The curious case of Carlos Correa


The current situation concerning the Astros’ All Star shortstop Carlos Correa has been a head-scratcher. Health problems have always been a concern for the super talented player dating back to his short time in the minors, but the last season and a half has changed the nature of the concerns towards skepticism and suspicion.

Here’s a quick timeline of Correa’s (who just turned 25 last Sunday) stay with the Astros organization:

  • June 2012 – he is chosen as the surprise overall 1st pick in the MLB draft. The Astros sign him under slot and use the extra money to sign Lance McCullers Jr. and Rio Ruiz for over slot.
  • As a 17 year old he does OK at rookie ball, but really turns it up in 2013 at A ball and is on fire half way through the 2014 season at A+ Lancaster when he suffers a serious leg break and misses the rest of the season.
  • At age 20 in 2015, he spends a productive month at AA and another at AAA, before getting the call-up to the big club and earning the AL Rookie of the Year award in only 99 games.
  • He has a solid season in 2016 (better than almost any SS in the team’s history) and at 22 in 2017, he is brilliant for most of the season until he breaks a thumb in mid-July. He does not come back until September, and he struggles a bit before turning things on the last week of the season and through the Astros run to the World title. He only plays 109 regular season games in 2017.

Note – to this point he has had two serious injuries that impacted chunks of two seasons, but these were the type of injuries that were for all the world to see. Things change after this.

  • In 2018, Correa is on the IL for a little bit of June and a little bit of August and all of July with a back issue. Looking at the way his numbers tailed off, it is likely the injury occurred long before he went on the IL. He is never the same guy after returning to the lineup in August through the playoffs. He went from a premier hitter to a middle of the roader in one season. He only plays 110 regular season games in 2018 and that was probably more than his body should have supported.
  • This season, he was rocking and rolling like the 2017 version of himself, until……he goes onto the IL at the end of May with a rib fracture from a MASSAGE??? He comes back at the end of July and is hitting well again until,…….he starts slumping in mid-August and goes on the IL with back problems.
  • He misses a month and returns last week, but they plan on easing him back into the flow of things by playing him part time. After playing Friday and Saturday, he is off Sunday and then flies with the team to Seattle. His back is bothering him again and we are told he is going to miss one, wait – two, wait – the rest of the regular season.

Which brings us to the question mark part of this piece:

  • Can the Astros win it all without Correa? Well, they are 50-25 with him in the lineup this season, which if my math is good means that they are a pretty darned good 54-29 without him in the lineup. So, yes they could win it without him.
  • Are they better in the playoffs without him playing? A kind of trick question, because if he plays like he did before his rib break this season, the answer is no, but if he plays like he did after his back injury in 2018, the answer is yes. If he can play healthy he makes the team better even with the great job that Alex Bregman has done at short stop and Aledmys Diaz and Abraham Toro have done at third base. Just remember how many games in the 2017 playoffs came down to a play or two at the plate or in the field. If they need a 95 mph relay to gun down a winning run can anybody else do that like Correa? If Bregman was playing SS in 2017, would someone else have made the laser throws from third base to the plate to save the day? The team is better if Diaz is giving them depth off the bench rather than being in the lineup.
  • Does the team put him on the playoff roster? In the playoffs not everyone may play, but you never know when you will get into 16 or 18 inning marathons (shades of 1986 or 2005) where all hands must be on-deck, not getting their ribs rubbed.
  • Do the fans believe him? Back aches can be debilitating, but it is not like seeing someone in a cast. He lost a lot of credibility with the broken rib massage (maybe it was an S&M masseuse) and the latest tight back problems frustrate a populous, who would run through brick walls to get paid to play a kids game.
  • What does the team do long term? Having a “now you see him, now you don’t” shortstop makes it tough on the team. A lot of what happens in a team situation revolves around the “T” word – Trust. You have to be able to trust that guy next to you, have to know he will be there when you need him, have to know he cares as much as you do. If they trade him in the off-season, they would be trading him at the low point in his value. Would they be better off to let him play some next season, show he is healthy and then trade him? Can they trust him to show he is healthy long enough to do this?
  • But if the weirdness of what is happening to Carlos – is because he is lazy, he is a malingerer, he is shrewdly and trying to get traded to a bigger city, or even that he wants to get paid now, etc. ….the real question has to be “Why?” This is what makes the case even more curious. What could possibly be in it for him to miss time over aches and pains or oddly obtained injuries? He is in arbitration years right now, which means performance = $$$. Yes, he is making $5 million this season, more than most of us will make in our whole lives. But a solid, healthy 2018 would have gotten him more like $8 million this season. He is now likely ending 2019 with only 75 games played. He has 21 HRs and 59 RBIs in those 75 games. He will likely get an arbitration bump to $6 or 7 million, but if had played 150 games and put up 40 HRs and 100+ RBIs he would be staring at $10+ million. If he could show he can stay on the field he might be looking at a Bryce Harperish deal as a 27 y.o. free agent after 2021. Two more partial seasons of problems might cut that in half.

In the end, this might go away and he might turn into an iron man. Or this might haunt him the rest of his playing career. Either way it is a puzzlement.

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78 comments on “The curious case of Carlos Correa

  1. He’s been hanging with Alex Rodriguez all summer…….surprised??? *N O P E*
    Ya know his presence in the lineup means very little. Bregman has out played him everyday and twice on Sunday. This is my opinion….I don’t care if I never see him again in an Astros uniform. Sorry but I’m a mother of 5 and Grandmother to 8…..I don’t buy his lame excuses anymore. “IF” he gets traded we should not settle for ANYTHING LESS than 3 MLB ready pitchers.
    Correa is a selfish little man.

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  2. Concerning where he was drafted, B. Buxton who was the favorite for the #1 pick has also been on the injury list a lot. Correa is amazing to watch when he’s healthy, but I favor trading him this off season and hopefully getting value in return. To me He just seems a little bit out of the core that makes the Stros so fun to watch. There’s upcoming talent coming up that may not have his ceiling, but that will show up to play. Also, trading him could maybe ;help be a step to bid on Cole.

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  3. Before we hash things out about Correa, I would like to see us win the WS and then figure it out.
    I’m sure Correa is hurt, but I would like to see the Astros handling his rehab and I’m not so sure that is what’s happening.
    One thing I love about this team is that everyone seems to be for the team. I’m just afraid that Carlos puts Carlos before the team when it comes to his conditioning and prep. I think he loves his teammates almost as much as he loves Carlos.
    One thing I am sure of. The two home runs that he hit in one game recently was bat on ball with a completely revamped swing to account for his back problems, and that is not a good thing long-term.
    I am very worried that his back is going to put a real hurt on his potential.
    I really miss the healthy Carlos Correa.

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  4. I don’t personally see Carlos as lazy, a malingerer, or any more of a prima donna than anyone else on this team of extremely high quality ballplayers. I see him as, unfortunately having developed a lingering back condition – one which may or may not ever fully heal, but which may come and go. And since our team has 104 wins so far, and it does not really need him to ‘push through’ his injury, if I was AJ there is no way I would play Carlos again this regular season unless or until he provides both medical and on-field exercise evidence that he is good to go. I would not automatically assume he would be ready for the playoffs [we saw last year how a team of injured superheroes is just not good enough to beat a really good team when the WS is on the line]. I would rely on physicians to advise as to whether Carlos is good to go for the playoffs. In none of this, however, would I even think of blaming Carlos – or, of course, his lady friend. Injuries are no fun. And back injuries/conditions can be crippling. It’s not like we don’t have anyone else who can play shortstop, right?

    Of course, if Carlos’ back doesn’t get better for – and stay better throughout – the playoffs, I would reassess his value to the team going forward. I might solicit offers from other teams, to see how highly THEY value him. But whether I traded him or not would be strictly a business decision – not an emotional one.

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  5. I haven’t seen the line-up for tonight’s game. If it was me filling it out, after the extremely late trip back we had, thanks to the MLB scheduling gurus, I would seriously consider slating in:

    Straw – SS
    Diaz – 1B
    Bregman [DH]
    Alvarez [LF]
    Tucker [RF]
    Toro [3B]
    Marisnick [CF]
    Mayfield [2B]
    Stubbs [c]

    Hey, look- our starting pitcher is Wade Miley. It’s going to take a miracle to win this game anyway! Let’s rest our starters for the next two games.

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  6. My opinion is when healthy, there is no one other than maybe Trout that I would trade for Carlos. When he is not playing, I think maybe Tyler White can fill in and be equal to a NO Show Carlos. And as you stated, Carlos can’t sit out his next two years and get a $300 Million contract. He will have to show something on the field. So I ride with him another year.

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  7. I don’t think Carlos is a team guy. I think he’s looking for attention. I think he’s devious. We rarely hear any of his teammates volunteer anything positive about him. I have no idea the degree of his injury, but I’m pretty sure the club has been quoted saying that doctors have found no irregularities in his back. I presume he’ll be on the post season roster. He’s the most beautiful defender at shortstop on the planet. I hope he can play that way. If we make it through the first 5 game series and it is clear that he can’t play, then he gets dropped from the roster for round two. I don’t like the drama. I’m sure his clubhouse does not either. They are too solid to get caught up in it though. And if he can contribute I hope he helps us win the World Series. And then like I said yesterday, I’d like him traded for Christmas. To the Mets.

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  8. This probably belongs in the WAR comments, but using Baseball Reference, here are some interesting % predictions. Chances to Win World Series: Dodger 23.2%, Braves 15%, Astros 14.2%, Yankees 13.1%, Nationals 8.6%, Cardinals 8.1%, Oakland 6.5%, Twins 6.2%, , Tampa Bay 2.2%, Brewers 2.1%, Indians 0.8%.

    So the 3 division winners in the NL rate 46.2%. The AL winners rate 33.5%. And current Wild Cards are 20.2%.

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  9. I’ve been a little rough on Carlos in the past, but I realize how delicate backs can be, and am willing to continue to give him the benefit of the doubt on that issue, but only because he is still a valuable asset to the team, preferably on the field and healthy, or as a trade piece. As Mr. Bill noted, the situation should not be handled as an emotional knee jerk. Time is still on the team’s side.

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  10. I do know about back problms, and a lot of back surgeries have not improved the problem……MINE DID. I will tell you again, Correa (and maybe other guys) know exactly what has been said about this. I didn’t call him lazy, I said he is selfish….and I’m not backing down on that.
    Got my fingers crossed for Miley tonight……more for him than the team. I wish Greinke had gotten that no hitter last night, even though he said it was “a bunch of nonsense”.

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    • It sure looked more mental than physical in the first inning tonight – he just seemed so close to getting out unscathed and when it did not happen he threw a fastball over the heart of the plate

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      • It would also be nice to put a lineup out there capable of getting a few runs.
        Can’t they rest next week while the wildcard is being decided?
        As for Correa, no sympathy from me.
        But he’s only harming himself.

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  11. I guess everyone knows that Correa is out for the rest of this week and they expect him to be ready for the playoffs. MLBTR had that at 7:18 tonight.

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  12. Correct me if I’m wrong, but aren’t we still shooting for home field throughout. This lineup tonight if over half full of PCL players (who have tied the gm thus far). So what am I missing here? Besides CC, our starters have been given additional days off lately. I’m only referring to clinching HF or is that a solid already?

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  13. It’s amazing how when shooting for the fence we make those loud outs near the wall. Yet when we juice the bases we somehow manage to GIDP instead of at least making a loud out to bring a run in. Go figure.
    Hate complaining when we’re doing so good but felt compelled to slip that one in.
    Oh, I heard we had to win 1 more to clinch throughout. AJ bringing in the big guns now. Hope we get it done tonight

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  14. Miley has probably thrown his last baseball for the Astros. I really feel sorry for him….something went haywire in his mental approach. He lost all confidence in his pitches. BUT….the good news is he only gave up 3 runs. I” think” the reason the guys who were brought up is to see “who” among them will be on the playoff roster. So far the one sure to be on it is Tucker. If Rondon doesn’t give up his usual homerun, they will go to extras.

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  15. They said on the broadcast that the Astros had a difficult trip in to LA and did not get to the hotel until 3 AM so that is why he played so many youngsters – whatever
    I don’t like getting up so early in the morning though I’ve been doing it for 40 years and I really don’t like to wake up to a west coast loss

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    • Dan, maybe put the DND on the door and sleep from 4 to 12. Call Room Service. Have a 1:00 pm massage. Have a nap. Get a car to the park at 3. Then you drink coffee, play poker, order whatever you want to eat again, get loose, do your regular pre game ritual for the next 4 hours. Play some ball. I was forced to stay up until after 1:00 am watching them lose. That sure was a winnable game, even with Miley on the hill. Dookie.

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    • No offense Dan, but you get up early and go to work and I’m pretty sure you are a little bit over 20 years old.
      My grandpa would say, “ they’re ruining these youngsters these days coddling them. “.

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  16. My preference would have been for the regular guys to put up a batch of runs early and then get the rest of the night off. If we’re fortunate enough to reach the World Series and our match up ends up being the Dodgers, I sure want Alvarez to play 4 games rather than 3.

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  17. How I’m feeling about all this:
    – I don’t believe that Carlos is a malingerer
    – I don’t believe he broke a rib getting a massage
    – I do believe that the team is better when he is playing for them
    – I do believe that the team would be better with a healthy alternative to him if they don’t know if he is going to show up every game for a playoff series
    – I do believe they will at some point try to trade him
    – I do believe the trade may not occur due to doubts about his ability to stay on the field (and the lack of a decent return for him)
    – I do believe that guys that get hurt early in their career can rise above this – I think of Jed Lowrie who put together very good 2017 and 2018 seasons to lead the A’s did this
    – I do believe that Carlos will continue to get hurt because that is just what he does

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    • This is a good post, I’ll reply here.

      Correa has “X” value. His new agents will argue one thing, Astros will argue another. He’ll be offered somewhere between $9-10M in settlement for ’20. He has given us nearly $200M in WAR value, while we have only paid him $7M. Carlos Correa has been a tremendous asset, while we have expected more.

      Should we settle, chances are we’ll see much of the same thing we did this year. Elite player when healthy, average when compromised. Whether he’s compromised for life is debatable. I can see him wincing in pain; and I can see him hit it 476 feet in BAL.

      On one hand, if we trade him for a decent and top prospect, we run the risk of CC having a Hall of Fame-type of career. If we keep him through 2020, he has lost the controllable year to have traded for that value.

      The other side is we have Bregman SS/Toro 3B combo, Straw, Diaz, Mayfield (and Jeremy Pena who is ready defensively, but not offensively until 2021). That crew would suffice. It’s going to be a tough decision.

      Same as what to do next year with Devenski, and Mayfield (Deetz) on the 40-man. There are half a dozen prospects who will be Rule V eligible, and others like Whitley, Ivey, Bielak and Javier to add throughout the season.

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  18. After 33 yrs working TDC I was forced to quit at 61, primarily back issues. At 63 am now permanently disabled because of the same. Some of us know this, it never goes away, worsening with age. CC is 25, playing a sport that puts tremendous pressure on the back. Treating the symptoms doesn’t heal the problem. We see it’s back & forth. If permanen he will never be the same with him flashing that vast potential until the next inj.
    Tulo & Pedroia come to mind, great talents oft injured. Since the Astros are not on the hook (big $$$) contractually for CC they have options.
    I believe his back is inj. Therefore, unless it’s a ruse, I don’t see how he obtains fame & fortune with the baggage he carries.

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  19. What a great comment.
    If the team knows he’s hurt, they try to keep it on the hush.
    In arbitration they try to keep his salary down because they know what others don’t.
    They can trade him but then they have to turn over his medicals. If that team says no thanks, then the cat is out of the bag and his trade value plummets.
    By the time he is a FA there won’t be a QO in MLB because of the expiring CBA, so they get nothing back in that scenario.
    This is complicated.

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  20. Brad Ausmus must have 50 guys in his bullpen, he went batter to batter last night. AND the Angels have a TON of lefty relievers. I lost count of how many Ausmus used in the final 2 inning last night…or EARLY THIS MORNING.
    I’m done talking about our delicate short stop.

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  21. There were four players who got huge dollars for huge numbers of years last offseason.
    Machado and SanDiego didn’t make the playoffs.
    Harper and the Phillies didn’t make the playoffs. Nationals did.
    Arenado and the Rockies didn’t make the playoffs.
    Trout and the Angels didn’t make the playoffs.
    Lots of money paid to those guys. Good luck next season.

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    • One thing to note with those teams and their high priced singular talent. One player does not make a team! Especially when Machado and Harper really weren’t worth the money. It would be like the Astros having a bunch of journeyman players and a few standouts. A singular Jose Altuve, Alex Bregman, Justin Verlander is more than likely not going to get you to the promised land. It takes all 25 plus occasional call ups, good coaching, management, solid performances and a few of those intangibles and also an occasionally “lucky bounce”. That’s what we have in the Houston Astros and that’s why those other teams will be watching us on TV in October. We will have the dilemma next year and in 2021 of how to keep the proverbial juggernaut rolling. It will e interesting. Oh and probably w/o our shortstop.

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      • Yeah Zanuda, the club wins as a team. Not by figuring out a way to keep Carlos Correa on the field. Move the distraction by getting as much value as possible and rely on built in depth, guys with a team mentality, to win 100 plus games in 2020 and beyond. It’s not a remarkable concept. We already have the most valuable shortstop in MLB if Carlos does not want to own that job. I think Luhnow can figure out third base.

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  22. I have to go to bed soon, as I am due in the office at 8 in the morning. I’d rather be flying late from Seattle to an LA suburb with my first appointment of the day at 7:10 pm. Oh well. I think the A’s really do have 17 pitchers to work with. We have to take this dookie seriously. Ausmus does not seem to like our organization. Maybe he was pissed when we did not give him a job. Good thing. I don’t much like him either, but he’ll make a change on the mound every other out, just to slow things down. What a great job by our U guy. Give me a couple of runs so I can go to sleep.

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  23. I hurried home from shopping with the wife to watch this! You said it right Zanuda, these guys look disinterested, launch angle pop ups, swinging at dirts balls, like they are not even trying. Tomorrow tell AJ to fill the lineup card with all the minor leaguers, maybe they’ll at least make it look interesting. Geez!

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  24. Thank you for the runs Michael. I’m going to hope Mr. Harris and Mr. Osuna finish this one out. This win is pretty big, especially since the two best starters in MLB are on deck for us to guarantee home field against the Dodgers.
    Good night all.

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  25. Will Harris pitched an imaculent inning! That is VERY RARE! What else can you say about Urquidy!! Six innings…*0* runs!! ASTROS WIN!! Home field advantage throughout the playoffs!! YAAAAA-HOOOO!

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  26. I would like to make one comment that says nothing. There was a time in Astros history a few years back it was worth a trade to trade ONE good player for 2-3-4 maybe in the future good players. Those days are currently gone. Luhnow has successfully traded 2-3-4 MAYBE future good players to get one elite player a few times. Our shortstop, when healthy is elite. This year, and in the past, he has not been healthy from time to time. I don’t think anyone is trading an All Star – one on one – for Carlos. And he is too good to just give away. Give him another year and then realize that he is elite or not.

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  27. Good morning. I’m getting ready for work while our Astros are sleeping. Luhnow sent a not so subtle message to Correa last night. I think his comments made pretty clear his feelings on Carlos.

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    • Didn’t see anything other than the usual statements from Luhnow, Hinch. Did we miss something? You know they’re reaching a breaking point. I know I would be.

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      • I think it was the first time they’ve said that they are prepared to leave him off the post season roster unless they see from him next week what they need to see. And it sounds like the doctors and trainers don’t see any reason why he should not be able to perform.

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    • dave i read those comments and i do not interpret them they way you expressed here. there is an abundance of caution in the approach to carlos, i agree. but anybody that had an injury that might preclude their playing might be left off the roster. and it did not say left off the entire post season roster, but if necessary left off the first round and brought back for the next. anybody that wants to sit an anywhere near 100% correa for toro (and this isnt a dig at toro, he just isnt the player correa is) isnt in sync with astro management. i think correa will play and we will be glad he does.

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  28. I know Dan will move to this issue in the next couple of days, but Urquidy stamped his ticket to the post season last night and put the final nail in the Miley coffin I think. I agree with Becky in that I kind of feel sorry for Miley. He did so much this year to help us get to where we are today.

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    • Urquidy is not overpowering but he mixes up his pitches and locations so that the batter doesn’t know what he’ll throw next. Kudos to Chirinos who calls the game too.

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      • I wish Whitley had his demeanor on the mound. If Urquidy remains healthy, I feel good about him in the rotation next year based on what little we’ve seen to date.

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  29. Becky – that gave us home field on the AL side but we are only one up on the Dodgers with two to go (we own the tie breaker) so e need one more win or one more LA loss to get homefield all the way thru

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    • I’m just thinking …. that this hone field advantage in a seven game series is a bit overplayed? Assume we get home field advantage:

      Let’s say we win in 4 – it’s 2 at home and 2 away

      Let’s say we win in 5 – it’s still 2 at home and now it’s 3 away

      Let’s say we win in 6 – it’s 3 at home (I suppose we win in front of the home crowd) and it’s still 3 away

      Only if we win in 7 did it matter – it’s 4 at home and 3 away, but there must’ve been some nail-biters along the way (like losing a potential clinching game 6, or having to win both game 6 and game 7…)

      PS was in Houston for a few days this week, but no Astros at home. Went to see the Skeeters win game 2 of their playoffs, mind. What a good night out!

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      • here from across the pond!! i see your point simon, but has been mentioned in here before, i would rather see alvarez on the field for four games if it goes seven. if we dont have home field in the series he only plays three unless they put him in the field somewhere.

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  30. I just watched a video of Cavan Biggio bunting for a double.
    https://www.bardown.com/unorthodox-bunt-somehow-ends-up-as-a-double-for-blue-jays-cavan-biggio-1.1372977?fbclid=IwAR1NTJsFwAxkpsfyW0vTrp4Wz3PF6AJI6m6SSvrpcg43S1reSBUVgYz2Ark
    I would hope that we might look at doing the same when the playoffs get here instead of continuing to extend our lead leading GIDP stat. It’s playoff time and that means pulling out all the stops in order to win.

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  31. Zanuda….yeah, good luck with that. If it’s not a homerun they don’t see the need to play small ball.
    Folks…isn’t it just AWESOME for the 3rd year in a row, our guys play on!!
    Remember those years when we slumped our shoulders, and watched the other teams celebrate in our house? Made for a looong dark off season. I’m filled with joy and pride! This is Verlander’s last start of the regular season, and I’m pretty sure he’s gonna be amped up. Three things he wants tonight:
    4 more strikeouts for 3,000
    12 more strikeouts to reach 300 for this year
    *1* more win to get 21 wins for this year
    I’m sad that I can’t watch him, so I’m going to ask you folks to tell me how he looks! GO ‘STROS!!!

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  32. Verlander needs one more strikeout to reach 3,000….first guy up in the next inning is Uncle Albert. How cool would it be if Justin strikeouts Albert for his 3,000!! Stay tuned!

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  33. Kole Calhoun’S name will be written on that ball! Now….if he could just stop giving up homeruns that would be great. Currently Astros are down 3-0.
    Did you guys see the Angels fans giving him a standing ovation??? Was is really cool? Robert Ford called it, and he said everyone was cheering for him.

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  34. HOW WONDERFUL FOR JUSTIN VERLANDER!!!!! This why I love baseball so much! He and Cole are both breaking records everywhere! This really is a magical season for ALL of our guys! Couldn’t be prouder of these guys!⚾⚾

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  35. The best investment that I’ve made this year has been my MLB.com membership as I’ve been able to watch almost all of the Astros games. Sometimes frustrating but there are 162 games and on our way to winning a possible 107 games, it sure has been fun.

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    • They are blacked out in Houston. Believe me I’ve tried everything to try and get the games. I’ve she’d a LOT of tears of disappointment😭

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      • I’m lucky from that perspective that I’m here in NC. The only games blacked out are Baltimore and Washington. I guess 300 miles is in the zone. I do plan to go to Atlanta next year to see their final 3 games. I suspect those would also be on the black out list. Good game tonight.

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      • Becky, I am terribly low tech. But there are ways to manipulate your computer (I think it’s the IP address) in order to hide its location from the people who want to know where your are. People do it here all the time to get programing from the mainland. I think you could probably get an IT guy, a computer nerd to make it so you could pick up MLB.com next season. In the meantime, I hope you enjoy watching post season Astro baseball for the next month or more.

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  36. HE DID IT!!
    How cool is this…..#1 and #2 and another bonified Ace BEST in MLB PITCHING FOR US! UN….BELIEVABLE!!
    WINS #21
    REACHED 3,000 CAREER STRIKEOUTS
    REACHED 300 STRIKEOUTS THIS REGULAR SEASON
    *D O N E*!!!!
    I can hardly wait to see the magic Garrit Cole brings tomorrow⚾!!

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  37. Great game. Bats finally showed up late in the game. And YES, the Astros and Angels fans gave him an extended standing ovation on number 3,000. Bullpen did its job. And Reddick has been drinking some joy juice or something.

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