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Astros Opening Night: Live Blog!!!


Tonight will be your night to join in on a live blog for the Houston Astros opening night against the Cleveland Indians. The same rules as always apply: Post as much as you want, argue as much as you want, but please do so in a polite way. This blog is a family post and after a weekend full of family. The hope is that you treat the members here better than you do your own family….

Preview: Opening Night

The 2014 AL Cy Young winner was not King Felix Hernandez of the M’s (though there are good arguments for it being him). It was not new Washington National gazillionaire Max Scherzer, late of the Tigers, or Yankee Phillip Hughes or Red Sox/A’s Jon Lester or Rays/Tiger David Price.

So big kudos to you if you said it was the Astros’ opening night opponent Indian Corey Kluber (18-9 with a 2.44 ERA in 2014) who sounds like he should be the next boy band Justin Bieber wannabe… but with talent.

The pitching matchup between Kluber and Dallas Keuchel, who sounds like a North Texas deli sandwich is one of the best matchups on paper tonight when you consider Keuchel (12-9 with a 2.93 ERA) was also an AL top 10 starter last season. In 2014 Keuchel did not face Cleveland, but Kluber had a late season win (7 IP, 1 run) against the Astros.

On the offensive side, the Indians were right around league average in runs scored (4.13/game), BA (.253), OBP (.317) and OPS (.706) in 2014. They are hoping the pickup of All-Star Brandon Moss from the A’s (25 HR/81 RBI/.772 OPS) will give them a more solid middle of the lineup – teaming up with 1B rock superstar Carlos Santana (27/85/.792) and LF Michael Brantley (20/97/.890). They are also hoping that they get bounce back years from ex-Astro Michael Bourn and Jason Kipnis, who populate the top of the lineup more often than their .314 and .310 OBP would suggest they should.

We’ve talked the Astros to death.  Offensively they are hoping that Luis Valbuena + Evan Gattis + Colby Rasmus + Jed Lowrie makes up for losing Dexter Fowler and a whole lot more. They want their 3.88 runs/game to get above league average. However, Kluber may not be the right guy to help them with that quest.

So join in tonight and hopefully you can make this a memorable opening night for the Astros and for this blog.

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About Dan P

Dan Peschong is a full time engineer and a long time Astros lover from the days of Joe Morgan to the days of Jose Altuve.

102 comments on “Astros Opening Night: Live Blog!!!

  1. md57
    April 6, 2015

    1-2-3 inning, but solid contact against Kluber.

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    • Dan P
      April 6, 2015

      Yes but we would like somebody new next inning …

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  2. md57
    April 6, 2015

    At least according to the radio. Don’t have the TV.

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  3. Dan P
    April 6, 2015

    The Indians were poor last year against leftys

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  4. Tim
    April 6, 2015

    Nice job by Sipp.

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    • Dan P
      April 6, 2015

      Good pitcher and we got him for the same cost as Mc Hugh – nada

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  5. md57
    April 6, 2015

    Up next for Cleveland, a lefthander and then two righthanders. Whose our next reliever.

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    • Tim
      April 6, 2015

      I think it has to be Gregerson.

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    • Dan P
      April 6, 2015

      Gregerson is warming up but let’s get more runs now. Nice hit by JFSF

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      • Tim
        April 6, 2015

        That was Rasmus with the hit.

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      • Dan P
        April 6, 2015

        Yeah I looked up late and saw the long hair – my bad – but Jake got the run in

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    • Tim
      April 6, 2015

      They may leave Sipp in for the first batter.

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  6. Tim
    April 6, 2015

    Squeeze with Marisnick upcoming?

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  7. Dan P
    April 6, 2015

    Oh that was Rasmus – me bad – I was talking to my wife

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    • Dan P
      April 6, 2015

      Yes – needed that and did not need a K – good RBI

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  8. Tim
    April 6, 2015

    That was a quality AB by JFSF.

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  9. rj
    April 6, 2015

    thats the way to add on a run!!!!!!

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  10. Dan P
    April 6, 2015

    Gregerson starts the 9th

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  11. Tim
    April 6, 2015

    Astros win!

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  12. Dan P
    April 6, 2015

    Gregerson was icy – easy save!

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  13. Dan P
    April 6, 2015

    Excellent baseball game from the fundamental side. Great pitching, solid fielding and situational hitting. I’ll take 161 more played like that!

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  14. md57
    April 6, 2015

    Yyyyyeeeeeeeesssssssss! Gregerson faced the meat of their order and did his job. Great start of a hopefully great season.

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    • Dan P
      April 6, 2015

      He looked like he doesn’t care if it was the 9th

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  15. rj
    April 6, 2015

    dang good. now for some hoops

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  16. md57
    April 6, 2015

    First win. First shutout. And they beat the best pitcher in the AL.

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  17. Dan P
    April 6, 2015

    Yes the other roundball

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  18. md57
    April 6, 2015

    Dadgum shame they have an off day tomorrow. Can’t wait till Wednesday.

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    • Dan P
      April 6, 2015

      Anybody can explain why the season starts a week later than last year and they get an immediate off day?

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  19. Dan P
    April 6, 2015

    If you go back to the main page – Chip has started a follow up post.

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