Well, it’s been a busy week for us bloggers … though obviously not when it comes to blogging. Like our Astros, we need help. An infusion of talent perhaps. An ace in the bullpen to stop the hemorrhaging. A player to go on a hot streak.
Look no further. It’s time for a Free Blog Weekend, where your infusion of talent (to talk about whatever you like), your 95-MPH heater of a zinger and your hitting streak of comments will lift us all to … better conversation.
I’m not hopeful that this will help the Astros. Ah, well.
To get the comments flowing, here’s some topics that might spark your interest:
I know a lot of you miss Kike Hernandez, but as of this morning, he’s 0-7 since being shipped to Miami. He’s also whiffed three times, about triple his rate here in H-Town (I say, “here” like I’m in Houston). Jarred Cosart‘s lone outing was nothing to write home (League City) about either. Four earned runs, he didn’t last six innings. About what we’d come to expect from Cosart.
Meanwhile Jake Marisnick is hitting a whopping .130 as an Astro (rolls eyes) but his defense has been pretty awesome. Colin Moran is settling in nicely at Corpus with a .280 BA and 20 percent Ks. And our lottery ticket arm Francis Martes has pitched three innings, given up zero earned runs and picked up a loss. Yep, he’ll fit right in.
I know all this is early returns and a small sample size, but in the week since the deed was done, has anyone’s feeling on this deal changed?
A few weeks ago, a friend’s sister lit up a cigar at a party. While not a smoker, I love the taste of cigars, so when she offered I took a few puffs (with my wife and daughters giving me disapproving looks).
Luhnow has hinted that the Astros may be in the market for Cuban outfielder Rusney Castillo. He’s 27 years old, might need a bit of polishing in AAA before he hits the big time. From what little I’ve read on Castillo, he’s no Jose Abreu in the power department. Think more of an CF who is aggressive at the plate with a little power and decent average.
While we all like seeing Luhnow spend Crane’s money, do we want to see him lighting up this Cuban? Consider the rest of our outfield now and within the next couple of years. Is it worth spending $100 million for this older “prospect”?
Yes, the pen is so bad, it seems like a cuss word. Look, Josh Fields had a bad day. Unfortunately, it occurred on the same day Tony Sipp decided to have a bad day. Oh, and while we’re at it, Jose Altuve had a bad day (for him), Jonathan Singleton had a bad day (3 Ks) and I’m sure Bo Porter had a bad day as well.
The bullp**’s ERA is 5.04, more than a quarter of a run per game higher than the next worse (Rockies).
I don’t care if Mariano Rivera comes out of retirement, this bullp** is just going to stink for the foreseeable future.
We Just Can’t Have Nice Things!
When Jeff Foxworthy and his brother broke the Elvis crystal decanter, that’s what his mom yelled at her boys.
Well, it seems the one thing — ONE THING — for which I was holding out hope is broken. Robinson Cano (Boo!) can caught Altuve for the AL batting title. Yes, there’s a lot of season left. Yes, Altuve can still rally and bring his average up to .350, leaving Cano in the dust.
… But Will Anyone Watch
Every time I see an article about the TV deal, my eyes glaze over. Honestly, living in Minnesota and with an MLB subscription, it just doesn’t matter to me. But I know it matters to many of you.
Can someone please explain to me in 40 words or less if the latest developments are a good thing, a bad thing or just a thing that you won’t believe until you can click the remote and watch Altuve swing at the first pitch of every damned game.
Some Other Quick Topics
* Springer is rehabbing, but then he’s had a setback. Albers is on the mound somewhere. Jesse Crain was spotted wearing an Astros T-shirt on laundry day. Do you believe anything concerning injury updates from this front office?
* Luhnow said Chris Carter‘s name came up in trade talks, but they think he’ll be a .250, 35 HR potential MVP guy in the future, and they didn’t want to see him on another team. First, isn’t Luhnow’s bar a bit low on what an MVP looks like? Second, are you believing in this Carter renaissance? FYI, in 108 ABs since the start of this run (July 1) for Carter, he’s K’ed 32 times while raising his average to .225 and his OPS to .793. Are you a Carter believer?
* The Astros are 20th in OPS and 20th in runs scored (450). The defense is fifth in runs allowed (546) and fourth in earned runs allowed (501). That gives Houston a .4045 Pythagorean winning percentage. Based on that, Houston should have 46.52 wins to this point (and we do: 47). The Astros should get 65.53 wins total. That would be a real 14-15 game improvement, but in Pythagorean terms just a 7-8 game improvement. Has that been enough of an upswing? Does it mean something that we’re winning as many as we’re supposed to win?
What else is on your mind. Chip and I can’t do it all! Chime in and let us know what your thinking about this team, this organization, this TV deal (or lack thereof). After all, the weekend is yours … Free.