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Talk Zone / Re: Awards
« on: November 15, 2019, 07:50:50 am »
This was the tie-breaker for me. He filled in at the most difficult position for a couple of months and played it well. I don't think he got enough credit for that.

Brian Kenny actually his 65 games played at SS this season as his tie-breaker and declared Bregman his MVP pick minutes before Trout was announced.  So at least someone was giving him credit.

Talk Zone / Re: Kendrick
« on: November 01, 2019, 07:37:50 am »
That's baseball....

That HR immediately made me think about the Padres HR to RF of Wagner. Almost impossible to hit either.

Talk Zone / Re: Game 7
« on: October 31, 2019, 10:13:42 am »
I thought you were just repeating bullshit you'd heard.  But if you really thought that, then yeah, that's not one of your smarter conclusions.

If I had a nickel for every time someone thought I was an idiot, I'd have more than one nickel.

It's cool...Just panic setting in and me worrying about the news when it happened (the news of Scherzer getting bumped to game 7) and the fact that the dude went from can't get out of bed or dressed on my own to I'm ready to take on the world per reports on Tuesday prior to game 6.  My brain started racing, "maybe they felt like they couldn't beat Cole no matter who they put out there"....etc., etc.  There is more but typing such would only be a further indictment on myself so I'll take the 5th!

Anyhow, panic can lead to quick conclusions that have no merit or legitimacy.  I think that's what happened here.

Talk Zone / Re: Game 7
« on: October 31, 2019, 09:22:40 am »

There is no logic whatsoever in sandbagging Game 5 at home, in hopes that you can win another two on the road.  None whatsoever.  Whomever floated that idea is an idiot.

Thanks for calling me an idiot.  Not the first time and won't be the last.

Talk Zone / Re: Game 7
« on: October 30, 2019, 07:00:57 pm »
If Cabrera beat me to this my apologies. I don’t have time with the game almost upon us to check. If not, I’m calling it now. I think we’re going to hear rumors leaked out after the series is over that the injury to Scherzer’s neck was bullshit. If they win it will have been a genius move by them. We shall see.

Talk Zone / Re: Tipping pitches
« on: October 30, 2019, 09:27:44 am »
Verducci on how Strasburg was tipping his pitches in the first two innings last night, but the Nationals caught and fixed it:

“Stephen, you’re doing it again.”

Menhart didn’t have to show video to Strasburg. The pitcher knew instantly what he was doing to telegraph his pitches. The pitching coach and his pitcher came up with a fix. Strasburg would reach into his glove for his grip, then briefly start flapping his glove at the waist before raising his hands at the set position.

The game flipped right there.

Yep, heard that from a buddy at the water cooler this morning.  Too damn bad Altuve's sac fly didn't go out or for a double...or same with Yuli's shot to the wall.  There were more runs to be had that first inning for sure.

“He told me it was—what is the right word here—just so re-assuring to him,” Menhart said. “It gave him such relief and confidence. He said, ‘I got takes on balls they were hitting before, and they were swinging and missing at balls they were spitting on in the first inning.’ It freed him up.”

Strasburg gave up two runs in the first inning and none thereafter. The Astros went 3-for-22 after Strasburg stopped tipping his pitches. They didn’t know what hit them.

Talk Zone / Re: Cole and Game 5
« on: October 29, 2019, 11:30:18 am »
This.  Curt Flood and Andy Messersmith didn't take their courageous stands so that the union could control the player instead of the franchise he plays for.

The union sometimes struggles with that fact, like when they heaped scorn on Jeff Kent for taking less money to play in Houston.

Well, and to JimR's point, Jeff Kent being Jeff Kent, I'm sure he didn't give a fuck about their opinion....before or after he signed.

Talk Zone / Re: WS 2019
« on: October 29, 2019, 09:15:08 am »
He did. With better run support, he might have. Run support is what concerns me about tomorrow.

Me as well.  It will be interesting to see possible adjustments by our hitters, and vice versa for Strasburg.  It became apparent in game two that Strasburg was going to go to his slider for strikes in hitter's counts.  Do our hitters adjust and look for that in the same situations in game 6?  Does Strasburg adjust and throw fastballs in those counts as a counter?  Should be fun to watch.

Talk Zone / Re: WS 2019
« on: October 27, 2019, 04:05:29 pm »
This makes me nervous. This lineup does much better when they’ve seen somebody a bit and had time to study them.

Far as I know they saw him Friday when he shut them down for 2 innings.

Talk Zone / Announcing lineup/SPs
« on: October 11, 2019, 12:42:28 pm »
So I'm assuming there are deadlines to do so and once committed can't be changed unless of injury?  Just curious as I'm assuming teams (in particular TB) would like to see a lineup prior to announcing what SP or opener they are going with. 

Talk Zone / Re: Tipping pitches
« on: October 11, 2019, 12:38:28 pm »
What happened last night happens literally every single pitch of every single baseball game ever played.  The pitcher tries to fool the hitter, the hitter tries to recognize what pitch is being thrown and hit it.  This is the foundation of the game itself.  It's mindboggling that anyone who has ever seen a game even bats an eyelash.  THIS IS THE GAME OF BASEBALL!!!!

Agreed.  Hell, it could be argued that Tampa Bay was stealing signs, the way they laid off quality breaking pitches (Osuna's outing in Game 2 comes to mind) throughout the series.  I don't think that is the case, but their ability to do so was impressive.

Talk Zone / Re: Ex-Astros News 2019
« on: October 10, 2019, 12:42:34 pm »
Brian McCann announced after the Braves' loss last night that he was retiring.  He had a good career, and was the right guy at the right time for the Astros.  I will always remember him fondly.

Agreed.  I don't think we would have won without him.  It still blows my mind that he wasn't discussed at length in Astroball.

Talk Zone / Re: ALDS
« on: October 03, 2019, 01:24:58 pm »
“Feels great and he’s ready to go... I have no concern that he's going to be able to post tomorrow.”

Great news for both Correa and Reddick!

Talk Zone / Re: Choose Wisely
« on: October 03, 2019, 11:58:41 am »
No, it is not, but I want to win. Do you fucking think I don’t?

Never said you didn't care about winning.  Just struggling to understand why it is so important to worry about Cole's whereabouts for next season now, rather than after the season is over.   

Talk Zone / Re: Choose Wisely
« on: October 03, 2019, 10:43:47 am »
My name is not “dude,” but I am glad to hear it.

Can't we just wait till the end of the season to worry about this shit?  We have a big game tomorrow.  That's all that matters right now.

Talk Zone / Re: ALDS
« on: October 01, 2019, 09:30:33 am »
They manufactured their own problem by putting both Saturday games back-to-back on FS1.  And when Yankees/Twins inevitably runs long, I'm sure they'll delay switching over to our game.

I can deal with the f'd up start times, but if they delay our game I will absolutely loose my shit!

Talk Zone / Re: Choose Wisely
« on: September 26, 2019, 11:53:37 am »
I agree.  Don't move two guys around, just plug Diaz in at 3B.  Not ideal, but it is what it is.

I agree, but I also like Toro from the left side...would consider him against a pitcher with a quality slider/curve (i.e. Morton, Severino, etc.).

Talk Zone / Re: Postseason tickets
« on: September 24, 2019, 08:15:28 am »
Had tickets for me and my dad for Game 5 in 2005...

Same for me and my wife although we did make it to the game 4 loss as well.  My rationale back then was to go with games 4 & 5 versus 3 & 4 because there was an outside chance of them winning at home and us being there.  Bad move on my part.  Fast forward to 2017, and I make the same decision, this time with my entire family.  I remember thinking early in game 5, with the Stros down 4-0 to Clayton Kershaw...."Damn it, I screwed this up again.  Kids missed at least seeing a win in game 3, saw a loss in game 4 and now game 5 ain't looking too good either."

Boy was I decision I ever made.  Game 5 will go down as one of the all-timers, and we were there!  There were many great moments in that game, but I still get goose bumps thinking about Altuve's homer.  That's the one that really sticks out to me for some reason.  Our seats were behind the plate (one row from the top), and from that vantage point I remember that I hoped his hit would at least have enough juice to carry up the wall for a double.  When it landed by the pump I was stunned....and MM went bonkers!

Sorry to go on a rant.  Once I started typing I couldn't help myself. 

Talk Zone / Re: Stretch run
« on: September 13, 2019, 01:48:53 pm »
Not sure what I did which should be postponed.

That's a good point, which I realized after re-reading your post.  I apologize.  For whatever reason I took your post as being worried about this team come playoff time.  I'm concerned, mainly because I want to see the Correas and Presslys of the world make it back...but if we get everyone back I think our boys will step it up when the lights shine the brightest.  We were ready to roll last year with the same big lead, coasting into the playoffs.  We just had too many players banged up at the end of the day IMO. 

Talk Zone / Re: MMP offseason renovations?
« on: September 13, 2019, 09:32:12 am »
Just break in and go get some.  I'm sure a couple of the TZ denizens will help you out.

That's crazy.

Talk Zone / Re: Stretch run
« on: September 13, 2019, 09:26:49 am »
We cannot hope to beat good teams playing hard with less than our best. Yuli and Correa out, our AAA slugger up in a very crucial AB, Hinh’s stubbornness on testing players, Miley’s woes, injuries to important bullpen pitchers.

The As are damn good and are tough outs no matter who we pitch. The last two games were winnable, but they played and pitched better in crunch time than we did.

I'll worry about all this when the playoffs get here.

Talk Zone / Re: MMP offseason renovations?
« on: September 12, 2019, 12:24:43 pm »
I'm extremely jealous guys.  I'm just finishing up my man cave and started searching the internet for some Dome seats.  Almost nothing out there.  Living in GA, there was just no good way to pick up seats years ago when they finally decided to sell them.  Enjoy guys, you are lucky to have them.

Talk Zone / Re: Alvarez
« on: August 28, 2019, 06:43:52 am »

That's a cool photo...assuming that seat, and Wynn's are in the HOF?  Or maybe the Astros saved for their own all of fame?  Wonder if they had the foresight?  I have not been able to visit MMP this year but am assuming they have areas in their HOF that will allow for turnover of different memorabilia items for fans to see each year they come in...this is how the Baseball HOF works (about 30% of it I'd guess).

Talk Zone / Re: Alvarez
« on: August 26, 2019, 01:54:16 pm »
I expect we will someday.

Reminded me of this:

Which did happen in a game.

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: Round Rock 2019
« on: August 01, 2019, 01:13:13 pm »
Toro gets moved to Round Rock.  Effectively replacing Rojas.

Thanks for the update.  I was quietly hoping he would not get traded yesterday. 

Talk Zone / Re: 2019 Trade Deadline Talk
« on: July 31, 2019, 04:25:02 pm »
 And apparently we get to 18-year-old kids for Stassi. Obviously I know nothing about them but props to whatever intern they put in charge of getting this deal done while they were handling all the rest.

Talk Zone / Re: 2019 Trade Deadline Talk
« on: July 31, 2019, 04:11:20 pm »
Let’s make sure we talk up crane as well! Only seen one short tip of the cap to him during all of this.

Talk Zone / Re: 2019 Trade Deadline Talk
« on: July 31, 2019, 03:12:52 pm »
Aaron Sanchez and Biagini to Astros.
Who’s going to Blue Jays?

You heard it was the Astros getting Sanchez?  If yes, that's interesting.  Dude had big time promise once upon a time. 

Talk Zone / Re: 2019 Trade Deadline Talk
« on: July 31, 2019, 03:09:12 pm »
Vasquez, Wheeler & MadBum reportedly staying put.  Aaron Sanchez has also been traded.  Team not yet reported.

Talk Zone / Re: Our info source
« on: July 31, 2019, 02:54:20 pm »
Homer, your friend apparently misled you.

Would a GM (in this case Luhnow) agree on a trade (say, Ray) and then ask them to wait until the last minute to announce it so other teams like Yankees wouldn't have time to counter with another trade?  Probably dumb question, but asking anyhow.

Talk Zone / Re: 2019 Trade Deadline Talk
« on: July 31, 2019, 02:27:28 pm »
For me to be incredulous, it depends on what the other contenders do.


Talk Zone / Re: 2019 Trade Deadline Talk
« on: July 31, 2019, 02:15:40 pm »
Ken Rosenthal
#Braves close to acquiring Shane Greene from the #Tigers, source tells The Athletic.

They need all the RP-ing they can get.

Talk Zone / Re: 2019 Trade Deadline Talk
« on: July 31, 2019, 02:03:19 pm »
It is starting to feel more and more that the Astros are not going to land a starter.

I still think they will.

Talk Zone / Re: 2019 Trade Deadline Talk
« on: July 31, 2019, 01:45:36 pm »
According to Heyman the Dbacks asked the Yankees for Clint Frazier plus 3 prospects for Robbie Ray.  Who is the Astros equivalent for Frazier?

Given the worth being put on defense these days, I'm guessing Frazier isn't worth has much as people think.  He's been a train wreck in the field the last couple seasons.

Talk Zone / Re: 2019 Trade Deadline Talk
« on: July 31, 2019, 12:51:57 pm »
I don't know about you guys, but for the first time in a long time, I'm saying "Fuck next season!"  Our window doesn't close after this season, but this season has got to be the best shot we are going to get at another WS, especially if they land a big piece to add to the rotation.

Talk Zone / Re: 2019 Trade Deadline Talk
« on: July 31, 2019, 12:32:53 pm »
Well I'll say this: the unified trade deadline is a big win far as I'm concerned. I was never this interested before.

And I'll say this...if there are no big moves made between us and NYY or LAD before the deadline, not optimal, but we'll be ok.

Talk Zone / Re: 2019 Trade Deadline Talk
« on: July 31, 2019, 10:37:37 am »
NY Post says Syndergard off the market

I found the SD portion of the Bauer trade to be odd giving what they gave up and what they got.  Mets have been searching for a CF for years.  I'm wondering if SD picked up Trammell as a piece to hopefully get Thor in the offseason?  Only time will tell.  Either that or they really, really think Trammell is going to be a star.

Talk Zone / Re: Our info source
« on: July 31, 2019, 10:05:47 am »
Wow! Really hoping for this.

He is potentially a "help now" player so that makes this at least a possibilty.  I have read they probably are going to stand pat unless the haul is ridiculous or if the haul can at least be spun that players received can help this year.

Talk Zone / Re: 2019 Trade Deadline Talk
« on: July 31, 2019, 09:35:23 am »
It was a hard ground ball off his right knee. Painful but I doubt it is serious.

I think it was you that said a few days back, "at least it is not his arm"...I concur.

Talk Zone / Re: 2019 Trade Deadline Talk
« on: July 31, 2019, 09:19:05 am »
I listened to Hinch on the radio yesterday concerning Pressly.  Said they are hoping to avoid the DL but if he can't shake it soon they will give him the time he needs to get right.  Hinch hinted that he'd had 3 days off and would pitch last night.  The fact he didn't make it in to a tight game tells me he isn't right and will be hitting the IL soon.  Good news is it didn't sound serious but of course I always worry.

Talk Zone / Re: 2019 Trade Deadline Talk
« on: July 30, 2019, 12:47:10 pm »
Also it's being tweeted that the Stems have asked in return for Thor:
Twins - Buxton
Sox - Benintendi

So they're probably asking for Altuve.

Fuck the Mets!

Talk Zone / Re: 2019 Trade Deadline Talk
« on: July 30, 2019, 10:54:24 am »
Bukauskas did us no favors last night.  5 walks in 4-2/3 IP.  He had a great start last time out.  Should have sat him ahead of the deadline (only half joking).

Talk Zone / Re: 2019 Trade Deadline Talk
« on: July 28, 2019, 10:21:26 am »
Total bs to regard him as untouchable. Doesn’t Reddick have another year. Are we going to trade him and give Tucker his position?  We gave Tucker LF, and he did not hit.

I cannot believe Luhnow wants Tucker (in AAA!) more than Syndergard. Maybe his position will soften before Wednesday. Maybe he is trying to make the Mets blink. Seems to me they are in the superior position, but what do I know?

I could accept we had no chance because they wanted a MLB-ready pitcher. But if Tucker winds up blocking this deal because he is untouchable, someone is crazy-me or the Brain Trust.

Relax, this is all part of negotiations in my opinion. All teams that are selling are going to ask for the moon, but as the deadline gets closer I they will lessen their stances. Luhnow’s job is to make them think there is no way they can get Tucker so that when he finally offers him in a deal it will get done. Otherwise he tells them that he’s going to package Tucker in another deal to another team. This will put the pressure on that team to make the deal IMO.

Talk Zone / Re: 2019 Trade Deadline Talk
« on: July 26, 2019, 01:20:53 pm »
Just another reason to love this place.


Talk Zone / Re: 2019 Trade Deadline Talk
« on: July 26, 2019, 12:36:08 pm »
Oh, come on. McCann would not have scored but the other position players would. Two out, runner at second leaving on contact. The play was not close. Diaz would have scored.

If a Synderdard deal fails because Luhnow insists on keeping Fisher just in case, I will scream.

I have confidence Luhnow will get a deal done.  He knows the team may never be as strong in future seasons as this one is now.  As we move forward, Verlander will be a year older, Cole will mostly be leaving, etc., etc.  Now is the time to sacrifice the future for the present IMO.

Talk Zone / Re: 2019 Trade Deadline Talk
« on: July 26, 2019, 09:27:51 am »
i can't see Luhnow giving up both Tucker and Fisher.  He's got to keep one for outfield depth in case of injury.  I'd do a Tucker/Bukauskus plus Brandon Bielak for him.

I just hope Tucker still has enough value to be considered the centerpiece of a deal like this.  He has not performed well as of late.

Talk Zone / Re: Tyler White traded to the Dodgers
« on: July 25, 2019, 03:00:38 pm »
Correa is a plus defender at SS. Straw starting everyday at SS to me is not an option. Filling in as a spot start while Correa has been out has helped. From what I've seen, Straw seems to have adequate range, decent glove, but not yet comfortable with throws to 1st.

I won't argue that Kemp is the better player but thought they might send  Straw down so he could get regular playing time (more time at SS, etc.) and be ready for a call back up when rosters expanded.  I wouldn't think he would get a lot of playing time on the club the rest of the way barring unfortunate circumstances (yes, I knocked on wood).

Talk Zone / Re: Tyler White traded to the Dodgers
« on: July 25, 2019, 01:38:04 pm »
He still may be. The team has until the trade deadline to get something done that includes Kemp.

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Well, and this (White deal) gives me hope that Kemp definitely has enough value to bring something decent back in return.  I'm not sure what's wrong with the AA pitcher that we acquired, but it isn't his numbers.

Talk Zone / Re: What I hate to hear
« on: July 23, 2019, 07:28:36 am »

If you want a lefty, how about Stephen Vogt?  I've never heard his name mentioned when discussing good defense, but he would be a cheap option both in salary ($550K) and in terms of prospect value as he is old and a rental.  Dude has swung a pretty good bat this year too, especially when you consider he's playing half his games in SF.

Talk Zone / Re: 2019 Trade Deadline Talk
« on: July 15, 2019, 09:32:55 am »
As of right now the Nationals are in the postseason so I don't think they'll be dealing their ace.

And that is alot of $$$.  $45M per (with some amount deferred through 2028 season).

Talk Zone / Re: Aches and Pains (2019)
« on: July 09, 2019, 02:35:09 pm »
Does moving Martin to the 60-day have any service time implications?

I read somewhere that since the injury happened after he was sent back down that it would not. 

Talk Zone / Re: 2019 Trade Deadline Talk
« on: July 09, 2019, 08:55:20 am »
From The Athletic about Matthew Boyd, and how the Astros could be the ideal fit for him:

I like MadBum but am really hoping we land Boyd so we have another arm locked up in the rotation heading into next season.  I'm hearing it will be a haul to get him...not sure what that means but I'm hoping Luhnow can pull something off.

Talk Zone / Re: 2019 Trade Deadline Talk
« on: July 08, 2019, 01:44:04 pm »
Miley also looking like he might get a fat contract. What are the chances of re-upping him?

I was a little disappointed that management did get a club option for '20 included in the current deal.  I'm sure they tried...

Would love him back at the right price.

Talk Zone / Re: Aches and Pains (2019)
« on: June 19, 2019, 10:44:39 am »
There is an article on MLB network about Altuve being re-activated. In the article the subject of the video that was posted on here with Altuve legging out the triple was discussed. It was addressed by Jose and AJ and it appeared each was kind of surprised at the way Altuve was running in the video. I guess the medical staff would not have cleared him if he wasn’t 100% healthy, but I will not feel completely comfortable until I see him hitting like the old Jose.

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I was at the game yesterday. Altuve hit about 3 homers to RCF during batting practice. I know it was GABallpark but ball was jumping off his bat.

Talk Zone / Re: 2019 Trade Deadline Talk
« on: June 17, 2019, 02:41:58 pm »
Brantley has never played first in the majors. But assuming he could, if you had to snag an outfielder and put him at first, he'd be the more logical option than Reddick.

Does anyone know if Brantley saw any time at first in the spring?

I swear I remember his agent saying he was at least willing to play first base...this prior to his signing with the Good Guys.

Talk Zone / Re: Straw
« on: June 03, 2019, 02:17:53 pm »
Oh, and how about Fisher?  No one is talking about him but he has performed well for the big club.  Happy for him.

Talk Zone / Re: Straw
« on: June 03, 2019, 02:17:01 pm »
There is no argument for keeping White.

I month or so ago I was swapping posts with JimR stating my opinion that the Astros should stick with White till the first month of June or so with the hope that he could turn it around and provide some trade value.  At this point I have to agree that that ship has sailed.  Time to move on and see what you have in Alvarez ahead of the trade deadline as Jim recommended. 

Sad thing was that I actually thought he would turn it around.  Boy was I wrong.  Too bad.  Hopefully he'll get another shot with someone.

Talk Zone / Re: Alvarez
« on: May 21, 2019, 09:02:21 am »
Alvarez two hits tonight, Tucker 1-4, Fisher up to .328.

Tucker goes 2-4 with another HR (12).  I realize Alvarez has been killing it but who do you think eventually gets the call first?

Talk Zone / Re: 2019 Roster (New & Improved)
« on: May 13, 2019, 09:21:51 am »
Yes, he has tough decisions to make and they will have to be made pretty soon. When Altuve is ready to come back he will have to make his first move. If they want to stay with 13 pitchers then White or Kemp has to go to make room. The alternative would be to postpone that decision and send Devo or Valdez down to make room for Altuve. I suspect that is what will happen. Either Devo or Valdez will go to AAA.

Eventually, a decision will have to be made where White and Kemp are concerned. I suspect Luhnow puts that off as long as absolutely possible.....probably until the trade deadline. Personally, I’ve seen all of White I want to see. I love Kemp but it probably makes the most sense to move him. He will have more value and the talent we have in AAA that is most ready play is at his position, the outfield.

There will also have to be a decision made when Joe Smith is ready to return. If I heard Luhnow correctly on today’s pregame show, Joe will be ready to return sometime in June. Jeff talked as if they were eager to get him back in the bullpen and said that when he is ready a difficult decision will have to be made. If Devo survives the reactivating of Altuve, I’m betting he’s out in June when Smith is ready.....unless Devo turns it around in a hurry.

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Damn, I hate the idea of moving Kemp.  Come playoff time his ability to come off the bench and give the team a quality AB will be hard to replace.  I'm hoping White turns it around quickly so he builds at least some trade value, but if he doesn't do it quick he will probably be the odd man out (may just be released if there is no market for him).  I'm thinking White gets 2-3 weeks to turn it around, but then to JimR's point, Alvarez will have to be brought up so you can get an idea of how he will perform at the big league level ahead of the trade deadline.

Talk Zone / Re: Miley
« on: May 10, 2019, 01:08:54 pm »
Durable, yes. Inconsistent, yes. Decent year, with last 20 starts being very good, yes. Very good year overall, no. We’ll see if he ever signs, but I think he is on the downhill slide and should have accepted the QO.

And here's the crazy thing...if you asked me today who I'd rather see start a game in the playoffs it would be Miley.  I've been saying for a couple years now that I felt the new found (except for some like AH) ability by umps to stick to a standard strikezone was going to hurt Keuchel.  I think he needs the Tom Glavine treatment to be an ace.  Without this he is a #3-4 starter at best.

Talk Zone / Re: Frito Pie Friday
« on: May 09, 2019, 11:15:25 am »
His sliders started in the zone, stayed in the zone, and got punished.

The solo HR hit well up the batter's eye in dead center. 

When he walked the bases loaded all 4 balls were fastballs that were way inside.

Mike Stanton commenting this morning on MLB radio that batters are sitting on Collin's breaking balls.  He said Peacock was heading down a similar path in his opinion but came back with a strong start last night, both with the wind up and firing more fastballs than in recent starts, crossing up hitters.

Talk Zone / Re: Frito Pie Friday
« on: May 08, 2019, 02:28:16 pm »
find a place with consistency and not all over the place

I didn't catch last night's game but caught Collin's last start and I remember being concerned at the number of breaking balls he was throwing, especially after the opposing team went hunting them the second time through the order.  I don't have the numbers in front of me, but it seemed like he was throwing a breaking ball about 75% of the time in the start before last night.  Was his control the problem last night or was it the fact that his fastball (now 90-91mph) just isn't good enough anymore as a starter? 

Talk Zone / Re: Ex-Astros News 2019
« on: May 08, 2019, 02:24:49 pm »

Cannot keep them all.

Exactly, and it's not like he was released.  They acquired RP, Brandon Bailey for him.  I do not know what Bailey will amount to, but they had to move some players and took a shot on him.  We are still a year or two away from really figuring out how the Astros/A's make out on this trade, and whether or not it was a good idea to send him away.

Talk Zone / Re: Alvarez
« on: May 03, 2019, 01:41:38 pm »
I’m with you. I’d much rather see Straw and I think his performance when he was up last year was good enough to get the call. They are working him as an infielder lately however so they may not want to interrupt that program.

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I'd rather see Fisher.  He supposedly worked really hard in the offseason to revamp his swing, performed well in the spring and has performed well so far at AAA. 

Talk Zone / Re: Alvarez
« on: May 03, 2019, 09:56:11 am »
How did this work out with Tucker last year? They need to know if Alvarez can hit in the bigs. White has been in the org for years. They know who he is.

It's a good point, wanting to know what you have, but I do think this year is different than last season.  We needed an OF last year, and the Astros were hoping Tucker would fill that void.  This year, we already have that OF (i.e. Brantley) so it kind of opens the door to the Astros just needing a hitter no matter the position.  That greatly broadens the amount of possibilies in terms of a trade IMO.  Because of this I think there is still time to get Alvarez some more seasoning, and in the meantime, hope that either Kemp or White can turn their season around along with their trade value.  Like I said, the good news is that if neither turn it around by early June, you call up Alvarez at that time and give him 5-7 weeks  to show what he can do.  If no dice, you should easily be able to find another hitter the last week or two before the deadline.

Talk Zone / Re: Alvarez
« on: May 02, 2019, 12:30:10 pm »
What's the argument for not DFAing White?

My argument would be, "What's the rush?"

White, Kemp, Diaz & Guerriel have all struggled to this point in the season, but a month is all we have played.  No reason to think any of them can't turn it around.

I realize Kemp & Diaz are more valuable because of their ability to play multiple positions but White posted a line of:  .276/.354/.533 in 66 games (210 ABs) last season.  It is only one game, but we are leading the division, and done so even though it has been against a fairly tough schedule (as others have posted).  So I'm thinking there is no reason to change anything, yet.  Let Alvarez get more PT in the OF and let White get a few more ABs to turn things around.  If he's still shitting the bed in 3 or 4 weeks then I'll agree with you.

One of the things I love about the Astros organization is they tend to play the long game with players.  Sometimes you'll get burned doing this but overall I think it pays dividends as players know they will be backed (to a certain point) and are given fair shots to succeed or fail.

Game Zone 2019 / Re: Yankees @ Astros, April 9, 2019
« on: April 09, 2019, 10:20:59 pm »
Didn’t he have a sore back in spring training?

Talk Zone / Re: Race For the Lid XXI
« on: March 28, 2019, 02:11:24 pm »
112 for me!

Talk Zone / Re: Aches and Pains (2019)
« on: March 28, 2019, 12:47:15 pm »
How can he be so dang fragile!

I'm going to try and remain calm and hope this is just precautionary.  If he doesn't start by Saturday I'll be officially worried and buzz kill for the season, while probably not warranted, will quickly set in.

Talk Zone / Re: Aches and Pains (2019)
« on: March 28, 2019, 12:17:17 pm »
Thanks Sphinx.  That made me laugh.

Yahoo is showing Correa out for today's game.  Looks like Diaz getting the start today.  Dammit man.

Talk Zone / Re: It’s Opening Day!!!!
« on: March 28, 2019, 07:26:26 am »
Goal is to leave early and be home in time for first pitch.  Work probably won't allow but that's the goal.  Wife and kids on standby to record and turn phones off if I can't make it and we'll watch on a delayed basis.  What's the latest on Correa?  I sure hope he plays as that will signal this neck thing isn't really a big deal. 

Talk Zone / Re: Aches and Pains (2019)
« on: March 27, 2019, 07:59:37 am »
Daniella really needs to go easier on him.

Thanks Sphinx.  That made me laugh.

Talk Zone / Re: Team Payroll 2019
« on: March 23, 2019, 05:50:53 pm »
 Yes they won a World Series title in  ‘17,  but even if they hadn’t all I can say about the last couple years from Altuve being extended to the Verlander extension would be this... this should be considered the golden age in terms of being an Astros fan!

Talk Zone / Re: Team Payroll 2019
« on: March 22, 2019, 09:05:53 pm »
Thanks Hudson. I did not know that.

Talk Zone / Re: Team Payroll 2019
« on: March 22, 2019, 08:52:38 pm »
Sure, if Crane decides that he doesn't mind paying the luxury tax of course they can afford it.

Couldn’t they backload Cole’s contract?  That’s essentially what they did with Bregman’s 

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: Skeeters News
« on: March 08, 2019, 11:50:29 am »

7. Mound moved back two feet in second half of season

Two feet?  That seems like a pretty big change, doesn't it?  When I heard they were moving the mound back I was thinking inches, not feet.

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: 2018 International Signing Period
« on: March 05, 2019, 07:15:47 am »
In the past couple of days the Astros signed a righty out of the Dominican. Given his age, it's highly doubtful the bonus amount was significant...

Update #8:

Miguel Palma, c, Venezuela--$300K   B/T: R/R 5' 10" /170 Age: 16
Tomas Ramirez, of, Dominican Republic--$250K   B/T: R/R 6' 1" /172 Age: 16
Johangel Ramirez, rhp, Venezuela--$275K   B/T: R/R 6' 2" /193 Age: 16
Yohander Martinez, ss, Venezuela--$300K   B/T: R/R 5' 10" /175 Age: 16
Cristian Gonzalez, ss, Dominican Republic--$300K   B/T: R/R 6' 3" /180 Age: 16
Reimy Beltre, rhp, Dominican Republic -- $135K   B/T: R/R 6' 3" /170 Age: 17
Omar Diaz, of, Dominican Republic--$85K   B/T: L/L 6' 1" /180 Age: 16
Danny Subero, rhp, Venezuela--$200K   B/T: R/R 6' 4" /194 Age: 16
Ayendy Ortiz, ss, Dominican Republic--$240K   B/T: S/R 6' 1" /170 Age: 16
Carlos Calderon, rhp, Dominican Republic--$80K   B/T: R/R 6' 0" /175 Age: 16
Daniel Pacheco, rhp, Venezuela   B/T: R/R 5' 10" /160 Age: 16
Frank Perez, of, Cuba--$275K  B/T: R/R 6' 2" /180 Age: 16
Jairo Jose, of, Dominican Republic--$75K   B/T: R/R 6' 0" /160 Age: 16
Jesus Liranzo, of, Dominican Republic--$300K   B/T: R/R 6' 1" /185 Age: 16
Ricardo Balogh, ss, Dominican Republic -- $300K   B/T: S/R 6' 3" /175 Age: 16
Andres Monzon, cf, Venezuela   B/T: R/R 5' 11" /152 Age: 16
Antonio Placencia, rhp, Dominican Republic   B/T: R/R 6' 0" /170 Age: 19
Freddy Guilamo, c, Dominican Republic B/T: R/R 5'11" /160 Age: 17
Miguel Padilla, rhp, Venezuela -- $50K  B/T: R/R 6'2" /180 Age: 16
Marcos Eusebio, rhp, Dominican Republic B/T: R/R 6'1" /180 Age: 18

Total of 20 players signed to date with reported and/or inferred bonuses on 15 of those. Given the likelihood of a minimal bonus for Eusebio, we're gonna assume for now the Astros' international pool money remains unchanged:

Pool at beg. of year.................................................................$4,983,500
Less: Amt sent to LAA in Maldonado deal.............................  (250,000)
Less: Amt sent to MIA for 2 minor leaguers.........................   (500,000)
Amount available.....................................................................$4,233,500
Less: Total bonus already paid out to 15 players.................(3,165,000)
Less: Assumed bonus paid to 5 unreported players............     (95,900)
Amt available for future signings and/or trade......................$ 972,600

Any relation to Tony?

Talk Zone / Re: Spring Training 2019
« on: February 28, 2019, 12:08:33 pm »
Fisher put together some nice ABs yesterday...and was absolutely safe on the CS.  That would've been his 2nd of the game.  Also made a nice running catch in CF.  Not a bad ST so far.  Good for him.

Talk Zone / Re: Bryce Harper
« on: February 26, 2019, 01:39:58 pm »
The difference between George and Hicks is that George has been relatively healthy the last 3 years. Hicks has never played in 140 games, Springer has played 140 in the last 2 years and 162 in 2016. George would never accept the Hicks deal.

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Agreed, but it is a good point of reference to measure from in my estimation.  Would the Astros consider signing George through his age 35-36 season?  I'm betting not, but might would sign on through his 34 season.  Dollars?  Not sure either but a good measuring stick.

Talk Zone / Re: Bryce Harper
« on: February 26, 2019, 12:45:03 pm »
By the way, with Aaron Hicks and Arenado signing extensions, things would look favorable for JV and Cole extensions.

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Cole and maybe George.  JV has made his money.  Yes he has expressed an interest in signing an extension but the other players that are signing are players that have only hit a year, maybe two of real money and they are trying to secure a big payday sooner rather than later.  Was thinking about George this morning after hearing of the Hicks deal.  Feel like Hicks is a damn good comp.

Talk Zone / Re: 2019 Roster (New & Improved)
« on: February 25, 2019, 09:44:40 am »
Really?  $10.5M per?  He was in integral part of very good teams but, in your estimation, is he really worth 6.5% of the payroll, especially with the extensions they are working on with Verlander and Cole?  To me, the Diaz signing looks better and better, even if he only performs at 70-80% of the capacity of Gonzalez.

I won't argue what he is worth, only Management knows what they feel he is worth.  I will only say this:  Had Marwin asked the Astros to agree to this deal in early November, he might still be an Astro today.  Just saying.

Talk Zone / Re: Bryce Harper
« on: February 25, 2019, 09:38:36 am »
According to, the Dodgers have leapt back into the field. (

Harper is such a hype machine. I guess I won't be shocked if he ends up netting more than Machado, but it seems indisputable that pound for pound Machado has outclassed him in virtually every respect (except perhaps in "class", which might be a close call). He's still reaping the benefits of the SI cover at age 15.

Well, I think there is also factors marketing where Bryce will easily edge out Manny.  Jersey sales, billboards, ticket sales (not that this is as big in LA) both at public and corporate levels.  Maybe they can even negotiate a larger TV deal when if the current runs out (I'm not Nate so don't have this information at my fingertips).  Btw, Nate, you are the man!

Talk Zone / Re: 2019 Roster (New & Improved)
« on: February 22, 2019, 12:02:00 pm »
Marwin to Minnesota. 2 years, $21 million.

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.

Talk Zone / Re: Wade Miley
« on: February 05, 2019, 03:15:54 pm »
I just think it’s interesting that he has incentives for starts and relief appearances.

I guess they’re hoping Miley gives them the best of both worlds.

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I'm betting a lot has to do with James in the near term (if he does well, he keeps his spot) and then Whitley in the long term (if he performs well in the minors, he and James might warrant a move of Miley to the pen later in the season).

Talk Zone / Re: 2019 Roster (New & Improved)
« on: February 02, 2019, 10:08:07 am »
Collin McHugh will be a free agent after this season-would love to have him stay.  Good pitcher and example for the youngsters coming up.

Club has taken him to arbitration 2 out of last 3 seasons and if memory serves, lost each time. Can’t be a positive for him returning.

Talk Zone / Re: Looking for a Fantasy Baseball League to join
« on: January 29, 2019, 07:16:01 am »
No doubt!

You guys are funny.  Someone reached out to me with a lead so I'm pursuing that now!

Talk Zone / Looking for a Fantasy Baseball League to join
« on: January 28, 2019, 05:19:03 am »
My daughter has recently expressed interest in joining a fantasy baseball league...I told her I would help her find one and also help her with the process in her first season.  If anyone knows of a league that has a spot to fill please shoot me a PM.  Thanks.  I sure hope I can find one.  Just another way her and I can share the great game of baseball.  Hopefully it's ok for me to post this here.  If it needs to be moved to another forum just let me know and I'll nuke it myself and move over as needed.


Talk Zone / Re: Players' View on Most Feared Pitches
« on: January 08, 2019, 02:31:08 pm »
That inbed video of Chris Sales slider is redonkulous!

I thought for sure Morton would be listed in there somewhere.

Talk Zone / Re: 2019 Roster (New & Improved)
« on: January 07, 2019, 12:25:25 pm »
Another thing I find interesting about this trade is that Davis isn't out of options.  Had they kept him he'd be in AAA again, providing depth.  Luhnow must have felt that a) the odds of the Astros really needing him were quite low (I think he'd be right about that) and b) this was a higher than expected end offer for Davis.

Per Chandler Rome of the HC (and this is through MLB Trade Rumors), Luhnow says they weren't looking to move Davis but the Mets came after him aggressively.  In addition, the C, Scott Manea, was a big part of the deal.

Talk Zone / Re: 2019 Roster (New & Improved)
« on: January 06, 2019, 01:44:36 pm »
I have no idea who any of the prospects are yet I am perfectly comfortable assuming that the Astros fleeced these fools.

 Hopefully it’s a win-win. Davis has been fantastic in the minors and there’s no reason to think he can’t still turn around and be a slugger for the Mets. Regardless, he wasn’t going to have any playing time in Houston.

Talk Zone / Re: 2019 Roster (New & Improved)
« on: January 06, 2019, 12:05:58 pm »
Reports say Lugo not involved. Speculating, maybe just Davis for a low-level minor leaguer?

 I’m hoping for a prospect that might help us Land Realmuto.  Regardless, we need to move some of these upper level guys for nothing else than lower level minor leaguers if that’s all we can get. They have nowhere to play and will lose them As minor league free agents eventually.

Talk Zone / Re: 2019 Roster
« on: December 28, 2018, 02:44:07 pm »
Looks like we are in on Encarnacion and possibly Jose Martinez from STL.

Talk Zone / Re: 2019 Roster
« on: December 27, 2018, 10:40:03 am »

I wouldn't have complained if they had signed him of course, but plenty fine that they didn't.  If we are to add another bat I'm hoping it is one that can play the field and give the team more depth in case of injury.  Noe's idea of bringing in Lowrie for instance...I think that would be genius.  We ought to be able to get him for two years at most (possibly only one of that's what the team wants) and at a lower annual salary given the glut of talent on the market at the 2B position.

Talk Zone / Re: 2019 Roster
« on: December 27, 2018, 08:11:27 am »
Padres rumors surrounding Kluber say Austin Hedges (C) might be part of the package going back to CLE.  I worry if this deal happens that the next order of business for SD would be to go after Realmuto, unless of course they think Mejia is a legit catching prospect.

Talk Zone / Re: 2019 Roster
« on: December 21, 2018, 01:47:49 pm »
Ray, if you believe reports is not available but I bet Luhnow has at least touched base.
The Astros and Blue Jays have made quite a few deals and I bet Stroman has been brought up plenty even before this offseason. The problem is that the Jays may not want to trade him this offseason because of the bad year he has. His stock is as low as it's ever been. If I were them I'd wait til the deadline and hope he has a good first half.
I'm not sure the Tigers have any reason to move Fulmer yet, he has plenty of team control left that they may think they can compete again before he's gone.

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From what I have heard you are right on with Stroman and the same with Sanchez.  They are hoping both rebound and then will deal them.

Talk Zone / Re: 2019 Roster
« on: December 21, 2018, 11:22:24 am »
Exactly.  No one was biting on his pitches in the dirt. 

As for who the Astros might get for the rotation.  I heard a discussion on the MLB Network that the Astros were less interested in free agent pitchers and more interested in making trades.  So I'm not so concerned that the better mediocre free agent starting pitchers are starting to get taken.  I agree that Stroman, Fullmer, and Ray are probably the three main targets.  I thought that Jon Gray was also a potential target, but with the Rockies signing Murphy, I think it's less likely that the Rockies are going to trade a starter.

Question:  Does BAL become a team that is easier for Luhnow to makes trades with now that Elias is the GM or the complete opposite?  While Bundy still has 3 years of control left (prob not a player they are dying to move) I kind of wondered if he might be someone we could get for lower level prospects that Elias might value more than other teams given his insider knowledge of our system and possibly further help them during years where they are really hoping to turn things around.  The little bit I have heard from Elias, and then their new manager, it sounds like they will be heading down the road of a full tear down and might not be competitive again for 4-5 more years.

Talk Zone / Re: 2019 Roster
« on: December 20, 2018, 01:58:03 pm »
Looking around the league for SPs that are controllable for at least two years and on teams that would appear to be willing to part with said players:

Player - Team - Controlled thru year - salary remaining if under guaranteed contract:

Bundy - BAL - '21
Fulmer - DET - '22
Boyd - DET - '22
Duffy - KC - '21 - owed $46M over next 3 years
Ray - ARZ - '20
Sanchez, Aaron - TOR - '20
Stroman - TOR - '20

Bundy kind of jumps out at me given the new GM they have over there in BAL.  Does a relationship like that tend to hurt you (because you probably value players similarly) or does it help you (also because you value players similarly, including prospects in the lower minors that other teams might now know or value as much as normal)?  Wonder if we might be able to get him for some lower level prospects and give Strom a chance to work our the kinks?

I also like Ray and Stroman but both would probably command a rather large haul.

Talk Zone / Re: 2019 Roster
« on: December 20, 2018, 01:11:31 pm »
The speculative offer from the Dodgers centered around Verdugo is what has been speculated in a trade with the Marlins for Realmuto. So given they would provide the same package for either Kluber or Realmuto, it means the Dodgers will offer this only to get one player, not two.

Interestingly enough, I also read that the Dodgers are looking to move either Rich Hill or Alex Wood (both lefty pitchers). I'm not sure trading for Wood for low level prospects and a package of Tony Kemp or Stassi would work. But definitely the struggles Wood had in 2018 make him a project, but maybe a project Strom would like to have.

At least with Hill (due $18.6M in '19) and Puig (due estimated $10M in final year of arbitration -- my guess so probably wrong), speculation is that they are trying to cut money so they can go after Harper.

The thing about the club trying to acquire a SP...Luhnow has always tried to acquire players he could control for more than just one season.  This way of thinking seems to fit with the teams needs now as well with Verlander, Cole and McHugh hitting the FA market next season.

Talk Zone / Re: 2019 Roster
« on: December 20, 2018, 11:44:20 am »
Reds... as a playoff contender?

I didn't say that, just passing on what's been reported.  In listening to the MLB channel a few minutes ago Morosi stating he is hearing they would prefer not to ship Kluber to a team that they would likely have to match up with in the playoffs...hence the national league teams headlining the rumor central.  He is also hearing that many teams are a little worried about his age and feel he would be better suited, especially in years two and three of the current contract, to go to a national league team that includes a pitcher in the opossing lineup, and more specifically, to a national league team with a more pitcher friendly ballpark.  Only team that really fits that bill out of the teams mentioned is LAD.

Apprently, CLE is looking for OF help in return...possibly more than one.  Again, LAD matches up well with Verdugo, Puig and possibly Peterson all available.  Morosi, speculative idea only, threw out the idea of trading him to a team like CIN for their top OF prospect Trammell (CF), then taking the money saved in the deal and signing another OF like Pollack.

Talk Zone / Re: 2019 Roster
« on: December 20, 2018, 09:24:34 am »
Who else would pay for Kluber or Bauer besides a team that views itself as a playoff contender?

Teams reported on last rumor mill:  Dodgers, Brewers, Phillies & Reds

Talk Zone / Re: 2019 Roster
« on: December 20, 2018, 08:34:56 am »
I keep hearing the calls for Kluber and Bauer.  Am I the only one that thinks it would be weird for the Indians to trade one of those two pitchers to a team that they will likely be facing in the playoffs?  I'm not saying it can't happen, just thinking its unlikely because they would probably rather not trade either of them to a top contender like us, the Yankees or say, the BoSox...and if they did, that it would have to be an overpay.  Yesterday the report about Kluber and Bauer still being on the market included only teams from the NL.

Talk Zone / Re: 2019 Roster
« on: December 19, 2018, 01:29:48 pm »
If I'm convinced he can be a useful member of the bullpen I'd switch Solomon for Armenteros.  James/Armenteros/Marisnick/Stassi for Realmuto/Conley.

After being moved to the bullpen his avg velo on his fastball went up from 89.9 to 95.7mph.  In addition, he swapped fewer fastballs for more change-ups.

2018 stat line:  3-4 with a 4.09 ERA and a 50/18 K/BB line in 51 IP.  What might Strom and the Astros analytics department be able to do with him?

Talk Zone / Re: 2019 Roster
« on: December 19, 2018, 01:04:16 pm »
Tucker/James is more than I gave up for Verlander.  No deal.

How about trying to get Adam Conley included in the deal with Realmuto?  Dude had a nice season after being moved into the bullpen.  Watching him pitch...kind of reminds me of Andrew Miller.

Talk Zone / Re: 2019 Roster
« on: December 19, 2018, 12:01:32 pm »
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?

That is a tough one...mainly because you included Kemp.  I really like him.  He is versatile in the field, has a little speed and never seems to have a bad AB.  He was an especially tough out in the playoffs as well, IMO.  I prefer to swap White for Kemp in that deal but I guess if that was the take it or leave it deal I would do it.  The part I really like is Bukauskas being the pitcher we give up rather than say, James.  Out of Bukauskas, James, Framber & Perez I know the least about Bukauskas....but the reason I like him included is because he has been mentioned many times as a piece the Astros were willing to give up.  That tells me all I need to know.

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: Cubans in the System
« on: December 19, 2018, 09:47:49 am »
Updating based on on an article I just saw from Cuban baseball reporter Francys Romero who noted the bonus for Rogelio Armenteros from back in 2014

RHP Rogelio Armenteros ($40K bonus)--rule 5 eligible 24 year old with 206 Ks vs 67 BBs in 176 AAA innings
RHP Michel Martinez (bonus not dislosed)--released
RHP Yoanys Quiala ($794K bonus)--24 year old with a sky-high WHIP of 1.51 in 108 AA innings who has approximately 13 games remaining in an 80-game PED suspension
OF Alejandro Garcia ($750K bonus)--released
RHP Carlos Sierra (bonus not disclosed)--23 year old who missed a month due to injury who posted 40 Ks vs 21 BBs in 43 combined IP this year between CC and BC.
OF/1B Norberto Castellanos (Astros-$75K bonus)--released
OF/1B Yordan Alvarez ($2MM bonus + equivalent tax)*--Top 100 prospect who missed a month with a right wrist injury, hitting .259/.349/.452 for Fresno after going .325/.389/.615 earlier in the year for Corpus
INF Anibal Sierra ($1.5MM bonus + equivalent tax)--24 year old who has a career .219/.302/.330 line after 3 years in the minors
LHP Cionel Perez ($2MM bonus + equivalent tax)--22 year old who made his major league debut on July 11
RHP Jesus Balaguer (bonus not disclosed)--released
RHP Elian Rodriguez ($1.9MM bonus + equivalent tax)--21 year old who hasn't been able to find the plate in his first 2 pro seasons with 56 BBs, 16 HBPs and 24 WPs in 48 innings split between GCL and the DSL
INF/OF Rolando Espinosa ($175K bonus)--17 year old with a .170/.245/.234 slash line this year in 59 games in the DSL
C Lorenzo Quintana ($200K bonus)--29 year old in his first year of pro ball in the US who hit .254/.316/.484 for Corpus including .289/.345/.586 in the 2nd half
LHP Julio Robaina ($220K bonus)--17 year old who skipped DSL and whiffed 27 in 25 IP this year in the GCL with a 1.56 WHIP.
RHP Franny Cobos ($125K bonus)--17 year old who was pretty slick this year in the DSL with just 29 hits allowed in 45 IP and 39/7 K to BB.
OF Frank Perez ($275K bonus)--recent J2 signee as a 16-year old and thus not eligible to play until 2019

*paid by Dodgers

Thanks as always Nate!  I had forgotten about Quintana.  After reading your post and considering his age and the fact he played at AA last year I wondered if he might be in the team's plans to be a potential shot in the arm to the club towards the end of '19.  Unfortunately I read one article that basically said his defense (especially his arm) is average at best.  Sounds like his bat might have potential, but also sounds like he might have to help the team at DH or another position.

Talk Zone / Re: 2019 Roster
« on: December 18, 2018, 10:12:06 am »
The window is now.  But Luhnow also has to try to have a competitive team on the field every year.  Thinking about this then I would not be surprised if he did not add a starting pitcher, or at least one who would take on a lot of innings.  Getting the young arms major league time would set them up to be the rotation after Verlander and Cole are gone.  In other words I wouldn't put anything past Luhnow.

I'm just hoping the Brantley move means we can go after Realmuto and get that deal done.  Then sign Cruz as you all say and if we get a SP great, but if we don't, we can figure that out along the way.  I think with Cole, Verlander, McHugh, Peacock, James & Whitley there is enough pitching to roll through most of the year.  We still have guys like Rodgers down at AAA as well.  Leaving out Framber and Perez thinking one or both may need to be included in the Realmuto deal.

Talk Zone / Re: 2019 Roster
« on: December 18, 2018, 07:35:04 am »
Next, we trade for Bauer or Kluber.

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Many are speculating that CLE has changed its plan to trade a SP given the amount of payroll they were able to dump in recent trades (i.e. Gomes, Encarnacion & Alonso).  I think they both may be currently off the board.

Talk Zone / Re: 2019 Roster
« on: December 17, 2018, 05:51:15 pm »
 Don’t have the link but sounds like we are after Brantley for two years. Like two rather than three. Hope it’s true.

Talk Zone / Re: 2019 Roster
« on: December 13, 2018, 07:45:59 pm »
How about taking a chance on Buchholz?  Could we catch lightening in a bottle twice on a lower tier/cost guy?

Talk Zone / Re: 2019 Roster
« on: December 13, 2018, 09:07:18 am »
I could not watch the sports news last night about his signing. They, of course, featured clips of his pitching as an Astros. I cannot remember when a player leaving the Astros affected me as much as Morton’s leaving does.

I wonder if being on the east coast (along with the extra year guaranteed) effected his decision?  The trip time (think he's from NE) would be shorter for him to home and family to Tampa.  In addition, that entire division will play more games on the east coast helping in the same manner, while the Astros are stuck playing more games on the west coast.  Maybe I'm digging further than I should but...

Talk Zone / Re: 2019 Roster
« on: December 12, 2018, 12:55:28 pm »
It's $206MM and it'd be virtually impossible for the Astros to sign Harper at close to $30MM per AND sign a starting pitcher of any consequence whatsoever and stay under the threshold.

You'd have to move a contract like Reddick on to another team to do it.

Talk Zone / Re: 2019 Roster
« on: December 11, 2018, 01:59:35 pm »
Proceed? What do you mean?

Can't speak for JulioGotay, but I was thinking if you can sign Brantley then you can afford to pull the trigger on a deal for Realmuto involving Tucker.

ETA: or to move Tucker in any other deal you think can help the team.

Talk Zone / Re: 2019 Roster
« on: December 11, 2018, 01:44:41 pm »
Btw, does anyone else feel like calling bullshit on Cashmen's comments regarding Harper?  He is saying they have enough OFs and have no interest in the player.  I'm thinking he's saying that simply to keep the price down and will pick him off in the 11th hour, seemingly out of nowhere. 

Talk Zone / Re: 2019 Roster
« on: December 11, 2018, 01:34:44 pm »
A Brantley deal would proceed a Tucker deal I suspect.

Exactly what I was thinking!

Talk Zone / Re: Tucker article in Chronicle
« on: December 11, 2018, 11:44:46 am »
It was just reported on MLB network radio that the Yankees portion of this three team deal would have them getting Syndergaard with the Mets getting Realmuto. If that happens, then I don’t really know what to think about our team and what moves we could make to keep pace with Boston and New York.

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I'm not worried in the least.  There are plenty of options out there to improve this team.  If we don't land a player like Realmuto it's because the package of players was too much, to the point if you saw it you would probably not like it (i.e. Tucker, Whitley & Stassi).  I have confidence Luhnow is looking and will pull the trigger if a deal works and makes sense for the team.  That said, he's not going to force a deal and overpay either.  Just sit back and relax.  If Feb 1st rolls around and we've done nothing you can start chirping then.

Talk Zone / Re: 2019 Roster
« on: December 07, 2018, 08:11:18 am »
Since the Diamondbacks are selling, what about David Peralta?  And then possibly could include Greinke in the deal?  Also like Archie Bradley.

Talk Zone / Re: 2019 Roster
« on: December 04, 2018, 06:49:22 pm »
Maldonado for one. If he’s ranked as low of a defender as mentioned in the post above then pretty much any other free agent catcher was a better option since it appears they may not want to spend the money for Grandal.

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 This is just idol speculation on my part, but I’m guessing Maldonado was a bigger hole in the lineup then Luhnow and others anticipated. In addition, his reputation as a plus plus defender  was not obvious to me  from my viewpoint watching the games, especially in the postseason. Maybe he just had a bad run but calling it how I see it.

Talk Zone / Re: 2019 Roster
« on: December 04, 2018, 06:39:46 pm »
It would go against everything Luhnow has done to sign Grandal.  He’s never given up his draft picks to sign a free agent.

Good point, but 1),  having a draft pick attached to him is what will keep the cost down a bit and two, the draft pick that Luhnow would be losing is not nearly as valuable as in years past. Does that matter? Not sure but throwing it out there.

Talk Zone / Re: 2019 Roster
« on: December 04, 2018, 05:47:51 pm »
I find it hard to believe we would pay Grandal the kind of money they say he’s asking for.

I have always felt that Realmuto was a pipe dream. I have felt all off season that we would spend our money or trade our assets for a starting pitcher and a bat. Today may be somewhat of a hint that thinking could be correct. I just think if you were going to go cheap on a catcher that there could’ve been better defensive options.

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What options? 

Talk Zone / Re: 2019 Roster
« on: December 04, 2018, 05:12:32 pm »
Chirinos is a right handed option at the plate. I’m betting Luhnow pairs him with a lefty option....putting my chips on Grandal.

Talk Zone / Re: 2019 Roster
« on: December 04, 2018, 03:28:07 pm »
Bat first is kind. He’s got some pop but he can’t hit .240.  He’ll be 35 during next season.  I’m looking forward to the explanation from Luhnow.

Something tells me he was signed to be the backup.  Could Stassi be heading elsewhere and the team on the cusp of acquiring a second catching option to be the "starter"?

Talk Zone / Re: 2019 Roster
« on: November 28, 2018, 07:48:04 am »
I am ready for something to happen.

Me as well, and this is why Nate rocks!  I literally was surfing the net the last two days...looking for something....anything about the Astros regarding rumor mill type info.  I came up empty.  I was frustrated, having nothing to roll around in my brain.  Then I come here and Nate cranks out the blurb from the DBacks writer, along with his awesome take.  Now I have something for my brain to chew on.  Thank you Nate!

Talk Zone / Re: 2019 Roster
« on: November 06, 2018, 02:48:18 pm »
JP Morosi identifies some free agents who could sign prior to Thanksgiving, including Michael Brantley who he tries to match up with the Astros as a lefty hitter.

I would love to see Brantley in an Astros uni.

Talk Zone / Re: ALCS
« on: October 16, 2018, 02:33:51 pm »
BTW, Kemp in Left, Marwin at 2nd and Altuve DHing.

I'm hoping like hell West and Kuechel make sweet music together tonight!  I fear we may need a circa '15 type start from Dallas tonight if we are to put another W on the board.

Talk Zone / Re: ALCS
« on: October 15, 2018, 09:37:13 am »
Lots of things went wrong last night.  Marwin had some bad luck in LF...the ball he almost caught where he crashed into the wall, the 3-run double that rolled along the top of the padding...but also a lot of bad execution.  Gurriel and White, the 4 and 5 guys struggled with runners on base...the unearned run on Cole's throwing error on the comebacker...the walk/wild pich/passed ball/passed ball unearned run...Rondon not being able to close the door in the 8th...all just poor baseball playing.

Maldonado has a rough night.  It happens.  Gotta put it behind and move on.  He's still a good defender and they will need him as the series goes on.

Agree about Kemp.  May consider him in LF and let Marwin DH, depending on if there are any lingering effects from the latter's crash last night.

I am hearing McCann will start games 3 and 4.

Talk Zone / Re: Postseason roster questions
« on: October 11, 2018, 11:26:18 am »
If James cannot pitch up 11-2, he is a wasted roster spot. On the flip side, he pitched very well in relief at Fenway.

I kind of thought the same but agree with others that maybe that was an audition for Harris heading into next round.

I believe James is still a valuable piece for AJ.  If we were to get down by say 3-4 runs early, James is the guy you can stick in there and try to eat some valuable innings (and hopefully stop the bleeding while doing so) keeping the bullpen fresh for the next game.

Talk Zone / Re: ALDS schedule
« on: October 02, 2018, 12:53:25 pm »
And says it's 1:05 on Friday.

Good grief....glad I decided to take the 2nd flight out Friday morning.

Talk Zone / Re: Postseason tickets
« on: October 02, 2018, 12:49:51 pm »
Anywhere in the building is a good place to be.

Fam and I sat in 400's last year at WS, Game 5 last year....there was only one row above us and I still enjoyed the seats. 

My bro and I are taking our boys and flying in from the ATL on Friday to go to games one and two.  400's again for us on Friday but my bro talked me into dugout seats on Saturday.  Saturday ticket cost is going to sting for awhile, but he and I hoping to make some special memories with our boys so we said the hell with it. 

Go Stros!

Talk Zone / Re: Bagwell inverview
« on: August 09, 2018, 07:33:12 am »
Yep, Thanks.  I enjoyed watching that.

Talk Zone / Re: Trade Deadline(s) 2018
« on: July 31, 2018, 03:18:23 pm »
REALLY disappointed we didn’t get a bat.

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I'm not.  There is still a month to find one that passes through waivers.  Plus there is still a chance that Tucker comes around.  Bullpen was the most pressing need on this team.  Luhnow did a pretty good job shoring that up.  I'm just happy the Yankees were unable to upgrade their rotation with a legit ace (i.e. DeGromm, etc.)

Talk Zone / Re: Trade Deadline(s) 2018
« on: July 31, 2018, 12:32:24 pm »
Doesn’t bode well for Correa.

Sounds like Correa is coming along fine...actually makes me worry about Altuve as I'm sure Bregman could move to 2B fairly easily?

Talk Zone / Re: Trade Deadline(s) 2018
« on: July 30, 2018, 12:38:58 pm »
Awfully quiet out there. 

Talk Zone / Re: Trade Deadline(s) 2018
« on: July 28, 2018, 09:15:26 pm »
I'm not scared.

 Kiss of death. Altuve to 10 day DL.

Talk Zone / Re: Trade Deadline(s) 2018
« on: July 28, 2018, 07:11:05 pm »
Thanks for posting. Feel better already.

Talk Zone / Re: Trade Deadline(s) 2018
« on: July 28, 2018, 05:08:07 pm »
first time for altuve to be out like this. scary times

No doubt! 

Talk Zone / Re: Trade Deadline(s) 2018
« on: July 27, 2018, 11:36:36 am »
How about Pirate lefty Felipe Vazquez?

Yeah, I saw him too.  Controllable through 2022 so will probably cost a lot, NTTAWWT.  Also, PIT is still in the WC race and given that they just got done sending McCutchen and Cole packing, not sure they'd want to go there again with the fan base. 

Talk Zone / Re: Trade Deadline(s) 2018
« on: July 26, 2018, 07:36:28 pm »
Herrera plus Doolittle please.  I know the latter is on the shelf but he should be fine by September.

Talk Zone / Re: Astros acquire Martin Maldonado
« on: July 26, 2018, 01:16:08 pm »
Luhnow's traded guys mid-breakout before (Phillips and Nottingham in '15 leap to mind). Arguably the best way of getting peak value out of your trade pieces.

Last year we had Centeno.  Will never know what would have happened in Game 5 had Bregman/Fisher not come through.  Having a player like Maldonado instead will help in that department.

Talk Zone / Re: Astros acquire Martin Maldonado
« on: July 26, 2018, 12:07:21 pm »
Apparently the Astros are also giving them $250K in international bonus pool money.

Kind of surprised to see a lower level prospect dealt.  Maybe that means we have irons in the fire elsewhere with the players available at AAA level.

Talk Zone / Re: Trade Deadline(s) 2018
« on: July 25, 2018, 02:14:40 pm »
RE:  BAL wanting pitching because that's what they received in the deal for Britton.  I read somewhere that the Yankees had an overstock of pitching in the upper minors and would have lost some if not traded.  That may be why they were willing to part with what they did.

Talk Zone / Re: “We will get a closer”
« on: July 24, 2018, 07:50:54 pm »
With Luhnow take a chance on Osuna from Toronto? Word is he is being shopped.

Talk Zone / Re: “We will get a closer”
« on: July 23, 2018, 03:27:07 pm »
After years of watching Jeff build this team, it would be hard for me to throw him under a bus for any reason. He knows WAY more than I do and his track record speaks for itself. If no deal is made I will trust that Jeff felt it wasn’t best for the team.

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That's fine, but there were some around here bitching about bad trades he'd made only weeks after winning the World Series.

Talk Zone / Re: “We will get a closer”
« on: July 23, 2018, 03:00:32 pm »
Yeah, I don't get the Britton love.  Two years ago, sure, give up a lot.  Now, not so much.

You all beating this drum....Please remember not to throw Luhnow under the bus if he doesn't get his man. 

Talk Zone / Re: Keuchel vs McHugh
« on: June 15, 2018, 09:53:15 am »
I've been worried about Keuchel since last year's playoffs.  Reason being...he gets by with pinpoint control, but I also believe he has always succeeded via the Tom Glavine treatment to some extent.  You know, work the strikezone in such a way that you're getting an extra 3" to 6" off the plate by the 2nd or 3rd inning. the playoffs, that damn box they put on the TV screen was used alot, and is being used a ton in baseball in general.  This is forcing umps to actually stick to a strikezone and IMO, making life a lot tougher on Kuechel.  I worry this will continue and he will not be able to have the success he has had in the past. 

Talk Zone / Re: Rock bottom?
« on: April 18, 2018, 08:20:49 am »
If the starting pitching was getting hammered, I'd be worried. The bats will come around, and sooner than later.


In addition, if the season ended today we would still be playoff bound.  I think Luhnow will ride this out for some time.  Should we start sliding out of the playoff race he will make a move.  That could include bringing up Tucker (which I'm sure they don't want to do unless absolutely necessary, until an extra year of control is secured - mid June?)

I'm thinking Sphinx is right on and the bats will come out of their slumps soon.  Problem solved.

Talk Zone / Re: Years Past
« on: March 23, 2018, 08:24:49 pm »
My what could of been is Carlos Hernandez. If we’d have been in the American League when he was coming up who knows what would’ve happened with him.  He looked special before the injury suffered diving back into second base.

Talk Zone / Re: Derek Fisher
« on: March 23, 2018, 05:19:29 pm »
 I missed one of the three hits, but of the two hits I saw: one was a weak infield single to the left side of the infield, the other, a seeing eye single up the middle. Neither were hit hard. The little bit I have seen of him, he has not been able to drive the ball.

Talk Zone / Re: Years Past
« on: March 22, 2018, 10:47:53 am »
So, this morning as I was driving into work I remembered seeing Lucas Harrell pitch a great game (which the Astros lost) at Petco Field in 2012.  It just made me realize how far this team has come since then.  Harrell, Anuery Rodriguez, Happ. 

OMG, we weather a drought and a hurricane to get to the Promise land!

And I remember Lucas Harrell acting like a 12-year old on the mound, throwing his hands up in the air every time the opponent hit a ground ball single to RF (where traditionally a second basemen would be positioned) against the shift.   

Talk Zone / Re: Altuve extension?
« on: March 19, 2018, 03:17:44 pm »
What is the point of this tirade?

Exactly.  We locked (for 5 more years, 7 total) up maybe the best player to ever play for the franchise.  I want to say I was hopeful, but was really preparing myself for his eventual departure (along with others).  This gives me hope that 1)  there's a good chance we can allow Altuve to finish his career in Houston; and 2) that maybe we can get another player or two to stay on as well.  As I have been saying...after the Cole trade, what more could you ask for from management/ownership heading into '18?  Well, they just answered that question and then some.  I can't say enough about how well this team has/is being run.  How proud I am to be an Astros fan...  How lucky I feel as well!

Talk Zone / Re: Altuve extension?
« on: March 16, 2018, 04:59:40 pm »
Great news! $30M/year is a lot of cake. Is anyone else in MLB making that now?

 Or a little under 23 1/2 million per year if you factor in 18 and 19. I was hoping they would use the next two cheap years to their advantage and lock him up while they could still sell him on the fact that he could get big money or risk getting injured one of the next two seasons. Not saying that’s how they went about it, but you have to believe Altuve at least took a look at it from that angle.

Talk Zone / Re: Altuve extension?
« on: March 16, 2018, 04:38:41 pm »
I’m elated this deal got done.

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Let’s just hope it indeed does get done.

Talk Zone / Altuve extension?
« on: March 16, 2018, 04:13:43 pm »
McTaggart reporting Astros are working on one. Don’t have link. Sorry.

Awesome news if true. With team looking as good as it does, this has been my on want...start working on keeping a few of these guys together long term, and start with Altuve!

Talk Zone / Re: Free Agents
« on: March 12, 2018, 07:26:05 pm »
Labor war's a-comin'.

When does the current labor agreement run out?

Talk Zone / Re: Free Agents
« on: March 09, 2018, 10:13:35 am »
The Rockies and CarGo have an agreement "in principle" on a one-year deal and "are working through final contract language," a source confirmed to's Jon Paul Morosi on Friday. More details coming.

I wonder if the Moustakas deal will now help to push a lot more deals through?  Easier to sell your client on this now if you're an agent.  Easier to see the writing on the wall that better offers may not come if you're the player.

Talk Zone / Re: Aches and Pains 2018
« on: February 27, 2018, 10:47:39 am »
Yuli sent back to Houston to get his hand checked out.  Turns out it was worse than originally reported.  Hinch does not know the cause of the injury.

Well, better to have this happen now versus late March.

Talk Zone / Re: tomorrows game is on mlb
« on: February 22, 2018, 01:24:55 pm »
The paying customers will be pissed. That is the JV team.

And yet I'd personally be tickled pink to get a first hand look at Arementeros.

Talk Zone / Re: Whitely Suspended?
« on: February 21, 2018, 01:11:18 pm »
He won't be in a game until June then, at the earliest.  Nearly kills the idea of a call-up this year.

Or it solves the "innings pitched threshold" problem you always hear talked about towards the end of every season regarding you pitchers.  If he accepts it, gets back to work and comes back strong, you never know.

Talk Zone / Re: Free Agents
« on: February 06, 2018, 12:30:19 pm »

and that K

That's the one that comes to mind first for me.

Talk Zone / Re: yelich
« on: January 24, 2018, 07:37:04 am »
Everyone here keeps talking about LF, left-handed RP (which I agree, would be a nice get), Yelich, etc.  Am I the only one worried about Giles as our closer?  I was worried about him early last season.  Many here told me to calm down and that Giles would be fine.  He was for most of the season and I came around to the idea he was the man, but then then the post season came around and he became the forgotten man out there by AJ.  What do ya'll think?  Is MGT sold on Giles or do you think they are looking to upgrade?

Talk Zone / Re: Astros to acquire Gerrit Cole
« on: January 13, 2018, 09:09:19 pm »
Holland is still out there.

Talk Zone / Re: Free Agents
« on: January 13, 2018, 07:22:09 pm »
LF is a hole which needs addressing. Marwin will go back to super-utility.

How about McHugh and Fisher to Atlanta for Inciarte? Inciarte is controllable through 2022 at very reasonable dollars.

Talk Zone / Re: Free Agents
« on: January 11, 2018, 10:27:28 am »
Also, I heard on MLB Radio (late last night) that the Astros were one of the teams in on Bruce.  It was also reported that said interest was at least in part as a fallback option in the OF should an OF currently in the organization get moved.  From there the radio host speculated if this was due to the trade that almost happened with Cole (Fisher being the OF to be traded)....and did Bruce go with the Mets after he was told by Astros that the trade was off and they had no further interest.  The last part of this post was purely speculation by the hosts.

Talk Zone / Re: Catching
« on: January 05, 2018, 10:22:24 am »
This is all bullshit.  Every decision made over the last handful of years, good or bad, lead to a Championship.  And when I say every decision, I mean it.  If Luhnow decided to come into work drunk one day two years ago, which with him half in the bag, lead to him making what some of you perceive to be a bad trade....  To you all, I say, "You are wrong."  To Luhnow, I say, "Great job.  Congratulations Sir.", because it lead to an F-ing Championship.  In my mind that means ALL moves made prior to and up to the last out made in Game 7, were all made to perfection!  So in summary, I wouldn't change a F-ing thing, and can't for the life of me understand how anyone out there could disagree.  Those of you that want to continue to dig up bullshit to talk about and pass the time as we move through The Void, go right ahead.  Me, I'll just keep to my DVR, re-watching the best moments of the postseason again and again as I have for the past 2 months.  My wife and kids tell me I'm crazy.  Each time they do, I just nod, hit the play button and smile.  Their thoughts on that subject are none of my concern.

Talk Zone / Re: Catching
« on: January 02, 2018, 08:07:45 pm »
"Hey Jon Heyman! We beg to differ."

Brett Phillips
Domingo Santana
Josh Hader
Franklin Perez
Jake Rogers
Daz Cameron
Albert Abreu
Jorge Guzman
Jacob Nottingham
Daniel Mengden
Teoscar Hernandez
Mark Appel
Vincent Velasquez
Harold Arauz
Thomas Eshelman
Mike Foltynewicz
Rio Ruiz
Nick Tropeano

Well played Sir.

Talk Zone / Re: Free Agents
« on: December 29, 2017, 03:33:48 pm »
Rangers have said they are not interested.

That may be what they are saying but I’m not buying it. Daniels met Darvish over dinner a couple weeks ago.  Can’t imagine They were just talking about the weather.

Talk Zone / Re: Free Agents
« on: December 29, 2017, 01:31:40 pm »
Listening to mlbnetwork today, Jim Bowden says as he understands it, Stros are serious about signing Darvish.  It’s a go for it again move with an eye on the future, as a replacement for the likely departure of Kuechel ( not mentioned, but also Morton).

Talk Zone / Re: Archer
« on: December 21, 2017, 11:28:52 am »
I agree with HH: I’d take him at a reasonable price in a heartbeat.

Obviously the word "reasonable" is one that can be judged from many different perspectives.  What can't be argued however, is that Archer is controllable for 4 more seasons at a very cost effective (notice I did not use the word reasonable) price.  It's going to take a pretty big haul to land this guy, bottom line.  A good barometer might be the Quintana deal from last season.  Performance, price and controllable years are all very similar to Archer's situation.  The Cubs gave up a top 5 prospect in baseball, a top 75 prospect in baseball and then two lesser known minor leaguers.   I'll let those who know far more about our farm system lay down a comparable deal.

Talk Zone / Re: Free Agents
« on: December 19, 2017, 05:50:39 pm »
Now, while I think Darvish would be a nice add to the rotation, I’m not sure I understand this unless this is just Jeff performing his due diligence. If you are going to spend this kind of money on a pitcher why wouldn’t you just go ahead and resign Keuchel? Do they feel Darvish is a better pitcher?

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I think most believe kuechel is gone after this year. I agree. Boras doesn’t help and neither does kuechel’s propensity to get injured the last couple seasons. 

Talk Zone / Re: Free Agents
« on: December 19, 2017, 05:35:51 pm »
I'd take him. He's a better pitcher than he showed in the Series.

In a heartbeat!  Yu still in his prime and TJ already behind him on someone else’s watch.

Talk Zone / Re: Free Agents
« on: December 15, 2017, 09:20:49 pm »
Rondon is a two-year deal. Are we going to sign or trade for a LHP? Are we still in on TORPs? December may be interesting.

 I wonder if Luhnow might be looking to do one of two things by signing the couple veteran RPs that he did. 1)  trade a couple of the younger arms like Hoyt and Feliz for single A type prospect(s) to help replenish the system; or 2)  put a package of a couple of their younger pitchers together to get a significant and controllable piece for this year and beyond.

 What do you all think about putting together a deal of Feliz and Martes for say Iglesias ?

Talk Zone / Re: "Prediction: Game 6 will feature a pterodactyl"
« on: October 30, 2017, 01:48:54 pm »
If he hits the game/series winner, it will be right at the top of every story written about this series.

* Sigh *

If we win, they can write whatever they want for as long as they want.

Talk Zone / Yuli Suspension?
« on: October 28, 2017, 08:25:42 am »
 Guys on MLB radio this morning we’re saying he will get suspended at least one game for his racial expressions towards Darvish.  Terrible news if true.

I swear HPU called it a strike because Altuve took off towards 1st.

I concur.

Talk Zone / Re: Minute Maid Park - need help regarding quality of seats
« on: October 23, 2017, 02:16:45 pm »
Net isn't a big distraction at all.  You can still see the plate fine, and you have a good view of the big board in RF.

Thanks to all of you for the feedback!  I'm off to complete my mission!

Talk Zone / Minute Maid Park - need help regarding quality of seats
« on: October 23, 2017, 01:05:03 pm »
Trying to hunt down tickets for my family now.  Because of the cost, I'll be going with upperdeck seats.  Any reason I would not want to sit in upperdeck behind home plate versus much further down the line?  Tickets are cheaper behind home plate.  Is it the net that gets in the way of the view?  Just trying to understand the downside before I buy.  Thanks for any help you all can provide.

We really need the Good Guys to come right out in the first inning and hang a crooked number on the Yanks.  Then we need to do the same thing again in the 2nd or 3rd inning.  After that we just hope our pitching can make it stick.  Ready for the game.  Go Stros!

Wearing out CF.

Turn on something.

Tanaka pitching away well to righties.

Never been happier to see Kimbrel. 

Btw, as long as it's a tie game, anything can happen...

And I don’t think a reliever has stranded a base runner in Boston.

As long as we keep it a one run game, anything can happen. 

Neither Martes nor Fiers are on the roster. There is no logical long man for the Astros today. McHugh isn’t on the roster either, I’m sure McCullers isn’t available... probably just piece it together with Musgrove, Harris etc. Maybe Verlander, depending.

Thanks for all the feedback.  Damn the rain.  I'd rather just see a straight forward 9 inning game.  Something about off and on play that worries the shit out of me.  Then again, I'm strong as an oak against pressure in every area of my life save the Astros.  When times get dicey with the Stros, I fold like a cheap lawn chair. 

Fox dipshits talking about the Yankees, of course, even though they don’t play for about 5 hours.  In prime time, natch. 

Can’t say I’m too bothered that the last game in Boston is tough for them to attend / be drunk for.  Hope we can keep them quiet and subdued today. 

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Looks like there's a good chance we get a rain delay...which team does that favor?  Our logical long man to throw out there after a rain delay would be who?  Martes/Fiers?

Talk Zone / Re: Tyler Clippard anyone????
« on: August 14, 2017, 08:44:14 am »
I'm pretty sure it's "or" rather than "and".  Most of the time with a PTBNL, both sides also agree on a cash equivalent so there is a fall back plan regarding the PTBNL.  This makes the deal cut and dry going forward, even if issues arise regarding said PTBNL (injury, problems with physical, etc.).  Either take the player or the cash.

Talk Zone / Re: Luhnow on the radio
« on: August 08, 2017, 10:57:04 am »
Luhnow said they definitely were being cautious.  He said the goal was to win games in October, not in August, and they want everyone at 100% come stretch time.

What a blessing this team has had in this regard.  The other silver lining (rather than just being able to give certain players extra time to heal) with all these injuries, is the on the job training players like Fisher, Peacock (in a starting role) and to a lesser extent White, Martes & Centeno have received.  Good for the players and the club, should a more permanent need arise.

Talk Zone / Re: Trade Deadline 2017
« on: August 03, 2017, 09:45:13 pm »
"...and a third, unidentified high-end type whose addition would have surprised the industry."

Roberto Osuna?

I was thinking Iglesias (CIN)?

Talk Zone / Re: Trade Deadline 2017
« on: August 03, 2017, 02:37:31 pm »
I would be surprised if Santana makes it through waivers because there's not that much of a financial obligation left. 

Verlander, on the other hand, has a huge contract.  I'd be surprised if someone claimed Verlander.  Frankly, given where the Tigers are right now, if someone did claim Verlander, I could see them letting him go.   

Listening to MLB this morning, they (don't know who) stated the opposite.  Said Detroit Ownership is not worried about money right now, which is probably why Verlander wasn't moved prior to the deadline.

Talk Zone / Re: Trade Deadline 2017
« on: August 02, 2017, 12:30:27 pm »
To quote the movie "Major League"...."Who gives a shit, it's gone!"

The deadline has passed.  What's done is done.  I've moved on and still feel more excited about this team than any other I've watched in my brief 25-30 years of watching the club on a regular basis. 

Talk Zone / Re: Trade Deadline 2017
« on: July 31, 2017, 04:24:36 pm »
I worried more about over paying than I did standing pat.   Gray and Britten both especially worried me bc I knew we'd likely have to over pay to get one of them....which normally would've been fine, but then the past injury issues with each scared me to death.

Give me a healthy lineup that includes Correa, and a healthy Keuchel that can shutdown the opposition over 7+ IP, and I'll take my chances.

Talk Zone / Re: Cooperstown
« on: July 29, 2017, 02:05:50 pm »
Bagwell interviewed by buster Olney. A great listen. link

That was a great listen. Thank you for posting.

Also, I'm here with the entire family this time. I swear (like last trip with Bidge), there are far and away more Astros fans here than any other. Pretty cool to see.

Talk Zone / Re: Trade Deadline 2017
« on: July 25, 2017, 06:44:14 am »
Given all that has been put out there about the extremely steep price that must be paid on the open market for SP-ing, I'm starting to feel that Luhnow is going to make the best deal he can to add a piece to the bully, and that is it.  I'm wondering if the fallback plan is to string Martes along in the pen, keeping his IP'd low until say Sept and see how he fares.  If he fares well, he may be their, "catch lighting in a bottle" #2 or #3 SP in the playoffs. 

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: Prospect Rankings 2017
« on: July 21, 2017, 12:22:41 pm »
Quite the fall for Reed.

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Yes, and not that he won't turn things around, but it's the kind of thing we as fans have to remember when we see prospects traded away.  2 years ago I'm sure he'd of been considered a significant piece in a trade.  Today, ???

Talk Zone / Re: Trade Deadline 2017
« on: July 20, 2017, 08:37:57 pm »
If we get Gray and Britton without losing "untouchables," I'll rejoice.

No way that happens. Neither club has to trade either player. They will get paid or keep said player IMO.

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: Hot Sheet 2017
« on: July 13, 2017, 07:48:34 am »
Another good showing by Daz:  2-4 with a double, walk and SB.  Average up to .236.

Talk Zone / Re: Astros In-Season Trade History
« on: July 12, 2017, 03:18:31 pm »
That's insane.  If that's true, it sounds like the Padres want to keep him, but want to be able to say "we tried to get better".

No, what is insane is that they picked him up off waivers, IIRC.

Talk Zone / Re: Trade Deadline 2017
« on: July 10, 2017, 03:08:08 pm »
You are crazy or are not paying attention. This is the time to "win now," not to fret about "star potential."

I know I'm responding out of turn, but who do you/others feel are the difference makers that will be available at the deadline (potential haul to give in return be damned)?

Talk Zone / Re: Trade Deadline 2017
« on: July 10, 2017, 12:30:09 pm »
Based on all of Luhnow's recent quotes, I think this is where he's at on trading Tucker, Fisher, or Martes:  If he thinks a deal significantly improves this team's chances in a post-season series, he'll pull the trigger, even for a rental.  That's a fine line to walk.  But when a team is this good, you HAVE to give them every edge possible going into October.

Other than a lefty reliever, what is really out there on the market that would be considered "significant"?  We could use a SP but I'm not sure there are any real slam dunks out there.  This to those that pointed out what Sale might have meant to this team....  I hate to second guess, as I was scared shitless to deal what would've been needed to get him at the time.  Looking at it now though, he's still the only SP that would've really made a difference for this team right, or am I missing someone?

Lastly, what was the consensus on what we'd of had to give up to get Sale?

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: Hot Sheet 2017
« on: July 10, 2017, 12:20:37 pm »

Jim (Little Rock): Daz Cameron tools aside is it to early to label him a bust?
Kyle Glaser: Nope. He’s a bust. Third professional season hitting .202 in LoA. Full bust status. That’s how toolsy HS OFs are. The boom is great, the bust is too. Every draft class has them. Cameron isn’t the first to bust and won’t be the last, either.

Not a long run, but last couple weeks have been pretty kind to Daz.  Up to .231 and hit his 9th HR.  Turning it around?

Talk Zone / Re: Astros In-Season Trade History
« on: June 27, 2017, 02:42:25 pm »
In the Nearly a Major Change in History Department:  In the mid-nineties, the Astros reached a post-deadline waiver deal with the Pirates to trade minor league starter Billy Wagner for Jay Bell and Jeff King.  One of the other NL West teams blocked the trade by claiming both veterans.

Same type of about the rumored trade that would have netted the Astros Moyer and Randy Wynn, but never happened?   Think Moyer shot it down?

Talk Zone / Re: 2017 team
« on: May 24, 2017, 12:16:04 pm »
Wondering if Peacock's performance the other night might have bought him a chance to stick in the rotation when Keuchel comes back, moving Fiers to the bully?

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: Fresno Grizzlies 2017
« on: May 22, 2017, 02:14:46 pm »
Jankowski (not on the 40-man) gets called up to take Tolliver's place on the 25-man.  I'm betting the off-setting move on the 40-man is Aplin being waived.

Good call.

Talk Zone / Re: Trade Rumors
« on: May 17, 2017, 12:59:46 pm »
Everybody calm down!!! From Rosenthal's article: "No trade is expected soon – trade discussions generally do not accelerate until after the amateur draft in June and sellers likely will maintain high asking prices until late July."

Besides, who here believes that what a front office says about the pace of trade talks necessarily reflects what's actually going on?

Yes, but listening to MLB radio a couple weeks back they (can't remember who) made a decent case for sellers to sell early, especially in the case of SPs.  They stated there could potentially be quite a few SP's out there, especially if certain teams that were expected to be good (SF (Cueto), PIT (Cole), TX (Darvish), etc., etc.), are not.  Their point was that some selling teams might be wise to sell early and get a decent haul before the supply they are competing against gets flooded.

Talk Zone / Re: 2017 team
« on: May 12, 2017, 12:23:40 pm »
The only thing that keeps me up at night regarding this team is the thought of running Giles out there to close out big games for the team come playoff time. 

Talk Zone / Re: Trade Rumors
« on: March 29, 2017, 01:11:17 pm »
The problem is that they are both signed to very team friendly contracts through 2020 for Quintana and 2021 for Archer.  Unless the team does not believe it will contend during those years what reason do they have to deal for anything less than ace level talent and lots of it?

Valid point, but said asset could also get injured.

Talk Zone / Re: Trade Rumors
« on: January 12, 2017, 07:42:02 pm »
Does Jerry Dipoto get paid on a commission basis?

"...since becoming GM on Sept. 28, 2015, has traded 54 players in 35 separate deals."

I don't know, but the moves he has made make that team very dangerous IMO.

Talk Zone / Re: Trade Rumors
« on: January 11, 2017, 02:10:40 pm »
Holland signed with the White Sox this off-season. Ross appears to still be available although I read in the Dallas paper there was indications the Rangers were talking to him about a deal. I think the idea of trading for Archer or Quintana is to improve the topside of the rotation. Holland certainly won't do that and Ross' availability is uncertain due to injury concerns.

Sorry, meant Greg Holland.

As far as Ross, I understand he is not Archer or Quintana, but before the injury he posted two pretty damn good seasons in '14 & '15.

Both players are high risk, high reward players but at least it is only cash on short term deals that you are gambling rather than premium prospects.

Talk Zone / Re: Trade Rumors
« on: January 11, 2017, 01:18:06 pm »
Doesn't matter what I think of course but here's what I'd like to see happen...

Quit calling Tampa and ChiSox about Archer and Quintana...instead, let's gamble cash in lieu of prospects in the near term by over paying Holland and Tyson Ross on 2 year deals, giving each player and opt out after this season.  If we still need a starter in June/July we can deal our prospects then.


Talk Zone / Re: Trade Rumors
« on: December 08, 2016, 11:02:47 am »
Last night Morosi was saying we were still asking about Danny Duffy (KC).  I like the idea.  He'd only be with the team one year, but I'd think that would only drive down the asking price, and he was damn strong for them down the stretch last year.  What's the consensus on what it might take to land him?

Talk Zone / Re: Free Agents 2016
« on: December 05, 2016, 10:52:23 am »
I was just happy to hear that they have been telling other teams "no way" regarding Bregman (Olney I think).  If we can get Sale or Archer without giving him up I'm all in.

Talk Zone / Re: Trade Rumors
« on: November 30, 2016, 12:58:12 pm »
The availability of a starting pitcher as good as Sale for multiple seasons of club control is extremely rare.  It will have many franchises reconsidering their usual idea of untouchable prospects.

I know.  Suffering through that burn it to the ground rebuild...then seeing the Gomez trade...I'm scared shitless to deal away 3-4 pieces for one guy.  Not saying it isn't the right move.  If they were to pull off a Sale deal I'd probably high-five someone, then puke in the trashcan immediately thereafter.

Talk Zone / Re: Trade Rumors
« on: November 30, 2016, 12:28:27 pm »
I know I'm in the minority, but I'm not big on trading away any major pieces like Bregman or Martes just yet.  I believe our window is still wide open.  The core group of this team won't begin to get broken up till the 2020 season (Altuve).  I guess my point is we still have time on our side, no?

Talk Zone / Re: We don' t need no stinkin nets
« on: August 16, 2016, 05:47:55 am »
After watching an infant nearly get obliterated by a screamer at the Dell Diamond (if not for a kid one row up with a glove who caught the ball three inches from the baby's head) I am never going to sit with my kids outside the net.  Behind the net, outfield, or upper deck for us.

This is the same protocol I've been following.

Talk Zone / Re: The Rainout
« on: August 12, 2016, 07:39:18 am »
FYI, team will be without Giles this weekend.

Jake Kaplan Verified account ‏@jakemkaplan 10h10 hours ago
Ken Giles, expected to go on paternity leave this weekend, not traveling with the Astros to Toronto.

Damn it...couldn't he have scheduled a C-section for the series against the Twins?  At least the rest of the bullpen should be fresh for the series.

Talk Zone / The Rainout
« on: August 12, 2016, 06:29:16 am »
A couple nights ago our boys where down and out again, down 5-0 to Minnesota.  Then the rains came...and after yesterday, an inevitable loss reversed, with another win in the 2nd half of the DH tacked on.  I know everyone's kind of writing the season off, but what are everyone's thoughts on the team going on a run from the rainout going forward?  I really thinks there's alot to be positive about.  With Gomez gone, Marisnick is now going to play the part of Adam Everett, just in the OF (a b-e-a-Utiful thing).  Bregman has to come around on some level right?  Gurriel is coming to help soon as well.  Valbuena is on the mend and should be a shot in the arm at some point.  The bullpen is coming together with Giles finally earning the role of Closer and Hoyt adding some depth.  If we can get Gregorson back soon the pen should be solid.  Now, the only problem, the rotation.  Is McCullers going to come back and be McCullers this year?  If so, then the addition of Musgrove really gives this team 6 solid options in the rotation the rest of the way.  I don't know...I'm kind of liking our chances to go on a run and finish strong this year.  Am I nuts?

Talk Zone / Re: Trade Deadline Rumors
« on: August 01, 2016, 03:28:00 pm »
 It's over, plain and simple. Time to get on with the season with the boys we got and not look back.  Still have a good team.  Hopefully Cuban kid can contribute, along with Bregman. 

Talk Zone / Re: Trade Deadline Rumors
« on: August 01, 2016, 03:11:54 pm »
Hope Gurriel can hit.

To your point...just because we made this move a couple weeks ago doesn't mean it doesn't count.

Talk Zone / Re: Trade Deadline Rumors
« on: July 26, 2016, 02:34:26 pm »
AJ was on 790 this morning.  Said there are some players that the next few weeks are critical, he said there are players that have some reality checks coming soon.   He is talking about Gomez/Rasmus.   He specifically mentioned them and the impending arrival of Gurriel.

Gurriel is going to play wherever makes the most sense, they have been clear on that.  If he is a better option at 3rd/1st than Bregman/Valbuena he will play there, if not....  I have never seen him play before, so I can't comment on his defense.   AJ said Gurriel like anyone else will have to earn his spot.

As for Beltran, I wouldn't give up any of the top 5-8 prospects for a 40 year old 3 month rental, but if they were interested in the Moran/JD Davis types I think it would be worth it.

RE:  Rasmus -- valid or not, I just keep thinking about how well he played in the playoffs last season.  Then I went over to baseball reference to see if he had any other post season experience prior to last season.  He played in the 2009 NLDS with STL...yes that was 7 years ago and he was 22.  Yes it was only 11 PAs, but he registered the following slash during that series:  .444/.545./.778   

Total post season slash for post season career (last season included):  .423/.571/1.038  Only 35 PAs, but an OPS of 1.610 is ridiculous.

If I'm Hinch, I want that option on my post season roster.

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: Tri-City ValleyCats 2016
« on: July 06, 2016, 02:16:17 pm »
Who are you talking about?

I presume he's asking about Hector Perez.  He asked the same question in another thread and listed the name there.

Talk Zone / Re: Hitting
« on: May 17, 2016, 07:45:05 am »
Gammons just tweeted that Moran joins the Astros today.

Plus I see Bregman played his 2nd game at 3B yesterday.  Wonder if he'll get called up to AAA to man hot corner in Moran's absence?

Talk Zone / Re: Hitting
« on: May 11, 2016, 06:04:31 am »
Jason Castro posts on this board? That's pretty cool.

If my daughter was a member she'd be posting about him all the time.  That's her favorite player.  We made the trip down to Kissimmee for the team's last season there and she was lucky enough to get Jason's autograph.  For my daughter's sake I need to ask the question...what's Castro's future with the team?  Is he gone after this season or will they try and resign him? 

Talk Zone / Re: Is there an anitdote?
« on: April 22, 2016, 10:10:46 am »

That being, said, I hope there is a fix, because the thought that they traded a lot of prospects for what I've seen so far is nauseating.   

My thoughts exactly.  Gomez in particular.  I didn't watch a lot of MIL baseball the past couple seasons.  Was he this the same pull happy...swing for the fences no matter the prior seasons when he was putting up great numbers?  My knowledge of the game is dick compared to most of you but even I can shoot from the hip on him and say any pitcher would be nuts to throw him a pitch middle in right now.

Talk Zone / Re: Injury Updates
« on: March 18, 2016, 10:03:32 am »
NC...HH...thank you both.   Feedback above and beyond, as per usual.

Now, I'm sure I'll get run outta here for my next question, but gotta ask it.  Is there any chance Lance isn't hurt at all and this is merely a creative way to push back the start of his season without hurting him in the wallet, nor having to answer any questions about it? 

Talk Zone / Re: Injury Updates
« on: March 18, 2016, 07:24:03 am »
Does a player a log MLB service time while on the DL?

Game Zone 2016 Archive / Re: Blue Jays @ Astros (SS) - March 6, 2016
« on: March 07, 2016, 01:16:24 pm »
Robert Ford ‏@raford3  1 hour ago
Impressed with Feldman's sharpness. Loved the way Wojciechowski utilized his fastball in & up.

Wasn't even able to follow Gamezone live (or semi-live) yesterday, yet still love to go back and read based on all the great info that's always supplied on top of the PBP.


Talk Zone / Re: Ex-Astros News
« on: March 03, 2016, 06:18:07 am »

Talk Zone / Re: Ex-Astros News
« on: February 26, 2016, 06:03:00 am »
Weird. I thought he had a 3-year deal with the O's?

I'm hearing the Orioles are getting a reputation for being ridiculous about physicals (see Gallardo saga).  To the point that one might think they're using information from the physicals that other teams might overlook to specifically gain leverage to renegotiate deals.  When listening to MLB network the other day one analyst stated that he wondered how the Gallardo saga might be making Fowler feel as his physical with the Orioles was to take place the next day.  He said if he were Fowler he wouldn't be looking at the Gallardo saga as a positive.  Sure enough, I guess Fowler decided to cut his losses and take the best deal he could and will try his hand at FA again next season.

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Tidbits from interview with Allen Rowin
« on: February 26, 2016, 05:33:59 am »
Listening to MLB network yesterday...tidbits from it below:

Bregman:  Off the charts makeup.  He comes from a fantastic program at LSU so already solid fundamentally but does need to work some on making plays going in the hole at SS.  Definitely a strong possibility that he could open at CC but will have to let spring play out.

Daz Cameron:  Again, great makeup.

Kyle Tucker:  There are many players that are good at putting the bat on the ball and making contact.  Kyle is special because he's extremely good at putting the barrel of the bat on the ball.  To have the skill at such an early age is exciting.

Reed:  He's more athletic than people give him credit.  He will need to work hard this season on his approach versus LHP.  They expect him to see a lot when/if he graduates to the big leagues. 

Musgrove:  Off the charts in terms of command of three pitches.  Even more impressive is that all three pitches are quality pitches (i.e. he's not just flipping a show curveball up there).  Only walked 8 batters over more than 100 IP across three levels last season.  He's a student of the game and he's sure if you asked him, that he could recall each of the 8 batters he walked, the situation, count, etc.  He went on to say that this was big for Musgrove as the Astros Org likes to say, "Astros don't walk people."  This is a huge part of their philosophy.

Tyler White:  Let him give C at try at instructional league but this will not be his calling.  This will give AJ Hinch an extra option though in an emergency situation.  This kid's bat is special and he's going to hit.  You can always find a way to get this kind of a bat on the field.

Moran:  Was great in 2nd half of last season.  This year they are looking for him to produce a great season start to finish.  The K-ratio is good but they want him to work on driving the ball more.

When asked who might be a sleeper to watch in the system this season Allen stated, "Well, I'll give you a deep sleeper." -- Angel Heredia (spelling?) - P - 5' 11" tall from Dominican.  Good fastball and a "slider that drops off the face of the earth."

That is all.

Talk Zone / Re: Let the Stove be Heated
« on: February 16, 2016, 07:46:54 am »
FWIW, here's his follow up tweet to a question whether the Astros might be looking for a catcher:

Brian McTaggart ‏@brianmctaggart  Feb 12
Possible. More AB on market though -- Alvarez, Mourneau. Maybe Freese at third, move Valbuena to 1B.

MIL is tearing about Lucroy one time?

Talk Zone / Re: Let the Stove be Heated
« on: January 11, 2016, 08:21:41 am »
I was kind of wondering about Ian Desmond?  Wondering if he could be a fit for the good guys at 3B on a 1 year deal.  He hasn't garnered much interest on the market that I can tell. 

Talk Zone / Re: Let the Stove be Heated
« on: December 03, 2015, 10:48:47 am »
I've never hid my feelings about the Conger, he should never have been on the team at all. He seemed like a good guy and I know he was well liked in the clubhouse, but this is great for the team.

Dude could do the robot dance like no other.

Talk Zone / Re: Trade rumors
« on: August 04, 2015, 11:17:10 am »
Rasmus didn't fit in Toronto, either. Seems to be much happier here.

I think the difference is perception.  When HOU signed Rasmus I'm sure they accepted him for the player that he had been, and would continue to be.  No need trying to change the man, his swing, etc.  I believe STL, and then TOR when they traded for him, looked at him as a player on the cusp of being a perennial Allstar.  When he didn't produce like one for either organization, well...

Talk Zone / Re: Trade rumors
« on: July 31, 2015, 03:08:38 pm »

I'm surprised nothing apparently happened with the Padres.


Talk Zone / Re: Trade rumors
« on: July 31, 2015, 03:02:06 pm »
So, nada for us?

In the past, you'd have deals come out of the woodwork a couple hours after the deadline.  Today, I'm giving us till 5 minutes after the deadline before I give it up.

Talk Zone / Re: Trade rumors
« on: July 31, 2015, 02:31:56 pm »
Who would've thought going into this season that the Astros would stand a decent chance at getting either Craig Kimbrel or Aroldis Chapman at the trade deadline?

Ok, so to help pass the time...your vote, Chapman or Kimbrel.  The whole big money over an extended amount of time aside, I'm going Kimbrel.  I like the idea of acquiring players under control for a few years.

Talk Zone / Re: Trade rumors
« on: July 31, 2015, 02:11:00 pm »
Here's the latest rumor mill recap

Thanks!  Going to be an exciting last 45 minutes or so.

Talk Zone / Re: Trade rumors
« on: July 31, 2015, 12:58:11 pm »
I'm starting to wonder if we're one of the few teams left that the Padres can work a deal with.  In addition, I tend to think they are pretty motivated to make a deal to try and correct a lot of the moves they made during the winter meetings.  Maybe a nice deal ends up falling into Luhnow's lap?  I must say however that I'm mighty happy about the moves we've made (the willingness to deal more than anything) thus far, even if nothing else transpires. 

As always I thank all of you for always helping me to a get to a level of better understanding about the teams' situation.  Where we've been, where we are, and hopefully where we're heading.  Time to simply sit back and enjoy the ride.

Talk Zone / Re: Trade Rant
« on: July 31, 2015, 08:01:20 am »
The OP was put there before the trade and I will stand by it now. I all too vividly recall that the way we got to 55 win seasons was by emptying the talent in the farm system and then being forced to overpay aged veterans. I hate the geometry of the trade. It steals playing time from Preston Tucker who has already proven to be a remarkably adaptable bat. If Mrasnick stays, it moves him to LF, where his ability to go get it is largely wasted. If Jake goes today to SD it messes with the chemistry in the clubhouse and once again removes a significant support piece from Springer's team.  It didn't address the teams fundamental flaw ... 1b. And the logjam now for playing time at 1B and more importantly at DH just gets worse. Gattis, in my view, needs to be in the batting order every night. But then, what of Preston Tucker? Who can argue with Jeff's success. He has turned the ship around. But that doesn't mean that I have to agree with every deal he makes. I had grown very comfortable with the rebuild of the team through the farm system. To me Brett Phillips was the last big piece to come up and make an impact for the team for years. I hate seeing an Elite talent go ... particularly when I would bet $100 to $1 that Gomez will not be here in 2018 when Phillips is potentially reaching his major league prime.  History. Lessons. All of that said, I will continue to enjoy the unexpected ride of 2015. My wife may divorce me for never turning off a game, but its truly worth every dirty look I get to stay up late and watch Castro go yard.

Ok, it's everyone's right to bitch about the moves, but if you're going to do that, can you at least wait until the deadline is over?  There may be more moves coming that will give clarity, etc.  Look at TOR.  Their GM was by and large being bashed just a few days ago for adding another bat to an already potent lineup.  "We needed pitching...not a bat!", the fans and media shouted.  Well, a day or two later they now have Price to go with that lineup.  Let's just wait a few more hours before we judge anything to harshly. 

Talk Zone / Re: Trade rumors
« on: July 30, 2015, 08:33:23 pm »
Depending on Gomez's defense in center, Marisnick could also lose playing time  if his bat doesn't improve.  Point is Hinch has plenty of options.

I guess we also received the Brewers 76th spot the '15/'16 international pool. Can anyone tell me if this is significant?

Talk Zone / Re: Trade rumors
« on: July 30, 2015, 07:12:47 pm »
Someone needs to make me feel better about this.

Well, I like that neither player  is a rental and both are in their prime. We get Gomez through 2016 at a very reasonable price of $9 million.  Fiers  should be controllable for at least a few more years at a reasonable price as well. I've watched Fiers and he has pretty good stuff. maybe mgt sees an arm they can make even better.

Talk Zone / Re: Trade rumors
« on: July 30, 2015, 10:49:06 am »
What do Ross or Cashner bring that would be an upgrade over McHugh, Feldman, or McCullers?

Maybe it would allow the team to deal one of McHugh, Feldman, McCullers or Vince for another Kimbrel...or to another team for a bat?  Not saying that's good or bad, just trying to think out of the box.  There has to be a reason.

Talk Zone / Re: Trade rumors
« on: July 30, 2015, 10:46:03 am »
Kimbrel's a closer.  If the Astros pick him up, no matter how they might try to spin it, that would have to be a vote of no confidence in Gregerson as the closer.  Considering how successful he's been this season I'd hate dicking with the team chemistry like that.

Is this really a concern?  Team first right?  If you add a closer of Kimbrel's caliber it makes the bullpen better by moving everyone down one notch in their role.  I understand where you are coming from, I just hope it isn't reality.   

Talk Zone / Re: Trade rumors
« on: July 30, 2015, 10:18:45 am »
I like the idea of calling it a day as far as any other moves unless it involves lower tier prospects like Jacksonian has brought up more than a couple times over the last day or two.  That said, many teams are in the position the Astros were in 3-4 years ago.  They have minor league systems that are damn near bone dry, meaning our lower tier prospects would still be considered upgrades in their system.  It will really be interesting to see how Luhnow and company play this out.  They have some big decisions to make today.  Can't imagine how crazy it will be for all of them today.

Talk Zone / Re: Trade rumors
« on: July 29, 2015, 03:02:29 pm »
The Tigers are calling people telling them they are "rebooting." I think Cespedes might be a good OF field fit. Price on the market, too.

Both are rentals though.  Doesn't matter what I think of course, but I like Hamels more, even if he costs more from a prospect point of view.  If we sign a FAgent SP in the winter they will want more than Hamels is getting per year and they'll want way more years than Hamels is currently signed up for, which is currently 2019, or his age 35 season.

ETA:  I hope any deal they make going forward helps us past this season, even if it's just the 2016 season (i.e. Hamels, Carlos Gomez, etc.).

Talk Zone / Re: Trade rumors
« on: July 28, 2015, 01:59:22 pm »
Gave up Manaea for him. A's did pretty well there.

Yeah, but one heck of a nice piece to add to contending team.  Switch hitter that can play damn near every position.

Talk Zone / Re: Trade rumors
« on: July 27, 2015, 09:38:40 pm »
I really hope they come up short on Hamels.  Real bad feeling as to where he'll be in 2 years versus his salary.  Especially given the rumored level of prospects the Phillies are asking

I was worried about that to, but you add Hamels, along with a legit bat, and I  don't give a damn anymore. We could win the whole damn thing at that point. Long way to go, I know... Just sayin

Talk Zone / Re: Trade rumors
« on: July 27, 2015, 06:31:07 pm »
No rumor that I have seen but how about David Murphy?  Always reminded me of the OF version of Bill Spiers.

Talk Zone / Re: Cooperstown July 2015
« on: July 26, 2015, 07:21:09 am »
Just walked in museum. Will look yall up when I get to induction site.

Talk Zone / Re: Cooperstown July 2015
« on: July 25, 2015, 06:34:25 pm »
We are stationed in front of the Cooperstown General Store for the parace.

Enjoy. Looks like rain tomorrow.

Talk Zone / Re: Cooperstown July 2015
« on: July 25, 2015, 11:32:34 am »
GreatBagwell'sBeard +2 dudes
Homer ?
Reuben +1 dad
Jaklewein +1 awesome lady

What time is everyone planning to get to the Clark? I spoke to someone at the HoF who said you can go stake your spot on the lawn basically when the sun comes up. She said if we get there around 9 we'd still be able to get very good spots, so that's kinda what we're aiming for (will allow us to break up our drive with about 5-6 hours' sleep).

Anyone else going?

We'll get there sometime early Sunday morning and may try and hit the museum before the ceremony. I would love to meet up as well but will have to play by ear as I don't know area and not sure about our schedule. Let's post here if any of us are at a specific place at different times before or after the ceremony and maybe we can meet for a bit. I will stop by this thread here and again during my stay to see who is where, etc. look forward to maybe meeting a few of you this weekend.

Talk Zone / Re: Cooperstown July 2015
« on: July 24, 2015, 02:18:30 pm »
That's quite awesome. My wife had a similarly encouraging stance, although seeing as she's 6 months pregnant, I'm not forcing her to go and endure the 10-hour car ride.

By the way, tickets for the Monday roundtable thing are sold out, I discovered the other day to my dismay.

Yeah, got tickets to the roundtable through some sort of a package thing she bought.  I'm sure I'll be wide-eyed when I see next month's credit card statement, but 5, 10, 15 years down the road I'll be happy she did what she did.  Who am I kidding?  I'm already there...

Talk Zone / Re: Marwin
« on: July 24, 2015, 10:59:27 am »
I always liked Bruntlett, though he wasn't the player Spiers, Blum or Viz was.  What to do with Marwin when Lowrie comes back?  He has certainly improved this year.

Good pull there...his start on The Double Play with Everett will never be forgotten.  Still hard to believe they turned that as quickly as they did.  I bet Mabry still has nightmares about that play.

Talk Zone / Re: Marwin
« on: July 24, 2015, 10:11:18 am »
My man-crush on Spiers is undimmed by the years. What a fucking badass.


Talk Zone / Re: Cooperstown July 2015
« on: July 24, 2015, 10:09:36 am »
You are a lucky guy. Hang on to her.

That I am.  Thanks.

Talk Zone / Re: Cooperstown July 2015
« on: July 24, 2015, 08:07:33 am »
Well, after years of saying I'd go when the first Astro got inducted, I looked at my work/monetary situation and said, "I don't need to go."  Luckily my wife looked at the same situation and said "F-it, you're going."  She surprised me with the news a couple weeks ago.  The two of us will be flying out Saturday evening, getting in late/spending the night in Albany.  I'll be driving over Sunday morning for the ceremony, then back to Albany to spend the night, then back to Cooperstown Monday morning for some sort of Roundtable discussion with all the inductees.  We fly back out of Albany Monday evening.  Needless to say, I'm stoked!

Talk Zone / Re: Trade rumors
« on: July 23, 2015, 01:59:21 pm »
Between MLB and AA high end SP young and under control: McCullers, Velasquez, Appel, Musgrove, Hader, Feliz.  That doesn't even include the years of control left over Keuchel, McHugh, and Oberholtzer.  OF in that category: Springer, Tucker, Marisnick, Santana, Kemp, Phillips.  My view is the SP is much deeper than the OF prospects.

I agree on the lack of match.  Too I can't imagine Luhnow is looking for another young and inexperienced arm to put in the rotation.

Thanks for the feedback as always.

Talk Zone / Re: Trade rumors
« on: July 23, 2015, 12:44:19 pm »
I'm stoked.  Exactly the kind of trade I was hoping for...

Talk Zone / Re: Trade rumors
« on: July 23, 2015, 06:44:51 am »
Why would you give up a player in an area of weakness to get a player in an area of strength?

First off, I said I'm not sure we're a good match.  Probably the only OF that might fit what the Orioles want would be Rasmus and I know that wouldn't be enough to get Gausman.  Even if it was the Stros prob wouldn't deal with Springer's injury.  Secondly, I'm not sure I follow.  I guess I felt the opposite.  In general, that we have a lot of bats on the big league team and in the system coming, but not so much in the way of SP.  If I read you correctly I'd love to hear your thoughts regarding  starting pitching down at the farm that you believe is a strength for the club moving forward.  I follow the minors best I can by reading the Bus Ride but I'm still hit and miss at times.  I'm hoping there is more down there than I think.

Talk Zone / Re: Trade rumors
« on: July 22, 2015, 02:32:01 pm »
Baltimore is rumored to be dangling Gausman to teams in an effort to get an OF bat.  This is the type of player I'd love to see the team go after.  I realize we aren't the best match but a young controllable SP would be well worth giving up some of our best prospects.

Talk Zone / Re: Trade rumors
« on: July 20, 2015, 10:17:20 am »
Justin Upton is exactly the wrong kind of move to make here. I hope this is just people spouting off random pairs of names.

Agreed.  This is the kind of rumor scares the hell out of me.  Is there any way in hell we can just go to a team like the Mets and give them a couple damn fine prospects for one of their fine young SPs and call it a day?  I don't give a damn if we have to overpay.  At least they'd be cheap and controllable for years to come.

Talk Zone / Re: Trade rumors
« on: July 16, 2015, 08:30:01 am »
I won't be surprised if they make a trade and give up some prospects, but I will be surprised if the player they get isn't under contract/club control for a while. For example, what would you be willing to give up if you could shake Chris Sale loose?

Hey, I have no problem trading away quality prospects, I just don't want to do it for a rental.  Chris Sale would be excellent!

Talk Zone / Re: Trade rumors
« on: July 16, 2015, 06:47:22 am »
I'm probably in the minority, but I'm worried about the kind of young talent the club is potentially going to give up for a half season rental.  I'm glad the club is competitive this year.  I just hope that doesn't push them into a deal that hamstrings us down the line.  I'd be perfectly fine playing the year out with what we have and then signing a FAgent SP next season, or swapping some nice prospects for a young SP under club control for another 3-4 seasons.  If that means we miss the playoffs, so be it.

Talk Zone / Re: Say Hello to Fresno
« on: July 08, 2015, 06:37:09 am »
This is such bullshit. We need that kid in order to contend. Oberholtzer is nothing more than a placeholder. VV can be something special. I get that. Oberholtzer-not so much.

Such bullshit?  I don't know.  The high as far as IP for VV in his career with the Astros is 124 and that was back in '13.  Last year he only logged 64 IP.  This year he's already up to 58.  I'm worried about McClullers too.  His high as far as IP is 104, and like VV, that was back in '13.  Last year he only logged 97 IP.  I don't think anyone expected this team to be this good, this year, including MGT.  Hence the lack of starting pitching, or in this case, pitching with IP'd under their belt.

I'm not happy to see VV get sent down, but I am happy to see Obie get another shot, and so quickly after his demotion.  He's pitched pretty well during his short career in the bigs and I think the club wants to try and get the best evaluation (and let other clubs see as well) of what they have in him before the trade deadline gets here, which isn't far off.  If we can limit VV's IP over the next 3 weeks or so in the meantime, great.

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: 2015 Draftees and Status
« on: June 25, 2015, 12:31:35 pm »
I highly doubt they would've used the #37 pick on him unless they were absolutely certain they had the money for it. Barring some crazy Aiken-esque scenario of course.

The only drama, to me, is whether they somehow have enough to sign the 11th rd kid, or even better, Sands or Baker. Those last two are looking pretty unlikely right now.

I'm wondering if players like Sands and Baker will only drafted as kind of an insurance policy against not being able to sign Daz.  if you can't sign him, at least you have a couple high upside guys that you can turn to with the extra cash.

Talk Zone / Re: Recapping front office changes
« on: February 19, 2015, 11:40:26 am »
Nate, how in the heck do you do it?!?  Keep up the torrid pace that you have of providing fantastic information on this site?  Many have already thanked you.  I want to extend my thanks as well.

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: Top Prospect Lists 2015
« on: February 18, 2015, 01:31:06 pm »
He also missed a season with TJ shortly after he was drafted.

I know its not the same first name...nor is the last name the same, but you have to wonder if they're getting Vince mixed up with Derick.

Talk Zone / Re: Free agent rumors
« on: February 02, 2015, 01:39:05 pm »
That's what I was thinking too.  He implied language in the contract with the Astros would need to be added where it wouldn't be needed with the Giants.

The way D goes after the Astros, it wouldn't be suprising if he ends up being completely ineffective and sent to pasture like JDJO

Been thinking about the Vogelsong situation.  I wonder if the Astros philosophy regarding shifts (and their propensity to use them more than most other teams) was the factor that freaked him out?  He said he felt uncomfortable after meeting with Hinch and upper management.

Talk Zone / Re: Free agent rumors
« on: January 20, 2015, 12:17:51 pm »
I sure hope they got more than a so-so platoon 3Bman and a setup man for Fowler. I'm hoping they've identified something McHugh-esque about Straily; otherwise, I don't get it. Fowler is a very good player.

You're absolutely right.  You thinking he goes to AAA to continue to start if he doesn't win a spot in the rotation coming out of ST?

Talk Zone / Re: Free agent rumors
« on: January 20, 2015, 07:05:53 am »
Ken Rosenthal ‏@Ken_Rosenthal  5m ago
Sources: #Astros in serious discussions with free-agent RHP Ryan Vogelsong.

Watching some video on Straily...looks like he's got one heck of a breaking ball.  If Luhnow could lock up Vogelsong then Straily might fit in nicely as another 7th-8th inning option in the bullpen.  Fingers crossed regarding Vogelsong.  I haven't been this excited about an upcoming season in years.

Talk Zone / Re: Free agent rumors
« on: January 19, 2015, 12:51:37 pm »
For those who might have missed it, the finalized Scherzer deal with the Nats went for 7 years and $210MM. The large amount of deferred money in the deal knocks it down from a nominal $30MM AAV to something closer to $26MM per.

Easy to understand why PHI is rumored to be asking a king's ransom for Hamels.

Talk Zone / Re: Free agent rumors
« on: January 19, 2015, 10:38:28 am »

Fowler wasn't gonna be around past this year anyhow.  Might as well get something for him and give Marisnick and Santana a shot to see what kind of players they can be at the MLB level.

Talk Zone / Re: Trade rumors
« on: January 15, 2015, 04:10:52 pm »
Interesting that no one is suggesting the Braves are "tanking it" but they certainly are sellers and are going to win fewer games.

I see your point and makes me raise the question:  Why the signing of Markakis?

Talk Zone / Re: Trade rumors
« on: January 14, 2015, 03:58:35 pm »
Altuve and Fowler at the top followed by the trio of Springer, Carter and Gattis has the makings of a pretty good lineup, especially if Singleton starts to figure it out at the plate.  The addition of Lowrie doesn't hurt either.

Talk Zone / Re: Trade rumors
« on: January 14, 2015, 03:53:53 pm »
Not that I care about Braves fans, but many don't like it. 

The guy can hit.  I'm interested to see what he can do with 450-500 ABs.

Wouldn't the fact that we have such a short LF to patrol at home factor into this (being able to get a lot of PT in LF) a bit?

Talk Zone / Re: Trade rumors
« on: January 14, 2015, 02:10:43 pm »
Gattis does come cheap (at least from a dollars standpoint)--under club control for another 4 seasons.

Yep.  He'll be under club control during his prime.  I like that.  Also, what did we really give up?  Folty didn't exactly excel as he moved through the upper minors.  Stros still have Moran coming at 3B, along with JD Davis possibly not too far behind so Ruiz shouldn't be a huge loss.  Thurman I don't know much about.  I remember hearing he had a great change up, but that's about it.

Talk Zone / Re: Trade rumors
« on: January 14, 2015, 01:38:01 pm »

I wonder if the Braves might be a fit for Castro.  Bethancourt is green. 

Talk Zone / Re: HOF Voting 2015 Class
« on: January 06, 2015, 04:17:30 pm »
Underneath his plaque in Cooperstown, Bidge should have one of those push-button speakers. And each time someone pushes the button, Biggio pronounces his name correctly.

My favorite Biggio hit was the homer off Billy Wagner in Philly. I only have one link that still works, and it's pretty shitty quality. But still, what a great homer.

I remember that homerun Craig.  Thanks for the link.

Talk Zone / Re: HOF Voting 2015 Class
« on: January 06, 2015, 11:58:30 am »
Biggio now at 84.8%. Would it be too petty and/or greedy to want to see him finish higher than Smoltz (currently at 85.8)?

Yes.  Just hope he gets in.  Last year was a real kick in the nuts.

Talk Zone / Re: Padres get busy
« on: December 19, 2014, 10:41:40 am »
ESPN says that they're working on a deal to re-sign Josh Johnson, although he's still recovering from elbow surgery. Here's what MLBTR says about their pitching:

Now I remember they signed Morrow (not a bad deal for what they paid) and forgot Kennedy.  Thanks for doing all the digging up of info.  They have Benoit as well currently as closer.

Also, they should have some pieces to trade now as well with all the new OF help.  Nothing that will bring a King's ransom, but they still have Maybin, Quentin, Seth Smith, Venable, etc.

Talk Zone / Re: Padres get busy
« on: December 19, 2014, 09:29:16 am »
Damn, that's pretty cool.  Good for them.  I guess I need to go check their pitching staff out.  I know they had Cashner and Ross.  Any others?  I think they also dealt Street away at the deadline last year.  Think they have the resources to pull off another addition or two...say Scherzer to place at the front end of the rotation and then maybe Soriano for the back end of the pen?

Talk Zone / Re: South Korean SS Jung-ho Kang
« on: December 16, 2014, 09:45:51 am »
Well, they could, but I see 3B as either where Lowrie goes when Correa arrives, or where Moran plays when he's ready. One or both of those are likely to happen by early 2016. And Kang's deal would surely be multi-year.

In other words, other clubs probably need him more badly than the Astros do at this point.

Sound reasoning there. So do you think it was Headly or Lowrie and never both?

Talk Zone / Re: South Korean SS Jung-ho Kang
« on: December 16, 2014, 07:34:28 am »
I agree, unless they want him as an OF. Is he fast?

Why not sign him to play 3rd? 

Talk Zone / Re: Belisle
« on: December 03, 2014, 10:28:11 am »
I don't understand Houston not pursuing him (assuming that is the case).

They probably did, but some players actually want to be part of a team that wins ball games.

Talk Zone / Re: Alfonso Soriano retires
« on: November 06, 2014, 10:33:57 am »
And, IIRC, he was the preferred FA target the year the Astros eventually signed Lee.

What I remember most about this was the Cubs went the ape-shit route in terms of years and amount they gave Soriano...IMO, that in turn forced the Astros to up the ante with the deal they eventually gave Lee. 

Talk Zone / Re: EasTexAstro
« on: October 13, 2014, 07:00:21 pm »
Hate to hear that, but consider it done.

Talk Zone / Re: Astros to add $20 Million to the payroll, per Crane
« on: October 08, 2014, 06:53:01 am »
This isn't really true.  There were franchises in the last 100 years that were as bad for a lot longer periods, and without the stated purpose of the Astros.  Just look at the A's from 1933 to 1953.  If you don't believe the team can do what it set out to do, fine.  I disagree.  If you think the team isn't doing what it said it would do, I think you're being cranky because you enjoy it.  I don't really care how many people go to the games.  I care that the team improved by 20 games last season.  i care if the team will break .500 next season.  I'm betting it will, and I'm glad Crane's upping the budget to make that happen.


The team as hit rock bottom by all accounts.  Last year they spent some money on a few RPs.  This year we're being promised they'll spend a little more.  The few kids that have been called up will be a little more seasoned heading into 2015 and there are more and presumably better prospects yet to show their faces in Houston, knocking on the door.  I'm staying the course.

Talk Zone / Re: Collin McHugh and Qualifying for ERA Leaderboard
« on: September 22, 2014, 06:58:53 am »
He reminds me more of Shane Reynolds than WaMi.

He actually reminds me of Darryl Kile (RIP). 

Talk Zone / Re: Springer and the sound off the bat
« on: July 14, 2014, 07:51:37 am »
I was just a young kid, but remember Pedro Guerrero really getting hold of one in the Dome to LCF.

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: Corpus Christi - 2014
« on: June 17, 2014, 12:15:20 pm »
How nice would it be to have Kris Bryant in the system knocking on the door of the big club later this summer?

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: 2014 draft thread
« on: April 15, 2014, 02:10:56 pm »
It's a bit disingenuous for Law to say that he was pitching on "short rest". He'd pitched the previous Saturday, so he had 5 days off in between, instead of the normal 6. I seriously doubt that would matter at all.

And, like Happy is saying, # of pitches alone isn't so important as whether the pitcher is laboring, having a lot of high-stress innings, that kind of thing. Rodon labored early but retired 11 of the final 12 batters he faced or something like that.

Leo Mazzone, thinks the same as far as the amount of laboring a pitcher may have...along with how many pitches were fastballs versus say, sliders.  I'm not quoting, just going off memory of what he said.

Talk Zone / Re: The Shift
« on: April 15, 2014, 10:53:04 am »
I was pleasantly surprised how often the shift worked perfectly for Houston in the Rangers series.  I think it's here to stay, at least until hitters adjust.

Most of the shifts I've seen continue to play the OF straight away.  I don't know how many hitters (especially your middle of the order hitters with power) will want to adjust.  Their payoff for doing so is basically a single.

« on: March 29, 2014, 09:40:40 am »
75. Go Stros!

Talk Zone / Re: Retread possibilities
« on: March 25, 2014, 09:11:27 am »
Juan Francisco would make Clank look like Brooks Robinson.  The guy has legit pop but has now run through 3 organizations and made no changes (1st order of business, get in shape).

Talk Zone / Re: Maybe George Springer needs a new agent
« on: March 24, 2014, 08:58:32 am »
Grievance?  WTF?  On what grounds?  Not like the guy pulled a Luke Scott this spring.  Last I saw he was his batting average was under the Mendoza Line.

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: More love for Astros talent
« on: March 19, 2014, 02:27:17 pm »
And wasn't this the kid that most scouts called his change up his best pitch?  Could be a great combination.

Game Zone 2014 Archive / Re: Cardinals @ Astros March 14, 2014
« on: March 14, 2014, 02:47:48 pm »
Glad to see Singleton getting a few knocks. 

Talk Zone / Re: Dexter K Fowler
« on: March 14, 2014, 10:06:34 am »
I hope they didn't ship Lyles because they thought they were deep in pitching.  I always assumed that the trade was straightforward: they needed an outfielder for this year (and next) and Lyles was the price they had to pay.

Why did they need an OF for this year and next?  They knew they wouldn't be competitive this year for sure and, they'd been more than happy to trot out whatever talent (I hesitated to use this word) they had year after year before.

Talk Zone / Re: Dexter K Fowler
« on: March 14, 2014, 09:26:04 am »
unless it was to package him in a later trade.

I thought this a soon as I heard about the trade.  I think Luhnow probably shopped Lyles because he could (organization has a lot of depth) and am thinking it was all about getting the best value back that he could.  If it fit an organizational need, great.  If not, then the thought would be at least you got value that you could maybe trade later for the need you were originally seeking.  Reminds me of when he acquired Lowrie.  Am I way off base?

Talk Zone / Re: This is innuresting
« on: March 12, 2014, 02:34:00 pm »
As good as they've been in draft and devolopment of pitching, they have had their share of injuries to young pitchers.

Never thought of that, but you're O'Flaherty and Venters have both had arm problems as well.

Talk Zone / Re: More Cuts
« on: March 12, 2014, 09:36:19 am »
So how do we explain all the wind today then?

That's cold.

Talk Zone / Re: This is innuresting
« on: March 12, 2014, 08:53:47 am »
What happened to the Braves farm system?  Not long ago they had tons of pitchers in AAA waiting for a spot...

Well, they brought three along last year in Teheran, Minor and Wood...and then traded another (Delgado) to ARZ in the Upton deal.  Remember they also dealt Clemens and Oberholtzer to us the year before that.  That's a lot of pitching coming out of the system in a short time span.  Shhhhh, knowing them, there is more.

Game Zone 2014 Archive / Re: Tor VS Hou 3/9/14
« on: March 10, 2014, 12:59:59 pm »
Moylan gets the side to fly out to pick up the save, and the Astros give the Jays the ol' backdoor job. Astros 4 Jays 3.

We won?  Really?  Watching MLB Tonight last night, they go through the highlights, then proceed to say, "So the Astros drop another one 3-2....  Could be another tough year for the Astros.  Speaking of the Astros, here's more from Peter Gammons in this week's Diamond Notes."

The damn game box score on the screen showed we were a 4-3 winner and they still put us down with a loss.  Extremely irritating.  I guess that's what three consecutive 100 loss seasons will do for you.

Talk Zone / Re: Spring TV Schedule
« on: March 05, 2014, 12:11:25 pm »
MLB is showing the Astros-Tigers replay of today's game tomorrow morning (Thurs) at 9 am.

 Thank you!

Talk Zone / Re: Wow!
« on: March 05, 2014, 07:34:22 am »
Been waiting on JimR to chime in with his famous three letter acronym!

Game Zone 2014 Archive / Re: Astros @ Marlins March 3, 2014
« on: March 04, 2014, 08:57:45 am »
I believe tomorrow's noon start is on MLB.

Yep.  I'll be recording while I'm at work and will try and resist coming here to see how the boys are doing live.  I'm really hoping Springer's in the lineup again. 

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: 2014 draft thread
« on: February 25, 2014, 11:27:02 am »
Rodon's 2nd outing not so great against bad competition too.   His is the report with video.

So if this keeps up over the next couple months, 1) will the Astros still view him as the guy? and 2) might they be able to get him at a bit of a discount?

Talk Zone / Braves
« on: February 21, 2014, 12:32:27 pm »
Braves didn't sign anyone big this offseason but did lock up Freeman, Teheran, Kimbrel & Simmons to long term deals.  I hope Luhnow is taking notes.

On a side note, I was watching Clubhouse Confidential on the MLB Network and Brian Kenny was pointing out a bunch of defensive numbers (zone rating, etc.) that I don't normally keep up with, showing Simmons to be 2-3 times better in the field than any other SS in the game last season.  Did anyone else see that, and if so how did you take it?  Not following zone ratings, etc. I wasn't sure, but came off as pretty damn impressive.

Talk Zone / Re: Bo upset about the lack of respect....
« on: February 21, 2014, 06:50:33 am »
What's there to sell at this point?  Castro?  Feldman?  Everyone else is either too young, too worthless, or actually locked up for a while (Fowler, Montero, Qualls).

Well, you make a good point but I look at it and think you never know who will shine for the club and have value.  I think Castro may be made available, along with Fowler.  They are both young players, but also coming up on last years of arbitration/free agency.  Then I figure Crain, Qualls, Albers, Feldman, Carter maybe be available as well.  I realize some of these players may be locked up or deemed by you as worthless, but again, you never know who will shine for the team.  Veres wasn't really deemed as a big pickup in the offseason last year but he pitched well and was shipped out.  When that happened it definitely hurt the W/L column as closing out games after he left was a daily adventure.

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Jacksonian...paging Jacksonian...
« on: February 21, 2014, 06:30:51 am »
Please check your PM...your presence is requested in Mihoba's SnS War League Forum.

Thanks in advance for your cooperation.

Talk Zone / Re: Bo upset about the lack of respect....
« on: February 20, 2014, 01:27:55 pm »
I'm going with 65 wins.  I still think there's one more year of active selling by Luhnow at the deadline.  Maybe in '15 we'll be buyers for the first time in a long time.

Talk Zone / Re: Cubs new mascot
« on: January 14, 2014, 12:44:06 pm »
Is there someway to put a countdown clock for the date of the first spring training game? 

Hey, I plan on kicking off Mihoba's SnS Fantasy League next week (or at least taking roll call for it).  Not much, but at least a sign of hope that baseball season is indeed coming.

Talk Zone / Re: HOF vote watch
« on: January 08, 2014, 08:48:14 am »
I'm in the pessimistic camp as far as Bidge making it.  Can't help it...have to guard against a major let down.

Talk Zone / Re: best Christmas present ever
« on: January 07, 2014, 03:44:34 pm »
2 seats from the Dome

Man 'O man...wish Santa would've brought a couple seats my way!  Congrats.  Those that were lucky enough to get a pair ought to post a view pictures of the finished product (after cleaning etc.) so I can at least bask in your glory.

Talk Zone / Re: HOF vote watch
« on: January 07, 2014, 03:26:56 pm »

Yes, he got Cy Young votes in seven seasons. He placed 3rd, 3rd, 7th, 5th, 9th, 4th and 5th. In no season did the BBWAA voters consider him to be the best or even the second-best pitcher in the American League. How does that define the word ace?

So you're saying that you have to have won a CY award to be considered an ace?

Talk Zone / Re: Rhiner Cruz
« on: December 23, 2013, 01:51:46 pm »
I take it as a good sign that they have more confidence in the bully to let him go.

I'm hoping that means an addition is coming?

Talk Zone / Re: 2014 Batting Order
« on: December 13, 2013, 11:15:58 am »
Two weeks of a rookie in a year you won't contend vs. a full year of a player in his prime right in the middle of your contention window (knock on wood). How do you not make that trade? I understand the urge to win as much as you can as fast as you can, but realistically, bringing him up out of ST is a perfect example of trying not to win.

It's all moot if he spends that length of time in the minors at some point anyway. I'm just not willing to bet a year of club control on the chance that he wouldn't stay up.


Talk Zone / Re: 2014 Batting Order
« on: December 12, 2013, 04:26:58 pm »
CF Fowler
2b Altuve
C Castro
3b Dominguez
DH Carter
LF Krauss
1b singleton/wallace
ss Villar
RF Hoes

No Grossman?  I thought the guy played pretty good down the stretch last year.

Talk Zone / Re: FA Signings
« on: December 12, 2013, 10:22:14 am »
Morse signing with the Giants, so another target off the board. 

Man...that sucks.  That's what I get for getting my hopes up.

Talk Zone / Re: Trade with Padres
« on: December 12, 2013, 08:02:31 am »
Because Anthony Bass is so awesome?

I watched some highlights of Bass.  I don't know, he was hitting 93-94mph consistently on the gun as a starter.  He also seemed to have a pretty good slider.  Move him to the bully and let him focus on two pitches and both improve.  Maybe he becomes a viable option.  Alot of maybes, but like others have said, he really didn't cost the team much of anything to acquire.

Talk Zone / Re: FA Signings
« on: December 11, 2013, 11:02:01 am »
Drellich tweeted:

Astros ideal situation is first-base stopgap. But that’s not going to eliminate interest in James Loney or Corey Hart. They’re playing field

Seems like Morse fits the bill then.  Plug him in and if he hits Luhnow can trade him for prospects at the deadline and hopefully bring up Singleton.

Julio Franco?  Guy played for the Braves in his mid 40s and was ripped.  I want to say he ended up playing till he was 50?

Talk Zone / Re: Fowl poles are staying
« on: December 04, 2013, 10:36:06 am »
Who?  From what I could tell you were going to pay through the nose for anyone decent and have to lose the first pick of the second round (in a draft that is deeper than last two years)

Plus we may get another young pitcher or position player (PTBNL) back in the deal.  I agree that it's tough to trade away young starting pitching but that's exactly why I think the PTBNL might end up being a pretty darn good prospect.  Besides, isn't pitching a strength as far as the Astros minor league system goes?

Talk Zone / Re: Fowl poles are staying
« on: December 04, 2013, 08:05:24 am »
I'm very excited about this trade and will be even more excited if the PTBNL is a quality prospect, which I expect he will be.  COL received a young and cheap SP.  I can't imagine there's many teams willing to part with the same. 

Talk Zone / Re: Prince Fielder traded to Rangers
« on: November 21, 2013, 02:51:58 pm »
1 year older, at most a 4% park effect increase, mostly to RH hitters...ennh. Top 10-15 1B guy for 2014.

In terms of points per AB, 1B runs 30 deep for his production.

...and it's information like this that make me wonder how in the world I was able to edge you out this past season.  It's only a matter of time before you knock me off.

Talk Zone / Re: Prince Fielder traded to Rangers
« on: November 21, 2013, 02:19:44 pm »
Damn...I sure wish I hadn't traded Fielder away on my fantasy team.  Guy outta mash out there in Arlington.

Talk Zone / Re: This makes me happy.
« on: October 09, 2013, 01:13:55 pm »
Chipper's a part of a short weekly radio show here in the city and I think also does some pregame stuff from time to time.  Word around here is that players have soured on him because he's made numerous comments during the year that came off as, "I'm jealous of the team's success without me" or "they can't win without me".  Chipper picking the Dodgers in 4 was the last straw apparently.  I personally don't listen to his show so have no idea if the media is going overboard or not.  Just letting you all know what's been said over the past day or two.

Talk Zone / Re: Cisnero down, De Leon up
« on: August 08, 2013, 02:32:00 pm »
Ha, poor Stoffel

His BB/K ratio isn't up to par with those promoted ahead of him.  All I can figure.

Talk Zone / Re: The last three starting pitching performances
« on: August 07, 2013, 11:05:47 am »
He's been up for such a (relatively) long time.  I wonder if it makes sense to drop him to AAA for the rest of the year so he can work on that very thing out of the limelight.

I've watched a few of Lyles most recent starts (missed last night though).  I'll be upfront in saying I wouldn't put a lot of weight on my observations, but it seems his downfall is simply missing on location too often.  Against Toronto a couple starts back he was getting batter 0-2 or 1-2 and then throwing a change up or fastball down the middle of the plate....

Talk Zone / Re: astro new slogan (my opinion)
« on: August 04, 2013, 10:55:59 am »
Your Hometown Houston Astros:  You Get What You Get and You Don't Pitch a Fit!

Talk Zone / Re: Buster Olney quote
« on: August 03, 2013, 10:26:04 am »
He can use some AAA seasoning first. I think you're right.

I'm hoping they sign another Bedard/Humber type in the off season. If said pickup is washed up you cut bait early like they did with Humber. If not, you hold on or trade him.

Talk Zone / Re: Buster Olney quote
« on: August 02, 2013, 12:51:06 pm »

I really don't see any potential FAgents worth signing next year anyhow short of maybe bringing in a pitcher or two to help in the bully. 

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: Corpus Christi - 2013
« on: August 02, 2013, 11:29:27 am »
I recall hearing or maybe reading something about this recently.  Something about rules being different in MiLB vs MLB.  I think the conversation was related more to a pitcher taking too much time, but I can't remember the specifics.  Does anyone know if both a pitcher and hitter can be penalized for "delay of game" in both MLB and MiLB?

Not sure about the penalty but I remember Papelbon bitching and moaning about a time limit a year or two ago.  In addition, they showed one of the umpires counting out seconds on the field while Blackley was pitching against the TOR last series.  Afterwards he was shown mumbling something to Blackley while pointing at his watch.  Again, don't know if there is an actual penalty though.

Talk Zone / Re: The Future
« on: August 01, 2013, 10:17:37 am »
Can we at least be historically accurate as we describe the franchise hopefully improving?  The two propositions, that the minors were bone dry and that we are starting to see the fruits of Luhnow's labors (using examples almost exclusively obtained before Luhnow), cannot both be true.

Also, we all hope these are good deals, but let's just be honest in that we won't know for a long period of time.

ETA.  I hope JimR is right about Carter, as they sorely need bats.  But I am clearly one that just doesn't see it with him.  

Yes sir.  You're right, Ed Wade brought in Cosart and Villar, but nevertheless the system was bone dry before the rebuilding effort was started, even if it was Wade that started it.

As far as the prospects, I was honest.  I stated I understand there's a washout rate but that there is safety in numbers and for the first time in a long time, the numbers are on our side.  In addition, that situation should only get better with next year's draft picks and international bonus money at the club's disposal.

Talk Zone / The Future
« on: August 01, 2013, 09:29:07 am »
I'm really starting to get excited about this team.  Both the trades made yesterday looked to be pretty good deals, especially the Justin Maxwell deal.  I'm excited because this rebuilding effort started with a minor league system that was basically bone dry and we all knew it was going to be at least a couple years before we'd see the first prospects arriving at the big league level.  It's definitely been a rough couple years but now we're going to get a chance to start seeing the fruits of Luhnow's labor.  Castro, Altuve and Dominguez are establishing themselves as regulars.  In the last month we've gotten to see Cosart and Villar get called up.  Now Hoes, Olberholtzer, Zied and Lo.  We all know that there is a washout rate with prospects but it seems to me like this system is now deep enough to combat that.  Hopefully this is the start of something special.

Talk Zone / Re: Norris to be in high demand?
« on: July 31, 2013, 04:22:37 pm »
Hoes must have something going for him other than stats ... he is hitless in two major league seasons.

So far he's walked more than he's struckout in AAA (58/56), helping to yield an OBP over .400.  It's obviously Luhnow values this.  Reminds me of the kid they got from the Cubs a month or so ago.

Talk Zone / Re: Norris to be in high demand?
« on: July 31, 2013, 02:37:24 pm »
From a quick perusal of his Baseball-Reference page, he's a 21 yr old righty who's averaging almost a K an inning in High A ball.

and almost a 4/1 K/BB ratio.  Was a 4th round pick out of HS.  Just looking at stats and the fact that he was a 4th rounder, but I'm actually surprised by the get on this one.

Talk Zone / Re: Norris to be in high demand?
« on: July 31, 2013, 02:31:32 pm »
I recall a story of a player switching teams between games of a doubleheader.

(Kids, a doubleheader was this thing where they used to play two games in one day.)

Joel Youngblood?

Talk Zone / Re: Norris to be in high demand?
« on: July 31, 2013, 12:21:30 pm »
I'm kind of surprised Bedard isn't being talked about more.

Talk Zone / Re: Norris to be in high demand?
« on: July 31, 2013, 12:14:16 pm »
Again odd since Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports was credited with the Braves rumor according to MLBTR

I still don't the that the Braves are in on Norris.  They currently have Medlen, Teheran, Minor, Beachy, Maholm and Wood (the kid).  I see a need for them to add an ace but little more.  Norris doesn't fit that bill.

Talk Zone / Re: Root...Root...Root...
« on: July 31, 2013, 09:55:17 am »
Yep.  I'm hoping the Pirates are the landing spot for Norris too.  I would like to see the Pirates get over the hump this year.

Talk Zone / Re: Norris to be in high demand?
« on: July 30, 2013, 12:39:10 pm »
The other possibility, though unlikely, is that he's being pulled because it's so close to the deadline rather than there being a deal in place.  With all the activity Luhnow must be engaged in it makes sense to me to not have Norris pitch until after the deadline.

Is it possible this is also a tactic?  Luhnow scratches Norris in an effort to make it look like a deal is imminent.  "Last call boys."

Talk Zone / Re: Norris to be in high demand?
« on: July 30, 2013, 11:44:20 am »
Passan saying Norris is likely to get dealt and that PIT could be the landing spot.

Talk Zone / Re: Trader Jeff
« on: July 29, 2013, 12:40:40 pm »
What's nice is there's still a PTBNL as well.  I used to write them off until we got Domingo in the Pence deal.  Never know.

Talk Zone / Re: Trader Jeff
« on: July 29, 2013, 09:45:18 am »
...which is about a million less than the Astros paid for Ariel Ovando.

Way to temper our enthusiasm.

Talk Zone / Re: Trader Jeff
« on: July 29, 2013, 09:32:18 am »
Detroit signed him for $1.2M in 2010.

Game Zone 2013 Archive / Re: Astros @ Blue Jays July 28, 2013
« on: July 28, 2013, 02:55:23 pm »
My 5 year old son on Blackley... "That pitcher doesn't do good pitches!"

Game Zone 2013 Archive / Re: Astros @ Blue Jays July 28, 2013
« on: July 28, 2013, 02:37:47 pm »
Rasmus pops out and through 7 it's still 1-1.

Thankfully Elmore calls off Wallace to squeeze it. Wallace attempting to catch anything makes me nervous.

Game Zone 2013 Archive / Re: Astros @ Blue Jays July 26, 2013
« on: July 26, 2013, 09:24:39 pm »
I think someone should do the math.

This!  I was being serious. I want someone that likes to research to give me proof of just how bad they are. Example:

It was mentioned that the astros' bully had given up a league high 63 homers. Next team was more than 20 away.

Tack on 1, 2, 3...nevermind...I can't keep up

Game Zone 2013 Archive / Re: Astros @ Blue Jays July 26, 2013
« on: July 26, 2013, 09:07:10 pm »
Well at least Encarnacion is on my fantasy team.

Funny. I hadn't started Lawrie in over a month. Saw HOU on tap for tonight and plugged him in at DH.

ETA:  Easy money.

Game Zone 2013 Archive / Re: Astros @ Blue Jays July 26, 2013
« on: July 26, 2013, 09:05:07 pm »
F-ing pitiful!  First time I've been this frustrated all year. It's getting tougher and tougher to stomach.

Game Zone 2013 Archive / Re: Astros @ Blue Jays July 26, 2013
« on: July 26, 2013, 08:53:00 pm »
Is this the worst bullpen in the history of MLB?

Game Zone 2013 Archive / Re: Astros @ Blue Jays July 26, 2013
« on: July 26, 2013, 07:07:07 pm »
No, just tying to work an iPad. Awful things to actually work.

I am finishing a martini though. If I have one more I might be.

Go for it!

Game Zone 2013 Archive / Re: Astros @ Blue Jays July 26, 2013
« on: July 26, 2013, 07:04:16 pm »
Lyles has command of one pitch tonight (slider). I predict its going to get ugly. Sorry guys.

Game Zone 2013 Archive / Re: Astros @ Blue Jays July 26, 2013
« on: July 26, 2013, 06:57:45 pm »
Reyes with a solo jack to LCF on a change up left up and over the middle of the plate.

Cabrera follows with a double to LCF gap on a fastball right over the heart of the plate.

2-1 Good Guys

Game Zone 2013 Archive / Re: Astros @ Blue Jays July 26, 2013
« on: July 26, 2013, 06:46:16 pm »
One more K for Dickey, nothing else. Jays up.

Are you drunk?

Game Zone 2013 Archive / Re: Astros @ Blue Jays July 26, 2013
« on: July 26, 2013, 06:36:21 pm »
Bottom of the first, Reyes left on 3rd after a lead off double. Apparently a nice 6-3 by Villar to end the inning.

Yep. He fielded a grounder deep in the hole, stumbled trying to get his footing, but then threw a bullet one-hopper off the turf to beat the runner by a nano second. Really showed his arm on that play.

Talk Zone / Re: Norris to be in high demand?
« on: July 26, 2013, 02:13:53 pm »
You sure about #3? I've never heard that Wade was ordered to trade Bourn, by the deadline, period.

Absolutely not.  It was the only explanation I could come up with.  Jacksonian's assumption that Clemens was the key may be true.

I am however fairly certain about #2.  That's because I remember hearing Frank Wren explain it this away after the deal had been made...which in turn made me want to vomit in the trash can.  I remember thinking he almost sounded embarrassed about the deal he pulled off.

Talk Zone / Re: Norris to be in high demand?
« on: July 26, 2013, 10:55:58 am »
If that's the shit you're getting back, YOU DON'T TRADE HIM.

Yeah, but the way that trade went down I have the following thoughts:

1.  There was little interest from teams outside ATL (most team were looking for middle of the order hitters).
2.  Atlanta was really in limbo...they wanted to add a piece but weren't really willing to give up talent.  I think it was one of those deals where if a player could be had for little to nothing then fine...if not they play the hand out that they were dealt.
3.  Ownership didn't give management the option of NOT trading Bourn (sucks but...)

Hence the shitty haul of players the Astros got.

Talk Zone / Re: Norris to be in high demand?
« on: July 26, 2013, 10:14:55 am »
The last time we made a trade with the Braves it didn't work out that well.  Tread cautiously.

Exactly.  No matter what others think of the Bourn trade my belief is that the Braves generally don't get burned in trades very often.  Earlier this year they had Minor, Teheran & Delgado to deal.  They traded Delgado.  He's been pretty good but I'd say Minor and Teheran easily look like the better pitchers to this point in the season.  Not saying I know for sure it was their choice...maybe AZ really liked Delgado.  Again, as much as I hate to say it, I feel like ATL's front office always has their shit together.

Talk Zone / Re: Norris to be in high demand?
« on: July 26, 2013, 08:18:22 am »
Nevermind my previous thoughts...I know, this is probably standard practice around there anyhow.  See link below regarding the Braves need to add SP...possibly Norris.

Talk Zone / Re: Norris to be in high demand?
« on: July 25, 2013, 03:35:30 pm »
I had just assumed they would slot Beachy in.

Frankly, I'm surprised they'd even consider messing with Medlen.  I know he's got the experience but he took off the 2nd half of last year and had pitched well in '13 minus the last handful of starts.  Then again, that's ATL.  It seems they've always had an embarrassment of riches when it comes to SPs....going on 20+ years now.  Remember that they traded away Wainwright as well.

Talk Zone / Re: Norris to be in high demand?
« on: July 25, 2013, 01:13:22 pm »
Sickels just posted his mid-season review of the Braves' top 20.  I think you'd be looking at something like Wood and La Stella.

I believe Wood was the other SP the Braves were considering for the rotation, along with Beachy.

Talk Zone / Re: Norris to be in high demand?
« on: July 25, 2013, 09:02:06 am »
I would greatly appreciate the input from the far more astute fans around here what the Braves have to offer for Bud.  Seems like they might not have the luxury of fucking around in light of last night's injury...

Actually, I think they might be ok.  Prior to this injury the word was out there that they were considering moving Medlen to the bullpen as they have yet another young pitcher on the rise (can't remember his name of the top of my head) and Beachy coming back well from TJ.  I realize this doesn't mean they won't add another SP but this was what I'd heard just within the last couple days.

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: Early 2014 draft thread
« on: July 23, 2013, 12:04:25 pm »
I totally understand and can empathize with your position. However, I judge him by his progress thus far. He started with nothing. The minor leagues were awful; the big league club was sucking wind. In less than two years, he's rebuilt the farm system and received some players that should be big league ready by next season. I, for one, expect progress next season, and I will hold him accountable if the club doesn't progress.

+1 - Well said.  As usual, wish I'd of just held off on my post in favor of others like yourself.

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: Early 2014 draft thread
« on: July 23, 2013, 11:32:54 am »
I think that, to the folks who matter, he is still being accorded significant leeway. However, if the club doesn't show some signs of an upward trend, he could easily fall out of favor.

I'm lost.  I'm no expert, but by all accounts the farm system looks to have made a 180 over years past.  We have tons of SP now and will most likely have more after Norris and hopefully Bedard are dealt.  Remember that we still have White and Ely on the mend as well.  Both could come back from their surgeries better than ever.  Then you look at the MLB roster.  It looks as though we have legitimate players at the catching position and 2B.  Wallace, Carter, Dominguez all seem like they have the potential to be pieces.  Keuchel & Lyles look to be nice pieces as well.  I guess I just become more and more positive about the prospects each and every day.  Seems to me like Luhnow's doing a pretty good job.  I know the rubber still has to meet the road in terms of prospects performing but I'm hopeful.

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: Tri-City ValleyCats - 2013
« on: July 22, 2013, 12:58:07 pm »
I notice that Tanner Bushue is putting together a healthy and hopeful season as well ...  2-1 with a 2.02 ERA and a 0.64 WHIP!!  He also has 23 K and only 3 BB in 26 2/3 IP.  And he is still only 22.  It would be nice to see him earn back his prospect status.

is there still a potential eyewitness on the board who could comment on how he looks?  Reuben??

I can't remember the interview, but it was from a current teammate of Bushue.  When asked which pitcher from his team he'd hate to face he named Bushue.  At the time it surprised me but considering the numbers he's put of thus far it's understandable.

Talk Zone / Re: Here's an oddity...
« on: July 22, 2013, 11:23:37 am »
He has the bad luck to keep getting unlucky numbers.

Maybe he's trying to make a buck by selling his number to others that want it...or he's just giving it up cause he doesn't care what number he has on his back.

Talk Zone / Re: Get me a triple espresso.
« on: July 17, 2013, 12:24:12 pm »
Wow, congrats!  A lifetime of posting wouldn't even get me close to that level of activity.

Talk Zone / Re: update on Elizabeth
« on: July 16, 2013, 09:21:36 am »
Wow.  That's a big deal!  Congrats. 

Talk Zone / Re: Kissimmee no mas
« on: July 16, 2013, 09:18:32 am »
Just ribbing you, man. Btw, I still appreciate the ticket for the playoff game in 05. Enjoyed watching the blowout of the Braves and Tim Hudson with you. Mucho gracias.


2005?  That's scary.  It's hard to believe it was that long ago.  I'd love to tell you we need to do it again soon but alas, Stros don't even come to ATL this year.  FBud!

Talk Zone / Re: Kissimmee no mas
« on: July 16, 2013, 06:53:28 am »
You made your two children at OCS? Have you ever watched a game in Toronto?

Well played Sir.

Talk Zone / Re: Kissimmee no mas
« on: July 15, 2013, 03:15:00 pm »

ETA:  I also thought it was easy to get to other parks, Phillies, Nationals, Indians (before they went west).

Yep:  Used to be Astros, Tigers, Royals, Indians, Braves & Reds (Plant City) were all within about a 45 minute drive radius.  Those were the good ole' days IMO.  That was before I had kids and I would routinely be able to attend 3-4 double headers (2 games but at different stadiums) during my week long stay. 

That might be the silver lining with this latest move.  I haven't done my homework, but was thinking I heard there will be 4-5 teams in this new area?

Talk Zone / Re: Kissimmee no mas
« on: July 15, 2013, 03:04:14 pm »
planes land in AZ every day

Yeah, but the cost of roundtrip airfare for four and a rental car for a week, pretty much bankrupts a family like mine before I even walk out the door.  I realize I'm in the minority as I can drive down from Atlanta relatively easily, but the cost of the above would get me a damn nice house for a week in Orlando.  I'm just glad they're staying in FL (I'll admit I'm selfish).

Talk Zone / Re: Kissimmee no mas
« on: July 15, 2013, 02:57:22 pm »

And the idea that the facilities there are significantly worse than they are at any other spring training facility is dubious at best.

Agreed.  Hell, after the recent renovations they did a few years back, I thought the Stadium and the surrounding facilities where pretty damn nice in comparison to every other stadium around there, save the Braves Stadium at Disney (which by the say shouldn't even be considered a ST stadium - it seats like 20,000 fans for Pete's sake.  Plus concession prices were practically the same as at Turner Field).

Talk Zone / Re: Kissimmee no mas
« on: July 15, 2013, 02:35:10 pm »
Good, Kissimmee was an awful location.

Maybe so, but I'll still miss the place.  I've made a lot of memories at Osceola Stadium over the years, the latest of which have included my two children. 

Talk Zone / Re: George Springer
« on: July 10, 2013, 05:59:51 pm »
or Jayson Werth?

I thought about him but wasn't sure that he was in the same class defensively.

Talk Zone / Re: George Springer
« on: July 10, 2013, 05:49:44 pm » basically expectations should be anywhere from Matt Kemp to Mike Cameron to say...Chris Young (now with OAK)?

I hope so. That will accelerate the rebuilding process.


Is that the same kid that bankrupt the Make A Wish Foundation by taking his one wish and using it to gain unlimited wishes, thus asking for an unlimited amount of gifts, visits, etc.?

Talk Zone / Re: Farmstros is putting together a game group
« on: July 01, 2013, 11:58:21 am »
No shit.  WTF kind of Astros outing would this be? 

Doesn't sound like they're going to watch the Astros.  They're going to watch the minor leaguers they've followed through the years.

Talk Zone / Re: Norris to be in high demand?
« on: June 27, 2013, 01:24:48 pm »
I'm starting to think Bedard's going to start garnering some interest as well if he continues to pitch well and stay off the DL.

Talk Zone / Re: Norris to be in high demand?
« on: June 26, 2013, 06:54:53 pm »
The best thing he has going for him is he's not a rental and not too expensive.

Which is why I'm fine with him getting dealt.

Game Zone 2013 Archive / Re: Astros @ Cubs June 21, 2013
« on: June 21, 2013, 07:21:24 pm »
Fucking Carter strikes out looking, never swung the whole AB.

Qualitympitches to carter though.

Emanuel draws start for UNC against UCLA tonight at 7pm.  ESPN is televising.

Talk Zone / Re: Fuck Bud Norris
« on: June 21, 2013, 10:34:01 am »

Man, Footer really torched him. I miss her being on the beat.

Though I love to see that she still seems to have the Astros back.

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: Tri-City ValleyCats - 2013
« on: June 21, 2013, 08:11:20 am »
Commadore Killers or VandyCats?

We need to lock it down soon.  They both had big games again last night.

Talk Zone / Re: Crowe to the DL, Krauss called up
« on: June 21, 2013, 08:03:28 am »
Hey, it's been a rough run...I'm with you on that, but I also believe the club has a plan and is following it.  Also, seeing the emergence of players like Castro and Lyles has me thinking glass half full these days.

Talk Zone / Re: Fuck Bud Norris
« on: June 21, 2013, 07:59:44 am »
Well then, fuck Bud Norris and the Chron.


I saw the article yesterday and refuse to pay for their coverage.

Talk Zone / Re: Crowe to the DL, Krauss called up
« on: June 20, 2013, 08:40:38 pm »
Damn Fredia, third thread in a row that I've read a negative post from you. Didn't you get the memo?  The team has decided to rebuild.

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: 2013 Draftees and Status
« on: June 19, 2013, 01:50:47 pm »
Astros are holding a press conference at 3 to announce the Appel signing. I presume the presser will be shown live at, but haven't seen confirmation.

Great news!  I realize a quick signing like this was expected (read up quite a bit since the draft) but I was bound and determined to stay in "believe it when I see it mode".  The Boras factor along with Appel's right to not have to sign early really worried me.

Talk Zone / Re: Norris to be in high demand?
« on: June 19, 2013, 01:35:01 pm »
The problem with Norris is the plan.  The plan is to start being competitve in 2015.  And Bud is 28 and will be 30 for the start of the 2015 season.  If you believe Norris is peaking and will be in decline in 2015 then trading him now (for the right offer) makes sense.  If you believe Bud is still improving and will be peaking in 2015 then trading him is a bad move.  

And by right offer I mean getting some can't miss prospect or 2 that should provide greater value in 2015 and beyond then Bud will be in 2015 and beyond.  

I agree, plus I think a big reason he's rumored to be valued so highly is the low price tag and extended years of club control.  Year by year that becomes less of a factor.  He will have to continue to get better to hold his current value in the future.

That's right.  I couldn't remember.  Thanks.

D'Andre Toney?  Didn't he come way of KC?

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: Tri-City ValleyCats - 2013
« on: June 19, 2013, 06:12:52 am »
I like both of those!

Talk Zone / Re: Norris to be in high demand?
« on: June 18, 2013, 02:55:58 pm »
I'm pretty sure Profar is untouchable.  A more realistic yet still highly unprobable deal would be Norris for Jackie Bradley Jr.

All this trade talk...Where's Toddthebod when you need him?  Oh wait, rumor has it he showed up for a cup of coffee at the Bus Ride the other day.

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: Tri-City ValleyCats - 2013
« on: June 18, 2013, 02:51:59 pm »
Plus Gregor had 2 hits and a walk.  Gonna have to come up with a collective nickname for the two Vandy kids.

Beer and Queso / Re: Happy birthday mister.
« on: June 17, 2013, 01:35:09 pm »
As Phil Robertson would say, "Happy, Happy, Happy Birthday!"

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: 2013 Draftees and Status
« on: June 12, 2013, 07:02:21 pm »
Nice.  I only saw one AB in the game against Louisville, but he battled a tough lefty and still made solid contact. It was impressive. Now that I think of it, he must not be switch hitter and just bat left while throwing right.

It will be interesting to see if he signed below slot.


He seems like a good kid.

My friend says he's a great kid.  Says he's extremely competitive between the lines and respectful, level-headed outside them. 

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Kent Emanuel (3rd rounder) Interview
« on: June 11, 2013, 12:32:42 pm »
My friend is a Sports Editor for one of the small local papers here in town and covered Emanuel during his HS years.  He interviewed Emanuel shortly after getting drafted.  You can read the interview here:

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: 2013 Draftees and Status
« on: June 10, 2013, 10:38:35 am »
Fantastic job OSF!

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: 2013 Draftees and Status
« on: June 07, 2013, 06:18:53 pm »
Damn. Wanted to find out what his favorite milkshake is from Cookout.


The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: 2013 Draftees and Status
« on: June 07, 2013, 06:08:41 pm »
What can he tell us about fellow Astro draftee Brian Holberton?

I actually asked to ask about holberton as well. Thanks.

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: 2013 Draftees and Status
« on: June 07, 2013, 06:07:25 pm »
What does he feel is his best pitch?
What pitch does he feel has the most room for improvement?
What past/present MLB pitcher does he model his game after (if any)?
Did he know the Astros were going to take him? Had they spoken a lot?

I passed them on. Thanks.

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: 2013 Draftees and Status
« on: June 07, 2013, 05:42:57 pm »
My good friend is the sports editor for a small paper here in town and covered Kent Emanuel during his HS career. He had this to say about him:  Probably a middle of the rotation guy but is polished and should move through the minors quickly. He thinks Astros will shut him down after college season as he's already pitched 120 innings heading into Super Regional this weekend. He says his stuff is not electric but he knows how to pitch and commands well to both sides of the plate. Led ACC in Ks looking all three seasons at UNC. Also has one of the best pickoff moves he's ever seen.

He's going to interview him in about thirty minutes. Any questions you all would like me to pass on?  Need to hurry if you got any. Regardless, I'll post his interview when it becomes available.

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: 2013 Draftees and Status
« on: June 07, 2013, 01:06:59 pm »
Wow, really thought we would have taken Cavan Biggio by now.  That would have seemingly been a value pick there.  Do they really want him on another team?

Well, it might not matter what the Astros want.  For all we know, Craig may have asked the organization to stay away from him.  I remember reading an article a year or two ago where Mike Matheny specifically asked the Cardinals not to draft his son.  IIRC, he felt if the Cardinals took him that it would put more pressure on this kid and potentially lead to him to possibly having to deal with ridicule that he was only drafted because he was Matheny's son....starting because he's Matheny's son....promoted because..., etc., etc.  

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: Quad Cities - 2013
« on: May 29, 2013, 09:23:35 am »
The announcer originally wasn't sure that it had the distance off the bat....thought he, uhmmm it, was too high.

Talk Zone / Re: Altuve dumps Boras
« on: May 21, 2013, 04:18:22 pm »
2 is way, way, way in front of 1 or 3.

How this can be accomplished with the product they'd currently be trying to sell.  It's not like they have Big Tom Callahan on the payroll.

Talk Zone / Re: Grantland: The Art of Pitch Framing
« on: May 15, 2013, 05:44:09 pm »
How did Ausmus stack up in terms of "framing"?

Talk Zone / Re: Grantland: The Art of Pitch Framing
« on: May 15, 2013, 03:11:37 pm »
Great article.  Thanks for sharing.

Talk Zone / Re: Question about today's game
« on: May 09, 2013, 07:25:11 am »
I like the idea of giving Bedard another shot.  He's still throwing in the low 90's (fantastic for a lefty) and other than control still seems to have pretty good stuff.  If he could turn things around with his command he'd be the perfect FAgent signing turned prospect in another month and a half, two months.

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: Corpus Christi - 2013
« on: May 02, 2013, 06:59:07 am »
That's a shockingly brief time in AA though, no? For someone I presume is more than filler.

He will be eligible for the Rule 5 draft next year so maybe their pushing a bit to see what they have and whether or not he's worth protecting.

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: Lancaster - 2013
« on: April 17, 2013, 11:06:18 am »
Trying to avoid the Carlos Hernandez injury?

Thanks for reminding me of that...ugh, that hurts.  Kid really looked like he was going to be something special but was never the same after that injury.

Talk Zone / Re: Trade
« on: April 05, 2013, 08:13:03 am »
including his win on Oct. 2 vs. TEX, in the second to last game of the regular season.

I watched the extended highlights of his start in this game.  Looks like his fastball sits at 92mph, change at 83mph and then he showed a decent enough hook.  He got pounded this spring but so long as he's not hurt, seems like a pretty good move.

Talk Zone / Re: Well, shucks.
« on: April 04, 2013, 08:05:02 am »
  And then the A's.

Man, I don't want to beat a dead horse, but this league change is going to take some getting used to...

Talk Zone / Re: The Return of Orange Whoopass
« on: March 27, 2013, 09:38:10 am »
B-E-A-Utiful!  Nice job guys!

Game Zone 2013 Archive / Re: Spring Training 2013 Edition
« on: March 22, 2013, 05:44:40 pm »
Bud went 6 scoreless.

Dude has always had Card's number.

Game Zone 2013 Archive / Re: Spring Training 2013 Edition
« on: March 22, 2013, 07:34:45 am »
Neither here nor there, but there are 12 of us from Portland headed up to the Mariner home opener in Seattle on 4/8 against the Astros.  Surprisingly, there are 3 Astros fans to 4 Mariners fans (as well as 3 Diamondback fans, a Cub fan, and another I'm nor sure who his team is). Like I said, neither here nor there...

Now that's what I'm talking about!

Talk Zone / Re: Well, Bill James is on board
« on: March 21, 2013, 04:22:07 pm »

Michael Bourn is the only transaction I have any regrets about - and that's because we should have gotten better for him.

Agreed.  At least they balanced that out a bit by fleecing the Phils on the Pence deal.  Seems to me those deals should've been reversed based on the value of each player.

Game Zone 2013 Archive / Re: Spring Training 2013 Edition
« on: March 21, 2013, 04:19:41 pm »
The Good Guys face Justin Verlander tonight.

Yeah, two weeks ago I said "F-it" and sent out an email asking all my buddies who wanted to make a spur of the moment 4 day trip to FL for ST.  I was going to head out early this morning and make this the first game of the trip.  I got zero takers.  To be honest, it's all probably for the best (funds, family, etc.), but good friends and I are getting old.  F-ing George Carlen and his idea that we should all start out life as an elder and finish as a baby.  It's times like this that I think about that bit of his.  I'm quite envious of those that are down there enjoying the rays, beer and baseball.

Talk Zone / Re: More roster trimming
« on: March 20, 2013, 01:51:31 pm »
Trading Lowrie and even Wilton I understood......I think with Harrell and Norris it's a bit different situation.

Exactly.  I think Luhnow was actively "shopping" Lowrie and Wilton.  In the case of Harrell and Norris I think he's more or less just listening.  

BTW, how many more years of control do the Stros have on Norris?  I didn't think it was for much more than this season and maybe next season.

Talk Zone / Re: More roster trimming
« on: March 20, 2013, 12:23:55 pm »
My probably-not-worth-typing internet-GM opinion:
I think Harrell is going to have an even better year than last. I would be sad to see him go. He's a great competitor, has filthy movement on his sinker, is still fairly young, and cheap. Why trade him now?

Norris, to me, ought to be used as closer to try to salvage some real value. I think he might excel there. Again, why trade him now?

Your argument above definitely holds water in terms of each player's value but if Luhnow can find a deal that he believes brings back more long term value then why not trade one or both of them?  The Coards have one of the best farm systems in baseball.  They might be willing to overpay.

Talk Zone / Re: Jim Crane, master of public relations
« on: March 15, 2013, 11:45:44 am »
Most of the other Owners out there are thinking the same thing...just not saying it.  Don't get me wrong, I don't know why you'd say that, but at the very least he's being honest.

I really don't give a shit what he says as long as he and his staff build a winner.  If the team eventually off loads talent instead of raising payroll (as alluded to by Limey) then I'll give a shit.

Talk Zone / Re: Spikes n Stars Fantasy Baseball League
« on: February 28, 2013, 07:42:06 am »
Spikes n Stars Fantasy Baseball League? Is there one?

BTW, the league is:  "Mihoba's SnS War Fantasy Baseball League".  Named after the founder.

Talk Zone / Re: Spikes n Stars Fantasy Baseball League
« on: February 28, 2013, 07:23:17 am »
How many are playing? Can I participate?

I will PM you about it.  There is an opening and I'll give you first dibs but you need to make a decision quickly.

Game Zone 2013 Archive / Re: Spring Training 2013 Edition
« on: February 27, 2013, 11:04:42 am »
For a guy that used to attend ST every year, reading this thread is a killer.  I want to be there so badly.  Sun, baseball, beer...ugh.

Talk Zone / Re: Spring Training Trip
« on: January 28, 2013, 10:26:09 am »
last time i went, the practices were closed and you had to be on a list to get inside.

It has been 3 years or so since I went but unless something has changed, practices were always open to the public on days in which the team was set to go on the road.  If the team is set for a home game then the practice was closed.  In short, I always went to all the home games and then spent my time at the practices on the days the team was to play away.  If you or your kids like autographs then I suggest you try and get them at the practices and go to the park to simply enjoy the game.

Also, I really, really enjoyed the practices.  If you go late enough in the month they may even be scrimmaging against other minor league clubs as they try and sort out who will be stationed where in the minors.

Talk Zone / Re: Larry Wayne's successor?!?
« on: January 25, 2013, 09:21:19 am »
And you guys thought CJ couldn't Francisco some time.  It ain't pretty.

Astros to host Rangers in MLB's exclusive season opener.

The Houston Astros historic debut in the American League vs. the Texas Rangers at Minute Maid Park will be showcased before a national television audience on Sunday, March 31 on ESPN’s exclusive Sunday night telecast.

Reading this gave me an upset stomach.  I'm aware of the move of course, but this brings me one step closer to reaility.  I've been in a state of denial the entire offseason.

Talk Zone / Re: Wilton Lopez to Philly
« on: December 05, 2012, 03:16:27 pm »
I watched an interview with Luhnow in which he smiled and kind of had a gleam in his eye when asked about Gillingham, as if to say, "We stole him."

Talk Zone / Re: Wilton Lopez to Philly
« on: November 28, 2012, 03:11:22 pm »
Not sure I understand the thinking here. Lopez is a very good at his job, cheap, and under club control for quite a while, I believe. That's the sort of player the Astros should be acquiring, not sending away. Shouldn't it matter if the club gets good value in return, or is the team reduced to being entertaining only insofar as it keeps introducing us to new players?

I went a little overboard with my comments.  Yes, is should matter if the club gets good value in return.  If they don't then it was a bad deal.  I guess I'm assuming Luhnow will make a good deal.

Talk Zone / Re: Wilton Lopez to Philly
« on: November 28, 2012, 03:02:34 pm »
Crazy talk, IMO.  We now aspire to be Pirates fans?

Why?  This team won't sniff .500 for at least another season or two.  I've accepted that and am ok with that so long as the club continues to try and improve its future.  The Astros will only be the Pirates when they start sniffing .500 and then decide to start trading stars like Singleton, etc. after their first year of arbitration instead of paying them and adding more talent to a youthful core via FAgency.  Am I wrong to think that the team won't be competitive until players like Springer and Singleton start making thier way to the big leagues?

Talk Zone / Re: Wilton Lopez to Philly
« on: November 28, 2012, 01:20:28 pm »
But can he tell us when Mack will "resign"?

I don't even know who the Astros received in the trade and I'm fine with the deal.  I'll have more fun following the player(s) the team receives than watching Lopez pitch in the few meaningful games the big club will play in next year.

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: BP Top 10
« on: November 28, 2012, 12:57:34 pm »
I was surprised to see Correa over Singleton in the "Best Power Hitter" category.  I know that power will be a good part of Correa's game, but I haven't seen him with a higher present/future power rating than Singleton.  Better power relative to position, yes.  I wonder if this is raw power or what shows up in games, current power, future power, etc.  Considering Singleton hit 21 homeruns as a 20-year old in AA and is still learning to tap into his power, I see that as a pretty big compliment to Correa.

Take this for what it's worth...but was talking to a high school kid that plays travel ball.  Last summer he went to Florida to play in some tournaments and got to play over at Osceola Stadium.  He said he got to meet Correa.  He said he got to see him taking batting practice one day.  He was hitting line drives, etc.  Apparently the coaches where working with him, made a few adjustments, next thing you know he said Correa was hitting moon shots one after another.  He said he was amazed with the power as many of the homers were way, way gone.  I know...story from a kid I barely know...batting practice... but when I saw your post I figured it couldn't hurt to throw it out there.  

Talk Zone / Re: RIP Pascual Perez
« on: November 02, 2012, 02:22:50 pm »
I will always remember him for the occassional eephus pitch.

Talk Zone / Re: Astros claim Lin
« on: October 31, 2012, 11:53:44 am »
Didn't the Astros have another guy that fit this description in the organization a couple of years ago?

Yordany Ramirez?  At one time he had made the switch to pitcher within the organization.  Not sure if he's still around or not.

Talk Zone / Re: Strasburg and the "innings limit"
« on: August 27, 2012, 11:22:55 am »
Admittedly, I've only read the last page worth of posts on this, but it sounds as though they're basing this decision on a sample size of two (Johnson and Wood)?  On one hand I give them credit for sticking to their plans amongst the obvious pressure to do otherwise, but on the otherhand it sure seems like baseball is watered down this year in terms of the talent level of any one team, save maybe the Rangers.  The NL in particular seems more wide open than it's ever been.  If there was ever a time to gamble...

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: Cavan Biggio video
« on: August 14, 2012, 10:58:45 am »
My pipe dream hope for him ending up in an Astros uni is that his dad insists he go to college, signing bonuses be damned.  It's not like he'll be hurting for money for the next three-four years anyway.

I don't know...that's a lot of pressure to put on a kid. 

Talk Zone / Re: Bravo, Mr. Luhnow.
« on: August 03, 2012, 12:50:53 pm »
Carlos vs. Luke?  Carlos as a LF?  Why are we going in either direction?  Niether matters.  Let's whack the hijackers of this thread and get it back on point:

Bravo, Mr. Luhnow!

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: Updated top 20 prospect list
« on: July 23, 2012, 03:57:14 pm »

...other than it being something to talk about? 

I think you hit the nail on the head.  What else do we really have to talk about?

Talk Zone / Re: Myers to the White Sox
« on: July 23, 2012, 07:45:14 am »
Would being on the DL keep a minor leaguer from being named, though? Schafer was on the DL at the time of the Bourn trade.

I think it depends on the deal.  It was a while back, but I remember reading an article that discussed PlayersTBNL.  One of the uses for such was with guys that were injured.  Sometimes part of the deal is an alloted amount of time to get to see said player come off the DL (or not) and play prior to making your decision.  Assuming you decide against that player there would a short list of others players that you could plug into the deal in that players place.

Talk Zone / Re: Trade w/Jays
« on: July 20, 2012, 02:24:07 pm »
I go to the chronicle to read about this and see an article entitled "In Luhnow we trust." Anyways, it's Chip Bailey and he is a typical Chron lightweight, and due to the title and author, I expect nothing but the prevailing "what a great trade" blather spouted many moons before anyone can rightly proclaim that. 

He didn't focus on that too much, but he did write something which is kind of in the background of this trade and kind of bothers me.  He said that Happ was not part of the "plan." I also assume Wandy is not and it got me wondering "what the fuck is the plan?"

Is it to trade established arms, so we can run out questionable arms for the foreseeable future?  Is it to become the lowest payroll in MLB just for the hell of it, to embrace the small market mentality, or to pay off Crane's debt?  When is it time to build, rather than just tear down?

Calm down…have some dip.  Maybe I’m flying solo, but I don’t expect the Astros to be relevant for another 2-3 years if that.  I’ve accepted it and embrace the fact that the organization is no longer on the fence.

Talk Zone / Re: Trade w/Jays
« on: July 20, 2012, 01:24:06 pm »
I found the following to be interesting (from Baseball America):  The Astros have ample time to develop their new acquisitions also because only Perez, a 21-year-old Venezuelan, must be added to the 40-man roster this November to shield him from the Rule 5 draft.


Talk Zone / Re: Trade w/Jays
« on: July 20, 2012, 12:45:32 pm »
There are quite a few teams that could use bullpen help.  I don't know why Cordero couldn't be flipped to one of them.

Talk Zone / Re: Carlos to Miami?
« on: July 05, 2012, 01:00:14 pm »
I don't remember being pissed about it, but I do recall being very concerned that we'd overspent for a player like Lee for too long a period of time and that it would come back to bite us, which happened.

I tend to believe that it was understood by all parties that the last couple years of Lee's contract were going to hurt.  I think a conscious decision was made that his production in years 1-3 might very well put the club over the top, and that was worth whatever they'd be stuck with on the flipside.  

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: 2012 draft
« on: May 22, 2012, 12:30:13 pm »
You never know.  Goldstein was commenting on a previous "good" outing where Appel had a bunch of Ks, but thought he just looked pretty good, but not close to "wow" good.  This is the first pick in the draft; he should "wow" people. 

I remember when Jared Weaver was discussed at draft time and they mentioned things like:  He's solid but not spectacular.  He'll be a quality #3 but that's it. Etc., Etc.

I don't know about the rest of you, but Weaver looks like he's turned into an ace to me.

Talk Zone / Re: Depressing
« on: May 01, 2012, 07:18:15 am »
It appears that you may be able to buy your very own piece of Dome memorabilia.  (H/T Astros County: LINK)

Crazy.  Before I got to your post I was thinking, "I'm fine with demolishing it, but grab a couple seats for me before you do it."

Talk Zone / Re: Anyone excited to see Strasburg vs the Astros tonight?
« on: April 16, 2012, 02:30:07 pm »
I promise you, Top Gear will be much more entertaining.

I'll preface this by stating I've only been able to watch about half the games this year.  That said, I've really enjoyed watching the team. 

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: Positional Analysis - Catcher
« on: February 14, 2012, 02:53:33 pm »
Outstanding write up.  Thanks.

Talk Zone / Re: according to a tweet from footer
« on: January 31, 2012, 09:17:28 am »
Great news.  That was really going to bother me.

Talk Zone / Re: Reliever traded?
« on: December 14, 2011, 02:53:50 pm »
Having not watched him nor knowing anything about his health last season, his splits for 2011 are not good.  He started hot, like he was in 2010... the last 5 months were a downward spiral into a utility role type role. 

Yeah, but it was an injury that kicked off the downward spiral...if memory serves me well.  I'm thinking he's still a player with some upside if he can shake the injury bug.  I'm definitely in the glass half full camp.

Talk Zone / Re: Luhnow is the Astros new GM
« on: December 09, 2011, 08:29:51 am »

Talk Zone / Re: Rule 5 Draft
« on: December 09, 2011, 08:28:59 am »
I sort of worry about that philosophy.  Polished, role players are great when you can stick them on a roster with Pujols.  When you can't, no one knows who the fuck they are, and they aren't valuable at all.  Drafting is about getting superstars; role players can be obtained elsewhere.

What do you mean by, "no one knows who they are"?  Are you saying players are evaluated differently by GMs, scouts, etc. if they play on a good team?

I assume the goal is to acquire as much talent as possible.  High upside guys are great but I would have to assume the odds that they pan out are low in terms of Rule V eligible players.  Remember that polished role players at the MLB level can later be traded too, and hopefully for prospects with higher ceilings.  I would think a switch hitting SS that hits for a reasonable average and plays better than average defense might qualify in that regard.  This is merely speculation on my part.  For those with more knowledge, am I completely out to lunch?

Talk Zone / Re: Luhnow is the Astros new GM
« on: December 09, 2011, 08:12:54 am »
My brain reads Lithgow.

I'm going to take this hiring has good news.  Partly because I believe it, but mostly because I want to believe it.  I've been in the dumps about the team for awhile now.  Please someone...anyone...tell me this was a good hire.  Hell, lie to me if you have to.  I don't care.

Talk Zone / Re: 2012 SS & 3B
« on: November 21, 2011, 12:04:08 pm »

There is also a reveal in here regarding his thinking about Spring Training sites and it ain't Arizona.

This would be the worst option of all, at least for me.  What shoe is going to drop next?  The next few years is going to be tough to stomach.

Talk Zone / Re: Thanks, Waldo
« on: November 01, 2011, 11:40:55 am »
Thank you all that keep this site running.


Talk Zone / Re: Schafer arrested
« on: October 04, 2011, 06:11:29 pm »
You guys aren't realizing that this is the perfect chance to christen him with a nickname. 


Talk Zone / Re: AL MVP beef
« on: September 15, 2011, 04:44:56 pm »
That Ellsbury kid isn't too shabby either.  Just say'n.

Talk Zone / Re: If Crane can't get the Friedman/Hun
« on: August 18, 2011, 02:38:04 pm »
It's not like McLane can just call up the Phils and Braves and be like, "My bad.  I still want to play like a champion today" anyway.  The course is set for the next several years.

Right.  Obviously the team is going to be in a tough spot for a few years.  The point I was trying to get accross was that I'd think that McLain would raise the payroll again when the time came around that it again made sense to do so (i.e. adding proven vets to a more developed young nucleaus of players).

Talk Zone / Re: If Crane can't get the Friedman/Hun
« on: August 18, 2011, 10:22:20 am »
Hey, if Crane gets shot down, I'm not sure it would hurt my feelings much.  There's certainly the possibility that McLane might change the way he runs the ball club but I'd bet against it.

Talk Zone / Re: Waiver News?
« on: August 11, 2011, 08:29:49 am »
Which NL contenders need a starter right now?

ARZ for one.  Look what Marquis did the other night.

ATL is another.  Jurrjens is hurt, Hanson is pitching like he's hurt and Lowe...well, he's just plain terrible.  I'm just not sure if they can afford his contract (not saying it is a bad contract, just saying).

MIL?  After taking the first two out of three from STL they now have a pretty decent lead (5 games).  They have a good rotation with Greinke, Gallardo, Marcum & Wolf.  I don't know who they're 5th is, but I'm thinking he can't be that good.  Would MIL be interested or do you think from MIL's perspective they are set?

Talk Zone / Re: Man, this is fun.
« on: August 04, 2011, 02:07:36 pm »
I've said this a few times so I'll leave it alone after this, but wait till you get to see Schafer play.  He's not just a throw in.  He's a major league CF with + speed and arm.  He's no Michael Bourn out there, but he's pretty damn good.

Talk Zone / Man, this is fun.
« on: August 04, 2011, 07:42:05 am »
Is anyone else reenergized to watch this team?  It's far from a pennant race, but I can't wait for the game to start every night.  Watching all the youngsters is quite refreshing and plenty entertaining.

Talk Zone / Re: Bourn the next to go?!?
« on: August 01, 2011, 02:37:33 pm »
There's been a lot written here about the entertainment factor, and that we lost alot of that when we traded Bourn.  I'm not going to disagree but I'm way more excited to watch the team now then at any time in the last month minimum.  It's been obvious for awhile now that this team was going nowhere.  Winning is instant entertainment but when it's not a part of the ingrediants I can think of nothing worse than watching the same ball players being trotted out there night after night, hanging "L" after "L" in the win/loss column, and all the while knowing there's no real end to it.

I'm more fired up now than ever to watch the games.  Hell, I'll even be recording them when I can't watch them live, which I haven't done all season.  Why?  Because I want to see what this Martinez kid is all about.  Same with Altuve and Paredes.  And Schafer?  Heck yeah!  This kid is not just a damn throw in.  He can run and play an excellent CF and he's still only had a hand full of AB's in the big leagues.  I'm not sure Bourn brought much more with him when he came over from PHI.

Anyhow, I'm ready to root these kids on and see what happens next.

Talk Zone / Re: Bourn the next to go?!?
« on: July 31, 2011, 10:40:29 am »
His recent minor league stats do not exactly inspire confidence. Also, wasn't he popped for PEDs a few years back?

He did get hit with a 50 game PED suspension a few years back.  Can't remember for sure but think it was steriods.  

As far as the minor league what?  He's been banged up but was having what I thought was a pretty good year for ATL considering he's basically a rookie, and oh yeah, he's was asked to bat leadoff for a team in playoff contention and produce.  That's pressure.  Bourn batted .229 with a .288 OBP in his first full year in HOU.  

I'm actually happy they got him and was hoping for him in a Bourn deal all along.  All I can tell you is enjoy the defense in CF while you wait on his hopeful maturation at the plate.  

Talk Zone / Re: Bourn the next to go?!?
« on: July 31, 2011, 10:26:27 am »
Do you know much about the pitchers?

No, but I'll ask around.

Talk Zone / Re: Bourn the next to go?!?
« on: July 31, 2011, 09:13:36 am »
Stark via MLBTR: None of the three pitchers are top 50 prospects, but they did rank ninth, 26th, and 27th respectively for the Braves on Baseball America's preseason rankings.

Fuck. That's my initial impression.

Don't discount Schafer.  He's not Bourn's equal of course, but he's pretty fast in his own right and is a damn good defensive CF.  I'm happy the got him.  Just like to took Bourn a few years to get it at the plate Schafer could pan out there as well.  He's actually got a lot of upside at the plate and has some pop.  I think you guys will like what you see when he gets on the field.

Talk Zone / Re: Where will Wandy go?
« on: July 30, 2011, 10:43:55 am »
Not a word and yet others such as Jason Marquis is listed as one of the best available SPs list by Tim kurkgin (sp?).  Wandy's name no where to be found. I don't get it.

Talk Zone / Re: Pence to Atlanta?
« on: July 29, 2011, 04:07:34 pm »
If they traded Carlos, who would play first against lefties?

Who cares?

Talk Zone / Re: Pence to Atlanta?
« on: July 29, 2011, 01:04:29 pm »
And now Rosenthal says that Wade's trying to deal Bourn, Wandy, and Myers is getting in the way of making the Pence deal.

Damnit.  This is what I didn't want to happen.  I'm going to be on edge until a deal is made.  Ugh.

Talk Zone / Re: Pence to Atlanta?
« on: July 29, 2011, 11:07:55 am »!/Joelsherman1/status/96969998739841026

Sherman says Astros prefer Braves prospects (duh) but braves won't give up Minor.

I would hate to see Minor as the centerpiece of any deal the Astros make.  The kid has all the tools but I'm just not sure he has it between the ears.  He's been all over the place every time they bring him up.  Braves obviously disagree.

Talk Zone / Re: Pence to Atlanta?
« on: July 29, 2011, 11:05:17 am »
I agree, he seems like a perfect fit for Atlanta in that he manufactures runs.  Are they still trotting out McLouth?  If so, they definitely could use Bourn.

Yeah, a mixture of McLouth and Schaffer in CF, flanked by Heyward in RF (who's slumping mightly) and whoever the pick of the day is in LF.  They'd love for Prado to play LF fulltime but with Chipper being well, Chipper, that's never going to happen.

I wonder, just wonder, would any of you be high on a deal that involved Heyward coming over the Houston?  He's slumping, but he had shoulder problems a month or so ago.  Personally, I think he's hurt and just playing for the team at this point.  If I'm right, he could well be the best player out of anyone discussed in trades to this point.  Not saying the Braves would part with him, but if they want to hang on to most of thier pitching...

Talk Zone / Re: Pence to Atlanta?
« on: July 29, 2011, 10:41:34 am »
I don't think Bourn would fetch any of the Braves best pitching prospects.

I've heard the same around here on the radio waves and with some of my good friends who are unfortunately Braves fans.  WTF?  I just don't get it.  The Braves have terrific pitching, rotation all the way through to setup and then closer.  They don't have to out slug anyone, and I mean anyone.  I don't give a shit if you're talking about the Phils or not.  You'd think Bourn would be a perfect fit to defend and help you scratch out a win in what will certainly be a bunch of one run games down the stretch.

Talk Zone / Re: Pence to Atlanta?
« on: July 29, 2011, 09:08:11 am »
I read Cosart, Brown, plus a player.  If it's Brwon, Cosart, and Singleton, you fax that sonofabitch to the league offices RIGHT NOW.

Yep, now they revised it to say Brown in place of Singleton with Cosart and another player.  Damn.  Sorry about that.

ETA:  Nope, I just plain misread it.  Again, sorry about that.

Talk Zone / Re: Pence to Atlanta?
« on: July 29, 2011, 08:56:20 am »
Heyman saying the sense is that if Brown was sub'd for the third player currently being offered by PHI, along with Cosart and Singleton, that it would seal the deal.  Now that's what I'm talking about!

Talk Zone / Re: Pence to Atlanta?
« on: July 29, 2011, 08:47:07 am »
According to McTaggart:

This is the first I've heard about Worley.

a week or so ago someone said that Worley was the player they wanted to center any deal around involving an added bat.  I've seen the kid pitch once and he was on in this game.  He threw in the low 90's with an average breaking ball and an excellent change up that he used often.  It was only one game, but he seemed to have damn good control of all pitches.  Judging by the numbers I'm assuming he's kept this up.

Talk Zone / Re: Pence to Atlanta?
« on: July 29, 2011, 08:34:42 am »
I just hope they hurry up and get a deal done with Pence so they can put it behind them and still have time to maximize Wandy and other's value.  I know a Pence deal is the most important to get right but with the state of the system the way it is...they're all damn important.

Talk Zone / Re: Pence to Atlanta?
« on: July 28, 2011, 03:24:27 pm »
Would be much better if we just had to wait to read in the paper 8/1.

Heck with that.  I absolutely love the last 48 hours before the deadline. 

Talk Zone / Re: Pence to Atlanta?
« on: July 28, 2011, 01:13:12 pm »
I'm really worried he not going to get dealt (no info, just gut).  It tooks years to finally convince Drayton to rebuild.  It's going to piss me off if Drayton holds the team back from going on in on this venture.

Talk Zone / Re: Pence to Atlanta?
« on: July 27, 2011, 01:15:36 pm »
Even more fun is that the Giants and Phillies are in the middle of a 3 game set.  If Beltran can be there for the game tomorrow (maybe tonight?) the Phillies can get a brief look at how much better the Giants are with him.  They play again after the deadline.  Might help push the Phillies to make a deal for hitting?

We can only hope.  BTW, the Braves also have a blackhole at SS.  Gonzalez is or used to be (somebody more knowlegable than thou can state their case) one of the top defensive SS's in the game.  I don't know how Barmes stacks up defensively, but I do think he could help then on the offensive side of the ball.  Whether the trade off is a plus I don't know, but I was thinking a Pence/Barmes combo might be a good match.  With Chipper in the lineup being the exception rather than the rule they need as many offensive pieces as they can get, and guys that can play multiple positions would IMO be a nice plus.  This is why I was surprised when ATL didn't go a little harder after Kepp.  They have Prado who can do the same very effectively, but the Braves OF is a train wreck and my guess is that they'd rather have him out there if at all possible.

Talk Zone / Re: Pence to Atlanta?
« on: July 27, 2011, 12:53:58 pm »
Looks like Beltran to the Giants.  With him off the market and Rasmus going to the Jays, I wonder how much the interest in Pence will increase?

Braves lost McCann for at least 15 days (oblique).  Braves weren't getting enough offense when he was in the lineup.  They have to make a deal.  At this point, Upton is the only other option reportably on the market that compares.  Am I missing anyone? 

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: Corpus Christi - 2011
« on: July 26, 2011, 10:17:40 am »
Unfortunately, the Frisco announcer wasn't great about announcing the opposing pitcher changes & I missed this...

I don't have the time to follow every game but from what I can tell on my limited check-ins Villar seems to have figured things out.  Then again, maybe it's just a coincidence that he has good games when I check in?

Talk Zone / Re: Pence to Atlanta?
« on: July 21, 2011, 08:20:52 am »
I heard that on the radio this morning.  No, it wasn't a sports talk show.  And saw it here.  Anyone heard anything else?

Atlanta talk radio (and it's actually a guy who's opinion I value) host says rumor has the Braves are working hard to acquire a bat and he doesn't think Jonny Gomes fits the bill.  There definitely could be something to it.  I keep telling my friends here that Bourn would be the much better play (fits the pitching defense model to a tee and w/ him at the top of the lineup would increase their chances of winning 1 run games by a lot) for their team but in comparison to Pence they are not enthused.  Hilarious!

In all seriousness, if Pence does go to ATL, and if the plan is to eventually deal Bourn, I think getting Jordan Schafer back as a piece in the Pence deal would be good.  He's still a lost at the plate but he's improved this year and is a + defender in CF.  He may not be Bourn, but  he's pretty damn good and could play now.  Do we have anyone at AAA/AA capable of playing a legit CF now?

Talk Zone / Re: I Like Hunter Pence
« on: May 12, 2011, 07:06:52 am »
I really don't have a problem with Pence.  I just know this team would probably be better served trading him for a piece or two that will help the team over the next 2-3 seasons and beyond.  Whatever the organization can do to speed up the rebuilding process.  This is why I asked the question about new ownership.

Talk Zone / Re: Jim Crane trying to buy Astros again
« on: May 11, 2011, 05:15:40 pm »
I'm sure it's been mentioned elsewhere around here so apologize up front for the question.  Works kept me away recently so I'm behind.  Would a change in ownership also bring a change in the club's postion regarding Pence and his future with the team?

Talk Zone / Re: More Bagwell
« on: April 19, 2011, 02:05:52 pm »
It may be a joke

Or a more like a game.  How many times can he work a name with a "y" into the telecast?

Talk Zone / Re: greetings from AZ
« on: March 15, 2011, 08:56:40 am »
Going to see Belisle pitch against FTC today.

I'm awfully jealous.  This is the first year I haven't made it to ST in years.  Enjoy.

Talk Zone / Re: Castro torn meniscus
« on: March 08, 2011, 10:13:49 am »
I wondered the same thing and I snooped around a little bit, just enough to see that yes, it has happened and isn't unheard of. I remember there was a big name catcher who did it, but damned if I can remember who right now.

I think the youngster for CLE (Santana?) blew out his knee towards the end of last season.  I don't know if it was the ACL or what but it would be interesting to see where he's at in his recovery.

The Bus Ride Discussion Forum / Re: BA Top 100
« on: February 23, 2011, 12:00:41 pm »
In addition, I watched MLB Channel's "Top 50 Prospects" and John Hart when on and on about how much he liked Lyles.  He said that none of his pitches will make a scout say "Wow", but that his entire body of work (from ability to work ethic to understanding of the game at such a young age) as a player makes him a player with big upside. 

Talk Zone / Re: Astros Spring Training change?
« on: February 22, 2011, 09:45:07 am »
should have gone to Surprise, AZ with the Rangers when they had the opportunity. stupid to stay in Florida.

I'm biased because I live in Atlanta.  If they move to AZ it will be next to impossible for me to take the entire family. 

Talk Zone / Re: Astros Spring Training change?
« on: February 22, 2011, 06:46:43 am »
Sad.  I love Osceola Stadium.  It's a great place to catch a game.  At least they aren't looking at moving to AZ.  Now that would've pissed me off.

Beer and Queso / Anyone know Froback?
« on: February 21, 2011, 12:48:57 pm »
He's been in our SnS baseball league for years but I'm having trouble contacting him.  If someone knows him I'd love for you to ask him to PM or email me so he doesn't get left behind. Thanks in advance.

Talk Zone / Re: Actual interesting point from Jon Heyman
« on: February 02, 2011, 01:20:22 pm »
I'd be interested to see how the splits looked on some of our other pitchers...just to see if there was anything to it.

Talk Zone / Re: Berkman in STL Today
« on: January 27, 2011, 12:02:29 pm »
He did go to Stanford.

I thought he went to USC or Cal St.?  Lane too, right?

Talk Zone / Re: Berkman in STL Today
« on: January 27, 2011, 11:37:23 am »
Berkman was on for a couple of hours with John and Lance this morning.  I didn't catch nearly all of it, but I did catch:

- with the exception of free swingers (like Derek Bell), he feels "protection" in the lineup is a myth (i.e., Matt Holiday gets pitched the same whether he bats in front of Pooholes or behind him.)

Funny, I was listening to Ensberg last night on MLB Home via XM radio.  He was completly on the other side of the fence.  He said protection is big in baseball.  He said to watch the pitcher closely the next time you go to a game and see how many times he looks over at the on deck circle during an inning.  In particular this will happen if they go to a 1-1 count or worse.  In addition, he said pitchers will pitch aorund two batters if they have to, particlarly if they think they have a batter coming up that hits into a high percentage of double plays.

Talk Zone / Re: Lindstrom
« on: December 24, 2010, 09:57:50 am »
Return doesn't seem like much. Pretty standard salary dump by the looks of it.

I'm still holding out hope that they're trying to clear enough payroll to take on Webb.  Kepp would be next to go.

Talk Zone / Re: Mystery team?
« on: December 22, 2010, 03:03:38 pm »
Wandy is probably due about 6-7 million.  Kepp probably about 2 million.  Supposedly, the Astros are at or slightly over their wanted 2011 payroll.  One might assume taking on Webb would require more than just trading Kepp (unless it was just for cash).

Makes sense.  About the only other guy I could see Astros trading to cut salary would be Lindstrom, but I'm assuming he wouldn't be due to make much more than Kepp.  I'm also not sure he'd attract a ton of attention given his performance/injury problems he faced towards the end of last year.  Maybe Norris does fit into the bullpen under this scenario however. 

Talk Zone / Re: Mystery team?
« on: December 22, 2010, 01:14:32 pm »
Basically bring him in on a Brett Myer plan.  5 mil this year with a 3 million buyout on a mutual option 10 mil second year or something like that.  

Trade Wandy for a couple of prospects.  

I don't how much he'd clear in payroll, but how about trading Keppinger and keeping both Wandy and Webb.  Wandy can always be flipped at the deadline.  Myers, Wandy, Happ, Webb and Figueroa/Rowland-Smith isn't a bad rotation. 

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