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

  1. You will probably throw me off the blog Chip, but I was born in Wisconsin so I am pulling for the underdogs … or underBadgers in this case.

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  2. Thanks for hosting the live blog, Dan. I’ll have to record the game and watch it later, as i have a series of meetings about ready to start. So, until tomorrow, here is Mr. Bill’s opening day Astro blessing:

    May Chris Carter prove Mr. Bill horribly wrong 162 times in 2015.
    May a continuous string of Springer Dingers replace the fake oranges as the spheroid objects being hauled by the rail cars on the great locomtive above left field.
    May Dallas Keuchel put a ‘keuch’ in every opposing team’s offense bottle.
    May Jose Altuve improve flirt with Ted Williams numbers and earn the nickname Al-FOOOUUUURRRR-vey!
    May Luis Valbuena’s OBP exceed Dexter Fowler’s best by .25 points.
    May Luke Gregerson become the next great Astro Save-Eeyore.
    May Jason Castro regain that shimmering, shining, all-star glow.
    May JFSF make the world forget Willy Mays and start saying ” Say Jay!
    May Jed Lowrie keep his family fed and granny off the sauce [oops, I may be thinking about the wrong Jed].
    May Hank Conger get stronger and stronger, hit the ball longer and longer, and never, ever break a thumb or a fonger.
    May Wojo grow and grow and flow and flow in Stro’ Mojo.
    May Roberto Hernandez not blow. Please.
    May Mr. Rasmus become Mr. Blast-mus.
    May our Peacock strut, our Fields blossom, and our Obie never want a kanobi [whether or not it happens to be legal in Colorado].
    May MarGo make us forget about ‘That Girl’.
    May Jim Crane find a golf partner that people in Texas can stomach at last.
    May our resident highlanders Evan Gattis and Colin McHugh appear together at least one ‘star of the game’ interview this year dressed in kilts and blaring out “The Parting Glass” on bagpipes. Good night and joy be to you all.

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  3. Two very different pitchers – one a power righty and one a finesse lefty – but young pitchers would do well to tape these guys and learn from it (yes I know nobody tapes anything anymore)

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  4. Watching the broadcast on Root Sports tonight and the picture and camera work are gorgeous. The doohickey that gives the pitch count shows everything, unlike the spring training games.

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  5. Rasmus snags one in LF that Carter Gattis and Grossman aren’t catching.
    6 innings and Keuchel has given up the one hit and no runs

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