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On another note: Musical message from Astros’ fans


The poor fans who post on this blog have been so confused and conflicted and confounded and concerned about their Astros, that it is time to send out a set of Musical Messages to you all. It is up to you to pick where you fall in this 1960’s/70’s rock and roll collage…

For those who believe this is the year – Jay and the Americans’ “This Magic Moment”

For those who believe the early season performance was a house of cards – Styx’s “Grand Illusion”

For those who don’t think we will win it all, but like to imagine it happening – Beach Boys’ “Wouldn’t It Be Nice”

For those who have been through 50+ years of frustration – Rolling Stones’ “You Can’t Always Get What You Want”

For those who have watched the insane run of the Cleveland Indians – Led Zeppelin’s “After the Levee Breaks”

For those who think the team just needs to pull together and get their mojo back – Beatles’ “We Can Work It Out”

For those who just can’t be crushed again – ELO’s “Don’t Bring Me Down”

For those who are Polyannas about our team – Aerosmith’s “Dream On”

For those who think this is just the start of a dynasty – Chicago’s “Only the Beginning”

For those who doubt A.J. Hinch’s leadership – Peter Frampton’s “Show Me the Way”

For those who are totally cynical after years of letdowns – The Who’s “Won’t Get Fooled Again”

For those who can’t believe the ups and downs of a baseball season – Moody Blues’ “Ride My Seesaw”

For those who always feel paranoid about the MLB Front office – Pink Floyd’s “Us and Them”

For those who have given up on 2017 – The Doors’ “The End”

For those who think the team just needs to relax – The Eagles’ “Take It Easy”

For those who can’t wait for the Astros’ bad play to end – CCR’s “Who’ll Stop the Rain”

For those who think that the city of Houston deserves something special – Bruce Springsteen’s “My Hometown”

For those who think the Astros have it in them – David Bowie’s “Heroes”

And of course for those who have no doubt – Queen’s “We Are The Champions”

So where do you stand musically on the Astros?

 

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About Dan P

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

186 comments on “On another note: Musical message from Astros’ fans

  1. Mr. Bill
    September 14, 2017

    On the positive side . . .
    – Tyler White is now hitting ,341 with an OPS of 1.061
    – Hoyt, Sipp, and Guduan all threw scoreless innings, and neither Sipp nor Guduan walked anybody
    – at least Hinch didn’t put in Francisco Liriano
    – the Quad City River Bandits won their first game in their league championshp
    – a black hole did not swallow the earth and its solar system

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  2. Mr. Bill
    September 14, 2017

    Back on the theme of the blog . . .
    the song for the day is ‘My Heart Will Go On’.

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    • Zanuda
      September 14, 2017

      Here’s an answer to Celine Dion. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0k8fepmmBOY

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    • Dan P
      September 14, 2017

      So are the Astros like Kate Winslet who rise from near death and decide to live life fully.Or are they like Leonardo DiCaprio about to sink to the bottom of the ocean.

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      • 1oldpro
        September 14, 2017

        They are the team in the lifeboat with only one guy rowin’.

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      • Dan P
        September 14, 2017

        And the one guy has one oar…..

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      • 1oldpro
        September 14, 2017

        Exactly.

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  3. Kevin
    September 14, 2017

    So glad I didn’t watch I bet Crane has to be thrilled at all of this , If I owned a piece of the team I would be in his ear Like WH is this crap.

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  4. Mr. Bill
    September 14, 2017

    There have been three seemingly unsinkable ships on the great MLB ocean this season:

    1. The HMMS Astros, who cruised through May and June;
    2. the HMMS Dodgers who dazzled in mid-summer;
    3. the HMMS Indians who are the darlings of August and early September.

    Only one ship will make it to the home port. The stinking icebergs will demolish all the rest. Gentlemen, place your bets.

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    • 1oldpro
      September 14, 2017

      My vote goes to the team that rules October and the first few days of November.

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    • Dan P
      September 14, 2017

      Or maybe the slow and steady Washington Nationals – who have also won 60% of their games

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    • Devin
      September 14, 2017

      Diamondbacks

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  5. Mr. Bill
    September 14, 2017

    It is too early to tell – we know. But from what you have seen so far, which of the Astros’ rookies/call-ups of 2017 has the brightest future in the MLB – and which do you see as having no MLB future at all:

    1. Francis Martes?
    2. Collin Moran?
    3. Tyler White?
    4. J.D. Davis?
    5. Derek Fisher?
    6. Tony Kemp?
    7. A.J. Reed?
    8. Reymin Guduan?

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    • Dan P
      September 14, 2017

      Dan’s purely un-scientific, eye ball thoughts:
      1. Francis Martes – Heck of an arm – some nasty stuff – he is pitching like you would expect a 21 y.o. to pitch – inconsistent and needs to learn more about pitching.
      2. Derek Fisher – He has speed and power – needs more reps to catch up with major league pitching
      3. A.J. Reed – Has done nothing in his callups – strikes out way too much – but damn 34 HRs and 104 RBIs at AAA – Pray he does not have Jon Singleton disease
      4. Colin Moran – hated that he got hurt – looked like he had really developed since his bad call-up in 2016
      5. J.D. Davis – Yeah he is slower than Brian McCann’s grandma, but he has a good power stroke – probably a DH down the line
      6. Tyler White – This guy should probably be ahead of Davis, but I just don’t know if he will ever be given enough of a chance
      7. Reymin Guduan – Only #5 because I think he may be the only lefthanded pitcher in the organization other than Keuchel….so far stinking it up at Fresno – he doesn’t throw enough strikes and when he does they hit them(He should really be at the bottom of this list
      8. Tony Kemp – I should put him higher – his minor league stats should be earning him a better chance – but will it ever….

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      • Dan P
        September 14, 2017

        “Only #7” not #5 for Guduan

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    • Devin
      September 14, 2017

      Reed only has 6 PA and 1 K in 2017 at the MLB level. Likewise, Moran hasn’t seen enough action for us to really predict. However, I think both of those guys are good enough to start for some teams in the league. Assuming Beltran does not come back and no free agent splash is made, I suspect Moran – White – Reed battling it out for DH is the biggest spring training battle.

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    • sargeh
      September 14, 2017

      I would play Reed as much as possible during spring training next year and play him the first month on the big club. Move Gurriel to designated hitter. Sprinkle Moran in there as the left-handed DH. Use White as the supersub to replace Gonzales. Pitch Martes in rotation during ST and if he pitches well, move McCullers to 8th inning setup man.

      That takes care of four of the guys listed.

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      • Tim
        September 14, 2017

        You have some great thoughts here, Sarge. I think they will pick up Marwin’s club option at $5.125M. He is so valuable as a super utility guy and his numbers make him well worth more than this. I also think they will keep one of White or Reed on the club, but not both. Although Gurriel is not a strong defensive 1B he is better than both Reed and White so I would keep him primarily as the 1B with Reed and White as DH possibilities, if both are on the team. I think Moran has a leg up on Reed as LH DH/bench bat.

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  6. 1oldpro
    September 14, 2017

    Brightest future: Colin Moran because most think he can hit and has added to his power. Actually can field two positions, 3B/1B. Also, he bats from the left side which allows him to have more ABs against opposite handed pitchers. He also has developed his swing to go the opposite way against lefties who pitch him away. Finally, he can get to 1B from the left side of the batters box as a LH batter faster than JD Davis can from the right side. Moran is slow, but is two steps closer to the 1B bag from the outset. On the other hand, we haven’t seen Moran pitch, yet.
    I like Martes’s future, too.
    I like Guduan because he has so much time to develop as a relief pitcher. Five years from now, I can see him as a good reliever in somebody’s pen.
    I worry about AJ Reed because he is limited to 1B/DH and, for those, he has to hit major league pitching and he has not done that.

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    • Tim
      September 14, 2017

      Considering the rumors were true and Moran was the centerpiece in the botched Zach Britton trade do you think he will be traded this off-season? The Astros definitely need to add another power bullpen arm and Moran is probably blocked at 3B by Bregman and 1B by Gurriel. Moran probably has more trade value than Reed so I can see him being jettisoned this off-season. What are your thoughts?

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      • Devin
        September 14, 2017

        Yes, I think he had a ton of value before the injury. However, I don’t think a power arm for the pen is really a pressing need so much as guys who can control the zone. Specifically, I would look for a lefty who can throw a slow curve for a strike at will.

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      • Kevin
        September 14, 2017

        That’s not a bad observation on Moran and the team, I just have to be honest, right now I’m not sure I get anything that there are thinking, I’m lost.

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      • 1oldpro
        September 14, 2017

        Tim, I would like to see Gurriel moved to DH next season so he could hit every day and have less chance of injury. Gurriel has proven himself this year as a hitter and his salary drops by $2 million every year, which is perfect for a DH approaching his middle 30’s. Then I would like Moran to win the 1B job, putting our home grown guys at all four spots in the infield.

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      • Tim
        September 15, 2017

        I can live with that idea, OP. I think Moran is an upgrade defensively over Reed or White at 1B so moving Yuli to primary DH works for me in this scenario.

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  7. 1oldpro
    September 14, 2017

    If they sent Marisnick back to Houston for evaluation, he is probably hurt bad and could be lost for the season and playoffs. Didn’t see the play because I wouldn’t watch the game, but that is a blow to the Astros, losing their 4th outfielder and late game defensive replacement. I guess that means they’ll have to let others play CF, instead of playing their best center fielder, George Springer.

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    • sargeh
      September 14, 2017

      I know, criminal that they will not let Springer play his natural position.

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    • Dan P
      September 14, 2017

      Jake hit a ball that blooped in to right field between multiple fielders. He stopped coming around 1st and when the ball got bobbled – he hesitated and went for 2nd. Tried to slide around the tag and jam his hand in there and hurt his thumb in the process. I did not have the sound on so I don’t know if they could see more than I could.

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  8. Mr. Bill
    September 14, 2017

    Mike Fiers suspended 5 games for throwing a high-hard one in the direction of Luis Valbuena’s head. I didn’t see it, but I did hear Fiers say he thought Valbuena was disrespecting with his bat flip after clubbing a homer.

    Look, Valbuena is a hot dog. He was a hot dog when he played for us. He does ridiculous looking bat flips over shallow pop-outs to the outfield. Unfortunately, he seems to have found his stroke just in time to hurt his former team. And even more unfortunately, we have had ZILCH in the way of an offensive answer in this series.

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    • Dan P
      September 14, 2017

      Well with Fiers aim….. Yes, he was trying to send a message, but if you get to see it – the only way Valbuena would have gotten hit is if the umpire threw him up on his shoulders. I would say it was 3 feet over his head – yes it was right over his head, but had no possibility of hitting him.
      Yeah, LV is the same as he was when he was here

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    • 1oldpro
      September 14, 2017

      Well he’s stupid to have said anything about it.
      He pitched horribly, he gave up a gopher ball to a guy who he knew was going to bat-flip him.
      At least he didn’t throw at Valbuena. Hinch wants to send other team’s hitters a message by throwing behind them or above them.
      What Fiers needs to do is go pitch for the Yankees, hit guys in the head and keep his mouth shut. Yankee pitchers can hit guys in the head after a brawl and get no suspension at all.

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    • Dan P
      September 14, 2017

      I have to wonder if the Astros are going to appeal the 5 day suspension and ask them to lengthen it for the good of the club

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      • 1oldpro
        September 14, 2017

        Now, that is funny!

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      • Becky⚾
        September 14, 2017

        No he’s not going to appeal the suspension.

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      • Russell Johnson
        September 14, 2017

        he should have thrown at somebody sooner.

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  9. Mr. Bill
    September 14, 2017

    Marisnick out for the year with fractured thumb. With Derek Fisher struggling the way he is, that makes the Cameron Maybin pickup look pretty big right now.

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    • 1oldpro
      September 14, 2017

      I wonder if players ever thought about using the mitten on their hands before they injure themselves, rather than after. I guess that would be too smart a solution. Preventative maintenance is not practical when the player still makes millions while rehabbing, and the team still has to pick up their tab.

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    • Billy Castillo
      September 14, 2017

      I feel bad for Jake 😦

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  10. Kevin
    September 14, 2017

    Is it to late to get Carlos Gomez BLAAAAAA

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    • Billy Castillo
      September 14, 2017

      I’d rather make out with a cheese grater than see Carlos Gomez back

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  11. Becky⚾
    September 14, 2017

    This all I’m going to say this afternoon……the boys need to come back home. They left Houston with a three game sweep of the Mets, but they NEED to come back home and get the love of THEIR home fans. They have bad mojo right now, and getting back to Minute Maid is their “safe place”. WE need them to come home.
    Tough break for the Astros AND Marisnick, I wish that hadn’t happened, but it did and whether it’s George, or Maybin…..we are gonna need their best defense in center!!
    The pitcher who got 5 game suspension doesn’t need to be talked about by me.
    He punched his ticket to another team next year, and that’s exactly as it should be.
    I truly hope the guys can get a win tonight…..they need it so bad. Becky⚾

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  12. Becky⚾
    September 14, 2017

    One more thing…..since Jake is gonna be off the playoff team, they need to bring up Moran. They owe it to him!!

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  13. astrocolt45
    September 14, 2017

    It didn’t look like anything special on Jake’s head first slide. And the play was over and done whe he grabbed his thumb.

    As to Fiers, thank you Commish. It appeared that he was ordered to throw “at” Valbuena and it went 3 feet over his head. He was NOT throwing “at him.”

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    • sandy
      September 14, 2017

      Well, after watching his control issues over the last 5 months, maybe he WAS throwing at him.

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      • Dan P
        September 14, 2017

        Funny as heck Sandy!

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  14. Zanuda
    September 14, 2017

    An ominous start as a routine pop up ends up a double for the Angels.

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  15. astrocolt45
    September 14, 2017

    The Astros are starting out tonight like their last paycheck bounced.

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  16. Zanuda
    September 14, 2017

    Whew!

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    • Zanuda
      September 14, 2017

      Given Peacock just threw 24 pitches in the 1st he won’t last 5 innings.

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  17. Devin
    September 14, 2017

    Not a good start. I’m giving Peacock one more inning, but any more of this nonsense and I’m heading to bed.

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    • Zanuda
      September 14, 2017

      Thanks to 5, 6, & 8 hitters, Peacock gets something to work with.

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  18. Dan P
    September 14, 2017

    Good hitting Astros – Marwin – Bregman – Yuli and still going with a 2-0 lead.

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    • Dan P
      September 14, 2017

      Better 2nd for Peacock with a sterling play by Bregman at deep 3rd to end the inning and save pitches.

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  19. Mr. Bill
    September 14, 2017

    I expect a super-duper bat flip now that Valbuena has done it again. Don’t waste a start throwing at him.

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    • astrocolt45
      September 14, 2017

      Interesting that VB did a bat flip on a fly out to center. So on the HR he had to walk around the bases to flip off the Astros.

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  20. Zanuda
    September 14, 2017

    I’d let Peacock start the 7th and see if he can pitch one more.

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    • Zanuda
      September 14, 2017

      But I doubt it.

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  21. Becky⚾
    September 14, 2017

    Brad Peacock:👏👏👏👏!!!

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  22. 1oldpro
    September 14, 2017

    I nailed that Texans game, didn’t I.
    1oldamateur

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  23. 1oldpro
    September 14, 2017

    Quad Cities wins again tonight in their championship series. A 5-0 shutout. They get to go home with a 2-0 lead in their best of 5.

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  24. Zanuda
    September 14, 2017

    Marwin comes through (the good news). Gets tagged out in a rundown (bad base running again). Over anxious on the try for a triple.

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  25. Becky⚾
    September 15, 2017

    You knew Uncle Albert couldn’t be held in check for three games.
    Good win, now come home boys!!

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  26. Zanuda
    September 15, 2017

    Devo manages to get the outs after a HR to the Astro Killer Pujols. He could benefit from learning another pitch in the off season. We’ll take the “W” any way we can get it. At least it was worth staying up until 1:30AM today.

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  27. astrocolt45
    September 15, 2017

    Going back to “who to keep” for next year, the “bottleneck ” that Chip talked about years ago is now here. Several will not be here at Rule V time. That means other clubs know more than we know.

    Their trade value is for younger players. Or the other team will wait to see who gets cut and it costs almost nothing. The Astros view them as AAAA players. There is probably a”Robbie Grossman” that another team will take, but not giving up much to get him.

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    • Devin
      September 15, 2017

      Do you happen to have a list of players not on the 40 who will be eligible this winter?

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      • 1oldpro
        September 15, 2017

        I usually look to What the Heck, Bobby for that info. But, I haven’t seen it yet.
        I know Cionel Perez is going to have to be protected and I’m sure Kevin Comer is eligible.

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  28. 1oldpro
    September 15, 2017

    The song I’m singing this morning is “Oh Happy Days” by Aretha Franklin.

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  29. 1oldpro
    September 15, 2017

    Last night, Fort Wayne’s Gabriel Arias got three hits off of Patrick Sandoval of Quad Cities, two doubles and a triple. None of his teammates were able to drive Arias in.
    Arias, from Venezuela, is 17 years old.

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    • Mr. Bill
      September 15, 2017

      The best news of the day is that Patrick Sandoval is LEFTY. We actually have a LEFTY in the system who has demonstrated the ability to shine under the pressure of a championship series.

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      • Mr. Bill
        September 15, 2017

        Patrick is a 20 year old left-handed pitcher from Mission Viejo, CA. We drafted him in the 15th round in 2015. At Quad Cities this year, he was 2-2 with a 3.83 ERA, a still too-high WHIP of 1.35, and 48 strikeouts in 40 innings. He still needs a lot of work, but I like the way he rose to the occasion in an opponent’s park to put his team 2 games up in a league championship series.

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      • Devin
        September 15, 2017

        It was considered a huge steal that Luhnow and friends were able to sign him at the time.

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      • 1oldpro
        September 15, 2017

        You’re right, Devin. It surprised a lot of people that we were able to sign him. It was a coup for Luhnow and company.
        They have five years(I think) from the time he was drafted before he is subject to Rule 5, so they want to bring him along at a steady pace.
        Throughout his professional career he has pitched in leagues where the average player is two years older than he is, so he is getting tested.

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  30. Mr. Bill
    September 15, 2017

    Hooray – our road-weary Astros are finally coming home! Considering how ugly our time in Oakland was, I’ll happily take a 5-5 road trip closed out by taking two out of three from our closest division rivals in their home park.

    Today’s song choice: “Tie A Yellow Ribbon”.

    The last home stand of the year starts with three games against the Mariners [who will come right at us with James Paxton (v. Morton), and Erasmo Ramirez (v. Keuchel), followed by the impressive Moore kid (vs. Verlander)]. After that comes three opportunities for revenge against the White Sox – who swept us mercilessly in the Windy City the last time we faced them. Let’s return the favor, guys! The home season ends with three more intense contess against the hot dog bat-flipper Valbuena, the perennial MVP candidate Trout, and the ultimate Astro-Nemesis, Pujols.

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    • Mr. Bill
      September 15, 2017

      Uh . . . that would be ‘contests’, not ‘contess’

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  31. Tim
    September 15, 2017

    The boys and I are leaving Round Rock early tomorrow morning to catch that game and stay the night to attend Sunday’s game also. We are hoping to see the division clincher. Today is my birthday (I won’t give my age, but suffice it to say I may be among the young ones in this blog…I kid). I can’t think of a better way to spend my birthday weekend than at Minute Maid Park watching the Astros with my 2 favorite Astros fans.

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    • Kevin
      September 15, 2017

      happy bday get 2 wins will u!

      Liked by 1 person

    • sandy
      September 15, 2017

      Happy Birthday Tim. May the Astros honor you with a win😊

      Liked by 1 person

    • sargeh
      September 15, 2017

      Happy birthday buddy

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    • Billy Castillo
      September 15, 2017

      Happy birthday Tim!

      Liked by 1 person

    • 1oldpro
      September 15, 2017

      Ok, Tim. I don’t know if this link works, but we do have a theme here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yqwz9OYjkc4

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      • Russell Johnson
        September 15, 2017

        lol op. i see the grand kids are rubbing off on you.

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    • Becky⚾
      September 15, 2017

      Happy birthday Tim, I’m going to the Sunday game as well….and it would be SOO cool to see the guys clench after that game!! How awesome would THAT be!!!

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      • astrocolt45
        September 15, 2017

        I know Minute Maid is a large place, but do you really think it can hold both Tim and Becky. We will find out. 🙂

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  32. Russell Johnson
    September 15, 2017

    happy b-day tim. y’all have fun and bring home a couple of w’s.

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  33. 1oldpro
    September 15, 2017

    dave’s nephew, Tyler White, replaces Yuli tonight in the #8 spot and playing 1B. Altuve DHing and Reddick is the only lefty in the lineup against Paxton.

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    • Becky⚾
      September 15, 2017

      Good!! I wanna see how he does again’t Paxton.

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    • daveb7
      September 15, 2017

      Tim that’s your Birthday present from me! Hope junior hits a dinger for you.

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  34. 1oldpro
    September 15, 2017

    Maybin in LF, Springer in CF and Reddick in RF. Bregman, Correa, Marwin and White on the infield and Gattis catching.

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  35. Becky⚾
    September 15, 2017

    Felix Hernandez was on a pitch count last night because it was his first start after being on three DL. Tonight will be Paxon’s, first start back as well. Think he will be on a pitch count as well? That would be great if so…..he’s a very tough lefty.
    Heard this last night from the radio guys, when the guys came back for the series with the Mets, Springer could not go home. Freeway was shut down with flooding, so I’m sure he will be THRILLED to get back home! He lives in Sugarland.

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    • Becky⚾
      September 15, 2017

      The…not three!

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  36. Zanuda
    September 15, 2017

    A “W” for the good guys tonight. All round good effort with a good pitching performance from Morton.

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  37. Becky⚾
    September 15, 2017

    Welcome home boys! Good game!

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    • Zanuda
      September 15, 2017

      Good Birthday present for you Tim. Have a great one!

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  38. Dan P
    September 15, 2017

    Let’s ser – happy birthday Tim
    Indians finally lose and the Astros put together a solid effort.
    Nice Friday

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  39. pencil01
    September 16, 2017

    How about Francisco Liriano’a effort in the 8th. Faced 3 batters, struck them all out and it was the middle of the line up!

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    • Tim
      September 16, 2017

      He is starting to look more comfortable in the bullpen. I think he made a strong case last night to make the playoff roster. Hinch put him in the game in a ‘hold’ situation and he did a great job. Let’s hope this carries over, but needless to say, it was a very impressive outing by Liriano.

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    • Mr. Bill
      September 16, 2017

      It would sure be nice to see this kind of performance from him become consistent. After the disastrous start to his tenure on our team, he’s got a lot of ground to cover to earn a playoff roster spot, but his last 2 outings at least provide hope.

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