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The 2015 Astros’ season begins this weekend


Jim Crane is right. If the Astros do not make the playoffs in 2015, the season will have been a disappointment.

Say all you will about the unexpected success. Shout it out loud that 2017 is supposed to the year anyway. Yeah, yeah, the organization is in rebuild mode and 2015 wasn’t supposed to be the year anyway.

Still, it will be an empty feeling if the Astros are not playing baseball after October 4.

It’s come down to this weekend perhaps. Make it or break it. Do or die.

I posited a few weeks ago — while the Astros were still somewhat comfortably in first place — that it could come down to a do-or-die situation for Houston. That the Angels and Twins, and not the Rangers, were the real threat. And, here we are.

Just seven games over .500 and still not at the magical break-even point for the season, the Twins and Angels are running almost neck and neck with the Astros. They’re licking their chops at Houston’s three-game series with Texas this weekend. And Houston is a 3-7 over the past 10, not exactly where you want to be in the midst of a stretch run.

Sure, attendance is up this season, Jeff Luhnow and A.J. Hinch have found a couple more solid pieces to add to Jose Altuve’s build-around success and the Astros seemed almost destined to be above .500 (right?).

But, admit it, if Houston doesn’t even back into the playoffs, it will be — as Crane noted — “a big disappointment”.

None of the major players (read Luhnow, Hinch, etc) will be fired if they don’t. There won’t be a major shakeup, not even on the field. Sure, Chris Carter, Hank Conger, Colby Rasmus and others will be gone, but the core will remain.

This time, Jim Crane is right. Nine games to go. The most important nine games of the season. No more talk of 90 wins this season. Face it, 85 wins may be a challenge.

The season begins tonight with a three-game weekend series with the Rangers. Let’s see what ya got!

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About Chip Bailey

Chip Bailey lives in beautiful Colorado Springs, CO, and wakes up each morning to the tallest spot in the region, Pikes Peak. He is an author and former sports editor and sportswriter who has followed the Astros for more than 50 years. A native of another picturesque city, Natchitoches, La., Chip enjoys watching baseball at most any level, especially pro and college. Several years ago, he worked as an associate of Pastor John Bosman, who enjoyed giving nick names to his staff. Pastor Bosman came up with Chipalatta, and it has stuck.

163 comments on “The 2015 Astros’ season begins this weekend

  1. Kevin
    September 26, 2015

    That was some bad Ugly baseball, I know fair weather fan and all, After watching every game the last 7 years since I moved what’s 8 more games LOL. We have some good guys and player,s the other 8 need to move on! Should be a fun off season of tweaking the 25. Dan I really hope they win fro you and your son!

    My wife and son ( Navy) visiting Houston tomorrow , but going to the Texans game. He is not a Baseball fan, to slow for him.

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    • sandy
      September 26, 2015

      No way you’re a fair weather fan Kevin. Fair weather fans only show up when a team is winning.

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  2. Becky⚾
    September 26, 2015

    My friend who’s in the front office emailed me last night after the game, and told me to say another prayer for the boys today! So you guys and girls need to offer a prayer that they play smart, and they play like we ALL know they can!!
    Sandy, and Kevin…..there’s always going to be a few people that will never be satisfied with the decisions concerning this club, and it’s players. I realized a long time ago, to consider the source and ignore those who constantly bring sarcastic comments to this blog. Once I did that, I regained my own self confidence, and told that person that we are ALL just fans. I’m not as wealthy as some on this blog,and I’m not as savvy about baseball as some on this blog are, and I admit that OFTEN! BUT I’m going to keep reading and voicing my opinion anyway. Ignore the folks who think only THEIR opinions are valid, and enjoy those who love this team as much as you do!! Now let’s get that win for McHugh!! Becky⚾

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    • sandy
      September 26, 2015

      You’re the best Becky. All I’ve ever seen from you is fairness.

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      • Becky⚾
        September 26, 2015

        Thank you Sandy, I try to be optomistic. You’re so sweet!!

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  3. SargeH
    September 26, 2015

    I hate to say it but… it is time to stick the fork in them and look to next year. I had predicted 92 wins for them and this is very hard to take. I am sure that Crane is gritting his teeth about now also. So many mistakes going on with the team now in all aspects of the game. I question who is responsible for the daily lineups run out there? Why has Hinch become a questionable manager after being in the “manager of the year” discussion for most of the season? Why the poor handling of the bullpen now? Why does PCL MVP Duffy sit so much? On and on… heartache…

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    • astrocolt45
      September 27, 2015

      Come on Sarge, I don’t want you out on this ledge with me. Keep the faith. I may need for you to bring me a parachute.

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  4. Kevin
    September 26, 2015

    un real all I can ay the Rangers are just laughing all the way and kicking our butts I’M Sad

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  5. Becky⚾
    September 26, 2015

    My brain hurts…..

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  6. Billy Castillo
    September 26, 2015

    Are you serious?! It’d be nice to not start behind so much. The is freaking ridiculous.

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  7. Billy Castillo
    September 26, 2015

    Thank you Carlos!

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  8. Kevin
    September 26, 2015

    I usually don’t say this but the Astros need to get nasty, pissed something, Brush some guys back, no head hunting

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  9. Dan P
    September 26, 2015

    So I am at the game and the Rangers turn 2 bloops one walk and a hard hit ball into 3 runs. The Astros turn 2 balls hit on the screws followed by an insane Correa moonshot homer into one run. Jeez Louise.

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  10. Kevin
    September 26, 2015

    WE are snake bit. we should be killing Holland

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  11. Devin_
    September 26, 2015

    Correa MVP!

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  12. Becky⚾
    September 26, 2015

    Let’s start this game over again!! Correa just tied Lance Berman with 21 homeruns by a rookie!! GO. ASTROS.!!!!!

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  13. Dan P
    September 26, 2015

    Well this game just got a lot more fun! Both Altuve and Correa smoked those balls though Carlos’ barely made it out. Surprised they did not review that one.

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    • Becky⚾
      September 26, 2015

      Even though I can “see” this game….I have elected not to watch it…I’m getting an ulcer just listening to it!!!

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  14. sandy
    September 26, 2015

    I’m watching but not listening. These Fox announcers p****d me off before the game ever started.

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    • Billy Castillo
      September 26, 2015

      I feel you. Of course, I feel like that about ANYTHING Fox….

      *hides*

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  15. Dan P
    September 26, 2015

    Some of the luck has been evening out a little – hard hit balls by the Rangers getting caught.

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  16. Kevin
    September 26, 2015

    Rangers 4 Correa 4 The Fox announcers hit it right on for me. “the difference between the Astros and the Rangers right now, The Astro’s don’t have any proven leadership in everyday players yet and the Rangers do. They have great young talent, but not leaders yet that can help turn the September swoon around”

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  17. Dan P
    September 26, 2015

    Another CC HR – this one by Carter. Yes!

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    • sandy
      September 26, 2015

      Maybe you could attend more often, Dan.

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  18. Becky⚾
    September 26, 2015

    Qualls is warming up along with Sipp……please Lord, NO QUALLS.

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    • Billy Castillo
      September 26, 2015

      Could be worse…could be Perez!

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  19. Becky⚾
    September 26, 2015

    Larry Dierker is on the radio with Robert Ford….a great pair to listen to. They are on 790am.

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  20. Kevin
    September 26, 2015

    wHAOOOO BEEN PACING FORT 30 MINUTES

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  21. Billy Castillo
    September 26, 2015

    Here comes the defensive replacements…a real nailbiter today!

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  22. Becky⚾
    September 26, 2015

    Praying hard people, I’m praying hard!!

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  23. Kevin
    September 26, 2015

    Someone smarter than me please explain Margo bunting right there , I’m lost,

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    • Becky⚾
      September 26, 2015

      His hand is still hurt. He’s only in because Hinch was NOT gonna put Villerror in.

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      • Billy Castillo
        September 26, 2015

        Villar is the only player who could be a DH and still require a defensive replacement…

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  24. Becky⚾
    September 26, 2015

    OH. MY. GOODNESS. WOOOOO HOOOOOOO!!!!

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  25. Kevin
    September 26, 2015

    WHAOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO 5 dingers

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  26. Becky⚾
    September 26, 2015

    I can’t watch….Qualls is pitching.😦😦😦

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  27. Becky⚾
    September 26, 2015

    YESSSSSS!!!!!

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  28. Dan P
    September 26, 2015

    Man 7 runs in a row make Dan a happy man. Hang in there bullpen.

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  29. Billy Castillo
    September 26, 2015

    I think we’re in good shape for this one!

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    • Billy Castillo
      September 26, 2015

      I am a bloody jinx 😦

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  30. Kevin
    September 26, 2015

    YEA I can enjoy Sat! Come On Kikes

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  31. Dan P
    September 26, 2015

    This is going to kill me

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  32. Kevin
    September 26, 2015

    I spoke to soon Amazing

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  33. Billy Castillo
    September 26, 2015

    Watching on my computer at work in between calls…this is crazy

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  34. sandy
    September 26, 2015

    YES!!! Hope everyone survived.

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  35. Kevin
    September 26, 2015

    The baseball Gods do not like us

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  36. Billy Castillo
    September 26, 2015

    OMG…thank God.

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  37. Kevin
    September 26, 2015

    Man I can frigging breathe

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  38. SargeH
    September 26, 2015

    Interesting that McGregor was tossing gasoline on his own stats and he gets angry because Hinch takes him out? Oh how I would love to hear his explanation for his outburst. The club needs to get a real closer for next year.

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  39. sandy
    September 26, 2015

    Whatever happens next, this was my game 7 of the word series.

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  40. Becky⚾
    September 26, 2015

    I turned the tv, and radio off when Gregersen gave up that 4th run. I just couldn’t watch or hear it anymore….so I went outside when Harris came in. My husband opened the back door and told me I could come back in the house!! I think I would have broken down in a heap of tears if they had lost this game. What was the deal with Gregersen when he turned his back on Hinch when he was taken out??? He had better thank the Lord the rest of the team didn’t pound his butt in the ground for nearly losing this game when they had a 5 run lead! The guys sorely needed this game, and now looking forward to tomorrow when Keuchel goes for his 19th win.
    WHEW!!! I can’t remember feeling this much emotion in a baseball game! WOW.

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    • Billy Castillo
      September 26, 2015

      Hopefully we’ll find a taker for him in the off-season. Don’t need any (expensive) whiny babies on the team.

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      • Becky⚾
        September 26, 2015

        There’s no reason to trade him. He’s going to be fine, and so is Hinch. Like I said earlier…”and this to shall pass”. Next year he will be the setup man, for hopefully a bonified closer. Don’t jump up and down and call for him to be traded…I’m just soo happy they finally WON a game against these ugly little sh*ts from Arlington!!!

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  41. Becky⚾
    September 26, 2015

    Look people…..McHugh has *18* wins!!! He must be pinching himself!! I’m so happy for him! Just think two years ago he was almost OUT of baseball, so let’s raise a toast for our starting pitcher today, and for our A. L. ROY Correa!!

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  42. sandy
    September 26, 2015

    McHugh is probably one of the best thing Luhnow ever did. He doesn’t get a lot of recognition, he just goes out time after time and wins.
    Amazing Correa, just no words.

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  43. Billy Castillo
    September 26, 2015

    First non-losing record in 7 years…

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    • Becky⚾
      September 26, 2015

      And…..that alone should make us sooo dang proud of these guys!! We need to focus on the WC game, and keep looking forward, and leave all those losing years behind us!! Folks, we are going to be a *great* team next year, and for years to come!! We will have Chris Devenski, and Joe Musgrove, and Mark Appel in our rotation…..and they are ALL under the age of 25!!
      McCullers
      McHugh
      Keuchel
      Appel
      Musgrove
      And maybe another lefty coming from a trade!!

      I doubt Kazmir will be coming back, and that pissed me off, because of the prospects we gave up for him. I bet Luhnow won’t make THAT mistake again.

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      • Becky⚾
        September 26, 2015

        AND….Devenski!!

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      • Billy Castillo
        September 26, 2015

        Losing Nottingham for Kazmir was a bad, bad move.

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  44. Billy Castillo
    September 26, 2015

    Looks Like Brad Ausmus is *staying* as manager…they decided not to fire him after all, according to MLB Trade Rumors.

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    • Devin_
      September 26, 2015

      For some reason I’m shocked when sports teams make smart decisions.

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      • Becky
        September 26, 2015

        Brad would have been handed the managers job for the Padres, in a New York minute if the Tigers had fired him.
        I assume he will put the feelers out over the winter, to get away from the Tigers.
        When your company says they are gonna fire you, and make a fool of you in public….I’d leave ASAP. Alex Avila is an a** hole for causing ALL of this.

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  45. Becky
    September 26, 2015

    Twins won.

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  46. Zanuda
    September 26, 2015

    I didn’t watch today so when I checked in for too long it turned sour. I was following the 9th and finally stopped following the game. I checked back in about 20 minutes later and we won. So guess what? I won’t watch tomorrow. Maybe it’ll work twice for us. I’m optimistic for next year and still hoping for us this year.

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  47. Becky⚾
    September 26, 2015

    Angels won……breathing down our necks.

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  48. 1oldpro
    September 26, 2015

    The Astros were the same team on Saturday that they have shown since the All-Star break.
    They had a runner picked off.
    They were 1 for 3 w/RISP
    Their starter gave up runs early
    Their reliever got hit hard.
    They got four singles and six of their fly balls went into the stands.
    Home runs drove in every run. They can’t get a base hit to drive in a run.
    Lowrie swings up at every pitch and cusses and throws his bat because he hit another fly ball. It happened three times today and about 180 times in the last two weeks, since his one fly ball turned into a home run in the RF corner. He has caught the home run bug in a huge way.
    Today, they were lucky because they did something that they’ve never done. Their SS and their second baseman each hit 2 HRs. What was it the announcers said about that? It’s never been done before by an Astros team, ever.

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    • daveb
      September 26, 2015

      Those two guys represent the best shortstop second base combination in MLB. They also are the two most reliable guys on this Astro team, even in the infancy of their careers. Altuve has hit .340 plus with a .900 plus OPS over the past month. Our 20 year old Rookie of the Year candidate has handled the pressure of his first pennant race just about as well as an other guy his age ever has. His 21 homers, overall hitting, defense and composure have been remarkable.

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      • Mr. Bill
        September 27, 2015

        I do not expect Texas to let Altuve or Correa beat them today. Those guys will probably not see anything whatsoever they can even come close to hitting out of the ballpark. So someone else behind those two will have to rise up and make the Rangers pay. With the lefty Perez pitching for Texas that needs to be Springer behind Altuve, and EVERYBODY ON THE TEAM behind Correa. Let’s do this!

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      • astrocolt45
        September 27, 2015

        Those two can go 0 for 10 today and are still the best in the league. Let’s hope they don’t do that. Again, the Astros just need to win today.

        KISS. Maybe those guys in Vegas will be correct.

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    • Kevin
      September 27, 2015

      OP lets hope the exact same thing happens today and we win 7-5 LOL

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