The Mets
« on: September 19, 2019, 10:01:36 am »
+1 And 1980.

I feel like '86 hurt more because of '80. No question in my mind we win it all with a healthy J.R.  in '80.

Talk Zone / Re: Milestones
« on: September 19, 2019, 09:58:50 am »
1962 for me, which was the season before my senior year in HS. Switched my allegiance from the Pirates to the Colt 45s, and here I am. We are in the Golden Age, and long may it last.

'63 for me as I was then 9 and could understand what was going on. Saw my first game at Colt Stadium that year as we drove up and back from Corpus on a Sunday to see a game vs. the Reds and Frank Robinson. Pete Rose was a rookie 2Bman that year.

Talk Zone / Re: The Mets
« on: September 18, 2019, 05:21:30 pm »
Yeah, 86 stung for a long time. I think the WS in 2017 healed some of that. As well as not playing them often.

Looking back I still dislike some of those players...Gooden, Strawberry...

The Cubs were for a while a team I REALLY rooted against. That had a lot to do with Zambrano, Dusty Baker.

Now my disdain is focused on the Stangers, but mostly because of Odor. Can't stand the guy.

I will be surprised if Odor is still a Ranger next season. But I will still hate the Rangers for some reason. And I lived in the Metroplex for more years than I have lived anywhere. They just don't do things with the same class as the Astros do. Even their cable broadcast crew and presentation annoys me. Hell they are copying the Astros stadium design.

Talk Zone / Re: Aches and Pains (2019)
« on: September 18, 2019, 10:42:47 am »
Not unexpected, but I'll sure miss McHugh

Me, too. As much as a person as a pitcher. Class act.

Talk Zone / Re: Imelda
« on: September 18, 2019, 10:41:18 am »
Hmm. I thought this was going to be about shoes.

that is funny.

Talk Zone / Re: MMP offseason renovations?
« on: September 12, 2019, 09:11:37 am »
Right now they are in the garage. Mrs. Hawk doesn’t want them in the living room. If I get my man cave (at the house I’ve bought and paid for) they’ll go in there.

If only you could get the 'Dome scoreboard to go in there.

He wasn’t going to take on Greinke money either until he did. Nothing said earlier matters now.

Except that I've heard him say it since Greinke was acquired.

Th owner seems hellbent on contuining to win, and is putting his pocketbook where his mouth is. I'm with him.

I'm pretty sure I've heard Crane say the Luxury Tax thing is a priority. Staying under it, of course.

Talk Zone / Re: MMP offseason renovations?
« on: September 10, 2019, 04:05:03 pm »
They memorialized Yordan's upper deck shot,  and they dug up the Toy Cannon and Rooster seats! (I inquired about those a few days ago).

 I remember when Wynn and Rader hit those prodigious HRs but I did not recall them being within a week of each other.

Yup. I didn't realize the Boston's pipeline is as depleted as it apparently is. Breaks my heart.

They will have to spend their way out of it.

In Dombrowski related news...I read this morning where the Sox owners did not show up for the press conference and made Alex Cora have to field questions about why his boss got sacked.  If true, that's a cowardly way to handle it.
If true, I'm almost embarrassed for them. They owe the fans more than that.

Game Zone 2019 / Re: Barnacle Backs at Astros- August 8, 2019
« on: September 08, 2019, 04:09:28 pm »
The post-game hostess has pointed out the Astros outscored 5 NFL teams today.

Game Zone 2019 / Re: Barnacle Backs at Astros- August 8, 2019
« on: September 08, 2019, 03:45:59 pm »
Have we seen Cole better than this? I know there is a lot to choose from but he's unhittable.

Game Zone 2019 / Re: Barnacle Backs at Astros- August 8, 2019
« on: September 08, 2019, 03:29:37 pm »
Felix used to be so good. He has aged badly.

If they remake Miami Vice I think King Felix would be good casting.

Game Zone 2019 / Re: Mariners @ Astros, September 7, 2019
« on: September 08, 2019, 11:39:03 am »
I know it's not the question they were asking,  but Yuli deserves to be mentioned along with Brantley and Bregman as this team's offensive MVP.

Hell yes he does.

Talk Zone / Re: Aches and Pains (2019)
« on: September 04, 2019, 01:06:59 pm »
I remember a game where the batter hit a towering popup right behind 1B.  The first baseman was trying to get under it, and you could tell was having trouble with the sun.  Our second baseman kept yelling "back...back...back...back" and the first baseman kept moving back towards the outfield.  He was still back peddling when the ball landed about five feet in front of him, at which point our second baseman yelled "too much".

That's funny.

Talk Zone / Re: Reymin Guduan
« on: September 04, 2019, 09:13:48 am »
there was a ton of good stuff in Astros County today.

Talk Zone / Re: Ex-Astros News 2019
« on: September 03, 2019, 05:22:12 pm »
Another reliever? How many do they need? Nine for each game?

Glad Giles was in Toronto to pitch to Toro.

You can't spell Toronto without Toro.

Talk Zone / 2nd Anniversary of Verlander trade
« on: August 31, 2019, 11:14:38 am »
and astroscounty has put together a comprehensive chronology of what went down. A lot of this stuff I have not read.

Also here are the principles of the deal and how they have fared since:

Verlander: 37-14, 2.48 ERA / 0.84 WHIP, 576K:76BB, Cy Young Runner-Up in 2018, World Series Champion.

 Daz Cameron: .217/.332/.385 at Triple-A in 2019.
 Franklin Perez: Injuries have held him to 30.2IP since the trade.
 Jake Rogers: .118/.230/.289 in 23 games for Detroit in 2019.

More evidence that you want to be the team trading the prospects. I'm really disappointed to see that Perez has had the injury bug. I had high expectations for him.

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: Fayetteville 2019
« on: August 28, 2019, 01:38:49 pm »
What do we need to know about him?

I think Luhnow mentioned him on a pre-game interview a few weeks ago. That is worth more than any stat sheet.

Talk Zone / Re: Cristian Javier
« on: August 26, 2019, 11:25:50 am »
BR called him #10 prospect.
more from astrosfuture
Javier has posted great numbers during his minor league career, and has done so with solid but not great stuff. After a 2.70 ERA last year between A/A+, he has made it up to AA this season. Overall in 2019 he has a 1.87 ERA with 123 K in 86.2 innings. While the stuff he possesses isn’t elite, he has consistently put up good numbers thanks to high spin rates and solid breaking balls. If he finishes this way in AA this season, he will continue to rise.

2019 Stats: 20 G, 1.87 ERA, 86.2 IP, 40 H, 46 BB, 123 K, 12.8 K/9

Talk Zone / Re: Cristian Javier
« on: August 26, 2019, 11:04:41 am »
Astrosfuture rates him 11th in the org. Whitley, Abreu, Bielak and Ivey ranked higher among their pitchers.

Talk Zone / Re: white uniforms
« on: August 25, 2019, 04:25:54 pm »
I like how almost everyone had a negative reaction to the unis. I hope next year they bust out the dots and stripes.
Next year? Does anyone look forward to this? Can we just move on?

Game Zone 2019 / Re: 8/23 Angels @ AstrosOHGODMYEYES!
« on: August 24, 2019, 11:32:03 am »

Hinch on Greinke: He can just really pitch. I know nowadays we're fixated on power and stuff and the strikeouts and wipeout this and spin that, and that's all fine and good. But when you see the artistic side of Zack Greinke and how he pitches, how he moves the ball around the strike zone, how he challenges one of the best hitters in baseball in Mike Trout and beats him, there's just an art that he has the It Factor.

I've seen a lot of reporters sharing this story and their thoughts on it. Still waiting to see one dig to find out what the actual beef was.

The AstrosCounty dude is wondering if Verlander just lost the CY the other night.

Talk Zone / Re: Aches and Pains (2019)
« on: August 22, 2019, 06:44:49 pm »

Talk Zone / Re: Aches and Pains (2019)
« on: August 22, 2019, 09:50:02 am »
The Astros are calling up Toro to help with the infield. He's not on the 40 man, so corresponding moves should be interesting.

Wow. Did not see this coming.

Talk Zone / Re: Lunch today
« on: August 22, 2019, 09:35:30 am »
My current favorite meal in Austin. I typically eat there at least every 2-3 weeks.

That's right near my daughters' house in Allandale. I'll have to try it.

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: Round Rock 2019
« on: August 22, 2019, 09:29:30 am »
Abraham Toro, the quondam Quebecois, is duplicating Rojas' success at AAA looking to move past Tucker on the prospect list.
.429/.571/1.071 and a .500 OBP in 15 games.

anyone know what position(s) Toro has been playing? Does he approach the versatility of Rojas?

Talk Zone / Re: Aches and Pains (2019)
« on: August 21, 2019, 10:17:01 am »
All I know is that I was wrong about Correa. I thought that we had the next A-Rod. Wellsir, he's not even in the same stratosphere with A Rod. Good player? Yes. All Star. If healthy, maybe. There are better shortstops in the game, e.g., Lindor. And then this injury crap. Untouchable? Definitely not. Sell high. But sell.

Not sure the "sell high" days aren't behind us. Personally, I would not attempt to deal him. Let him play, when healthy, and then let him walk when his contract is up. You can still catch lightening- in- a- bottle possibly for a post-season.

The correct response would have been "okie-dokie artichokie".

I actually say that occasionally. But I would never write it and not be able to deny it.

Talk Zone / Re: Lunch today
« on: August 20, 2019, 12:41:23 pm »
There was a place called Leslie's Chicken Shack in Waco (long before my time here) that is still revered by the locals (though it has long since closed). No idea if it was connected to Shep's.

Yes. There is a connection although I'm not sure what it was. Same recipe for the chicken. I used to see their sign when in Waco.

Talk Zone / Re: Lunch today
« on: August 20, 2019, 12:39:56 pm »
Speaking of chicken in Corpus, Vietnam Restaurant on Water Street is a superb restaurant. Their roasted chicken is one of the best I've ever had (and their salt and pepper fried chicken is really good too). I've been several times and everything I've ordered there was outstanding.

Vietnam is an excellent restaurant. 

Game Zone 2019 / Re: Tigers at Astros 08/19/2019
« on: August 20, 2019, 11:35:28 am »
He seems so fragile.

He's actually strong as an ox. That may be the problem. Too many muscles to pull.

Talk Zone / Re: Lunch today
« on: August 20, 2019, 11:30:08 am »
Growing up in Corpus we had a small local business called Shep's Chicken Shack. Their fried chicken was awesome. To this day I haven't had anything better but you can't buy it outside of Corpus. At one time there must have been a Chicken Shack in Waco because I remember their signage off of the interstate.

Game Zone 2019 / Re: Astros @ A’s, August 18, 2019
« on: August 19, 2019, 06:39:50 pm »
Poor Sneed has been called up and sent back down twice in the last 4 days.

I suspect he was in a first-class hotel in the Bay Area for a couple of days. I'll take that mistreatment.

Talk Zone / Re: Lunch today
« on: August 19, 2019, 11:08:48 am »
CFA wins on customer service and overall presentation, no doubt.  An acquaintance of my wife's was trying to start a CFA franchise and corporate has some really strict requirements for would-be franchisees.  They won't let just anyone start one up because they want the experience to be consistent.  That's why every CFA you walk into is well kept.

But they've become victims of their own success.  They reacted with some streamlining to their drive-thru operation, and at first you'd get through in 5-10 minutes even if the lines were long.  But based on my last few experiences I think they've reached the limit on how effective it is without a larger kitchen and more real estate.  I had to drive down MLK during the lunch hour a few months ago and the lines of cars waiting to turn into the CFA between Guadalupe and Lamar were fucking up traffic for everyone.  No fast food is worth that.

Plus, the people at CFA are too nice and perky.  I'd rather go to Wendy's or Popeye's and get a better chicken sandwich, a shorter wait, and interact with someone whose pleasure it most certainly is not.

In the '80s I talked to CFA about a franchise. Except they didn't really franchise, and may not still, but they do partnerships. It is a concept that has worked for them and I believe keeps their product and their operational quality up. Go into a Burger King, for instance, and you don't know what you are going to get. Some are ok, some are filthy (BK). The CFA concept has the business operator on duty, hands-on, wearing a CFA uniform about a zillion hours a week. I didn't want that for myself. But it works to their advantage.

Talk Zone / Re: Lunch today
« on: August 19, 2019, 10:10:39 am »
I cannot abide Popeye's.  In fact, I find it particularly distasteful.  If I want fried chicken, it's Frenchy's or nothing.  On the other hand, I love CFA's chicken sammich.  And their waffle fries...I'm all about the surface area to mass ratio.

I"m with you on this. Except for the Frenchy's part. I haven't tried one. I'll be on the lookout.

Talk Zone / Re: Aches and Pains (2019)
« on: August 18, 2019, 03:06:06 pm »
The Astros' medical staff works in mysterious ways.

I suspect they need the extra arm now. Diaz is probably fine.

Talk Zone / Re: Ex-Astros News 2019
« on: August 18, 2019, 09:47:11 am »
No. People complained about Dean’s grammar. Passé was not big league in any way. Elston was. The contrast was vivid. I know Passé got the job because of the connection to the Buffs, but for me, he was 100% minor league.

Dean used to sing The Wabash Cannonball on the television broadcasts during games. He was a clown, too. But he was likeable.

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: Intentional Walk Stat
« on: August 17, 2019, 01:13:01 pm »
You have earned a citation for driveling in the bus lane.

Due to a number of citations I have applied for Defensive Posting.

Talk Zone / Re: Ex-Astros News 2019
« on: August 16, 2019, 01:03:43 pm »
I think that the Lions were followed by many in Texas because of Bobby Layne and Doak Walker.

Yes, I think that is correct. And Yale Lary played at TxA&M and my dad liked him.

Talk Zone / Re: Ex-Astros News 2019
« on: August 16, 2019, 10:37:16 am »
Wanna say I'm enjoying the stories about who some of y'all rooted for before the Stros!

I deliver meals on wheels to a 92 year old that loves talking baseball.  I'd read the book he wrote...if he ever wrote down these incredible stories.

I salute you for your Meals On Wheels service. I should do something like that.

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Intentional Walk Stat
« on: August 16, 2019, 09:46:17 am »
to date, the Astros have issued zero intentional walks this season. That has never happened over a full season.

Talk Zone / Re: Ex-Astros News 2019
« on: August 16, 2019, 08:04:20 am »
The Tigers were my dad’s favorite team. They tried to sign him out of HS, but he said no and came to UT ( and met my mother). He rooted for them after that.

My dad was a Tiger fan too before MLB came to Texas. Not sure why as he had no roots there. He pulled for the Lions in football, too, before Texas had an NFL franchise. I understand that, in that day, Detroit was actually quite an urban Promiseland of culture and refinement with the American auto industry a its' zenith. 

Talk Zone / Re: Ex-Astros News 2019
« on: August 15, 2019, 05:40:02 pm »
I was a Brooklyn Dodgers fan as a kid, but when they went to LA, I dropped them. That year was Elroy Face’s 18-1 year, and I started following them because of him. In 1960, I was with them from the first pitch of ST to Mazeroski’s homer to win the WS. That 1960 Pirates team was my all time favorite team until 2017.

Have you read Kiss It Goodbye by John Moody? It is about the '60 WS from the perspective of a Pirate fan who was six years old in 1960. It has a little bit of a Vern Law focus but is a great narrative of that team, those players and the bond that formed between father and son through baseball. If I could go back in time and see a game from some of the old ballparks that are no longer around, Forbes Field would be on my list.

Talk Zone / Re: Ex-Astros News 2019
« on: August 15, 2019, 03:43:29 pm »
I switched from the Pirates to the Astros immediately, but I do not remember when Houston baseball became available on the radio. Soon after though because I listened to Gene Elston and Lowell Passé (ugh) nightly. I also read box scores religiously in those day. Baseball season of 1962 I was 16 and would be 17 in September. My HS senior year was ‘62-‘63.

Yea, Lowell was a trip. How did you get interested in the Buccos?

Talk Zone / Re: Ex-Astros News 2019
« on: August 15, 2019, 03:16:45 pm »
Yeah, his comment was pretty funny. The early days in the ‘60s say hi also.

The early days never got long to me since I was 10ish and in Little League and couldn't get but one ML baseball game a week on tv...usually the Yankees of course. I listened to every Colt .45 game I could on the radio. We got a Sunday game on the tube when they were on the road so about two televised games a month.

Game Zone 2019 / Re: Astros at White Sox 08/14/2019
« on: August 15, 2019, 08:05:30 am »
The bullpen is the biggest problem. It's not fully recovered from the beating it took midseason when 1. All the injuries to the offense led to a long string of low-scoring, close games with the pen having to grind out multiple high leverage innings almost every night. 2. A fluky run of extra-inning games. 3. Then the issues with the starting rotation forcing them to pitch lots of bullpen innings 2 out of every 5 games. If Cole is out for a while (and I'm guessing they'll be conservative with him because a hamstring on a pitcher is major bad mojo) that means more hard work for the pen at least once every 5 games.

Ideally they could bring up extra pitchers to eat lots of innings in September, rest the bullpen regulars and not worry too much about the details... but that would assume they could coast through the last month. Messing up these next couple of weeks would mean not being able to finish off the A's and not getting a chance to rest people.

I suspect there are 30 ML bullpens running on fumes by this time of the year.

Talk Zone / Re: 2020 schedle out
« on: August 12, 2019, 12:57:37 pm »
In the Nation's Capital for the 4th of July.

Yankee Stadium in September.

Talk Zone / Re: Ex-Astros News 2019
« on: August 12, 2019, 11:06:03 am »
By my calculations the Astros have had 17 starts this year from pitchers in which they originally signed.

Armenteros and James 1 ea.

Valdez, Martin and Urquidy  5 ea.

assuming the Astros are the original signing team on each.                             

Talk Zone / Re: Off day question
« on: August 10, 2019, 05:06:38 pm »
Two words: Kevin Brown

Yep. Hell, it could happen again. You get a hot pitcher twice in a post-season series.

Talk Zone / Re: Reddick
« on: August 10, 2019, 04:47:27 pm »
I cannot see Josh Reddick or hear his name without thinking about that ball field he built a couple of years back in his hometown of Savannah.
First class human. I would love to see him be the game-winning hero in a big game this year. I mean a game that really means something.

Hinch on the subject of Reddick: I always go to pitch selection or I'll go to a little bit of how hard he swings and how hard he chases hits. He's not using the opposite field as much. There's little things that he could do that he hasn't done for the last month or so. He's not in any danger of losing playing time. I'm comfortable with him as a real threat and I expect him to finish the season really well.

Talk Zone / Re: Off day question
« on: August 10, 2019, 04:43:23 pm »
The more we discussed, the more I remembered, holy shit that 98 team was good.

I was devastated they did not proceed deeper into the post-season.

Talk Zone / Re: Ex-Astros News 2019
« on: August 09, 2019, 11:45:33 am »
Three for Fisher, including Aaron Sanchez, is mind-boggling.


Talk Zone / Re: Off day question
« on: August 09, 2019, 11:43:56 am »
I have a slide rule, and sort of know how it works, at least the basic principle.  Not sure I could do any real calculations with it though.  I keep it for nostalgic purposes, alongside my Gerber scale and ten points (both of which I *do* know how to use and actually did early in my career), mainly just to impress to the youngsters with old technology.

I'm pretty good with a 12" ruler.

Beer and Queso / Re: annual happy birthday to me and andy z
« on: August 07, 2019, 11:49:37 am »
Happy birthday!

I’ll need to take some yoga classes before I can blow my own horn.

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that's hitting below the belt.

Game Zone 2019 / Re: Rockheads @ Astros - Place data here
« on: August 07, 2019, 10:55:08 am »
One of my favorite things about Jim Deshaies was when he would explain pitch selection, count, location, etc.  He's say things like "two sliders down and away, so he's got him set up to come hard in..."  Berkman has the same insights.  If only everything didn't lead to "when I was playing..."

It doesn't sound like he's had any significant schooling on being a broadcaster. The network needed someone for a few days here-n-there to fill in since they dole out in-season vacations and they start a list of most well-known ex-Astros. I wonder why they don't or can't get Bagwell to come in for these games. He has some modicum of broadcasting experience. Or maybe dust Dierker off?

Game Zone 2019 / Re: Mariners @ Astros, August 3, 2019
« on: August 04, 2019, 08:55:27 am »
Every team in baseball wishes they had a pitching coach like Strom along with an analytics department like the Astros.  The combination is lethal.

I hope the Astros have someone learning from Strom to take over when he leaves. They've got to. If I can think of it, they've been doing it for years.

Talk Zone / Re: 2019 Trade Deadline Talk
« on: August 02, 2019, 10:30:45 am »
I do not think these things matter as much as performance. The team is prepping for the playoffs. I do not want to jinx him, but  Devo looks to have turned things around. If he has, and Rondon still is shaky to bad, Devo should be pitching to MLB hitters. As I said recently, Rondon is an enigma. He was and should be a reliable late inning guy.

Rondon has made 43 appearances in 2019 and has allowed at least one hit in 23 of them. He has allowed multiple baserunners in 16 of them.

On May 12 Devenski had a 5.94 ERA. In 27 appearances since, Devenski: 31.1IP, 23H/12ER, 37K:13BB, 3.45 ERA / 1.15 WHIP

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: Round Rock 2019
« on: August 01, 2019, 03:25:34 pm »
Toro gets moved to Round Rock.  Effectively replacing Rojas.

does he primarily play corner IF? I was wondering if he had Rojas' versatility?

Talk Zone / Re: I did not know this about Shane Reynolds
« on: August 01, 2019, 10:16:07 am »
Thanks for that story, which i didn't know about the Strommy angle either. The Shaner!!! A real Astro, and one of my all-time favorites, because he did the most with his limited ability  of just about any other Astro I can ever remember. Gritty, never-say-die.  Challenging and smart.

Must be that U of Texas upbringing.

Talk Zone / Re: 2019 Trade Deadline Talk
« on: July 31, 2019, 05:46:12 pm »
That’s only part of the quote from Cole, and he’s open to remaining an Astro if the money is right.  Also, he was interviewed after the Greinke trade and he was beyond excited, too.  He genuinely likes it here.

The rest of it is:  Houston, according to Cole, “checks a lot of the boxes. I expect them to be there when push comes to shove. I wouldn’t mind playing there for a lot longer.”

If you missed Astros pre-game tonight, check it out when they replay it later. Cole was very excited and animated about the day's activities. HE praised Luhnow and Crane and said "I'm very proud to be an Astro right now". 

Talk Zone / Re: 2019 Trade Deadline Talk
« on: July 31, 2019, 05:39:15 pm »
He's having a busy day, so I'll leave him alone.

He also says Luhnow told him Aaron Sanchez might start on Saturday and ideally will be used as a starter next season.

Watching Astros pre-game right now and Stanton is very excited about Sanchez. "this is a very good pitcher" not having a very good season right now but Strom will help him turn it around or to those effects.

Talk Zone / Re: 2019 Trade Deadline Talk
« on: July 31, 2019, 05:29:43 pm »
Haven't seen the return.  Could be a PTBNL

Maybe another reason for Cole to think harder about staying. I'm pretty sure he enjoys winning.

Talk Zone / I did not know this about Shane Reynolds
« on: July 31, 2019, 11:07:05 am »
said he didn't think he would have had a big league career without the split-finger fastball (not the surprising part). What I didn't know, or didn't recall, was he learned it from Brent Strom.

Talk Zone / Re: 2019 Trade Deadline Talk
« on: July 30, 2019, 10:09:47 pm »
Typical. Puig is the toughest motherfucker alive once the fighting has died down and there are 4 people to "hold him back". What a fucking cocksucker that guy is.

Carlos Gomez on steroids.

Talk Zone / Re: Our info source
« on: July 30, 2019, 05:08:17 pm »
All well and good, but in 2017 Morton and McCullers won the WS by pitching relief. Urquidy and Armenteros?

Huh, good point.

Talk Zone / Re: 2019 Trade Deadline Talk
« on: July 30, 2019, 10:07:08 am »
Maybe he's a piece the Mets want for Syndergaard.

I like the way you think.

Talk Zone / Re: 2019 Trade Deadline Talk
« on: July 29, 2019, 10:07:25 am »
just found this interesting regarding Mets' pitchers that may be available and what the asking price may be for both.

               W-L      ERA    GS     IP         K      WHIP 
Thor       7-5      4.33     20  126.2    126   1.263

Wheeler 7-6     4.71     20   124.1    137   1.271

Thor has another year of club control though which is, of course, huge in the equation.

Talk Zone / Re: St. Louis Cardinals hospitality!
« on: July 29, 2019, 10:02:22 am »
30 years ago, I was staying in a downtown St. Louis hotel that was within walking distance of the stadium.  The Cards were playing the Astros.  Since the game was not on local TV and I was too cheap to buy a ticket, I walked by the stadium during the game while listening to the game on the radio. 

Suddenly, the gates were opened and there were plenty of seats!!!  Turns out the gates were opened each night during the bottom of the 7th inning, apparently allowing walk-in traffic!  Returned the next night, enjoying the last 2.5 innings of two Astros wins!!!  It was great and the price was right!

Have you ever heard of another ball club that allows or did offer this freebie?  Surely, much depends on the neighborhood, but St. Louis was great!

I think that is a smart idea. Your future fanbase.

Talk Zone / Re: 2019 Trade Deadline Talk
« on: July 27, 2019, 01:49:20 pm »
Hinch was not vague. He was talking about Pressly’s right knee injury which shelved him for a few games.

Ah, thanks. I didn't hear it myself but read it with no explanation.

Talk Zone / Re: 2019 Trade Deadline Talk
« on: July 27, 2019, 12:54:12 pm »
Pressly and Osuna have been great, but they are getting tired.

Yes. I didn't see this myself but I saw on another board that Hinch said Pressley didn't look right after last night's game. That can mean a lot of things of course but the first thing I think about is pain or injury.

Talk Zone / Re: 2019 Trade Deadline Talk
« on: July 27, 2019, 08:49:51 am »
Any good BP arm acquired is liable to be tired too. Kinda comes with the territory.

Talk Zone / Re: 2019 Trade Deadline Talk
« on: July 26, 2019, 11:53:48 am »
He told the world he does not want to be anywhere else, and he teasingly hinted discussions had occurred.

I hadn't heard him say that. That's great.

Talk Zone / Re: 2019 Trade Deadline Talk
« on: July 26, 2019, 11:17:05 am »
Agree. And we also don’t know how Luhnow’s long term outlook may influence what he does now.

For example, let’s say the long term budgetary plan excludes the signing of Springer and Correa long term, and they have decided that Springer is the one to keep because of Correa’s fragility. You could give up some prospects now if you know that in the off-season your going to trade Correa with 2 years to play and can restock the system with that deal.

Not saying that’s the plan or what I’d necessarily do, just saying that the organization I’m sure is looking at this deal for how it impacts us now and the future.

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I didn't know Springer had told the team he wanted to re-sign?

I love the idea of keeping Springer if possible, though, even if it means there is no $$ for Correa.

I believe the San Jose move has prohibitive legal entanglements with the Giants

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Hmmm. Then how about following the Raiders to Vegas?

Stadium is in the wrong place, I think.

Bingo. Plenty of people and $$ in the Bay Area to support two teams. Seems to me they really should grab the San Jose area.

Talk Zone / Re: Bregman and Altuve
« on: July 24, 2019, 11:17:55 am »
One reason I like the TV broadcast is the absence of shameless homerism. Blum has been saying for awhile Altuve has become pull-happy this year, and he has illustrated the point with Altuve’s spray charts. The result often is high choppers to 3B. GIDP. Outs.

Bagwell was very frank last night about Bregman; he said his swing has been off all year. I think so too. Lots of ofers. Lots of pop ups. The absence of line drives. Looking jumpy and uncomfortable at the plate at times. Bregman’s HRs are great but are fools gold. He is not the same hitter as last year, but there is time. Bagwell says Bregman knows. If I see it, the real professionals see it also.

Good post. I didn't see the game last night so I appreciate the info.

Talk Zone / Re: 4th starter
« on: July 22, 2019, 07:00:58 am »
The rental car didn't have a radio in it?

Maybe he couldn't bear to listen to the Rangers announcers.

Talk Zone / Re: Astros just DFA’d Tyler White
« on: July 21, 2019, 09:54:40 am »
Hinch called the conversation he and president of baseball operations and general manager Jeff Luhnow had with White “brutal.” The team essentially cut ties with White to call up Urquidy, but his days were numbered considering Diaz and Correa are close to returning.

“We just told him the way the roster was shaping up, we needed an extra pitcher today to start the game and over the next week we’re hoping to get Diaz and Correa back and the roster was going to squeeze him off the team,” Hinch said. “We thanked him for what he did. It puts his career in a little bit of a detour for now. We’ll see what happens to him over the next seven to 10 days.

“From a 33rd-round pick to the big leagues to a big splash when he first made the team to outperforming the Minor Leagues to coming back and literally carrying us as a DH last season to being out of a job and off our team, it’s a brutal conversation.”

Talk Zone / Re: 2019 Trade Deadline Talk
« on: July 20, 2019, 02:24:08 pm »
I continue to be amazed at Luhnow’s ability to operate in total silence to the outside world. There are zero media rumors about what he is doing.

I sure was surprised when the Verlander deal happened. I had not heard any rumors about him and Houston. Not sure I heard any about him being available.

Talk Zone / Re: 4th starter
« on: July 20, 2019, 07:57:35 am »
Peacock says he's feeling good and plans to start throwing soon.

It doesn't sound that convincing though.

Talk Zone / Re: Astros just DFA’d Tyler White
« on: July 20, 2019, 07:16:38 am »
The guy was signed as minor league filler and was never expected to play in the Major Leagues. He over-performed at every level except the Majors. The man lived the dream and I salute him.

Farewell, Tyler and success in your future!

Exactly. I hope he catches on somewhere where he gets another shot at the big leagues.

Talk Zone / Re: White Sox have claimed AJ Reed
« on: July 19, 2019, 10:06:14 am »
We have White for that.

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Yes but Reed strikes out looking from the left-side. There is always room for them.

Talk Zone / Re: Does census trend = RIP OWA?
« on: July 18, 2019, 08:28:09 am »
I can't remember how long I've been hanging around here but I've lived in Corpus, Shreveport, north Texas and now Georgetown as a member.
I was definitely here in the '90s and several of you were well established by then.  It is kind of mind-boggling to think how long it's been.

Game Zone 2019 / Re: Astros Without Pitchers at Angels, 7/16/19
« on: July 17, 2019, 06:24:24 pm »
Ramirez catches a 3-game suspension, Ausmus gets 1. Didn't expect that.

DId not see that coming.

Talk Zone / Re: 2019 Trade Deadline Talk
« on: July 17, 2019, 12:55:07 pm »
If the Astros are going to get Samardzija, I would want another starting pitcher as well.  But Samardzija would partly solve the immediate issue.

 I agree.

Game Zone 2019 / Re: Astros Without Pitchers at Angels, 7/16/19
« on: July 17, 2019, 12:52:57 pm »
Maybe he can just write the check to Correa's masseuse to visit Ramirez.

A message massage. I like it.

Game Zone 2019 / Re: Astros Without Pitchers at Angels, 7/16/19
« on: July 17, 2019, 11:24:42 am »
I’ll be stunned if Ramirez is suspended.

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throwing a "message" pitch that close to the head is chickenshit. If I had been Hinch I would have retaliated but to the rib area. Then he could have said "that's how it's done" while writing the check out.

Talk Zone / Re: 2019 Trade Deadline Talk
« on: July 16, 2019, 10:19:39 am »
I’ve thought about him and it is well known that the Astros were high on him a couple years ago. Some of his numbers are decent but the dollars are the problem as I see it. You’d have to get the Giants to eat a big chunk of that which I would think would cost you more from a prospect perspective.

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That would solve one of the needs for a BOR innings-eater.

Game Zone 2019 / Re: Astros vs Angels 07-15-2019
« on: July 16, 2019, 09:46:34 am »
Eschenfelder twice, then I'd beat his corpse with the butt of the gun.

That cracked me up. I appreciate the sentiment.

I don't think he's that bad on the pre/post game stuff. And when did baseball people start getting in-season vacations?

Talk Zone / Re: Our info source
« on: July 15, 2019, 02:20:52 pm »
My sauces say something is brewing, hopefully coming together, but has to simmer a while first.

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Sauces are definitely better after a good simmer.

Talk Zone / Re: Astros' opener
« on: July 15, 2019, 02:19:21 pm »
From Kaplan's recent article:

Collin McHugh isn’t an option to start, outside of serving as an opener. He’s no longer stretched out as a starter, and the Astros evidently believe he’s best-suited to relief at this point. His opportunity to make their postseason roster would be in the bullpen, so from that standpoint, it makes sense to let him settle into that role.


Talk Zone / Re: Astros' opener
« on: July 15, 2019, 10:35:20 am »
Hinch & Co. are going to earn their $$ over the next couple of weeks.  I hate to see the state of the back 40% of the rotation but am really interested to see how it turns out and the machinations employed.  An interesting and intriguing part fo being a fan.  Good teams do well, great teams do well even with adversity.

I'm a little curious as to why McHugh doesn't get a shot at holding down one of those BOR spots. He has been successful in that role before.

Game Zone 2019 / Re: Astros @ Rangers, July 14, 2019
« on: July 15, 2019, 09:09:34 am »
Mrs. Hawk went to HEB.  I hope she's getting more beer, we could be here all fucking night.

when I was a kid, growing up in Corpus Christi, HEB did not (1) open on Sunday (2) sell beer or wine any day of the week.  They dominated the Corpus grocery business with 80% market-share or so before taking on an expansion into other South Texas markets.

Talk Zone / Re: It Makes A Fellow Proud To Be An Astro
« on: July 14, 2019, 11:07:06 am »
Bob Gibson is being treated for pancreatic cancer.

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: Whitley
« on: July 10, 2019, 10:52:20 am »
Not much else of substance in the article. The only other bit worth reading is this quote from a scout backing up the paragraph you posted:

“His stuff was way down. In spring training, I saw a lot of stuff to like,” one scout said. “He looked great and like he was ready, and the kid I saw yesterday was a kid."


The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: Whitley
« on: July 10, 2019, 10:09:52 am »
Not sure what they mean by “immaturity so caustic,” it’s an odd phrase. I saw his last outing and didn’t have that observation at all. After getting shelled, and even with a crucial misplay in the field, he seemed “mature” to me.  He did appear to lose confidence by the end though.

Yea, it goes against the grain of everything else I have read about Whitley. Surprising.

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Whitley
« on: July 10, 2019, 09:52:07 am »
I've been unable to open a link or post it but there is a feature in Baseball America about Whitley that is less than flattering. AstrosCounty provides an excerpt:

[i]Beyond the poor results, evaluators have consistently said that Whitley, who began the year as the youngest player in the Pacific Coast League, has displayed an immaturity on the mound so caustic that it has obfuscated his still-bright ceiling.[/i]

If anyone has access to the article I would be interested to see it.

Talk Zone / Re: Tyler Skaggs has passed away
« on: July 04, 2019, 03:28:58 pm »
Skaggs' death, not the Dye injury.

Aw. Yes it is.

Talk Zone / Re: Aches and Pains (2019)
« on: July 04, 2019, 03:27:21 pm »
You also are not paying attention.

Why don't you try actually answering a question instead of trying out your snark? We understand you are good at that.

Talk Zone / Re: 2019 Trade Deadline Talk
« on: July 04, 2019, 03:25:32 pm »
Just floating it. Does Cole have any track record of success in the postseason? JV certainly does.

I know it isn't wise to extrapolate from one start--much less one inning--but that Game 2 start of his has had an overlarge presence in my own memory. I can't remember how he handled himself in his consecutive WC matchups against Arietta.

Just throwing it out there as a possible contributing factor to their seeming disinterest in resigning him.

Rather small sample sizes in Post-Season to extrapolate a post-season Cole opinion. I would trust him in post-season in a heartbeat.

Talk Zone / Re: Tyler Skaggs has passed away
« on: July 04, 2019, 03:21:01 pm »
Sadly and eerily similar to Daryl Kile's death.

What? A broken leg is similar to Kile's death? I'm missing something here.

Talk Zone / Re: Aches and Pains (2019)
« on: July 04, 2019, 03:19:10 pm »
Yes watching but maybe not paying strict attention to the commentary. Alvarez seemed to be running OK on Sunday so I thought that he was well but I guess not. This would have been a great game for him to play first  It is frustrating to have such talent out due to injury especially when it results in more fizzling Tyler.

I'm trying to remember....has Alvarez played 1B in the MLs? Seems like Hinch isn't too comfortable with him there.

Talk Zone / Re: 2019 Trade Deadline Talk
« on: July 03, 2019, 02:06:05 pm »
I always wonder if they don't have every confidence in Cole's temperament.

I think that's just his work temperament and I like my big fireballers to have a little nasty disposition on work days. Off the field, he seems to me, to be a laid back California guy of which one of his passions is wine.

Talk Zone / Re: 2019 Trade Deadline Talk
« on: July 03, 2019, 10:37:13 am »
It seems to me that guys they want to keep beyond their current contract have already signed.  Verlander, Bregman, Altuve vs Cole, Correa, Springer.

Why in the world would they not want to keep Springer and Cole?

Talk Zone / Re: 2019 Trade Deadline Talk
« on: July 03, 2019, 10:33:56 am »
Maybe Cole will leave, but I am not convinced he will. I hasten to add I thought Morton was a lifer too.

Man, I hope you are right. I have heard he wants to be back on the west coast.

Talk Zone / Re: Gurriel
« on: July 03, 2019, 09:37:10 am »
Gurriel since June 11:  .338/.390/.676

Springer since returning from the Injured List: .345/.406/.483

An interesting note on Gurriel:

Talk Zone / Re: Urquidy called up to start
« on: July 01, 2019, 05:17:14 pm »
My source tells me Corbin will need TJS.

from what I've been hearing of his issue it would not surprise me in the least.

Game Zone 2019 / Re: Sea Hags @ Astros, 6/30/2019
« on: June 30, 2019, 02:18:54 pm »
I thought that was the Wolf Brand Chili guy?


Talk Zone / Re: Joke of a contest in London
« on: June 29, 2019, 04:15:28 pm »
If Manfred was hoping to showcase actual baseball in London, he has failed. At the moment, the score is 15-6 in the top of 5th, and the Yankees have the bases loaded. There have been at least 11 pitchers so far. The starters lasted 1.0 innings, combined. There have been errors, wild pitches, passed balls, pulled hamstrings, lousy throws. Center field is a daunting 385 feet away. Fox is reduced to talking about those fucking 2' long Boomstick heart attack hot dogs. Well done.

I wonder if they're letting them carry extended pitching staffs for this little escapade. If not, tomorrow's game could take eight hours and result in about 40 runs. Shit, today's game may reach 40.

Oh good, there's two more. It's now 17-6 Yankees, 2 outs in the bottom of the 5th.

It actually sounds like a game non-baseball fans may  really enjoy.

Game Zone 2019 / Re: Seattle v. Houston; June 29
« on: June 29, 2019, 12:51:13 pm »
Let's not get crazy.  Nothing resembling a rainbow should ever see the light of day again, except in the Museum of Ugly Baseball Uniforms. 

The Shooting Stars are one of the Top 5 best looking uniforms in the history of baseball.  It's a real shame they don't wear them.

I second that sentiment. But the blue and orange rather than the later orange-only motif they were promoting on the game last night.

Talk Zone / Re: Update on kid hit in stands 5/29 vs Cubs
« on: June 26, 2019, 02:40:32 pm »
I wonder how Almora is doing? Has to be very hard on him too.

Talk Zone / Re: This losing streak
« on: June 24, 2019, 06:34:03 pm »
I've always liked his ability to hit balls out of the zone with authority without being a strikeout machine.

I have a hunch Yuli is going to be very big in the 2nd half.

Talk Zone / Re: This losing streak
« on: June 23, 2019, 09:11:56 am »
Maybe they need a good bench-clearing brawl. Or someone throwing a no-no against them like Maloney right before Wilson no-hit the Reds and put the team back on track.

Talk Zone / Re: Aches and Pains (2019)
« on: June 19, 2019, 04:12:03 pm »
Why are we doing this? The club has hung in remarkably well despite disabling injuries to some of their biggest producers. Some guys, Marisnick is one, are being asked to do more than they are expected to do in the original configuration of this club. I get it that losing three of three to Cincy is somewhat alarming but why over-analyze the roster composition now with the injuries. They were due a bad stretch.

Talk Zone / Re: 2019 Trade Deadline Talk
« on: June 17, 2019, 10:06:39 am »
Astros were in on Encarnacion according to this reporter.

Game Zone 2019 / Re: Jays @ Astros 6/15
« on: June 16, 2019, 10:36:57 am »
Valdez looking very good today.

I bet Framber is going to have a spot in the rotation for a good while. He looks like he is ready.

Talk Zone / Re: Alvarez
« on: June 16, 2019, 10:33:30 am »
He is a monster. I can't imagine what the Dodgers were thinking.

Talk Zone / Re: Tucker in June
« on: June 16, 2019, 10:32:31 am »
My prediction is he will not be dealt this season for pitching help.

Edit:  unless Scherzer becomes available.

Game Zone 2019 / Re: Brewers @ Astros, June 11, 2019
« on: June 12, 2019, 02:12:51 pm »
Lance Berkman treated his gig as a color commentator on the television broadcast very much like he used to participate in the radio talk show. Two very different formats but to "Twinkie" Berkman, it was all the same. When he would appear as a guest on Sports Talk Radio in Houston, his candor and storytelling were exactly how he performed last night on the broadcast of the game. Those of us who remember his appearances on Sports Talk Radio (and how they would just wind him up and let him go) knew he speaks with plenty of candor, holds nothing back in terms of his opinions, and usually doesn't mind speaking directly about someone or something. He did that last night when he talked about Biggio, Oswalt, Doug Eddings (the Home Plate Umpire), the NL Central cities (road trips he hated because the downtowns in those cities were ugly), Chicago Cub fans and his gig at Second Baptist. I can bet you that he'll bring along other stories and opinions tonight as well, some of which are pointed right at others he has deep opinions about, like managers and owners. But he tries to balance that out with his remarks about himself and usually, it's not about flattering himself either. So he thinks if he can be self-effacing, he can also be critical of others.

I enjoyed Lance last night. It is good to sometimes have different perspectives from your color man. If he is serious about doing this much in the future he needs to learn that less is often more from color people.

Game Zone 2019 / Re: Orioles at Astros- June 8, 2019
« on: June 09, 2019, 08:01:40 am »
The minor league numbers are big time skewed. They are using this juiced major league ball in AAA this year. There was a brief discussion on the radio yesterday morning about that between two former GM’s who said you need to take the AAA numbers, the good numbers by hitters, and the bad numbers by pitchers, with a grain of salt.

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why would you take the AAA #s with a grain of salt if they are using the same ball used in the majors?

Talk Zone / Re: Keuchel
« on: June 08, 2019, 09:27:56 am »
I kinda agree with chuck here.  Keuchel is not a bad guy, he is simply not worth what he thinks he is, and his hubris has cost him tens of millions of dollars.  But it's impious to exult over the slain.

And he was the one Crane asked to call JV to let him know he "would like it here".  Certainly could not have been viewed by management as a malcontent at that time.

Talk Zone / Astros pitching chasing historic mark
« on: June 06, 2019, 10:08:22 am »

I suppose this was written before Brady Rodgers appearance last nite.

I loved this (refreshingly long) book preview.  I'll have to go buy the larger volume.  Really great insights into first-mover value and the work that goes into sustaining that advantage as others copy your moves.

A corollary to this is this great The Athletic piece on using analytics to develop your minor leaguers.  Which happens to be that next step by the Astros to maintain that edge.

I ordered the book yesterday.

Game Zone 2019 / Re: Astros vs SeaHags 06-03-2019
« on: June 05, 2019, 10:15:10 am »
And, finally, if ever I am critical of either the TV or radio teams, all I have to do is listen to another teams' broadcast team for a few minutes.  My goodness, there's some crap broadcast teams out there.

So true.

Game Zone 2019 / Re: Astros vs SeaHags 06-03-2019
« on: June 05, 2019, 09:31:11 am »
Really like Ford and Sparks - low key, matter of fact, strong, timely analysis.

Neutral on Kalas and Blum but they have been growing on me lately. They are personally enjoying the contributions of the second stringers and it shows through and elevates the broadcast. Don't like Morales - she is annoying and detracts from the game.  However her interviews with the Mayfield and Stubbs families were great.

By your logic anything doing that job would be annoying. But you blame it on her? She is better than most in that role.

Talk Zone / Re: The crazy play last night
« on: June 05, 2019, 09:25:47 am »
On MLB today, GM in residence Dan O'Dowd said it was the catcher's fault for vacating a base he has no business vacating in that situation. Then he added a dig in case anyone thinks "well, he should get an A for hustle since he was going to back up a play at first in case they try to get a double play!". O'Dowd quickly said after he said it was the wrong play to go for two and the catcher had no business taking that option away from the shortstop "And he hasn't backed up first base all season long, why start now!!!" The added emphasis was O'Dowd not mine.

O'Dowd is pretty good on that network.

Game Zone 2019 / Re: Astros vs SeaHags 06-03-2019
« on: June 04, 2019, 12:58:39 pm »
I get the impression that he doesn't keep score. He makes lots of mistakes.

Which is one of the reasons I pretty much exclusively listen to the radio guys. Robert Ford is constantly off on pitch location, but otherwise those guys are a joy to listen to.

I'm pretty sure Kalas keeps score. I believe he was showing his card when that did that feature on  scorekeeping a couple of years ago and the crew showed how they did it. Well, at least he kept it that day. Has there ever been a baseball broadcaster that didn't keep score? Not counting Harry Carey that often didn't know the score late in his career.

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: 2019 Draft
« on: June 04, 2019, 10:11:22 am »
Until this morning, I didn't even realize they were going more than one round last night.

Anyway, in Round 2, the good guys get:

Grae Kessinger, SS Ole Miss, 4 yr Jr.

Grandson of former Cubs SS Don Kessinger. And, yes, I remember Don playing. Played on an infield with Banks, Beckert and Santo. Grandpa was a bit lanky for a SS and not much of a hitter but could pick 'em at short.

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: Round Rock 2019
« on: June 04, 2019, 10:08:15 am »
Just a question of talent.  The AA/AAA dichotomy has been around for ages.

Regardless of nothing, here's a great read:

Rojas kinda flies under the radar but I think he will play in the MLs a long time.

Talk Zone / Re: The crazy play last night
« on: June 04, 2019, 09:51:35 am »
I didn't see the play, I'll have to look for a video.  But the catcher should NEVER leave the plate uncovered with a runner in scoring position, especially at 3B.


Talk Zone / Re: Straw
« on: June 03, 2019, 04:04:51 pm »
Free agent after the 21 season

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Pretty sure it is FA after '2020 for Jake.

Talk Zone / Re: Straw
« on: June 02, 2019, 08:21:14 pm »
I think that within the next 2 weeks, Yordan Alvarez will be the primary DH and White will be in Miami or Baltimore or somewhere like that.

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You obviously feel very strongly about that.

Talk Zone / Re: Straw
« on: June 02, 2019, 08:15:58 pm »
He is a valuable player and will be the toughest roster decision when guys start coming back.

He came up big today. He was in the middle of something every time I looked up.

Game Zone 2019 / Re: Cubs @ Astros, May 27, 2019
« on: May 28, 2019, 07:16:25 am »
Bullshit. Indiana Jones wore a fedora.

And Sinatra.

Game Zone 2019 / Re: Cubs @ Astros, May 27, 2019
« on: May 27, 2019, 05:25:18 pm »
It's a compression sleeve.  Not sure what the colors represent.  Maybe the gold for Memorial Day?  Contreras has gold trim on his catcher's gear, so maybe it has something to do with that.

It looked like desert camo to me. What you see our guys wear in the Middle-East.

Talk Zone / Re: Aches and Pains (2019)
« on: May 27, 2019, 05:19:20 pm »
I really believe Fisher can play successfully at the MLB level if given a chance. I hope they can include him in a deal for a pitcher.

Talk Zone / Re: RIP Bill Buckner
« on: May 27, 2019, 05:16:15 pm »
So true. My mother at 91, ok, but it sucks. In his 60s? No way.

Yes, sad. I didn't realize he was afflicted. Tough SOB. Played in a lot of pain with BoSox.

Game Zone 2019 / Re: White Sox at Astros- May 21, 2019
« on: May 23, 2019, 12:35:01 pm »
Definitely don't talk about tires

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I miss Hotel Talk.

Talk Zone / Re: Jose Urquidy
« on: May 23, 2019, 11:36:06 am »
Urquidy's 12 Ks is reportedly a RR franchise record.

Talk Zone / Re: On Michael Brantley...
« on: May 22, 2019, 10:41:55 am »
An ESPN article.

Good piece. I'm so delighted Brantley is in Houston.

Talk Zone / Re: MadBum
« on: May 18, 2019, 12:35:13 pm »
In 2017 about this time a solid majority of the board agreed Verlander was too old, too expensive, and too much over the hiss to be an acquisition target. That same majority agreed Luhnow should not try to trade for him because he was not worth the prospects it would cost. Look what JV did after coming to Houston. I would not mind seeing if the Astros could revive Madbum, but he would have to give an indication he will stay. Tucker or whoever is too much for a rental who may be a bit of a project.

Good analogy with JV. I, for one, didn't expect to get what Houston has gotten from him. And remember that JV wasn't even sure he wanted to come, initially.  Now he looks like he has several good years left.

Talk Zone / Re: Tucker
« on: May 17, 2019, 01:53:53 pm »
Plus Straw and Alvarez give Luhnow a lot of flexibility. And Fisher even.

I figure Astros won't try to re-up Jake because of Straw. 

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: Round Rock 2019
« on: May 17, 2019, 09:20:00 am »
Went to the game last night, hoping to see Whitley, but he wasn't scheduled. Anyway, Alvarez with two more homers, both to left.  The first was more of a line drive on a better than excuse me swing, but not an aggressive cut.  The other was a towering fly ball that made it over after fighting off a slew of 3-2 pitches.  I left before his final AB, where he had another double to left.  I think I've seen four homers of his in person and have yet to see one on his pull side of center field.  I was impressed on one catch he had.  Off the bat, I figured it would land between him and Fisher, then midway, I assume Fisher would track it, but instead it was Alvarez who got there.  Not a wow play by any means, but solid.

Only saw one ball hit to Straw at SS.  He ranged to his right and got a force at third.

Urquidy.  Good fastball (94-98) that probably is decent in the spin rate they talk about.  Seems to generally stay off bats.  I assume he was working on his change as he threw it a lot.  Not a good pitch at all.  No deception or movement.  Meat.  He could command his slider but it was just average.

Reed hit a homer after I left, but prior to that, he looked like someone who didn't really want to be playing baseball.  That was my impression at least.

Was surprised how small Stubbs was, but he put a charge into one line drive deep into the left field alley.  Hardest hit ball of the night, IMO.

Either they had absolutely no respect for the Sounds catcher or they are making a concerted effort to steal bases.  The first three guys I recall that made it to first left on the first pitch.  All successful.

Thanks for the report. Now that I have re-located to Georgetown I need to get out there and take in a game or two.

Talk Zone / Re: Corbin Martin
« on: May 17, 2019, 09:15:54 am »
You rang? Martin's approach is very similar to what I used to teach. I believe that every movement in a windup should have a purpose. I very much favor an Occam's Razor approach. While I understand the desire to interpose more motion in an attempt to either hide the ball or deceive the hitter, I have always maintained that the most important aspect of pitching is balance.

It's essential to be able to repeat a delivery, and in my opinion, the more motion you have, the higher the likelihood that you'll have mechanical problems or trouble repeating a delivery. Remember that I  primarily worked with beginning pitchers.

what you write makes perfect sense and seems to be the trend among today's pitchers. I do, however, miss the flamboyance somewhat of the guys like  Marichal  and the high leg kick of Spahn and guys of that era.

Talk Zone / Re: MadBum
« on: May 16, 2019, 05:22:14 pm »
Stroman very much intrigues me.

Stroman has an ERA over 7 in his last 3 starts. 

Talk Zone / Re: Ex-Astros News 2019
« on: May 14, 2019, 09:39:15 am »
This thread may not be up your alley.

That's funny.

Talk Zone / Re: 2019 Roster (New & Improved)
« on: May 13, 2019, 12:27:56 pm »
I know that twitter has discussed the subject ad nauseum, but it just seems like Tyler White is much heavier than he was last season.  It could just be that the beard is much bushier so his face seems bigger.  Or maybe he just got a baggier uniform.  But I wonder if he did gain weight and whether or not that has been part of the problem.

Regardless, it's got to be Kemp over White.  White is striking out a ton (34% of all PAs).  And he hasn't shown any power this season.  I've been a big supporter of White, but he doesn't look good at the plate at all.

I can tell by looking at White he has gained weight. His legs look like tree stumps.

A contract similar to the Aaron Hicks extension should be a standing offer from the Astros. I’m sure George wants more.

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Right now, Springer is probably at the top of the leader board for AL MVP.

Extend him tonight

I wonder if they have tried?

Talk Zone / Re: Corbin Martin
« on: May 12, 2019, 08:53:54 am »
Interesting tidbit re: Martin. He was the player selected with the extra pick for the Chris Correa Hack-job.

Talk Zone / Re: 2019 Roster (New & Improved)
« on: May 11, 2019, 07:03:47 pm »
Good for Martin. He has pitched the best in RR. Hope this resurrects. McHugh. Someone has to go to make room for Martin? Jose to the IL?

Is he primarily a sinker-baller? A lot of ground-outs?

Game Zone 2019 / Re: Rangers @ Astros - 5/10/19
« on: May 11, 2019, 10:08:53 am »

And his child-like giddiness after he hits a homer is refreshing. He’s having a great time as a member of this team.

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I recall that Altuve had recommended Chirinos to Luhnow. Described him as a high-character guy.

Talk Zone / Re: Ex-Astros News 2019
« on: May 10, 2019, 11:33:52 am »
A distinction without a difference.

Only if that is what you want it to be.

Talk Zone / Re: Ex-Astros News 2019
« on: May 10, 2019, 07:28:36 am »
You said how could they have missed Laureano if they are so good at evaluation. That is what everyone reacted to.

"If" was not included in the sentence.

Talk Zone / Re: Ex-Astros News 2019
« on: May 09, 2019, 11:40:50 am »
I don't think anyone is disputing that Laureano could fill a similar role, it's just responding to the original comment that the Astros somehow missed the boat on him and it calls into question their ability to judge talent.  He's got value, but he's not the kind of player who pushes people out of his way, and he simply wasn't an upgrade.

I'm sure you are referring to my post and let me clarify something. I never questioned the organization's talent evaluation abilities.  I complimented it. The rest of your post I agree with in retrospect and in reading some of the board's comments.

Talk Zone / Re: Ex-Astros News 2019
« on: May 08, 2019, 11:56:54 am »
I assume he would have Jake's job.

Next year. I believe Jake is in his last contract year.

Talk Zone / Re: Ex-Astros News 2019
« on: May 08, 2019, 09:57:55 am »

Talk Zone / Re: Ex-Astros News 2019
« on: May 08, 2019, 09:36:23 am »
Raise your hands if you thought Mike Fiers would throw TWO no-hitters in MLB.

Isn't that the truth.

Talk Zone / Re: Keuchel - The Principled Social Warrior Of Fairness
« on: May 07, 2019, 11:38:34 am »
He was offered $90MM over 5 years and turned it down.  He keeps saying he's simply evaluating the analytical data and determining his market value.  But if you think the analytical data are telling you you're worth more than the market will offer you, you fundamentally misunderstand the data.  I like Keuchel, I'm sure he's a good dude.  But his pride is costing him tens of millions of dollars, so I have no sympathy for his situation.

Well said.

Talk Zone / Re: Alvarez
« on: May 05, 2019, 09:08:57 am »
Kyle Tucker, 4/5-4/16: 4x42, .095/.174/.190, 1HR/3RBI
 Kyle Tucker, 4/17-5/4: 18x55, .327/.351/.782, 7HR/14RBI

Game Zone 2019 / Re: Astros @ Twins - May 2, 2019
« on: May 04, 2019, 03:12:29 pm »
Luhnow was born and raised in Mexico.

He has family, a brother I believe, still living in Mexico.

Talk Zone / Re: Red Ass
« on: May 04, 2019, 12:42:49 pm »

Game Zone 2019 / Re: Astros @ Twins - May 2, 2019
« on: May 04, 2019, 08:07:41 am »
Monterrey is a great city.

Luhnow speaks fondly of it. BTW, there is rain possible both Sat. and Sun. in Monterrey.

Talk Zone / Re: Alvarez
« on: May 02, 2019, 10:17:59 am »
He really overvalued himself.

Although, he would get one more strike from me.  After that I punch him out, so he can retire to his dugout.

I agree with Jim. Twice is enough. Maybe once to many.

Game Zone 2019 / Re: Indians @ Astros, April 26, 2019
« on: April 27, 2019, 01:37:38 pm »
Brady Rodgers? Dean Deetz?

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Luhnow was singing the Rodgers praises, as he has done for what seems like years now, on his radio show recently.

Game Zone 2019 / Re: Indians @ Astros, April 26, 2019
« on: April 27, 2019, 10:48:30 am »

Astroscounty reports these #s

Astros with the bases empty, 2019: .301 (1st in MLB, next-best is Atlanta, at .281)
 Astros w/RISP, 2019: .240 (21st in MLB)

Talk Zone / Re: Alvarez
« on: April 27, 2019, 10:24:44 am »
Maybe they've discussed this on the broadcasts, but I was just scanning Baseball-Reference and saw that Stassi, Kemp and Diaz have 2, 2 and 7 RBIs respectively. White has 0.

I thought Diaz, as Marwin's "replacement", would be getting more ABs.  Moving around the diamond and giving some guys days off. Maybe that will come later when it gets hot.

Talk Zone / Re: Boras and Free Agency article in The Athletic
« on: April 26, 2019, 05:53:13 pm »
I forget which article it was in, but one of the bottom teams had an exec anonymously quoted as “we just try to copy the Astros.”

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as if they post their strategy in Baseball America.

Talk Zone / Re: Alvarez
« on: April 26, 2019, 02:21:56 pm »
Kemp and White are the issue. Both are out of options, and one must leave the 25 man to make room for him, barring injury.

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On the Sunday pre-game interview Luhnow mentioned the upcoming schedule may dictate another bullpen arm. And he mentioned the problem being the Kemp/White issues. He appeared he didn't want to take a chance on losing either Kemp/White.  Makes me think Alvarez isn't even top-of-mind at this point barring injury.

Talk Zone / Audio on Astros TV games
« on: April 26, 2019, 02:16:45 pm »
lately the engineers on the Astros telecast are turning up the crowd noise as the game goes into middle/late innings to the point, I can't hear Kalas/Blum. Or at least I can't make out what they are saying w/o turning up the volume which begets more crowd noise. I know I am old and crotchety but I am very annoyed by it. Is it just me?

I am considering muting tv and syncing up with Ford/Sparks.

Talk Zone / Re: Boras and Free Agency article in The Athletic
« on: April 26, 2019, 09:48:35 am »
Here's another good one:  Dale Murphy (who's writing and insights I've increasingly appreciated) talking about Mike Schmidt and Mike Trout.

Yes, it is and I agree with you about Murphy's writings. Every time I've read him it was worth the time.

Talk Zone / Re: 1st Place, Fish-slingers, and the schedule so far...
« on: April 25, 2019, 06:37:42 pm »
I've wondered a little about the Fish-slingers and if they have the team to continue to compete for the ALW even though this year was thought to be a rebuild.

Last night after the games I took a look at the extended standings at and noticed that the Astros have played every single game against winning teams. In contrast, Seattle has played only ten games against teams over .500 and are a measly 2-8 in those games. The Angels have the same schedule anomaly as Houston, but are 9-16 while the Astros are 15-9.

I like the Astros' chances.

good info. Thanks.

Game Zone 2019 / Re: Astros at Rangers, Easter Sunday April 21, 2019
« on: April 21, 2019, 03:09:26 pm »
Is McHugh tipping his pitches too?

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: Corpus Christi 2019
« on: April 19, 2019, 07:10:25 pm »
Has anyone seen J.B. Bukauskas in person? He had another drinker of an outing tonight. 19-something ERA so far. Do his mechanics look off? Is he working on something? Or just struggling a bit??

He pitched well in Astros S-T games.

Talk Zone / Re: Beltran told Paxton
« on: April 17, 2019, 06:32:00 pm »
This is the kind of stuff I did at UT from the first base coach’s box. When I had the pitches, I would give them to Falk (closed fist fastball, open hand curve)),and he would give them to the hitters who wanted them (first name fastball, last name curve). Bob Snoddy, our first baseman, won the SWC batting title, and he gave me credit in an interview for giving him pitches all year. Falk was apoplectic.

Bibb Falk? Holy shit.

Beer and Queso / Re: London / UK recommendations
« on: April 17, 2019, 11:32:26 am »
I enjoyed Windsor Castle which is a short train ride (45 minutes?) from London. Windsor also could meet your small town scenario although it may not be that prototypical.

Talk Zone / Ryan Pressly
« on: April 14, 2019, 10:16:10 am »
We all know he has been great in Houston. How good? 30IP, 14H/2ER, 40K:3BB. That's a 0.60 ERA / 0.57 WHIP in 32 Astro games.

info from

Game Zone 2019 / Re: Astros @ Mariners, April 12, 2019
« on: April 13, 2019, 09:38:49 am »
I would guess there are about 100 more AB's in the last 7 than there were in the first 7, which would explain having "more" strikeouts. I would bet the strikeout rate is much lower

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I'll take the K's with the SLG %.

Game Zone 2019 / Re: Astros @ Mariners, April 12, 2019
« on: April 13, 2019, 08:38:46 am »
Astros last seven games offensively: .343/.412/.596, 56K:31BB, 14HR.
1st 7 games:                                           .235/.304/.363, 50K:21BB, 6HR.

I guess Ks sometimes don't make that much difference.

Talk Zone / Re: Red Sox home opener
« on: April 12, 2019, 10:17:45 am »
This might be common knowledge, but Giles's blown save last night ended the longest current streak of successful saves in MLB.  Kenny had been 34/34 going back to Sep. 2017.

Not common knowledge here. I had no idea.

Talk Zone / Re: Luhnow Sunday pregame radio show
« on: April 11, 2019, 06:28:27 pm »
The astros podcast is put out the next morning.  You get the pregame show from the previous day's game.  Highlights are two days old but If you watched the game, it is nice to hear the radio calls.

It is what I normally listen to on my commute into work.

Thanks, Duman. You Du Man.

Game Zone 2019 / Re: Yankees at Astros, April 10, 2019
« on: April 11, 2019, 03:10:41 pm »
My gut tells me that Kemp is not going anywhere.  I also don't see them going to 13 until some starters start to struggle or games pile up.

Your gut tells me Kemp isn't going anywhere, either. But what did you have for lunch...I've got a little turbulence down there.

Talk Zone / Luhnow Sunday pregame radio show
« on: April 11, 2019, 02:17:42 pm »
there is a way to listen to Luhnow's Sunday pregame radio interview archived on that was documented in this forum in the last year or two. Does anyone know how to find that link? It was on and I think under the Fans option but I may be wrong about that.

Talk Zone / Re: Changes to the game coming this year??
« on: April 11, 2019, 10:35:18 am »
Just reported via Ken Rosenthal that the players association has requested that the DH be implemented league wide before the start of the upcoming 2019 season. It was part of proposed changes exchanged between the MLBPA and MLB in January. The league wants a 3 batter minimum for relief pitchers when pitching changes are made.

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according to

Game Zone 2019 / Re: Yankees at Astros, April 10, 2019
« on: April 11, 2019, 10:28:41 am »
This is a bit harsh, but I agree about the destination.

He needs to combobulate.

Game Zone 2019 / Re: Yankees at Astros, April 10, 2019
« on: April 11, 2019, 09:18:35 am »
McHugh this season:  17IP, 10H/5ER, 22K:5BB.  Apparently the new slider.

Game Zone 2019 / Re: Yankees vs Astros April 8th 2019
« on: April 09, 2019, 09:34:50 am »
I get the concern, but he wasn't really getting hit hard IMO, he was just off mechanically and therefore inefficient with a lot of non-competitive pitches.  I'm assuming he'll find his groove.

JV didn't seem too concerned about his performance in the post-game. Just something to work out.

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: Round Rock 2019
« on: April 07, 2019, 07:21:27 pm »
I am going to be doing color with Capps for a game or two each month this season. I am so looking forward to talking about some guys I know a little about. Lots of talent  in RR in April.

Please give us a heads-up when you are going to be on.

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: Round Rock 2019
« on: April 07, 2019, 11:34:04 am »
3 jacks last nite from Yordan Alvarez.

Game Zone 2019 / Re: A's at Astros, OWA at the Ballgame, April 6, 2019
« on: April 07, 2019, 07:26:57 am »
I had trouble hearing a lot of what Bagwell said. Maybe my hearing isn't so keen but the crowd noise was too prominent in the sound mix. And, not being a trained broadcaster,  he doesn't speak so loudly and clearly tends to mumble. I'm sure I would have enjoyed it more if I could have heard more.

Talk Zone / Re: I have been waiting for this
« on: April 05, 2019, 11:28:51 am »
I kept waiting for a Morton chapter that never came. He’s mentioned three times in the whole book, never more than in passing.

To have full captured the team and the experience he would have had to have a 600 page book. Which, frankly, I would have immensely enjoyed.

Game Zone 2019 / Re: Astros at Rangers April 3, 2019
« on: April 04, 2019, 06:16:16 pm »
I wouldn't be expecting  Mea Kulpa.

Game Zone 2019 / Re: Astros @ Rangers, April 2, 2019
« on: April 03, 2019, 07:09:17 am »
I can't handle their broadcast.
I agree. I live in McKinney and have access to all of their games but just can't do it.

Game Zone 2019 / Re: Astros @ Rangers, April 2, 2019
« on: April 03, 2019, 07:05:33 am »

Game Zone 2019 / Re: Astros at Rangers, April 1, 2019
« on: April 02, 2019, 09:36:06 am »
He is growing on me too. Early returns say he is a good guy who likes where he is now.

It was discussed somewhere, perhaps here, that Altuve recommended him to Luhnow citing his "high character".
Seems like a good guy and doesn't have that Rangers taint on him.

Talk Zone / Re: It’s Opening Day!!!!
« on: March 28, 2019, 07:26:59 am »

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: Round Rock 2019
« on: March 28, 2019, 07:15:25 am »
the wife and I have bought a house in Georgetown and will be moving down from north Texas as soon as ours sells. Looking forward to catching some RR games.

Talk Zone / Re: Dece piece on Bregs
« on: March 25, 2019, 01:42:37 pm »
Thanks, Professor.

You are welcome.

Talk Zone / Re: Dece piece on Bregs
« on: March 25, 2019, 12:25:06 pm »
Thanks for posting. I enjoyed this quote:

“What else would I be doing with my downtime, sitting here reading a book or whatever other people do?” he asks

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Everyone should find time for reading a book.

Talk Zone / Re: Team Payroll 2019
« on: March 25, 2019, 08:44:36 am »
Makes one feel good to be an Astros fan.

And good to have Verlander on our side.

Talk Zone / Re: 2019 Roster (New & Improved)
« on: March 24, 2019, 11:19:53 am »
I would have to think that Bakauskas is not too far behind Whitley.

Martin is rated as highly as Bakauskas.

Talk Zone / Re: Team Payroll 2019
« on: March 23, 2019, 10:43:00 pm »
Noe, I think Springer belongs in that fan-favorite grouping.

Talk Zone / Re: 2019 Roster (New & Improved)
« on: March 23, 2019, 04:41:57 pm »
I’ve been thinking the same thing. They could put him in the long relief roll instead of James to keep him stretched out. Then again if they want to keep him stretched out they could’ve sent him to AAA to pitch in the starting rotation and then call him up if they need him. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see what the plan is.

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Long relief role? I think they need more a LH that can get a key LH out in the mid-innings. Maybe they have more confidence in Framber to do that.

Talk Zone / Re: 2019 Roster (New & Improved)
« on: March 23, 2019, 02:50:40 pm »
A little surprising to me. Not because Valdez doesn’t necessarily deserve it, just because Guduan has looked so dominant.

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I would have bet that would go the other way, too.

Talk Zone / Re: Team Payroll 2019
« on: March 23, 2019, 02:50:11 pm »
Crane was interested in buying the Rangers when they were available from the Bush-led team. For whatever reason it didn't work out. The Dallas Morning News did a piece on him that painted him as somewhat of a sketchy character. Essentially a guy that wouldn't put the $$ into it to be competitive and then would flip it for the profits IIRC. Whatever it was, it wasn't a real flattering piece. I'll see if I can find it.

Talk Zone / Re: Team Payroll 2019
« on: March 23, 2019, 08:56:19 am »
I wouldn’t be so sure they’ll extend Springer.

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Sure hasn't been any indication has there?

Talk Zone / Re: Spring Training 2019
« on: March 20, 2019, 09:38:26 pm »
I recently finished reading Astroball and I am very emotionally invested in a Correa bounce back season.

what have you been doing the last year that was so important you are just getting around to reading Astroball?

Talk Zone / Re: Bryce Harper
« on: March 19, 2019, 11:53:49 am »
I have never understood the Harper mania. He had one insane year, a couple of pretty good years, and most recently a couple of years where he gave his team a WAR that Jake Marisnick could give you. Sure, he hits 20-30 home runs. Great. But the idea that what he gets paid and what Mike Trout, who has a legitimate claim on best player in the game, gets paid are talked about at the same time is crazy to me.

The belief that Harper is some sort of franchise cornerstone is just bizarre. I'd rather have Springer than Harper - no homer - and it's really not all that close.

I wonder what sort of contract George will end up with. And with whom.

Springer is a guy whose value is not all what happens on the field. Great guy in the house. You don't get paid for that though.

Talk Zone / Re: Spring Training 2019
« on: March 16, 2019, 06:51:03 pm »
I'm really excited about having Brantley in the line-up. He isn't flashy or cocky; he just hits. I think he's going to be a great addition.

Professional hitter (Brantley).

Talk Zone / Re: Spring Training 2019
« on: March 16, 2019, 05:51:36 pm »
Bukauskas with 3 more good IP today.

Talk Zone / Re: Spring Training 2019
« on: March 16, 2019, 09:48:05 am »
Lots of talk on here about some of the young guys in camp that have looked great. Alvarez, Toro and Tanilu along with Whitley, Martin and JBB have no doubt been impressive. I’d like to take a moment however to talk about two veterans who have really had good springs to this point.

Jake Marisnick has really impressed. Much has been written about the change he has made to his stance at the plate. It looks to be paying off. While his .310 batting average to this point is encouraging, it is his reduction in strikeouts that has been the most welcome surprise to me. Last season He struck out 39 percent of the time. So far this spring, his K percentage sits at 13 percent. Agreed, he is facing some pitching that he won’t see when the season starts. Nevertheless, his new approach seems to be working. When the season starts, if he can cut last season’s 39 percent K percentage down to under 25 percent, this team will really benefit from his being in the lineup and not just defensively.

The other player who has impressed is Robinson Chirinos. Steve Phillips said the other day that he was really surprised when he interviewed Chirinos because Robinson was so excited about the analytics the Astros were using to help him improve offensively and defensively. Robinson has totally bought into what the Astros want him to do to improve and he can’t wait for the season to start. He has had a very good spring at the plate hitting .348. While I don’t expect that to continue when the season start against better pitching, if he can up his batting average from last season by 15 to 20 points, this lineup gets much deeper than it already is.

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I've often been disappointed putting too much stock in Spring stats. Particularly offensive stats. But, yes, those players have looked good.

Talk Zone / Re: Changes to the game coming this year??
« on: March 14, 2019, 12:45:19 pm »
3 batter minimum or the end of an inning?

i.e. does a guy who gets the last 2 outs of the 7th have to face 1 batter in the 8th?

Interesting question. What if pitcher faced two guys to get out the inning in a NL game and was due to bat in the next half-inning?  I suppose that would require a double-switch if it were a close ballgame.

Talk Zone / Re: 2019 Roster (New & Improved)
« on: March 13, 2019, 07:18:26 pm »
Does anyone have an understanding about why Josh Fields was released by the Dodgers?

Given that McHugh and probably Peacock are heading back into the rotation and that Devenski hasn't looked good this spring (including last night's appearance) I am wondering whether it makes sense to sign Fields.

I just checked his stats....his last 3 seasons with the Dodgers he has had an ERA under 3 each season.

Talk Zone / Re: 2019 Roster (New & Improved)
« on: March 12, 2019, 09:45:23 pm »
Toro looks really good to me also. Switch-hitter too, I think.

I like Alvarez a lot.

Toro is a guy I've been keeping an eye on since he was drafted. I have a good feeling about him. Tanielu is a guy that never makes the "lists"....he just hits.

Talk Zone / Re: 2019 Roster (New & Improved)
« on: March 11, 2019, 09:43:34 pm »
For anyone thinking about bringing back the cheese jokes, we pretty much covered them all a while back.

 l laughed all over again at some of that stuff.

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: Minors Spring Training 2019
« on: March 08, 2019, 10:21:15 pm »
The actual Johnny Bench plans to be in the stands when former Johnny Bench award winner Garrett Stubbs makes his MLB debut.

That's a great story. I've heard Bench interviewed on the radio a couple of times and he really is funny and seems like a great guy. Pretty cool for the young guy to have that relationship and be able to discuss his trade with one of the best.

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: 2019 Rule 5 Draft
« on: March 07, 2019, 09:20:56 am »
Echoing others, no way Alvarez is left unprotected.

Toro looks like a pretty promising hitting prospect, too.

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: 2019 Rule 5 Draft
« on: March 06, 2019, 03:50:46 pm »
I would expect someone to take a chance on Alvarez.

Talk Zone / Re: 2019 Roster (New & Improved)
« on: March 06, 2019, 09:14:15 am »
Say hello to minor league camp: Brady Rodgers, Erasmo Pinales, Jose Hernandez, Ryan Hartman and Lorenzo Quintana.
I have to think Rodgers is about out of chances in Houston.

Talk Zone / Re: Rusty Staub in the bottom of the ninth
« on: March 06, 2019, 08:25:22 am »
Thanks, Nate. For a mediocre team those Astros had some great players. Too bad it never came together for them. The Wilson story remains heart-breaking to me after all of these years. A great talent but an enigma. My fondest story was him seething in the dugout as his teammates were getting no-hit by Jim Maloney. The next day he no-hit them which broke a ten or so game losing streak and set them on a winning season.

Talk Zone / Re: Spring Training 2019
« on: March 05, 2019, 09:52:22 am »
Reed has zero value.  He is a AAAA hitter who can't hit in the major leagues. 

I hope Fisher can re-establish value this spring.  There are teams who could use an outfielder.

Fisher also runs well and plays a good OF. Reed has one "skill".

Talk Zone / Re: Spring Training 2019
« on: March 04, 2019, 09:45:15 pm »
WTF difference does this make? I hope some other .org wants him.

the fucking  difference is that if he has some success some other .org may want him.

Talk Zone / Re: Spring Training 2019
« on: March 04, 2019, 03:24:59 pm »
Yes it was. Nice rebound by Devo. Also, another good game from Derek Fisher which is encouraging.

And by the way, Armenteros continues to impress. If he continues this all spring, just like he did last spring, he’s going to put them in a difficult position.  I like it.

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Fisher is more comfortable at the plate with a swing adjustment he has made.

Beer and Queso / Re: Nashville
« on: March 04, 2019, 01:13:15 pm »
If you're in to craft beer/IPAs, I can't recommend Bearded Iris Brewing enough.

Now I want to go.

Talk Zone / Re: Spring Training 2019
« on: March 02, 2019, 03:47:25 pm »
Caught Whitley's inning today.  It was not good.  Four of the runs he gave up were unearned after the error, but he was missing badly.  Not a good outing.

He actually threw 3 IP. He got better as he went along but the overall line doesn't look impressive. Looked pretty good after that first one.

Talk Zone / Re: 2019 Roster (New & Improved)
« on: March 02, 2019, 11:27:31 am »
Seems like a problem for a catcher.

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Or a peanut vendor at the ballpark.

Talk Zone / Re: Bryce Harper
« on: March 02, 2019, 07:03:29 am »
It's way too fucking early to bring up 1980. Remember it as if it was yesterday. I took so much shit that year because I started bragging early in that game, and my friends who were Phightins fans gave me unmitigated shit for days.

'80 was so tough. I imagine we all believe a healthy J.R. would have turned the table. But I also didn't know if that team would ever be back in that position again. I felt very sad for a long time.

Talk Zone / Re: Aches and Pains (2019)
« on: February 28, 2019, 09:14:56 pm »
I think James could be a force out of the pen. 7th or 8th inning shut-down guy.

Talk Zone / Re: Spring Training 2019
« on: February 23, 2019, 08:39:25 pm »
Early results are positive.

I think we'll be talking about Jake and Maris' record by July.

Talk Zone / Re: 2019 Roster (New & Improved)
« on: February 22, 2019, 12:13:57 pm »
Wow.  Nice deal for Minnesota.  I'm surprised he didn't find better but maybe (like others) he overplayed his hand early and by the time he was willing to get real about a deal, possible suitors early moved to plan B and were no longer viable destinations.  Side note:  Just think how cheap the deal might have been had draft compensation been attached to him.

The price seems pretty fair to me. The average per year I mean. Two years is pretty unusual though on a guy this young. Why do you think he deserves better?

Talk Zone / Re: Astros Trounce Competition in Positional Rankings
« on: February 21, 2019, 11:35:56 am »
I don't have a link.  This is all based on what I heard this morning.

The MLB Channel on Sirius/XM has spent the last week ranking the top-10 players at each position (LF/RF combined to Corner OF) based on the votes of their hosts/analysts.  They finished with CF today.  Steve Phillips then revealed that he spent last night compiling team rankings based on the results.  If your team had the top player at a position it got 10 points, second best player got 9 points, etc.  There were seven Astros ranked:

Altuve          No. 1 2B     10 points
Springer      No. 2 CF       9 points
Bregman     No. 3 3B      8 points
Correa         No. 4 SS      7 points
Osuna         No. 9 Clos    2 points
Verlander/Cole combined in SP for 9 points (not sure where they each ranked).

The Astros total of 45 points was nine points higher than the Yankees' 36 points.  The Brewers, Cubs, and Nats were next in line.

Harper was the No 5 Corner and Kimbrel was the No 2 closer.  Signing both would only move the Nats into third place ahead of the Brewers.

Good stuff.

Talk Zone / Re: Bryce Harper
« on: February 20, 2019, 06:46:40 pm »
Boras says the Harper deal is done.   He just won't say which team.

What was that, again Bryce?

Talk Zone / Re: Bryce Harper
« on: February 20, 2019, 06:44:45 pm »
I am going to guess that Manny will wear out his welcome with fans, teammates and management long before the expiration of the contract.

Before the All-Star break.

Talk Zone / Re: JV and Cole
« on: February 20, 2019, 02:46:42 pm »
Please let it be so.

I'm not worried about the Astros making the approach.

Talk Zone / Re: Bryce Harper
« on: February 20, 2019, 02:45:28 pm »
Did not say he would. If Manny intends to opt out, he only has s five year deal.

Depends on whether Harper wants a record contract more than he wants a ring. What did he turn down Washington or if the report today is true, why has he turned down multiple long term offers?

Record contracts last until the next FA signing period. Rings are forever. If I were a super-stud ballplayer (I'm not but I play one on tv)
I would make sure my agent has talked to that Houston team.

Talk Zone / Re: Astros OF Defense
« on: February 20, 2019, 11:31:05 am »
Great story. I had no idea of the extent of his history of violence.

Makes one wonder what he could have been if he had his head on a little straighter. My dad always thought the Houston franchise had a cloud over their head.

Talk Zone / Re: Astros OF Defense
« on: February 20, 2019, 07:32:34 am »

Talk Zone / Re: Astros OF Defense
« on: February 19, 2019, 08:14:41 am »
In another note, Brantley is not expected to see much if any time at 1B this season as per Hinch.

Talk Zone / Re: Astros OF Defense
« on: February 19, 2019, 07:59:10 am »
I wish I had gotten to see more of Cedeno in CF. Living in Corpus we only got a handful of televised games a year and to appreciate a players' defense you have to see them pretty much daily. I know he was outstanding but I've really come to admire Jake's defense. If there is a ball he doesn't catch it may not be catchable by a human. And his arm is more than adequate. I think the same can be said of Cedeno when his legs were healthy.

Talk Zone / Scheduling Quirk
« on: February 15, 2019, 01:24:33 pm »
Looking over the clubs' 2019 road schedule to see if I may want to do a couple of road games with the club to visit some other venue. Noticed the Astros don't have a game scheduled for July 4th. Two games in Colorado on July 2, 3 before returning home for a weekend series against Angels July 5th-7th.  The 4th is on a Thursday this year which is often used for off-days. At least the players will have a day-off at home on the 4th but what a missed opportunity for MLB.

Talk Zone / Astros OF Defense
« on: February 15, 2019, 11:39:36 am »
attached uses a lot of the analytical data to evaluate the OF defense of Astros in 2016.

It's a little long....pretty much confirms what our eyes tell us seeing these guys day after day, i.e., Reddick is pretty good, Marisnick is very good and Springer is ok. They all throw pretty well but Marwin's defense will be missed according to this data.

Talk Zone / Re: NEW astros bases loaded
« on: February 14, 2019, 07:15:23 am »
Off season  special Friday at  6 p,m     att channel
its getting close folks I can smell baseball in the air

I'll check it out. Thanks.

Talk Zone / Re: 2019 Roster (New & Improved)
« on: February 12, 2019, 05:44:10 pm »
This stuff with late signing FA's, does make me think the system is broken or Team Boras is really team anti-christ.

Not that I am a homer for management, but the excesses of superstar contract negotiations and the stuff we have seen in the last 10 years is ass-puckering insane.

For Harper not to even consider above market annual offers on a shorter term deal misses where this sport is headed (imo).

What are the chances Harper and/or Machado don't play this year?

Talk Zone / Re: 2019 Roster (New & Improved)
« on: February 10, 2019, 07:56:25 pm »
Free-agent left-hander Dallas Keuchel asked for a six- to seven-year contract worth $25MM to $30MM per annum at the beginning of the offseason, while fellow ex-Astros teammate and Scott Boras client Marwin Gonzalez sought a deal in the $60MM neighborhood, according to Buster Olney of ESPN.

I wonder if Luhnow is still laughing?

Talk Zone / Astros Top 2006 Prospects
« on: February 09, 2019, 10:23:39 am »
a look back at Astros 2006 Top Prospects.

Baseball is a humbling game.

Talk Zone / Re: Frank Robinson has passed at 83
« on: February 08, 2019, 06:54:54 pm »

Talk Zone / Re: Changes to the game coming this year??
« on: February 08, 2019, 09:58:54 am »
Just leave the fucking game alone. Let the players play.

Talk Zone / Re: Changes to the game coming this year??
« on: February 07, 2019, 08:50:22 pm »
They're "fixing" things that won't bring in new fans.

I understand throwing stuff against the wall to see if it sticks,  but Manfred's approach seems to be to drop napalm on the walls and see if anybody tunes in.

Manfred doesn't impress me.

Talk Zone / Re: Frank Robinson has passed at 83
« on: February 07, 2019, 08:48:10 pm »
BBWA, protectors of the sanctity of the game.

Maybe ballplayers should elect the BBWA HOF members?

Talk Zone / Re: Frank Robinson has passed at 83
« on: February 07, 2019, 03:00:48 pm »
He was a great player. A great hitter, a great outfielder. Triple Crown winner, MVP of both leagues. World Series winner. First black manager. One of the all time  greats.

Robbie was one of those guys that you just looked at in a baseball uniform and immediately had great respect for. Well I did, anyway.

Talk Zone / Frank Robinson has passed at 83
« on: February 07, 2019, 02:36:24 pm »
He played RF in the first MLB game I saw in person in Colt Stadium. Always seemed like a class-act as well as great player.

Talk Zone / Re: Tacos Across America
« on: February 06, 2019, 09:30:30 am »
I agree with all of this about Cam Maybin. I'm glad he was able to be a part of those great couple of months.

Talk Zone / Re: Fondest Memory of Meeting a HOFer
« on: February 06, 2019, 07:37:57 am »
Mine was meeting Dizzy Dean and getting his autograph on my Astros hat that Harry Walker sent to me. Dizzy was in my hometown to broadcast a few innings of the minor league game and meet and greet the fans. Even though I never saw Dizzy Dean pitch, I knew lots of stories about the old Cardinals Gas House Gang because my Dad was a Cardinals fan (furthest team down south for many years). My hometown had a St. Louis Cardinals radio outlet until the Astros came into baseball.

He was friendly and wanted to talk baseball, whicch tickled the shit of me at 12. I could have had him autograph my Aces hat, but I had him sign my Astros hat. He wrote: "Best of luck from Ole Diz." Sadly, because I was probably doing something I shouldn't have been doing (manning a water balloon slingshot at summer camp aimed at girls across the lake), the slingshot recoiled and I ended up in the lake, and the lake swallowed my hat. I was devastated. I swam and looked around for the hat to no avail.

As I recall, Dizzy was dead within about a year of that chance encounter. It's truly one of my most prized memories. It's a connection, however tenuous, to a significant period in baseball.
I well remember listening to Diz call the Game of the Week on Saturdays. Not the most gifted announcer but never was there a bigger character behind a mic.

Talk Zone / Re: Mr. Aaron
« on: February 06, 2019, 07:34:18 am »
What a class act!
Grace and Gentleman are the two words in that article that have always fit Aaron like a glove.

Talk Zone / Re: Dominican Baseball Article
« on: February 05, 2019, 12:04:15 pm »
Colonel-These articles are written and edited well. There's no quality comparison between the drivel slapped out there by most newspaper and cable writers today. It's no wonder that it's attracted the best writers. If you enjoy reading quality articles, I'd recommend giving it a trial, your niggardly disposition notwithstanding.

I agree. I have found it more than worth the trial cost. I'm sure I will re-up at the end of the 12-mo. trial at the expanded cost.

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: Top Prospect Lists 2018-2019
« on: February 03, 2019, 12:18:40 pm »
It didn't just seem hittable.

So did Luhnow not trust his own stuff?

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: Top Prospect Lists 2018-2019
« on: February 03, 2019, 08:23:15 am »
Eric Jagers @ericjagers 4 hours ago
Today we bid farewell to @BBailey_19 after an awesome two weeks of prep before Spring Training. How bout these @TrackManBB numbers from his live session: AVG FB spin rate- 2684 @ 93.4 mph (28.7 Bauer Units). Good for ~4.5 standard deviations above league average. Yep, that'll do.

As a point of reference, Justin Verlander's spin rate on his 4-seamer in 2018 was 2621 rpms while Ryan Pressly's spin rate last year on his 4-seamers was 2565 rpms (9th in MLB). The highest spin rate on 4-seamers in all of MLB was David Robertson at 2661 and Bailey exceeded that in his training session at Driveline. Verlander and Pressly are harder throwers than Bailey (by a couple of mph) while Robertson is almost exactly the same. FWIW, Robertson and Bailey are about the same height (5'11" and 5'10"). None of this of course tells us anything about location nor the effectiveness of pitches beyond the 4-seamer.

(For those curious, Bauer units is simply spin rate divided by velo.)

Good stuff Nate. Now it becomes a little more clear why Luhnow & Co. were willing to give up such a good prospect in Laureano.

Talk Zone / Re: Grass 27, Artificial Turf 3
« on: February 01, 2019, 09:23:37 am »
In Phoenix the driving concern (reportedly) was conserving water usage. Not sure about Arlington.

In Arlington I believe it was more a concern about how much light the field would get. And that was somewhat based on the positioning of the field to the sun IIRC.

Edit: Just checked out an article in Dallas News about the surface. Player safety was cited by Ranger brass as a consideration and the author added that the fake stuff allows the club to better use the field for other revenue-producing events.

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: Top Prospect Lists 2018-2019
« on: January 31, 2019, 07:57:23 am »
Scratching off Riley Ferrell...

5 or More Prospect Lists (20)
OF Kyle Tucker.......................FG/BA/BP/MP/Sickels/PL   
RHP Forrest Whitley..............FG/BA/BP/MP/Sickels/PL
OF Yordan Alvarez.................FG/BA/BP/MP/Sickels/PL
LHP Cionel Perez...................FG/BA/BP/MP/Sickels/PL
RHP Corbin Martin................FG/BA/BP/MP/Sickels/PL
SS Freudis Nova.....................FG/BA/BP/MP/Sickels/PL
RHP J.B. Bukauskas................FG/BA/BP/MP/Sickels/PL
C Garrett Stubbs....................FG/BA/BP/MP/Sickels/PL
RHP Rogelio Armenteros......FG/BA/BP/MP/Sickels/PL
RHP Jairo Solis........................FG/BA/BP/MP/Sickels/PL
OF J.J. Matijevic.......................FG/BA/BP/MP/Sickels/PL
OF Seth Beer..........................FG/BA/MP/Sickels/PL
RHP Josh James......................FG/BA/MP/Sickels/PL
RHP Brandon Bielak..............FG/BA/MP/Sickels/PL
SS Jonathan Arauz.................FG/BA/BP/MP/PL
3B Joe Perez...........................FG/BA/MP/Sickels/PL
RHP Dean Deetz....................FG/BA/MP/Sickels/PL
LHP Framber Valdez.............FG/BA/MP/Sickels/PL
RHP Cristian Javier................FG/BA/MP/Sickels/PL
OF Myles Straw......................BA/BP/MP/Sickels/PL

4 Prospect Lists (5)
RHP Riley Ferrell....................FG/BA/MP/Sickels
3B Abraham Toro..................FG/MP/Sickels/PL
OF Ronnie Dawson................BA/MP/Sickels/PL
RHP Brandon Bailey..............FG/MP/Sickels/PL
RHP Tyler Ivey........................FG/MP/Sickels/PL
RHP Peter Solomon...............FG/MP/Sickels/PL

3 Prospect Lists (3)
RHP Jayson Schroeder...........FG/MP/PL
OF Alex McKenna...................FG/MP/PL
SS Jeremy Pena......................FG/MP/PL
RHP Trent Thornton..............MP/Sickels/PL

2 Prospect Lists (6)
RHP Bryan Abreu...................FG/PL
RHP Elian Rodriguez..............BA/Sickels
SS Miguelangel Sierra...........BA/Sickels
OF Carlos Machado...............BP/Sickels
C Nathan Perry......................BP/Sickels
LHP Brett Adcock...................MP/Sickels
RHP Jandel Gustave...............FG/BA
1B Randy Cesar......................MP/PL

1 Prospect List (18)
LHP Reymin Guduan.............FG
RHP Manny Ramirez.............FG
UTIL Osvaldo Duarte.............FG   
RHP Carlos Sanabria.............FG
SS Deury Carrasco.................FG
RHP Cody Deason..................FG   
LHP Kit Scheetz......................FG
RHP Enoli Paredes.................FG
RHP Luis Garcia......................BA
RHP Johanse Torres...............BA
C Michael Papierski................Sickels
C Lorenzo Quintana...............Sickels
C Chuckie Robinson...............Sickels
RHP Yoanys Quiala.................Sickels
RHP Leovanny Rodriguez......Sickels
RHP Carlos Sierra...................Sickels
LHP Alex Winkelman..............Sickels
RHP Heitor Tokar....................PL

Positional Breakdown:

FG = Fangraph's "The Board" (37 players)
BA = Baseball America's Preseason Top 30 Prospects (as adjusted by their midseason update for the Top 10 prospects) + one bonus supplemental prospect (sent with prospect handbook) + three "rising prospects" from the midseason update
BP = Baseball Prospectus' Preseason Top 21 Prospects
MP = MLB Pipeline's Top 30 Prospects (retrieved 11/19/18)
Sickels = Minor League Ball's Preseason Top 20 Prospects + nineteen "other C+ prospects" from that preseason list + future additions noted in his midseason review article
PL = Prospects Live Top 30 Prospects (retrieved 11/19/18)

Solis has also had TJ.

Talk Zone / Re: Opening Day
« on: January 30, 2019, 09:05:50 am »
wrong thread.

Damn. I thought MMP had really upgraded their food options.

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: Top Prospect Lists 2018-2019
« on: January 30, 2019, 07:25:54 am »
Not exactly a shocker but JBB had the best slider in MLB Pipeline's Best Tools list for the Top 100 Prospects.

I didn't realize he could also touch 98 on the FB.

Talk Zone / Re: Cuba trip with some details
« on: January 30, 2019, 07:21:12 am »
It was my understanding that US citizens could only go on a group basis for educational purposes, rather than basic individual tourism.

This was the case in Nelson DeMille's The Cuban Affair.

Talk Zone / 5 Minutes With A.J.
« on: January 29, 2019, 07:47:08 am »
nothing  really ground-breaking here but I good 5-minute chat with Hinch at lunch with a reporter.

Talk Zone / Re: 2019 HOF Ballot
« on: January 25, 2019, 06:21:28 am »
Great discussion, guys. Better than the one I saw last week on the MLB Network with the so-called "experts". (writers, Costas, and MLB net guys. BTW Costas said almost the same things about Baines, i.e. a very "good" player and great guy but...).

Talk Zone / Re: 2019 HOF Ballot
« on: January 24, 2019, 07:18:28 am »
In its place, B.O. wants to create an equally stupid tradition...

Buster Olney  @Buster_ESPN 12m ago
Some fans have felt that the HOF is diminished by the high volume of entrants. Now that this is finally possible, moving forward, the new 100% standard will help to create an inner circle of HOFers -- the players who are unanimous selections from 2019 forward.

I never enjoyed geometry but I'm pretty sure you can't make any kind of circle with one of something. Or two.

Talk Zone / Re: 2019 HOF Ballot
« on: January 24, 2019, 07:16:20 am »
Just thinking about this some more. This is easily the worst HOF class in history.  It truly is an embarrassment.

And the BBWAA vote was just as bad. There is no legitimate argument that Edgar Martinez is more deserving than Lance Berkman, yet one sails in and the other drops off the ballot without even consideration. I guess the voters have decided that in the absence of voting in the steroid guys like Bonds and Clemens, they have to just find some warm bodies. And there’s no reasoning behind which warm bodies they choose.  Just a sad day for baseball.

I'm going to think about this some more but I think I agree with you.

Talk Zone / Re: 2019 HOF Ballot
« on: January 23, 2019, 08:30:42 am »
Oswalt and Berkman are both going to drop off the ballot. That's pretty surprising.

At least there is  the new Astros HOF.

Talk Zone / Re: 2019 HOF Ballot
« on: January 23, 2019, 08:21:41 am »
I've always been surprised at Pettitte's low numbers.  I thought he'd be in by now (not that I think he deserves it, but he *was* a Yankee, after all).

As for the potentials...I think Schilling will eventually get in, but not sure about Bonds or Clemens (at least on the BBWAA ballot).  Yes, they are trending up, but I think they've kind of maxed out the voters who are willing to vote for them.

Eventually Bonds, Clemens will be recognized even if there is a special designation such as a cheaters wing.

Talk Zone / Re: 2019 Roster (New & Improved)
« on: January 23, 2019, 08:17:56 am »
Have we ever gotten this close to Spring Training with so many uncertainties?

Talk Zone / Re: 2019 Roster (New & Improved)
« on: January 22, 2019, 02:00:33 pm »
I'm mildly surprised that Garrett Stubbs isn't on the list. Okay, more than mildly.

Stubbs is on the 40-man roster.

Talk Zone / Astros-centric article on Analytics
« on: January 21, 2019, 11:58:49 am »
it's a little long and starts out a little slow but I found it worth the time.

Talk Zone / Re: AL West News 2019
« on: January 18, 2019, 03:34:47 pm »
Are you still... master of your domain?

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At my advancing age it is not that hard...err difficult.

Talk Zone / Re: AL West News 2019
« on: January 18, 2019, 03:27:43 pm »
Either your sarc-meter has been irreparably damaged, or mine has.

I need a drink. Damn post-holiday self-denial period.


Talk Zone / Re: AL West News 2019
« on: January 18, 2019, 02:36:56 pm »
When does the hot stove season start? I'm ready for the winter meetings and some big signings by the Stros!

we are well into it.

Talk Zone / Re: AL West News 2019
« on: January 18, 2019, 10:04:25 am »
I'm amazed by this too.  Though, it makes me think that with each passing day there is a greater chance of Keuchel coming back for a 1 year contract.

I can't imagine that. He has very good offers. He could screw the pooch on a 1-year deal, or get hurt,  and not come close to his current offers.

Talk Zone / Re: AL West News 2019
« on: January 18, 2019, 09:16:47 am »
Buster Olney reiterated on today’s podcast that he believes the Astros could be the mystery team for Harper.

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Amazing that we are a month or so from Spring Training and so many guys are still unaffiliated.

Talk Zone / Whitley piece in The Athletic
« on: January 17, 2019, 08:35:46 am »

Talk Zone / Re: Ex-Astros News 2019
« on: January 15, 2019, 09:39:04 pm »

Talk Zone / Re: 2019 Roster (New & Improved)
« on: January 15, 2019, 10:23:09 am »
I always thought that one of the drivers behind the name change (in addition to moving to the dome) was that Colt Firearm Co. was starting to ask for a cut of the merchandise sales.

this is what I read.

Talk Zone / Re: 2019 Roster (New & Improved)
« on: January 14, 2019, 12:46:15 pm »
I miss the Colt.

That was good but would never play today.

Talk Zone / Re: 2019 Roster (New & Improved)
« on: January 14, 2019, 08:07:52 am »
Shooting Star for me, please.

Talk Zone / Re: Ex-Astros News 2019
« on: January 14, 2019, 08:05:07 am »
Basically MLB is looking the other way, because they want the big PR win of the dual sport star choosing baseball.

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Every other MLB team needs to call foul if this happens.

Talk Zone / Re: Ex-Astros News 2019
« on: January 13, 2019, 12:06:24 pm »
I think Kyler Murray’s a huge prick, but his athletic ability amazes me.

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More like a smallish prick.

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: State of the System 2019
« on: January 13, 2019, 09:39:02 am »
Great post, Nate.

Talk Zone / Re: 2019 Roster (New & Improved)
« on: January 11, 2019, 11:23:06 am »

Talk Zone / I just found this interesting (and surprising)
« on: January 10, 2019, 09:29:27 am »
From AstrosCounty: Playoff wins since Houston joined the American League:
 Houston: 18
 Yankees: 8

Beer and Queso / Re: College Football 2018
« on: January 10, 2019, 09:06:41 am »
I tuned in at halftime and haven't seen Clemson do a whole hell of a lot of punting.
that's a great job.

Talk Zone / Re: AL West News 2019
« on: January 10, 2019, 09:03:43 am »
Man, that is some kind of a rotation.

But if they can mostly stay healthy looks better than what they have thrown out the last couple of years.

Talk Zone / Re: Collin McHugh podcast
« on: January 07, 2019, 09:04:15 pm »
Well that and the whole super-model spouse thing.

I try to keep that under wraps.

Talk Zone / Re: 2019 Roster (New & Improved)
« on: January 07, 2019, 01:21:32 pm »
Truth be told, even without Marwin Gonzales, the Astros have major league options at the ready to move around to fill in where needs might arise. That makes a AAA insurance less viable. When you can move Gurriel and Diaz around and use White at first base, you have pretty good options, not to mention using Bregman at short too. Diaz is going to be someone who helps a lot if he's as good a bat as some say. Might even give Tony Kemp a chance to stick around as a second base option plus outfielder as well.

It's interesting that Hinch has gone out of his way not to use Kemp at 2B. Not that there is a lot of opportunity for  time there.

Talk Zone / Re: Keuchel
« on: January 07, 2019, 12:41:45 pm »
I don't know if this has been previously reported but the Astros offered Keuchel a 5-year extension after his CY season.

•Southpaw Dallas Keuchel stands as the most decorated starter remaining on the open market, but if the Astros had their way, he wouldn’t be available. The Astros offered Keuchel a five-year, $90MM extension early in the 2016 campaign, but he turned it down, according to Rosenthal. At that point, Keuchel was a 28-year-old coming off an AL Cy Young-winning season. Now 31, Keuchel hasn’t been quite as effective since his career-best campaign, though he remains an above-average starter and should rake in a high-paying multiyear deal before the offseason is out. Having made $22.35MM in salaries since he rejected the Astros’ offer, Keuchel will need to sign for $67.65MM as a free agent in order to match what Houston offered him, Rosenthal notes.

Talk Zone / Re: 2019 Roster (New & Improved)
« on: January 07, 2019, 12:04:13 pm »
Maybe they really wanted/needed the 40-man roster spot for future moves?

Hold that thought. I'm thinking this deal was done as a prelude to something else.

Talk Zone / Re: Collin McHugh podcast
« on: January 07, 2019, 12:02:33 pm »
Latte art is fucking hard, man.

I now know there is one thing Verlander and I have in common.

Talk Zone / Re: 2019 Roster (New & Improved)
« on: January 07, 2019, 08:15:17 am »
Those are pretty good numbers.

Seems like an Altuve starter kit.

Talk Zone / Re: 2019 Roster (New & Improved)
« on: January 05, 2019, 03:32:33 pm »
Dreaming. The rumor mill is dead quiet, as far as I can tell.

But if we keep throwing enough names out there eventually we will nail one, right?

Talk Zone / Re: 2019 Roster (New & Improved)
« on: January 04, 2019, 09:12:16 am »
here is a suggestion the Astros look at Gio Gonzalez.

I could see that.

Beer and Queso / Re: Books (2018)
« on: January 02, 2019, 10:32:13 am »
An oat bran muffin for Wright and a croissant for Harrigan. Brands and Curtis have usually eaten already, so they just order tea.

(According to this article)

Thanks for sharing, Bench.

Beer and Queso / Re: Books (2018)
« on: January 02, 2019, 09:54:21 am »
Sweetish Hill Bakery on west 6th.

Is this a guess or "for the win"?

Beer and Queso / Re: Books (2018)
« on: January 02, 2019, 07:56:42 am »
I just looked it up on the kindle app; he doesn't mention the location,  just that it's on Monday mornings.

Thanks for the effort. I guess I won't be stalking them. My first guess would be Cisco's as that seems like such a literary thing to do.

Beer and Queso / Re: Books (2018)
« on: January 01, 2019, 03:00:46 pm »
He mentioned that breakfast group a few times in the book.   Even told of Karl Rove crashing it once and shooting the political breeze with them.

did he mention where they met for breakfast?

Beer and Queso / Re: Books (2018)
« on: January 01, 2019, 08:49:50 am »
'God Save Texas' by Lawrence Wright was enjoyable.

He wrote 'Going Clear'; highly recommend that title as well.

And keep the Buddhist jokes rolling.

A few years ago I read that Wright was part of a semi-regular breakfast group in Austin which included Stephen Harrigan, S.C. Gwynne and the U.T. History professor/author H.W. Brands. Oh, to be a fly on the wall.

Beer and Queso / Re: College Football 2018
« on: December 31, 2018, 10:33:55 am »
Dana Holgorsen is a walking couch fire. Please take him UH. Morgantown doesn’t want him. He’s a mess personally and has chased off more top level recruits than he’s brought in. Enjoy.

that's always been my impression, from afar, of Holgersen.

Talk Zone / Re: 2019 Roster
« on: December 27, 2018, 07:51:45 pm »
I believe that Luhnow has a plan, a backup plan, a backup, backup plan and a backup, backup, backup plan ad infinitum. Because isn't apparent or discernible to us is meaningless. He knows that the Astros have a real shot at another championship and he is going to move heaven and earth to accomplish it.

as long as he doesn't move Whitley.

Talk Zone / Re: 2019 Roster
« on: December 27, 2018, 05:51:01 pm »

Talk Zone / Re: 2019 Roster
« on: December 27, 2018, 12:44:42 pm »
I'm kinda thinking if the Astros wanted to sign him they would have.

So do I. Therefore, I don't worry about it.

Talk Zone / Re: 2019 Roster
« on: December 23, 2018, 09:50:40 am »
Astros County has a great breakdown today of the bullpen's needs going into 2019 and there are still a lot of innings to be made up from the current roster construction.

Talk Zone / Re: Is Reddick calling out Bregman
« on: December 22, 2018, 01:42:28 pm »
Reddick doesn't strike me as someone to call you out publicly, anyway.  If he has something to say to you, it'll most likely be in private.

I'm sure he's just Joshing.

Talk Zone / Re: AL West News 2019
« on: December 21, 2018, 04:00:16 pm »
Plus, he's one of those rare switch hitters you don't even have to buy a second helmet. Think of the savings.

"Plus, he's one of those rare switch hitters you don't even have to buy a second helmet."

He always looked a little like a Little Leaguer to me with that helmet. BTW, he still makes his permanent residence in Houston I believe.

Talk Zone / Re: AL West News 2019
« on: December 21, 2018, 12:11:33 pm »
Jurickson Profar goes to the A's (which presumably ends their attempt to re-sign Jed Lowrie). Rangers net 3 minor leaguers (4 incoming, 1 outgoing) plus some int'l slot money. Rays also involved in transaction.

I was hoping Lowrie might have bounced back to Houston to fill the Marwin role. That ship has apparently sailed though.

Talk Zone / Re: 2019 Roster
« on: December 20, 2018, 09:54:04 am »
From the Brantley presser:

Footer writes that Brantley will play LF. There was some speculation they would have him at 1B at least some of the time but this was not mentioned.

Talk Zone / Re: 2019 Roster
« on: December 19, 2018, 11:51:43 am »
So now that we know that the Miami Marlins are in conversation with the Houston Astros again and that they (the Marlins) know you can't center a deal around "Run" Forrest "Run" Whitley, what if they (the Marlins) said to the Astros they wanted the following:

Kyle Tucker (OF), J.B. Bukauskas (RHP), Max Stassi (C), and Tony Kemp (LF)

Would you (not asking would the Astros, I'm asking would *you*) do this trade? I have not heard anything about asking price but suffice it to say since the Marlins have asked for good to really good major league talent from previous suitors (Bellinger, Acuna, Conforto, et. al.), methinks you're going to have to mix prospects with young talent for them. Are they asking too much in my trade scenario?

Personally I am not ready to deal Tucker so I'm out. I'm sure I'm in a small minority with that opinion but I don't find a catcher with two contract years worth that price even if he is one of the top 3-4 in the game currently.

Talk Zone / Re: 2019 Roster
« on: December 19, 2018, 10:41:44 am »
Isn't neo-Marwin the role that they traded for Aruaz to fill? Or is he expected to be in the minors next year?

Who the hell is Arauz? Did he come with pollo?

Talk Zone / Re: 2019 Roster
« on: December 18, 2018, 09:28:02 am »
With Verlander and Cole free agents after next season, 2019 has to be the "all in it to win it" year for the Astros. 

That's not to say that the Astros' window closes after this season, but the kick ass rotation that the Astros are enjoying might not be around and will require significant retooling.

I wish Luhnow would surprise us with a four year contract for Cole this Spring.

Talk Zone / Re: 2019 Roster
« on: December 18, 2018, 08:28:51 am »
Does the Brantley deal increase the odds of K. Tucker being dealt?

Talk Zone / Re: 2019 Roster
« on: December 17, 2018, 07:40:02 pm »
Brantley is a high-contact guy. That is huge in post-season.

Talk Zone / Re: Bryce Harper
« on: December 17, 2018, 06:20:20 pm »
Oh, God, no.

I know. Me too. I would be shocked.

Talk Zone / Re: 2019 Roster
« on: December 17, 2018, 06:02:20 pm »
This makes a ton of sense to me because you use the Reddick money to sign-up Cruz. What it does is basically assures Houston would be going for either a young CF like Straw or Tony Kemp plays multiple outfield roles. On the other hand, it takes away any block from Kyle Tucker coming in as the pencil-in LF even before ST. I think this combination of Cruz/Brantley does alot to help the club get more consistent on offense. Brantley plays left field and in a pinch can play RF if necessary. I would love for the Astros to find a way to move Springer to right permantly, hence why you might see Kemp in center more often if Tucker isn't really pencilled in. And that would be a really good, consistent offense because at this point of his career, Reddick isn't as consistent a hitter as Kemp is showing he can be. Gives the new guy, Diaz, from Toronto the added flexibility to play some LF when needed. He has a really good bat from what I've heard and is a consistent line drive hitter too.  But who would take Reddick right now? Maybe the Mets if the Astros take some of the salary, but then again, that would surprise me.

I still say an option is to get one of either Cruz or Brantley right now and wait it out in the trading deadline if you can get another bat. But then again, Crane said he'll flex the payroll if he is convinced that Luhnow is making a really good deal to get both Cruz and Brantley.
Reddick isn't as consistent a hitter as Kemp is showing he can be.
Reddick is just one season removed from an .850 or so .OPS.  Those don't come easy. I don't know if he'll ever attain that again but those guys aren't in abundance.

Talk Zone / Re: Bryce Harper
« on: December 17, 2018, 05:56:29 pm »
They have been trying hard to trade Kemp and/or Puig, perhaps to make room for B-rice.

Re: the aforementioned Puig
Spoiler: the Astros are mentioned.

Talk Zone / Re: 2019 Roster
« on: December 17, 2018, 08:41:03 am »
this author makes his case as to why Cruz and Astros should get together.

Talk Zone / Re: Tucker article in Chronicle
« on: December 15, 2018, 08:04:48 am »
I hope he makes the decision easy for them in ST.  And I hope they have a great addition at DH between now and then.

He had a great ST last year.

Talk Zone / Re: Talk me off the ledge
« on: December 14, 2018, 09:30:10 am »
I caught some of a brief interview with Luhnow and the MLB Network guys yesterday and he did not seem to be stressed in the least.

here is that 7 minutes interview for those interested.

Talk Zone / Re: Talk me off the ledge
« on: December 13, 2018, 04:27:19 pm »
Framber's strike rate is low compared to the rest of the staff last year.  He walked 24 in 37 innings.  The high walk rate has always been his nemesis.

I don't know if Framber can throw a ball straight. A lot of movement.

Talk Zone / Re: Talk me off the ledge
« on: December 13, 2018, 03:41:40 pm »
lets hope he wasn't just putting on a good game face

Certainly that's part of it but seeing how so little has happened this week I think the action is still largely to come.

Talk Zone / Re: Talk me off the ledge
« on: December 13, 2018, 02:40:25 pm »
I caught some of a brief interview with Luhnow and the MLB Network guys yesterday and he did not seem to be stressed in the least. 

Talk Zone / Re: 2019 Roster
« on: December 13, 2018, 11:44:06 am »
I feel the same way.

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

Yes, it will be interesting to see how he does and I wish him well. A good Astro. A good person. I will miss his unique personality.
 2008-2016: 4.54 ERA / 1.44 WHIP, 84 ERA+
 2017-2018: 3.36 ERA / 1.18 WHIP, 121 ERA+

Career fWAR, 2008-2016: 7.8
Career fWAR, 2017-2018: 6.3
fWAR #s are accumulated for those years listed.

Talk Zone / Re: 2019 Roster
« on: December 12, 2018, 12:08:55 pm »
A.J. Pollock?

NIce player but has averaged 106 games per season in his six year career. Has played in more than 113 games twice in which he played 137 and 157.

Talk Zone / Re: 2019 Roster
« on: December 12, 2018, 12:00:22 pm »
Richard Justice said Monday night that with the Astros window to win open right now, Crane has told Luhnow he has the green light to spend up to the luxury tax number if he deems it necessary to win another title. That would be around $207-208 million and a drastic increase unheard of from this franchise. If that report is accurate, then perhaps there are ways to get Harper. If he was in the 2 hole behind Springer and in front of Altuve where teams had to pitch to him, he would light up MMP. Still seems far fetched though.

I can’t think of another high profile bat via free agency besides Machado and the Astros don’t need him. Is Cruz considered high profile????

Would have to be via trade. Is Realmuto “high profile?” Perhaps.

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Realmuto has become high profile since his availability. I honestly had not heard of him previously but I don't see much NL anymore.

Talk Zone / Re: 2019 Roster
« on: December 12, 2018, 08:55:13 am »
Perhaps to you. I think he is more valuable in the pen. Wherever they use him, he must rediscover his slider.

I agree regarding Peacock's usage.


Talk Zone / Re: Tucker article in Chronicle
« on: December 11, 2018, 02:32:02 pm »
Tucker had a very poor MLB debut, but it was only 72 trips to the plate, and he was 21 years old. Meanwhile, he hit .332/.400/.590 in AAA with 24 HR and 93 RBI in only 100 games. It's possible the Astros see something in his swing or approach or whatever where they don't think he'll ever approach those numbers in the majors, but I don't think it's accurate to say that he "played himself" into being trade bait.

Those AAA #s are incredible. If he could eventually do 85% of that in MLB he would be a superstar. I've just decided I don't want to deal him.

Talk Zone / Re: 2019 Roster
« on: December 11, 2018, 02:28:43 pm »
Proceed? What do you mean?

Come before and allow a Tucker deal to happen.

Talk Zone / Re: 2019 Roster
« on: December 11, 2018, 01:24:24 pm »
I understand not wanting to block Tucker if they don’t trade him, but if I had a chance to get Brantley I’d think I’d try to find a way to fit him in. He is a professional hitter who will hit .300 and strikes out only 11 percent of the time. He isn’t going to hit for much power but you could do a lot worse at DH than Brantley if you didn’t want to spend the dollars for Cruz’s power.

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A Brantley deal would proceed a Tucker deal I suspect.

Talk Zone / Re: Keuchel
« on: December 11, 2018, 01:01:12 pm »
Keuchel has always pitched on the thinnest of margins. His ability to stay within the margins has deteriorated and hitters have made adjustments. My guess is that he will have a hard time getting a contract anywhere near what he thinks that he is worth.

  And what Boras has convinced him he is worth.

Talk Zone / Tucker article in Chronicle
« on: December 11, 2018, 08:28:53 am »

Talk Zone / Re: Shift-Banning Proposal Gaining Momentum
« on: December 10, 2018, 08:15:01 pm »
Just how many times can Joey Gallo strike out?

Not enough as far as I'm concerned.

Talk Zone / Re: Shift-Banning Proposal Gaining Momentum
« on: December 10, 2018, 05:09:34 pm »
Things are good in the game and the business of baseball. No rule changes are necessary. In fact, they are a dumb idea. And catering to the whims of fans is really scary to me.

Talk Zone / Re: Shift-Banning Proposal Gaining Momentum
« on: December 10, 2018, 10:09:45 am »
That's a perfect attitude for someone who works at Nordstrom.

And I would not invest in Nordstom.

Talk Zone / Re: Car accident claims lives of Valbueana, Castillo
« on: December 10, 2018, 09:07:57 am »
Wasn’t that what happened to Yordano Ventura too? Or at least, he was robbed while he lay dying in the road.

The latter is what I recall. Ventura was allegedly driving very recklessly.

Talk Zone / Re: 2019 Roster
« on: December 10, 2018, 08:53:56 am »
The Luhnow agenda, post-Chirinos:

"We're still evaluating different ways to improve the team, but starting pitcher is one of the areas where we're looking at, maybe an arm to the bullpen and also another bat for the lineup," [Luhnow] said. "Those are three avenues we're exploring."

In other words, "we're looking at everything".

Talk Zone / Re: 2019 Roster
« on: December 10, 2018, 08:52:56 am »
No Greinke, please.

I agree. Just something about the guy I don't trust.

Talk Zone / Re: 2019 Roster
« on: December 04, 2018, 10:09:49 pm »
2nd that.  Wasn't that the same game where he forgot to tag the runner who overshot home plate and crawled back to score?

Not a surprise that he missed a 2nd GG this year.

Ironic post, Snuf. He has was poor defensively last year. And he has a Gold Glove.

Talk Zone / Re: 2019 Roster
« on: December 04, 2018, 05:04:51 pm »
I find it hard to believe this will be the situation.

Me, too.

Beer and Queso / Re: College Football 2018
« on: December 02, 2018, 09:47:40 am »

Beer and Queso / Re: College Football 2018
« on: December 01, 2018, 01:00:53 pm »
Kris Boyd's selection as All Big 12 is a triumph of hype over production. He is rarely near his receiver when the ball arrives.

I won't be sorry to see Boyd go.

Talk Zone / Re: Ex Astros News 17-18
« on: December 01, 2018, 08:26:58 am »
Mike Fiers (for the 2nd straight year), Robbie Grossman and Xavier Cedeno among the non-tenders.

Would Luhnow bring Fiers back? He is a useful SP on a staff that has some holes.

Talk Zone / Re: 2019 Roster
« on: November 30, 2018, 06:34:20 pm »
I might be crazy, probably am. Would anybody else be willing to take a flyer on Shelby Miller?

I know he hasn't been healthy and hasn't been good for a few years but he's still pretty young, 28. I also looked at his Brooks baseball page, and he hasn't lost any velocity, seems to still have pretty decent stuff, I haven't watched him pitch so maybe he just doesn't have it.

I just feel like this staff could figure out how to get a lot out of him, if he could stay healthy.

Like I said, I'm probably crazy and I'm not sure how you can put him on 40 at this point with what else needs to be added.

Just see it as a low risk, potential huge reward if you help him figure out that arm talent again

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I seem to remember Ryan scouting him. Then Luhnow drafted him. Could Strom fix him? It would have to be a Minor League deal.

Talk Zone / Re: Oakland Stadium Plans
« on: November 30, 2018, 10:24:39 am »
Sorry it was confusing --- I was trying to say I wish KC and Chisox was more like Pittsburgh et al.

Agree with you 100 % --  Love Hudson's Idea for Old Florida TB Park --- instead of the Disneyization of b-ball culture.

Surprised Milwaukee did not go even more into the "Beer Garden" theme --- Imagine the park having its own Brew Village --- everyone would be drunk including the toddlers.

Your post was not confusing. I completely understood and appreciate your sentiment.

Talk Zone / Re: Oakland Stadium Plans
« on: November 29, 2018, 05:32:01 pm »
Absolutely love parks like this!   

Pittsburgh did themselves some justice with there new one a few years ago
Houston's juice box is phenomenal
Baltimore's field and complex is pretty cool

Would not mind seeing some others adopt a more local feel --- like KC, Chisox, etc..

Pittsburg's PNC is on my bucket list. The park on Chicago's southside I have no interest in partaking. I've been to Camden but not when a game was going on.

Talk Zone / Re: Awards 2018
« on: November 29, 2018, 09:15:16 am »
Baseball America  @BaseballAmerica 1h ago
After overseeing an impressive @astros pitching staff, Brent Strom is our MLB Coach of the Year.

This is a new award that BA has created.

Good for Stromie. He has been a huge part of this.

Talk Zone / Oakland Stadium Plans
« on: November 29, 2018, 08:35:17 am »

Talk Zone / Re: 2019 Roster
« on: November 28, 2018, 10:07:43 am »
McTaggart says they're still interested in Eovaldi:

I likey. Let's do this. Between Eovaldi and Goldy the club could improve greatly with Houston-area guys.

Talk Zone / Re: 2019 Roster
« on: November 26, 2018, 03:08:53 pm »
Sounds like a swan song deal for McCann.

He was a great example of what a veteran leader can be.  I'll already remember his clutch his against NY in games 6 and 7, his solo shot in game 5 of the WS, his hbp in the 10th, and chugging from 1st to 3rd in game 7 on Marwin's double, then hoofing it in safely on the grounder and being greeted by Correa imitating him by running in place.  Lastly,  the scene that gets me every time,  was when he and Gattis embraced after the game both with tears running down their burly faces.

His contributions of course ran deeper than just those moments of production.  Good luck to him,  very glad he was an Astro.

I will never forget this.

Talk Zone / Re: 2019 Roster
« on: November 26, 2018, 01:08:17 pm »
We all knew he wasn't coming back, but Brian McCann signed with the Braves.

Good for him. He lives there and had said he would like to finish there.

Talk Zone / Re: 2019 Roster
« on: November 25, 2018, 10:19:05 am »

Talk Zone / Re: 2019 HOF Ballot
« on: November 21, 2018, 07:50:13 am »
I think Berkman should get in but I don't think he will. You can stack his numbers from 01-09 against just about anyone not named Barry Bonds and he looks pretty damn good. The problem Berkman has is longevity, broke into the bigs at 23 and last played at 36. Hard to be a HOFer with only a 13 year resume and 3 of those 13, he played less than half a season

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I think this is true.

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: 2018 Rule 5 Draft
« on: November 20, 2018, 06:50:59 pm »
I love your MEH Awards.

Talk Zone / Re: AL West News 2019
« on: November 20, 2018, 02:50:08 pm »
I just heard on MLB Network that there are fewer 3B in HOF than any other position. That surprised me.

Talk Zone / Re: 2019 HOF Ballot
« on: November 20, 2018, 09:25:02 am »
Pretty similar -- Halladay just did it for longer (and was maybe a little better at his peak).

Halladay:   203-105, 3.38 ERA, 64.3 WAR, 416 G, 390 GS, 2749.1 IP, 2117 K, 1.178 WHIP
Oswalt:      163-102, 3.36 ERA, 50.1 WAR, 365 G, 341 GS, 2245.1 IP, 1852 K, 1.211 WHIP

Thanks BUW. Halladay was a much larger guy than Oswalt. Maybe that allowed more longevity. Or maybe he was just more interested in playing.

Talk Zone / Re: Warm stove
« on: November 20, 2018, 09:21:46 am »
Rosenthal has written that he thinks Cle may make Gomes available. That's a pretty good catcher.

Talk Zone / Re: 2019 HOF Ballot
« on: November 20, 2018, 09:10:07 am »
Halladay's top 10 most similar players on BBRef are interesting:
1. Verlander
2. Greinke
3. Gooden
4. Lester
5. Guidry
6. Jimmy Key
7. Dazzy Vance
8. Oswalt
9. Saberhagen
10. Hudson

So, you've got 1 Hall of Famer (Vance), 1 guy with a good chance of getting in (Verlander), and a bunch of good/great-but-not-HOF players (Greinke, Gooden, Lester, Guidry, Key, Oswalt, Saberhagen, Hudson).

While they were both playing there were a bunch of Halliday/Oswalt comparisons. The stats, IIRC, were very similar.

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