Astros’ strong start is just plain fun

After Friday night’s game the Astros had earned a very strong 12-5 record, only a few percentage behind the 11-4 Baltimore Orioles for the best record in the major leagues. Considering the Astros were an ugly 5-12 in 2016 after 17 games and did not win their 12th game until May 8th in their 32nd game, 2017 is a fun revelation for all of Houston fandom.

One of the fun things about the team is the fact that they are doing this with one arm tied behind their back. Their leadoff man, George Springer, is putting up Chris Carter numbers with a .286 OBP, despite 7 HRs. Arguably the two best offensive players coming into the season, Jose Altuve and Carlos Correa, have combined for 1 HR. Correa has a puny .212 BA and a Marisnick-like .581 OPS. Man, what happens when those guys start producing?

So what else is fun so far?

  • Just like in 2015, the starting pitching is keeping them in almost every game.
  • Just like in 2015, when the starting pitching is shaky, the bullpen is nails throwing up 0’s for 4 or 5 innings almost every time out.
  • Yulieski Gurriel along with newcomers Brian McCann and Josh Reddick all have BAs over .300 and OPS over .800.
  • They are 3-0 in one run games.
  • They have come from behind to win seven times in 2017.
  • They have won their two extra inning games and in both games they came from behind twice, including a Jake Marisnick two out HR in one and a walk off two out, two strike HR by Springer in the other.
  • And they’ve gotten into the great habit of scoring late in seven of those wins to give their bullpen some breathing room.

And that is not even including how great Dallas Keuchel, Chris Devenski, Brad Peacock, Will Harris, and others have been so far.

So, what has made this start to the 2017 season fun for you?

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207 comments on “Astros’ strong start is just plain fun

  1. It’s been fun for me to see:
    Chris Devenski on the mound.
    Yuli Gurriel playing first base.
    Julia Morales scaring me half to death up on that cat walk.
    AJ Hinch fooling us into thinking he knows what to do with all this talent.
    Gary Pettis not even being part of the conversation.
    Me, not watching the Astros playing the Rangers.
    Dallas Keuchel pounding the bottom of the zone and getting the calls.
    Certain Astros actually beating the shift.
    Watching Brian McCann actually hit and catch without having to listen to announcers constantly drone on and on about pitch framing.
    The players not throwing water in each other’s eyes in the dugout.
    My wife laughing at Gurriel’s ridiculous hair, while Beltran is allowed a beard for the first time in years.
    Michael Feliz finding the strike zone.
    Jake Marisnick actually contributing with his bat.
    Jose Altuve scoring from second base on a grounder to 1B.
    Winning.

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  2. I’m going to bring a few late comments from the last post forward – because I thought they were interesting:
    From Gov –

    Comments made elsewhere is the crux as I saw it. That defensive alignment made no sense!

    “This was a strange loss, Morton appeared to have devastating stuff for three innings and then the wheels came off, also bad decision making in the way of defensive alignment in the sixth on the last two runs scored. I thought they should not have the infield in especially with 1 out and bases loaded I agree with the infield being in with no outs but clearly the hit that drove in the two last runs was a double play ball if the infield is backed off into double play depth. That was a tough one…”

    “Harris was visibly upset about the infield alignment decision. He saw the same thing you saw.”

    From Dan – I thought the same thing – was watching with the sound off and as soon as the ball was hit I was thinking – oh boy – double play – and then I saw the infielders drawn in with no shot at the ball – thought that was a bad decision.

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    • I liked Sandy’s comment about ‘ya can’t win ’em all.’ Or, that’s the way Morton’s cookies crumbled, too, considering the solid contact Longoria & Co. were making. Since there are 162+ games a year, makes it a bit easier to swallow.

      Trying to tie-in Op’s comment, going to how hard it is to bring draft picks up to speed, baseball is so different from basketball and foootball. It’s truly a game of patience. And when patience wears thin, there’s always gardening😋

      Going to see my first Skeeters game today. It’s so lovely outside that I doubt I’ll see any real mosquitos beyond the mascot.

      Y’all bring us home a “W” so my day isn’t a complete waste..

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  3. From old pro

    I wanted to show something to you. Take a close look at the names on this list and see how many names you can associate with the Houston Astros and their system. Look and see how many of the players really meant something to you and the organization. Look how many were actually signed and became part of the things we talk about every day.
    http://houston.astros.mlb.com/team/draft.jsp?c_id=hou&year=2012

    As compared to:

    Now look at the list from the previous year. Look how many players we didn’t sign and look at the names that we talk about every day. Almost none.
    http://houston.astros.mlb.com/team/draft.jsp?c_id=hou&year=2011

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  4. I’ll add my last two comments.

    The defensive alignments are all computer generated poop.

    We’ve got a 12 and 6 club with a glaring weakness.

    Other than that, this winning business is just plain fun.

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    • “A” glaring weakness?

      I can thing of a few more. To which one were you referring?

      Apologies for flipping on the title and theme, but….My top 5 “issues” right now are:

      Carlos Correa – what in the world has happened to the passion you had in the WBC?!

      GiDP’s – get the damn ball out of the infield. At least swing under a few pitches to show you’re trying!

      Our pitchers’ 0-2 counts – somebody throw a devastating strikeout pitch and finish a guy off. Yesterday, Morton tried but late movement just wasn’t there.

      Marwin – yesterday Julia said AJ believes he just needs a hit to get going again. In the meantime, bunt the ball or try to lift something. You’re makin’ me look bad, too, buddy.

      Starters just getting by with 5 and 2/3 – Morton looked on pace for two complete games after the 3rd. Where’s the bulldog mentality?

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      • Correa will hit.
        Double plays will happen. Sometimes it’s a sharply hit ball that starts one. But yes, we do lead the league in that category.
        0-2 counts and not closing a guy out? Part of our glaring weakness.
        Marwin will hit much better than .160, but he’s not a good hitter.
        The glaring weakness will wear our pen down. Yes, our rotation is already showing it’s cracks.

        So our GM will need to make a deal, unless he brings someone up that can give us seven quality innings on a regular basis. I’ve not identified that person yet. You’ve got to figure that Peacock will get a start at some point soon. And I’m still somewhat hopeful that the Morton experiment will work. He only threw 17 live innings last year. But his signing was a bit of a crap shoot.

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  5. Astrocolt45,
    I don’t own a tire tool, or a SFA degree, as mine is from a preacher’s school ha! Give you a hint, we have a hitting prospect, which the Astros may well draft at 15 named, Michael Gigliotti.

    I’d never shy away from “beer me!” though, so let’s take advantage of any opportunity to join one another? Even though I’m only a young buck at 51, I love to hear stories of the past, infamous or otherwise..

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    • Not turning the double play is not the defense that caused the four runs to score. The defense that allowed the four runs to score was not blocking strike three on the very first hitter. All the runs came with two outs, thus making the strikeout that wasn’t, the culprit. Every play is important and not blocking that ball and getting that leadoff guy is what caused that inning.

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      • Yes and Musgrove not ignoring the misfortune and giving up a string of hits – I am glad he’s settled down a bit since. I am really glad to see Correa go the other way to break an 0 for 19 streak and hit a 2 Run HR to cut the lead in 1/2.
        Not glad to see Marisnick run into the wall, then strike out with the bases loaded, then come out of the game.

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  6. Ok – in the end – today was fun.
    – Great rebound by Musgrove – 5 innings of 1 hit ball.
    – Big bombs by Altuve and Correa
    – Small ball to score in 9th and 10th
    – 3 hits by Gurriel – big run scored big RBI
    – Beautiful AB by McCann to put them ahead
    – Another fine effort by the bullpen over the last 4 innings
    – First series won ever in TB

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  7. Oh my gosh!!! What a performance from Gurriel and Mc Cann!! Last year and 2015 if our starter gave up 4 runs in the first inning, we don’t win that game. Musgrove was un…..believable for the next 4 innings, and I fully expected Peacock to fold. Now there are our two best outfielders out of the game…..and maybe for more than a few days. Who ya gonna call….Tucker or Hernandez?

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    • I would think if they had to bring someone up it would be Teoscar, because of his ability to play every outfield position as well as his speed, his arm and his current OPS at Fresno.
      I wish Hinch had not benched Reddick after his great game a few days ago. He and a woozy Jake were the only starters without a hit today.
      Marisnick will be evaluated tomorrow in Cleveland.

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    • For youngsters – Astro Ken Johnson threw a no hitter and lost it on errors if I remember right.
      Pirate Haddix threw 12 perfect innings on the Braves. An error opened the 13th followed by an Eddie (500 HR+) Matthews sac bunt!! Walked Hank Aaron and Joe Adcock hit a walk off 3 run HR – but Aaron thought it hit the wall and trotted off so it ended up an RBI single.
      Then about 40 yrs later – baseball retroactively changed the rules and took Haddix’s no-no away from him. Just imagine any time after the 9th he could have walked a few guys thrown a wild pitch and given up a run and gotten a “real” nohitter.
      After they told Haddix that baseball no longer counted that as a no-no he simply said “I know what I did”

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      • I remember that as I used to have that baseball card. Wish I had them all now. But on another note, great comeback win!. I believe that we just might have something here Houston.

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  8. One of Peacock’s walks was after he threw a beautiful pitch for what would have been strike three. It was completely inside the box when they replayed it and was a big miss by the ump. Peacock didn’t let it faze him and got out of the inning unscathed. As a matter of fact, I believe he went on to strike out the side.
    He also hit a batter, when it appeared he did not hit the batter. And still, he didn’t cave in. His slider was terrific today.
    I am glad they didn’t use Devenski, especially after I saw him warming up.

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      • I was the first last Fall to say Peacock should make this team based on his late contribution to the ’16 team. Three others took exception. So, to Brad, good job, brother!

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      • I reacted the same with Straily in Spring of 2016, but Brad did lead the team in BF, so the staff knew he had the stuff and wanted to give him a long look. His ERA of 3.79, compared to Harris 6.48, or Lance’s 7.31 doesn’t look too bad.

        It’s harder as a fan to finalize any opinion from Spring stats since their often tinkering, and just as difficult to know if a guy is going to make the adjustments throughout the course of a season. Who would’ve considered him a weapon this Spring? Credit him for also displaying some maturity when things don’t go as planned.

        Speaking of that, Joe Musgrove overcoming yesterday’s first inning, and Springer credited with pulling him to the side and helping ease things. This team as a whole is showing on the outside what they’re made of inside!

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  9. OP….Peacock has matured and it shows. I just keep the look Bo Porter used to give him when he was struggling. I’m very pleased with him, and taking the strain off Devenski just when we needed it…..like today!
    How many of us remember playing the Braves and watching McCann burn us in the 9th inning! I love having him on this team….absolutely LOVE IT!!!
    I’ll be praying for Jake and George tonight, when I say my nightly prayers!

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    • Yes, Becky I didn’t think he would help the team when last season ended and I was sure he would have to be perfect this spring and he wasn’t.
      What none of us knew was that McHugh wouldn’t be around.
      Once Peacock got into relieving he was a different guy. He’s letting the ball fly out of his hand because he’s under no pressure to go a certain amount of innings. So he can give everything he’s got for as long as he’s got it.
      It seems like he’s been holding back for a long time and now he’s free. His stuff is looking good.
      After he made the team I gave a little synopsis of how Peacock could help this team get the Trophy. He’s doing that. I hope he keeps it going, because, the way he has been pitching, he’s a weapon.
      He needs to get more LH hitters out.

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  10. Two more things. In the post game interview, McCann took responsibility for not blocking the 3rd strike and costing the 4 runs in the first. 2nd – Devo #19. It is obvious that others on this site know more about our youngsters than those that write for a living.

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  11. Difficult question by Julia in yesterday’s game. What was your favorite childhood stadium? A. Colt Stadium B. Astrodome C. Minute Maid Park. My childhood was about shot before any were built. So I needed D. Buffalo Stadium or E. Stuart Stadium (Beaumont).

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    • We spent last week at the beach enjoying mixed weather and 57 degree water. My five year old disregarded that and was armpit deep in the waves without bothering to change into his swimsuit. As an older and wiser individual, I did not enjoy the experience quite so much. Your/Julia’s question seems a bit similar to me, though. I suspect the answer to that question will be whatever stadium did belong to your childhood. Personally, I grew up with the dome and still feel disappointed they left those confines for a beautiful, but odd stadium. My kids would probably say I’m foolish and that the cookie-cutter stadiums should have been demolished years ago.

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      • Everything seemed bigger and larger than life as a kid. It was the dome for me, which looks puny today next to NRG stadium (or whatever corporation pays the most $ for the sign out front.)

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    • Back when beat writers were critical cogs in the sports world – John Wilson was the fans’ daily eyeballs on the Astros. He was a good writer, not a homer, but not a cynical jackass either. Back when people actually took daily newspapers I read his writings everyday.

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  12. Some off day observations:
    The Astros are 20th in batting average and 22nd in OBP from the lead off position.
    The Astros are 28th in batting average from the cleanup spot.
    The Astros are #1 in batting average from the #9 spot.
    Aoki is hitting .325.
    Gurriel is hitting .321.
    McCann is hitting .313.
    Reddick is hitting .283. The new guys are helping out a lot.
    There is a reason the other team’s pitchers are not lasting deep into games. The Astros lineup is very patient and are running up the pitch count.
    Brian McCann knew exactly what he was doing in the tenth inning yesterday when he got caught in the rundown to make sure Altuve would score. He wanted Giles to go out there with a two run lead.
    Just as we hoped, the offense has been making up for poor defense, some poor baserunning and occasional pitching lapses.
    The Astros are 2-1 in Mike Fiers’s three starts. Fiers has given up 6 HRs in 15 innings.
    Ken Giles has five saves. In 2016, Giles’s fifth save came on August 24th.

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      • I haven’t seen that. I knew from looking at the replay that he stopped halfway between second and third for a reason. The ball was hit sharply and the outfielder had a shot at home. The cutoff man knew the throw was offline and cut it off when he saw McCann going to 3rd.
        McCann knew the Astros had used up their bench, had no backup catcher and had clawed all the way from a 4-run deficit. He was determined to put the game on Giles’s arm with a two-run lead. He knew exactly what he was doing.

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      • oldpro, I didn’t see the play, but we do need to make a distinction here. Last year the Astros had trailing runners thrown out a ton of times in similar situations where the outfielders had no chance at a play at the plate. It’s a difficult read sometimes to know that a throw has to go through to the plate and you can advance at will, or that it might go through and you want to try to bait them into cutting it to ensure that insurance run gets in. I’m hopeful that guys like Beltran and McCann are imparting their knowledge and we see the vast number of these plays where we immediately can say they made the right decision.

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      • And how about Gurriel getting under that low pitch to drive it into the LF? Peter Borjos, who was once called the “best defensive OF we’ve ever seen” by Tori Hernandez (Angels operations), didn’t give Pettis pause, waving Altuve all the way. Jose had just rounded third when he came up throwing. After the recent statcast of 5.5 seconds from 2nd (taking a lead) to home, not sure anybody but Dave Parker is going to make that throw either way. All Brian had to do was cause the slightest hesitation, which he did, and the Astros were adding-on! Looked like the ball was cutoff left of the target anyway as 3B caught it near the bag. I consider the move McCann made as savvy insurance.

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  13. The day off comes at a good time as the team can then re-evaluate both Marisnick and Springer (and they have an extra day to heal). Best guess is that if there is even a hint of a longer time sitting out that they will take advantage of the 7 day concussion DL. I guess Teoscar would be next up – though Preston Tucker is tattooing the ball – but Hernandez can play across the OF.

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  14. Did any of you read Musgrove’s, comments yesterday about his outing? He said Springer sat down beside him and gave him the encouragement to go back out and pitch the way he did. If there was any doubt how important guys like Springer, are to this club…..think again. This is a VERY talented team, of young brilliant talent and some steady veterans. The McCann getting caught in a rundown yesterday, was a gift since he took the blame for Joe’s, 4 run 1st inning gaff. I’ll take that everyday and twice on Sunday. He CREATED that 2nd run…..and boy am I glad he did!
    NOW…..if getting picked off a base keeps happening to Altuve, and Springer……I will be REAL pi$$ed off!!
    I have some great news to share with you. I saw my oncologist last Thursday, and unfortunately I was not able to talk my way out of another round of chemo in July…….he told me I am in remission! I will have another PET scan in June, and start the 4th round of chemo after the 4th of July. I’m happy!!! I wanted to thank each and everyone of you for sending prayers my way over the last 18 months. You can NEVER know what it meant to me. I found it difficult to pray for myself, without feeling selfish. I’m finally seeing the light at the end of that long tunnel….and I know I’ll be ok. Everyone of you mean so much to me, and I love you all. Becky⚾ ⚾

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  15. Getting back to a question from the last week – has anybody found out anything about Forrest Whitley? I have even checked the local newspaper there – the Quad City Times and there is nothing about him in the River Bandits coverage. Did he take one of those tour group trips to N. Korea or something? Is this the newest tweak to the tandem pitching – pitch 5 innings and then take two weeks off?

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  16. I don’t get it……I’ve asked Jane Hanson where Whitley is, and if ANYONE would know it would be her! I guess you could ask Mctaggart, but it’s doubtful that you would get a true answer out of him. You would think there would be something about the kid if he was, or wasn’t still in the organization. Who knows.
    AND…..don’t you know Luhnow is thanking his lucky stars he didn’t give up the farm and Bregman for Quintana!! I know it would be cool to have another lefty, but I’m drooling at the thought of Chris Archer in a Astros uniform! Aren’t you!!!?

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    • I don’t think Bregman was ever in play for Quintana. Luhnow wouldn’t even include him in a potential Chris Sale trade.

      Also, Archer may be a legitimate trade target at the deadline if the Rays fall out of the race, but you better be prepared to lose both Kyle Tucker and Martes among others. If we could get Archer without including Baby Tuck I would be very happy.

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      • Unfortunate timing on the Archer comment, as he gave up 3 HR’s in five batters tonight to blow the Rays lead vs the O’s..

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      • I’m curious who will be available. It’s too early to tell what teams will be out of it by the end of July, but we can start surmising that Toronto could be sellers. If Happ is healthy I am guessing he will be trade bait. I doubt they trade Estrada or Stroman. The Angels don’t have much to offer in the pitching department and the Mariners won’t trade Paxton, which is the only pitcher I would want from them. Would the Rangers trade Darvish if they fall out of it? If so, probably not to the Astros. The DBacks look to be back to a contending team so I don’t see Greinke being traded and I am not sure I would want him even if he was offered. The Giants won’t trade MadBum even after this motorbike incident. The Reds and Brewers have very little to offer in the starting pitching department. I am sure there will be some good pitchers available, but I’m just having a hard time, today, figuring out who that might be.

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      • Tim, that is a good question. Something to keep in mind is guys will perform above their career averages and their teams will want to sell high. Also, it’s possible a team will be willing to swing a deal like Seattle and Arizona did this offseason sending Walker over in exchange for Seguera.

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      • The two decent starting pitchers I can see being available at the deadline is Julio Teheran and Ervin Santana. They both look to be solid #3’s and could be had for less than what the White Sox wanted for Quintana, but they won’t come cheaply either. Of the two I would prefer Teheran, but that also depends on the asking price.

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  17. Kintzler on to save the game for the Twins against the East Grand Prairie Strangers. Gets Odor to fly out at the warning track, one out! Aaaand Elvis watches strike 3, is leaving the building, two outs. Here comes Banty Rooster out to get tossed, yelling screaming clapping and now he’s gone. Gallo walks and Lucroy up to ground it out… 3-2 final

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  18. Going back to the post, baseball when played right IS FUN. I have to remember that JL made a huge mistake right after Winter Meeting and signed 3 FAs. (And got Aoki on waivers). He had to have overpaid for the Yankees back up catcher, a “has been ” off the Rangers and a terrible OFer from the Dodgers.

    Fast forward to today. 3rd base coaches do not test Reddick. That is FUN. Beltran is a pro’s pro. He gets good wood on the ball most of the time. He is willing to go opposite on the shift or hit a sac fly. That is FUN. And McCann has complete confidence of the staff. Blummer and Stanton have both said “if they trust him, they can bury the pitch for a K.” The Musgrove strike out that McCann missed was a buried pitch that hit home plate. That requires ability and trust. Though the results were not desired. The team is greatly improved with these 4 additions. Once again Luhnow has served me a dish of crow, but it is FUN eating it.

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    • Nicely put ac45 – a lot of fun having competent professional players mixed in with the young talent, who know what needs to get done and most of the time gets it done.

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    • Well, I have never wavered in my admiration for the job JL has done and it just keeps growing, especially seeing the talent and depth in the minor leagues. There isn’t a GM in the game that hasn’t made a bad trade or bombed on acquiring/drafting prospects, but I shudder to think where the Astros would be if they didn’t hire Luhnow. Everyone has a right to their opinion, but mine is that the Astros are very, very lucky to have JL as their GM.

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      • In fairness to Luhnow, some of the deals he tried to get done fell through in years past. Abreu went to the ChiSox. Andrew Miller took the Yankees offer because their spring training home is in Tampa…and how he’s spending his spring in Arizona and summer in Cleveland. Cole Hamels and his wife preferred a different city. I may be wrong, but believe Lucroy also felt that way. The Kazmir trade didn’t pan out, but most of us liked the idea of it at that time (if not the prospects involved). The Gomez trade would best be forgotten, but it would never have come about if George Springer hadn’t been plunked by KC (it was that year, right?).

        So go back through those and consider this – if Abreu and Miller came to Houston and everything else remained equal (no Gregerson / Neshek), we probably beat KC and go to the 2015 world series. If Hamels says yes and performs for us like he did for Texas, we win the division in 2015 … and hopefully beat the Royals in the ALCS. If Lucroy came to Houston…well, despite his offensive prowess I suspect we would have been worse off as Luhnow would have had to either jettision Gattis or leave him at DH where he struggled last year.

        I’m more than happy to give credit to Luhnow for the good decisions he’s made.

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      • Every guy that is thriving on this team has done so because of hard work. You can get a guy like Gomez and his 8 WAR, and then he can dog it. Or, you can get a guy like Devenski, who came in prepared from Day 1.

        To me, that common denominator is heart and determination. I don’t believe coaching does very much at this level, other than putting them in a position to win. (Maybe shedding some insight about trends, or approach). The rest, when the ball comes their way, is up to them to execute individually first, as a unit second.

        Everyone here loved the Kazmir deal when he and Keuchel were for a few months, a lethal combo. But with age, and a lack of upside, he hasn’t done much since, under any tutelage. Came from OAK with a 164 ERA+, gave us a 94, and LAD 85. I want guys who are hungry and never stop improving, incentivized by personal professionalism. Drafting and acquiring that “type” is the best a GM can do initially, imho. The rest, like Singleton is up to them…

        Look at the barren wasteland of all those draft picks, and look at the cream that rose to the top. Tyler White, who outworked the bonus baby Reed is a prime example.

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  19. *What has made this start to the 2017 season fun for you?*

    1. The dramatic resurgence of Dallas Keuchel;
    2. The wicked stuff of a healthy Lance McCullers, Jr.;
    3. Nori Aoki – one of the toughest outs in baseball, in our 9-hole!
    4. Chris Devenski – the man who became a Dragon;
    5. Greg Giles’ version of Jerry Reed’s classic ‘When You’re Hot Your Hot!”
    6. Our much maligned Peacock spreading his tail feathers and stunning us all;
    7. YIE – but look who’s in FIRST PLACE, Baby!
    8. 13-6 thus far even though this team’s offense and bullpen have both sputtered – wait til we start to really gin!
    9. Way less strikeouts.
    10. Becky must be feeling better, because she is getting sassy again.

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    • Of course, the ‘Giles’ I referenced should be Kenny – not Greg. Greg Giles is great guy and a good a friend of mine, but I wouldn’t want him pitching for the ‘Stros in the 9th inning.

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    • Mr Bill you are pulling a Dan P there by renaming Ken Giles as Greg. That is like how I kept calling Jed Lowrie – Brett. Hey he just looked like a Brett.

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    • Becky first, Keuchel second.

      We needed the top dog to be just that again.

      My honorable mention is veteran leadership in clubhouse. Can’t put a price tag on that intangible bc it inspires, and frees up guys to blossom. Helps knowing that not just a few guys will carry the team, but that anyone, anytime will.

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  20. I wonder if:
    Jose Qintana screwed up by getting his training advanced for the WBC.
    Jose Quintana hurt himself in the WBC.
    Jose Quintana is just ready to be gone from Chicago.
    The Astros are ready for Cleveland.
    Springer can recover from a hammy in two days.
    Jake is still seeing stars.
    The Indians fans will come out to support their team
    Anyone noticed the batting averages of the players the Rangers had on the field last night. They looked almost as bad as the Toronto lineup.
    The White Sox can continue to have the best ERA in baseball with no Chris Sale and a terrible Jose Quintana. Team ERA of 2.91. That is amazing.
    Anyone noticed that Teoscar Herandez was not in Fresno’s lineup last night.

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      • And speaking of noticing – has anyone noticed that Jon Singleton – former major league hopeful – is actually finding it impossible to keep his average above the Mendoza line at AA?

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      • I’m not wondering about Yuhl. He has always been average age or above for the league he was pitching in and never dominated from a strikeout perspective in those situations.
        Finally he reaches AAA where he is a year younger than league average with stuff that tops out a high A level or AA level, at best.
        Yuhl has always been a strike-thrower which set him apart from a lot of low minor league pitchers, but when a pitcher gets to AAA without great stuff, their strikes start to get hit. Then they start to pitch to the corners and walks increase because they are afraid to throw strikes. From the moment Yuhl got to AAA he got hit. Hard.

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      • Ok, so I bought it. But don’t expect daveb7 to come back with a whole new outlook. I think Quintana is ready to be out of Chicago and will be easier had at some point. I think Springer coming back from a hammy problem in two days is not going to happen. Why push it when your record is 13-6? Teoscar could very well be in Cleveland already. So if George sits for a couple of weeks, does our lead off guy get a chance to lead off?

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      • Our lead off guy according to Hinch is expressly not Jose Altuve. Not sure why he’s so obstinent about Springer 1, and Tuve 3, when he’s said over and again, “it doesn’t matter 1-9.” Not to drone on in speculation, but I wonder if he let those two decide on their own which order they’d feel most comfortable?

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  21. Has anyone noticed that our top three guys in OBP are – in descending order – McCann [.414], Gattis [.405], and Marisnick [.400]? And has anyone noticed the guy who led was third on our team in OBP last year [George Springer, with .359], has the worst among all our starters so far this year with (for him) a measly .284?

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  22. They are still as sing Springer and Marisnick, and quietly they have brought up Teoscar. Marisnick is probably going to the DL, and Springer will be looked at today, and may start tomorrow. I’m sure he could be used as a PH if needed. I watched the last 3 innings of the Twins game against the Noth texas idiots last night, and the Twins closer ain’t that good. My favorite Dallas pitches tonight💕!

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    • Assessing the boys…..I hate auto correct! Marisnick ran in the outfield with Hinch watching him, but concussions are nothing to play with.

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  23. How is our pitching in the minors?

    Best team ERA – Quad Cities [3.06]
    [Buies Creek is also good 3.67; but Corpus is 4.41, and Fresno is a horrible 5.53]

    Best team WHiP – Quad Cities [1.10
    [ Buies Creek is also good at 1.24; but Corpus is 1.39, and Fresno is a pitiful 1.74]

    Best team K/9 – Buies Creek at a phenomenal 10.72
    [ Q.C. has an excellent 9.11, and Corpus has 8.41, but Fresno’s is only 7.38]

    Best team BB/9 – Quad Cities gives up 2.94
    [Corpus gives up 3.01, Buies Creek 3.94, and Fresno a whopping 4.36].

    In summary, Fresno’s pitching is, to be quite frank, HORRIBLE. With Hoyt in the bigs, they are reeling. Despite having Martes, Corpus’ pitching is NOT GOOD. With Akeem Bostic’s great start, and a few others doing well too [after being given big leads by a powerhouse offense] Buies Creek’s pitching has been GOOD, and Quad Cities’ pitching has been EXCELLENT].

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  24. Re ac45’s comment about this blog and Devo

    Robert Ford‏ @raford3
    “That kid Devenski, nobody’s talking about him, but he’s really good.” -Indians manager Terry Francona on Chris Devenski #Astros

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    • I can see why many want Altuve to leadoff, but we are 13-6 so I’m going to trust A.J. on his reasons to put Reddick there. By the way, it appears Marisnick will be going on the 7-day concussion DL since Teoscar is listed as a sub on the lineup card.

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      • The other day George led off with a double, and there is where he stayed. No matter who leads off, they need high OBP and base stealing threat. That’s baseball 101, you know that, Tim. By and large, Springer leading off doesn’t make much sense to me either because he doesn’t steal anymore, not a quick twitch guy.

        It appears to me Hinch made his decision about George is waiting to be proven right, come hell or high water.

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      • I don’t have any real big problem with Springer and Altuve where they are in the order right now with the record we’ve got. But I would have started the season differently. The argument can be made though that Altuve is a better RBI guy. This group will inevitably have a dry spell at some point. It will be interesting to see what Hinch does or does not do when it happens.

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  25. The underbelly of baseball
    Jeter and Jeb Bush buying the Marlins for $1.3B. Wow, politics pays pretty well Lol! Ok, well, that and being a bank president at age 24 in Argentina. Thanks, Papi! Some families are just untouchable, nor do they have to answer for their rise to power. Wouldn’t be the first “connected” baseball owner, I’m sure. [Pardon the reference. Certainly not going to see these documented on prime time news.]

    https://www.bibliotecapleyades.net/sociopolitica/esp_sociopol_bush61.htm

    Back to your regularly scheduled program.

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      • I didn’t call your comment crap. I called you out on posting crap that doesn’t belong here. This isn’t an opinion on your beliefs or mine, Gov. This is a defense of Chipalatta and what we want to see and what we don’t. I don’t want to see anything more like that article. I can’t make myself any clearer.

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    • I’m doubling down on that gov – we don’t need politics from either side of the aisle in this blog – we come here to escape all that noise.

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      • It was passed after he wrote but since we’re doubling down, then I’ll say he’s a public figure the same as our owner, of which I have read plenty of unsavory associations. You all have a right to your opinion, you share them but you don’t hear me calling your comments crap! Instead, you will pursuade someone with evidence, and as an open-minded person, I’m free to change my mind based on it. It was a baseball comment about a new owner, of which I stated my beliefs and done with it. If nobody else says they agree, it won’t hurt my feelings. Doesn’t mean I wouldn’t jump in a swirling river to save you all from drowning..

        On a side note, I try to be an encourager. If you think my post somehow undermined that, then I apologize. It wasn’t my intent. There’s two sides to a coin, but the same coin nonetheless.

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  26. Paul Braverman‏ @PaulBraverman
    Derek Fisher is 3-for-3 today with a solo HR, single, double. #Astros

    Making a case for himself as trade bait?

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  27. Very interesting conversation with Smoltz (3 others) MLB network re: the Pedroia Machado altercation which resulted in a plunking, and Matt Boyd throwing at Miguel Sand after Twins hit Tigers’ Jones in the face.

    Smoltz said back in our day we knew the unwritten rule, but now because it’s not a given to execute a perfect pitch (also being young players), there’s no place for throwing at someone’s head.

    What’s notable is that Pedroia was trying to explain during the game that it wasn’t his idea, which points to dissension in their clubhouse. The deeper the better for Astros fans.

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  28. Here’s an early report Devin, daveb

    Frankie Verdugo‏ @frankie_verdugo
    @keithlaw Just finished”Smart Baseball”,I couldn’t put it down.Thx4 sharing ur Unique Perspective & Valuable Insights.Thoroughly Enjoyed it!

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