Mid-May checkup on the Astros

Had an enjoyable astronomical weekend. Friday night, the International Space Station came overhead here in Sugar Land, and we watched it pass over. Not too exciting but a unique way to spend a few minutes. That was followed up by the blood-red lunar eclipse last night, which for once occurred at a fairly reasonable time between about 9:30 and 11 PM (If I said AM, this would be a bit problematic). Now that was quite interesting and a lot of fun to see.

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Astros’ Free Blog Weekend returns

Today we return to a long time favorite post established by the founder of the feast, as it were, Chip Bailey. It is called free blog weekend, and as it implies, it features the mental fancies of all our commenters here on the blog taking the conversation anywhere they wish to go.

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ChipalattAwards for April

April was a mediocre month for the Astros as they went 11-10. Their high point was a 4-1 record in the middle of the second series of the year with the D’Backs. Their low point was a 4 game losing streak that left them at 6-8 on the 23rd of April. Without being spectacular, their pitching was solid for the month (3.58 ERA), but their hitting was in the bottom third of the majors (.214 BA – 24th/ .290 OBP – 23rd/.660 OPS – 18th/ 80 runs – 21st).

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Stats will drive you crazy

It is probably a good idea to skip looking too deeply at stats this early season unless your HMO has really good coverage on developing ulcers. (I don’t even know if HMOs are a “thang” anymore – they were all the rage a decade or two ago). The point is that looking deeply at stats this early in the season, when a good or bad day can play 52 pickup with your perception of any one player, is like panning for fool’s gold.

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