The Astros win and lead the AL West in spite of themselves

After 13 games the Astros sport a 9-4 record, which is tied for their best start in history. They have a comfortable 3-1/2 game lead over the Angels and M’s and a 4 game lead over the A’s and the Rangers in their division.

With all that positivity, this is all occurring while some folks are not performing up to spec in the first 2 weeks of the season. Consider this:

  • Jose Altuve, Alex Bregman, Yulieski Gurriel, Josh Reddick, Carlos Beltran and Evan Gattis have a total of 0 HRs.
  • Those 6 regulars, plus Nori Aoki, Carlos Correa and Jake Marisnick have the same amount of HRs as faux slugger Marwin Gonzalez (3) and half as many as true slugger George Springer (6).
  • Correa, who is expected to bust out this season, had 1 HR and 2 RBIs in the opener and 0 HR and 1 RBI in the 12 games since. On top of that he is nursing a hand injury after getting plunked on Sunday.
  • The team is 12th in doubles in the AL, don’t have a triple and are 9th in HRs.
  • Collin McHugh, who has been the Astros 2nd best starter over the last 3 seasons has not thrown a pitch and is likely weeks (or surgery and recovery) away from returning.
  • Closer 1A Ken Giles has a very un-closer-like 7.50 ERA.
  • Closer 1B Luke Gregerson also has a very un-closer-like 7.36 ERA.
  • Lance McCullers Jr. was considered a likely ace coming in to the season, has a below average 4.67 ERA and has struggled to go deep in his outings.
  • 5th starter Mike Fiers has a 5.40 ERA and has so impressed the staff that his 3rd start has been pushed back after Sunday’s rainout.
  • The team has committed 11 errors which is 14th worse in the AL.

Amazingly the team has room for improvement after a very strong start.

So what has driven the fast start of the team.

  • Yeah, except for Springer they are not hitting HRs as a team, but they are hitting. They have put up a .268 BA (2nd in AL), .346 OPS (3rd) and .747 OPS (5th).
  • They are 2nd in hits and 5th in runs scored in the AL, and as folks have pointed out they are doing a great job of avoiding the Ks – having only 88 Ks to date (2nd least in the AL).
  • The pitchers have picked up the fielders as the 11 errors have only resulted in 3 unearned runs.
  • Dallas Keuchel has been insanely good in his three starts to date – his 0.86 ERA and 0.619 WHIP are impressive, but his 3.4 hits / 9 IP number is mind blowing.
  • Chris Devenski has been insanely good in four strong appearances – his 0.82 ERA and 0.455 WHIP are impressive, but his 21 Ks against 1 walk in 11 innings is hard to wrap one’s mind around.
  • Brad Peacocck, 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA and Will Harris, 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA have been basically perfect.
  • Luke Gregerson has that awful ERA from one horrendous appearance, but he has had 7 other scoreless appearances.

There are probably items from both lists above that are unsustainable, both bad and good. So, how do you feel about this team?

222 comments on “The Astros win and lead the AL West in spite of themselves

    • That’s a very good point, and you could see Devo’s hands shaking (behind his back). Although he didn’t show it much in his Dragon-like demeanor, the young man was very nervous. Good experience should help when we face the nat’l stage on Broadway, or against the other power AL teams; BAL, DET, BOS.

      Even so, I call that real brassy to not even care they double stole and didn’t even look at ’em! Kinda blows me away to stare down two batter like that…

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    • I was hoping the Tigers would tax the Rays a little today, maybe wear out their bullpen, but they’re rested coming off a sweep. Gonna be a war!

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  1. Gov, I’ve noticed over the course of a bunch of comments you must have excellent eyesight. You see things in the dugout, things behind backs, things between players, and things between coaches and players. Do you really see all that, or are you just seeing things? lol

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    • Re Devo, he holds his hand behind back before ea pitch – it was visibly shaking. I thought it might explain the first outing he looked hittable. As you know (a very smart cookie), he had given up only 4 yet, but three in one inning today. The three pitches to Trout were very gutsy too. All three up, challenging. I just think you have to hand it to him for overcoming in the most crucial moment of this series. If he gives up a hit, we lose the initiative.

      I do watch post games a lot, and players coaches sort of confirm/deny what I’m thinking.

      Blummer joked tonight, he’s asked Hinch before, “what did you say to that pitcher?” [well, I wonder the same]. He said Hinch with Psych degree from Stanford asks back, “which pitcher, which time?”

      Being a former player, too, you see the onus before it happens. This blog sees things I never would’ve though, all the time.

      One thing that I totally missed was ‘why this annoying Wooo! buzz’ — it took me til today to catch on to Reddick’s WWE interview. That guy is hilarious😄

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      • Thank you very much, sir, that explains everything. Or, as Mark Twain said, “It’s not the parts of the Bible I don’t understand that bother me; it’s the parts I do understand that keep me awake at night.” Or something like that. 🙂

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      • I quoted Twain earlier, but erased it. Since I’ve been to Hannibal actually, and competed in the Huckleberry Finn fence painting race, he was a childhood favorite. Little did I know why he was such a critic..

        In relation to astrocolt’s comments; lies, damned lies and statistics. I’d like to meet astrocolt someday, btw! He’s been posting for many years..

        Baseball stats can be manipulated such that wins and losses don’t even show up.

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  2. I think McCann may turn out to be the best pickup of the season. Not just because we finally have an above average offensive guy at C for the 1st time since Mitch Meluskey’s fluke season, but because of his leadership.

    It’s past time to swap Altuve and Springer in the order.

    Gurriel needs to play every day to see if he was worth that huge contract. Gonzalez is NOT an every day player.

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    • Big difference watching McCann run out to settle LMJ down vs Gattis last week being the subject of his ire. Do you think that was a big difference in Lance’s start this time?

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      • It was a sure thing that LMJ and Gattis were not on the same page – whereas he was pretty awesome with McCann there

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    • Castro had an excellent fluke season with the bat too. He just never seemed real interested to me. McCann runs a tight ship behind the plate. I had heard that he was somewhat of a defensive liability. I’ve not seen that so far. I’m very pleased with our two catcher options. And it’s apparent the two Macs have a pretty good working relationship too. Keep them matched up whenever possible.

      I think we’re going to see Springer and Altuve remain where they are as long as we are winning. Hinch is not in any way forced to make a decision on those guys right now.

      I mentioned last week that we should be finding out if Gurriel is worth 45 million. And gov, this is not an attempt to rub it in, but Marwin just does not hit much from the left side of the plate.

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    • Jake, I’m sure rooting for you. You blew me away in April of 2015 with that .379 .422 .621 and 1.043 OPS.

      That’s my problem. I have no future expectations of you. But if you have somehow figured it out, you’ll be an everyday part of the best outfield in baseball and I’ll be very happy. In fact, I won’t even mind if my buddy George has to go back to right field fulltime.

      Yours sincerely,

      daveb

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  3. Last year this team wouldn’t have won today’s game. McCann is a steady force behind the dish, and McCullers I learning to listen to him…*.that* is exactly why Luhnow went after him. And……what more can we say about Devenski, the guy is the secret weapon that 29 other teams wish they had!
    Yes Dan, I want Mike Hauschild back again! Made me sick that he was left unprotected.

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  4. The Astros four full season minor league teams all won Thursday and scored 39 runs on 56 hits.
    Fresno, Corpus Christi, Buies Creek and Quad Cities have a combined record of 35-22.
    Angels minor league teams are 27-29.
    Athletics minor league teams are 23-32.
    Mariners minor league teams are 28-27.
    Rangers minor league teams are 25-33.

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  5. It’s been ten days since Forrest Whitley pitched and he is not scheduled to start for Quad Cities this weekend. I am starting to be concerned.

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  6. Regarding comments on McCann, he came with high recos. Keuchel has already been quoted about his comfort level with him. Is it possible that our pleasant surprise SP is traceable at all to him?

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    • My .02 and a half cents?
      Very.
      It takes a lot to all come together; the arsenal, the right pitch to keep them off balance, confidence to bury it in the dirt, and (Op can speak to this as a former catcher) the “battery” is all about focus, one-on-one, bringing the pitcher to concentrate. You can see it in their signals, often they’ll put hands down, like “settle down it’s going to be alright.” Or, circular finger motion, like “let’s stick with the series of pitches we’ve planned (pre-game).”

      With McCann, he seems to take charge without giving that mean mug, or scowling eye. Even when his pitcher gives up a bomb, he comes out leaving no stone unturned, arm around the guy, bringing him back to business at-hand. He’s not only steady, but all the starters seem to defer to “Mac” re pitch selection.

      Eagerness is the word I’d use, wanting to soak in every bit of knowledge about the staff since Day 1. When you’ve played as long as him, a championship so elusive is all that matters.

      They asked Beltran yesterday, “is this the start you envisioned when you signed?” That initial musing smile was priceless! I’m sure McCann feels it, considering he’s more of a workhorse. The guy was dripping with sweat in his last mound meeting yesterday. That kind of work ethic makes your teammates rise up, I think!

      Back in the day, we ruled the clubhouse with guys like Biggio and the Rocket. He was notorious for going into the tunnel between innings and screaming obscenities about an error, or a bad call, etc. Guys like Carl Everett and Derek Bell (according to Brownie) were reigned in by that kind of leadership.

      McCann has a lot of that “play the game the right way.” But teammates seem to endear him, like fans, long after he left their organization. For good reason.

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      • Dang, Gov. Does that mean that Hank Conger was the architect of DK’s Cy Young year in 2015? Maybe there was more to Hinch’s favorite fancy dancer than met the eye!

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      • I’d pay to see Conger spinning in our dugout anytime! Priceless.

        But, no. The man who caught in 69 games, with a 2% CS rate and pedestrian defensive skills? Is no longer playing.

        Castro was one of the most well-prepared there is, and Keuchel is just a solid athlete who put in the work. It was a concerted effort mostly.

        McCann has more pop, just as fine defensively and has all our pitchers praising his name. That’s a cut above.

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  7. I don’t think the Astros early pitching success is all because of McCann, but he has helped it. He might have brought a calmness, which is important.
    He brought some confidence, which is important.
    He showed he wanted to be here, which is important.
    But he also brought a bat, which is most important. Pitchers love their catchers to hit.

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  8. Series Preview: Astros at Rays

    The Rays are coming off an impressive sweep of the Detroit Tigers. The Astros have the best record in the MLB and are coming off big series wins against division rivals Oakland and Los Angeles.

    Game 1: The winless Mike Fiers, of 5.40 ERA and 1.50 WHIP, faces off against 1-1 righty Alex Cobb, coming in with a 4.50 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP. Neither has been striking out a lot of people. Both are giving up their share of bombs thus far.

    Game 2: The 1-1 Charlie Morton v. the 0-2 Blake Snell. Snell’s ERA is and his WHIP is very good at 2.76 and his WHIP is 1.35. Morton’s ERA is only slightly higher at 2.81 and his WHIP is a bit higher at 1.44. These guys have been stingy with HRs, but neither has been challenging anyone for the team strikeout lead.

    Game 3: The 1-1 Joe Musgrove takes on the1-0 Matt Andriese in a day game in the hot, muggy Tampa Bay heat. Andriese has clearly had the better start, outperforming Musgrove so far in ERA [3.33 vs. 5.87] and in WHIP [1.31 vs. 1.63]. Andriese also misses more bats than Musgrove has been. Both can be hurt by the home run.

    Can we win 2?

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    • Offensively and otherwise:
      – the Astros are slashing .266/.339/.753; Rays are at .259/.332/.755
      – the Astros are averaging 4.18 runs/game; Rays are at 4.70.
      – the Astros are giving up only 3.43 runs per game; the Rays are giving up 4.23;
      – the Astros are not striking out much; the Rays are [worst in league];
      – the Astros have 19 HRs in 16 games; the Rays have hit 20 in 17;
      – the Rays are hitting a lot more doubles and triples than the Astros;
      – the Astros have 11 SBs, but 6 caught stealings; Rays 10 SBs, only 1 CS.
      – the Rays draw more walks than the Astros.

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      • Numbers subject to strength of schedule, there’s an argument to be made the Rays have played tougher teams so far.

        It’s very likely we’ll be a team who plays down to our competition. I haven’t seen a big add-on mentality, but instead after a decisive blow, the next guy sort of routine’s it.

        As we face tougher lineups, every base-runner and run is going to be worth it’s weight in gold.

        Heck, it’s been so easy that daveb just calls the score an after 7, and fals asleep on the beach.. Ahhh, Pura Vida!

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  9. Frias surprised us both yesterday, Op1. The big news again from the farm yesterday was Franklin Perez.

    Give us your best guess on a start date for him in an Astros uniform? Before 2019?

    Also, we know the A’s are working out Luis Robert Friday, and the White Sox are mentioned a lot in the running. How hard do you think we should pursue him? Since we only have the 15th pick, that signing money won’t be huge.

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    • The Astros have worked him out twice. I think they should analyze him with all their resources and establish a value for him and then add 10% to it and make an offer.
      I think they should send Nolan Ryan after him. I think they should take him to The Ballpark at the Palm Beaches. I think they should fly Gurriel to meet him this Monday on their off day.
      With five draft picks in the first three rounds and Robert signed, they would be able to trade for whomever they wish, if they need to(and they will need to) at the deadline.
      Edison Frias did not have one clean inning out of his five yesterday. He hit a batter, threw a wild pitch and walked two guys in the innings he didn’t give up hits. He threw 93 pitches in five innings. Fresno gave him six runs in the first two innings to work with and he struggled the whole time.
      My biggest problem with Frias is that he gets himself into trouble constantly. Believe it or not, his slash line with the bases empty is .458/.536/.792/1.397. He is always in trouble and putting pressure on his team.

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      • Frias is a warm body, surely, but maybe the big team thinks it’s good practice to start a pitcher where you know before the game, you’d better hit to win.

        Enter: Mike Fiers.

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  10. Because of his age and because he has two more years after this season before he needs to be added to the 40-man, I don’t see the Astros rushing him.
    He isn’t just 19, he’s a young 19, having turned that age in December. My ETA would be 2020 if he continues to pitch well. Remember, he’s still in High A and it’s a long way to the majors. That Dodgers LH phenom was all the rage for the last two years but has run into stuff against major league hitters. Young pitchers still have to mature in order to get the best hitters in baseball out.
    MLB puts his UPSIDE as a #3 starter. That says a lot. Perspectives can blurr the picture. If Perez gets to AAA and wins the championship game with a shutout, like Devenski did, I will shout out his name. Until then, I will just pay attention to his progress as the competition gets tougher every step up.

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    • True, we’ve had our own history with 19-yr old starters; Dierker, Lyles. It takes something special to pull it off. But along this trajectory, he’ll likely get the callup to Corpus this season, after Armenteros replaces Frias? The way we’ve jettisoned so quickly from there; Martes, McCullers, I still think 2019 is a possibility. The guy he dominated against last night, Cody Ponce is 22, and ranks ahead of Brett Phillips and Jacob Nottingham in Brewers’ organization at #14. As you know, ours is a much stronger farm and Perez ranks 6. It’s easy to get ahead of myself when he’s made marked improvements at such an age.

      ———-

      How about a blast from the past from John Bateman about teammate Rusty Staub, doing his George Springer impression vs Willie Stargell.

      https://mobile.twitter.com/ExposBlog/status/827537686751756293/video/1

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      • Most people remember Staub as a rather rotund DH type later on. He was a pretty good OF and even led the league in OF assists.

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  11. The line-up is out. No Gonzales – we have Gurriel. No Marisnick – we have Aoki. Reddick is in the 2 spot. McCann is behind the dish. Let’s roll.

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  12. Has anyone heard anything recent on Collin McHugh? I presume his six weeks shutdown prognosis [from c. April 8] is still the latest news we have? I just hope he gets back and in the rotation by the ASB, as we will need to know where we are with him before the trade deadline.

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  13. Meanwhile, around the AL West. As we take on the 9-8 Rays:

    The Rangers [6-10] are starting a homestand: 3 vs. the Royals [7-8], then 3 vs. the Twins [7-8].

    The Mariners [7-10] are at Oakland [8-8].

    The Angels [7-10] host the low-flying Blue Jays [3-12].

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    • To be fair….he hasn’t pitched in 8 days, so that might have something to do with it.
      Since I can’t see him, I’m guessing he’s leaving pitches up.

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      • Couple things

        If the keys to Fiers’ starts are how well he gets through the first few innings because he usually settles in, that means he’s probably not a candidate for swingman, or relief if he loses his place in the rotation.

        I love Michael Feliz. Keep waiting for him to get his chance to be a focal point on this staff.

        The shift has completely shut down Altuve’s power swing & numbers. If all he does is dink it to RF, the strategy is working..

        Yuli is becoming what JL envisioned.

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  14. Fiers came back to earn a couple more starts. Just does not seem to have his head in the game early. Nice to have so many guys in the pen that can get late outs. Gregerson and Giles (not sure in what order) control the outcome of tonight’s game. Sure would like a bonus run of two though.

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    • I’m just going to say right now that Gregerson took 7 pitches to finish the 8th. It just makes no sense to let Giles take the 9th to me. Hope this doesn’t jinx it (HaHaHa!), but why risk it when you know Luke is dealing? Oh, well, cross fingers.

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    • Good game where they overcame poor early pitching and Altuve gettin pickd off twice. Gurriel is putting really good wood on the ball , McCann is a real leader, Reddick hit the long fly SF they needed to put it away – good game in a park they have struggled in.

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  15. Our announcers kept pushing that pop foul that preceded the rally as some kind of turning point for the Astros, but completely forgot about Altuve leading off that inning with a hit and getting picked off. The Astros could have really had a big inning there if Altuve is paying attention.
    Edison Fiers was horrible tonight. Did you see what I did there? After getting pummeled for 3 innings, somebody must have mentioned to him that the the strike zone has a lower half, too.
    The relievers had such easy innings that I think any one of them could pitch tomorrow if they were needed.
    The #5,7, and 8 hitters were so good tonight with eight hits, 3 RBIs and 5 runs scored.
    The Astros won a game in which their #5 starter pitched poorly on the road against the other team’s #2 starter. The Astros again had more hits than Ks
    The players in our lineup who have the lowest BAs on the team are Springer and Correa, and it’s not even close.
    Bregman is getting better at 3B.

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  16. Fresno Grizzlies come from behind with a 5-spot in the 8th inning to beat Las Vegas, 8-5. That big inning was capped by a grand slam from Teoscar Hernandez.
    Aaron West, Sean Stutzman, Reymin Guduan and Jordan Jankowski were terrific in relief to save Brian Holmes, who got hammered as Fresno’s starting pitcher. Yeah, we could use Hauschild.
    Astros affiliates win all four games again tonight.
    Rogelio Armenteros was the big pitcher of the night with 4 innings of domination. However, his was in relief, because CC is in The Tandem.

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    • Teo is kind of stuck right now. Unless someone gets hurt, he might have a long season in Fresno. Even if Jake starts hitting like the real Jake, he’ll keep his job as long as the other guys produce. And they will.

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  17. Ladies and gentlemen,

    Do you realize how well this organization is set up to be legitimate contenders for several more years? We have a very deep major league team with 2 potential TORPS heading the rotation and probably the best bullpen in baseball. Along with this we have a very deep and talented farm system with some very strong pitching prospects.

    A very big series looms May 1-4. At the very least the Astros MUST split that 4-game series against the team from South Oklahoma, but I think going 3-1 is probably what needs to happen. They must let the Rangers know that the past 2 years is simply that, the past, and a new era is upon us.

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    • It’s amazing how much difference 12 months make. This time last year they were having a horrid month and I felt like we had almost no pitching prospects to watch beyond Musgrove, Martes, and Paulino.

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    • Tim, there is no need to insult my home. A woman lives near me in Southern Oklahoma who was a Ranger’s employee for many years and she told me the other day she might start rooting for the Astros.
      Let’s keep the Rangers where they choose to be, in North Texas, for goodness sakes.

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  18. One down. Two to go. Muskrat JU-JU, arise! On Jorge! On Jose! On Capitan! On Viejo! On Oso Blanco y Guantanamero! Oh, and why don’t you come along too, Amigo Alexo?

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  19. Long after I found sleep last night, the Angels blew a lead and lost a game at home to the team with the worst record in baseball.
    Oh, well.

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    • I’m guessing we will see Gattis at catcher and Beltran at DH. We will probably see Marisnick getting the start in CF and, again just a guess, flanked by Springer and MarGo in RF and LF respectively. The IF will probably be the same as last night.

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  20. James Hoyt will be paid approximately $7500 more for one week in the majors than he would have earned in salary for the entire AAA season.

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  21. Jane Hanson said Forest Whitley is NOT on DL, so not sure where he is. I haven’t seen anything about him being on a restricted list, or suspended for anything.

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  22. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/sports/wp/2017/04/21/the-bullpen-revolution-is-underway-in-houston-and-boosting-the-astros-into-first-place/?utm_term=.f4a61c2294dd

    This is exactly what I want to see Hinch doing. It’s time to get away from the defined bullpen roles and use your best relievers in high leverage situations, regardless if it is the 7th, 8th or 9th inning. Granted, the 9th inning is the highest leverage situation before an inning starts, but if you have the meat of the order coming up in the 8th inning go with your best reliever and let the save go to the reliever who best matches up with the guys coming up in the 9th inning.

    Also, having Feliz, Devo and Peacock in the bullpen are huge assets to help alleviate the workload on our 1-inning guys like Harris, Gregerson and Giles. We all vividly remember the bullpen meltdowns of the past 2 seasons, which were attributed primarily to tired arms. Having guys that can go multiple innings for one game helps save those arms for later in the season. Thursday’s game against the Angels is a perfect example. Instead of going the Harris, Gregerson, Giles route Hinch used one bullpen arm to finish the game and it gave all 3 of our 1-inning guys more rest. I really, really like this and I think it will pay dividends down the stretch this year.

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    • Tim – Read that yesterday, and you’re preaching to my choir. I believe the article credits Francona, but Hinch with depth doesn’t get caught up about “roles,” or set lineup orders because every game moment is different. As Eckhardt Tolle wrote, “there is no past nor present, only Now.” (Or something like that)

      Btw, I followed you yesterday on twitter. I was lucky enough to be @GoStros1 when the gettin’ was good. I’m going to try to get Luhnow to answer the Whitley question.

      The beautiful seque to how we haven’t played our best baseball yet is, we haven’t even scratched the surface on Peacock Feliz Hoyt yet either. Or, the myriad of talent we could plug in after an injury.

      Trading Jake would cut the heart out of Springer and prove baseball is a business, but the iron is hot & something to consider.

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    • Looking at the Rays depth chart, their entire bullpen is made up of RH relievers. The Astros stack an all RH starting lineup against a LH starter, but two of them are also switch hitters, if the Rays bring in a RH reliever. And the Astros have three LH batters on the bench if they need PHers against that all-righty bullpen.

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  23. Mike Hauschild has cleared waivers and was returned to the Astros from the Rangers. He was a Rule 5 pick. He’s been assigned to Fresno.

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  24. Okay – are the East Fort Worth hoodlums the Jets – and the Astros the Sharks? If so, does everybody but Mike Hauschild and Julia Morales die in the end?

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  25. Oh man……….Morton just layed a VERY rotten egg on the mound to let Harris try to clean it up😠 This is not going to end well. 6 to 3 Tampa. Still only 1 out, with 2 on.
    What in the heck just happened to Charlie Morton????? JEEZE.

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  26. I hope you guys know you are playing with fire on the name for the team up North. Dallas and Fort Worth have been feuding for 100 years. Dallas wanted to expand Love Field but no room. Fort Worth built an airport in North Grand Prairie but Dallas refused to use it. Then Jim Wright (D-FtWorth) got DFW built using the Wright amendment prohibiting flights out of Love Field to any place out of Texas. Then Lamar Muse screwed FtW forming SW Airlines. They have NEVER gotten along. Thus it was not arrogance but ignorance that required a goofy name. (Some have used Metroplex). To further illustrate, Amon Carter was the publisher of the FW Star Telegram. His famous line was “Ft Worth , where the West begins , and Dallas is where the East peters out.”

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  27. Tonight’s game was all about momentum. The moment Morton started to wilt, the Rays turned into Sharks. The Astros had a chance to blow it open when Marisnick beat out that bunt, but they couldn’t finish the job. At least now we might get the right guy leading off.

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    • I guess I’m glad I couldn’t see it……bad enough to have to hear Robert Ford and Steve Sparks tell you where his pitches were. Lets hope Morton doesn’t lay another rotten egg again…..visions of Mr. Fister last year…..*ugh*.

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  28. Houston we have a problem. First we all know how unstable Tim is. But luckily we have several nice ladies that space out his comments. (And DanP throws his weight around also). Now we have Gov saying he wants to “meet me.” Is that for a beer, or in an alley with him and a tire tool? So now I have two large?? on this site.

    Let’s be clear. I went to SFA, the Harvard of the South, before Psychology or Sociology were invented. Back then you could get one of three degrees. 1. Pre-med, 2 General Business, or 3 Education. In East Texas Education is learning how to teach 9th graders how to read “See Spot Run, Funny, Funny Spot.” So it is obvious that I never considered Med School because they would never consider me.

    So again thank you ladies, Chip and Dale, the Beach Boy, OP after his nap, and the others that appear to be semi-normal.

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    • My only nap is the usual seven hours between midnight and 7 am, after a loss, or between 1 am and 8 am after a win.
      We lost last night. It’s 7:23 am here in Southern Oklahoma, sunny and 45 degrees. I swear to you that when I opened my front door just now to look at the thermometer, I spooked a doe and she ran past the vegetable garden into the woods. She was 50 yards from my front door.
      I will admit that it’s the first deer I’ve seen since hunting season, but they are right there and life is good. Last week my wife saw a deer in this same spot, so I guess I need to get up earlier. She and I saw a beautiful Tom Turkey strutting and gobbling while we were taking a walk last week. Oh, we have a roadrunner that high stepped in front of the house the other day. Spring has arrived with a bang.
      Stop, and smell the roses, and enjoy the wins.

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    • That is quite a contrast op. I know a lot of people think a bunch of picks should make it to the bigs or be in the conversation for it but in truth getting a couple to the Show is an accomplishment. Having that much talent make it to the bigs or be a high prospect is impressive.

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    • I saw Phillips and Heinemann play today in Colorado Springs for the Sky Sox. Phillips was DH so didn’t get to see him in the field. Neither looks to me like a sure fire MLB starter. Especially not compared to anther guy on that team: Lewis Brinson. That kid is a stud. He was all over CF and looked impressive at the plate. They got him in the Lucroy deal. Poor Tyler, he had one play where he had to back up first base and he retrieved the ball about 20 feet down the line past first base. In the altitude he walked very slowly back to the plate and was gassed for the next couple of batters. He led off the next inning and you could tell the last thing he wanted to do was hit a triple. He did have a double later in the game.

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