Ten key items to watch in 2021 for the Astros

Most of the folks reading this post are Astro fans. Some of you may be fans of other teams just checking in here and you are most welcome. Unless you are Yankee fans.*

*Note – A sarcasm font has not been invented yet and we at Chipalatta refuse to use emoticons.

Anyways, Astro fans will have a lot to absorb in the new season, but to simplify things here is a guide to Ten Key items to watch during 2021.

  1. On the Road Again – During the Astros three-season 100+ win run between 2017 and 2019, the Astros were road warriors going 53-28, 57-24 and 47-34 and winning more on the road the first two seasons than at home. This came crashing down with a pitiful 9-23 effort on the road in the COVID shortened 2020 season. Considering the Astros won 71% of their 2020 home games, a higher percentage than in 2017 or 2018 and higher than the 2020 Oakland A’s winning percentage at home, this is an important number to follow to see if the Astros can again dominate the AL West.
  2. Working Overtime – The Astros were a very poor 2-7 in extra-inning games in 2020 after going 10-4 in 2019. This was partly due to a very inexperienced bullpen trying to pull the load after the Astros’ lost so much relief pitching (Hector Rondon, Collin McHugh, Roberto Osuna, Brad Peacock, Joe Smith and Chris Devenski). It also tied to the Astros’ inability as an offense to play the small ball required by the MLB’s new rule of putting a runner at 2nd base with no outs to start an inning. Well, that rule (unfortunately) stands for 2021, so the Astros better figure a way to take advantage of it or finish off their opponents in regulation innings. This is an area that needs to improve.
  3. Pitching Mules – How will the teams handle the increased workload on their pitchers? No one threw more than the 84 innings by Lance Lynn of the Rangers in 2020. Framber Valdez led the Astros with 70.2 IP. It is not unprecedented to have pitchers have big jumps in their workload. That same Lance Lynn missed the 2016 season with Tommy John surgery and then came back to throw 186.1 innings in 2017 and tie for the league lead with 33 starts. There would seem to be more concern with jumps in usage for pitchers 25 and under. Cristian Javier (24 y.o.) might be a candidate for reduced usage or a stint in the bullpen based on that concern. It would not be a surprise to find the Astros moving to a 6 man rotation when they have Framber back from his broken finger, joining in with Zack Greinke, Lance McCullers Jr. Jake Odorizzi, Jose Urquidy and Javier. You may see pitchers given two-week vacations on the IL for minor situations like fatigue. It will be a focal point and could turn the results of the season for some teams.
  4. OPS is More Than an Army Term – The geekier stat nerds will disagree with this assessment, but if you want to see how your offense is doing, watching your team’s OPS (a summation of on-base percentage and slugging percentage) it is a pretty good barometer for how their offense is doing. In 2017, they were 1st in the AL (and in all baseball) in OPS and in runs scored. In 2018, they fell to 5th in the AL in OPS and in runs scored. In 2019 they rose to 1st in OPS and were 3rd in runs scored (only about a tenth of a run per game behind the top-ranked Yanks). 2020 was a complete fall-off as they fell to 9th in OPS in the AL and 7th in runs scored. If the Astros can get back to the top 3 or 4 in OPS, they will likely be in good shape on the offensive side in 2021.
  5. Virus’ Revenge – The world is further down the line vs. COVID and the announcement that the Astros were allowed to return to Texas (a state that has opened up vaccines to all 16 years and over) to receive shots was probably good news. The receipt of the shots is a personal choice, but it is likely that the majority of the players went in for it. With the news that the Mets and Nats first game is postponed, the virus is still going to affect the season and the teams trying to find their way to the finish line. Watch to see who is and is not hit by this as the season unravels.
  6. Swap City – In two of the Astros best seasons (2017 and 2019) they made huge moves at the waiver trade deadline and the regular trade deadline respectively. This brought in Justin Verlander, who went 5-0 with a 1.06 ERA down the stretch in 2017 and Zack Greinke, who went 8-1 with a 3.02 ERA with Houston in 2019. Looking at the Astros situation vs. the luxury tax in 2021, where they are an estimated $3 million under the Competitive Balance Tax Threshold (per Spotrac.com) there is not much space to make a move at the trade deadline. It does not mean they cannot take on more than a $3 MM contract – as they would only be responsible for the last couple of months of salary for the season. Also, they might decide to unload a contract to make some room (Joe Smith? Brooks Raley?), but that is a way down the road. They could also decide to go over the tax line, but it does not feel like something they would choose to do. Watch this closely in July.
  7. Sophomore Jinx – Is the sophomore jinx a real thing? Or is it just that a big step in a player’s career is to follow up his early success once the league has the book on them, to show the ability to adjust again and again? The Astros had quite a few successful rookies perform well in their first taste of the big leagues, including Enoli Paredes, Blake Taylor, Andre Scrubb, Luis Garcia, and Cristian Javier. In a way, 2019 Rookie of the Year Yordan Alvarez may have already sustained his “jinx” by missing the 2020 season minus two games, but of course, he will be one of the players that teams will heavily game plan for. The Astros success will hinge on getting good production from most of these players on their second time through the league.
  8. Boo Birds – It was pretty evident that a number of the Astros were negatively affected by “IT” as they seemed to try too hard to show they were quality hitters without the help of garbage cans and stolen signs. Will they move on in their minds and psyche from this? Or will having actual fans booing and harassing them from the stands bring back more of those performance issues? It is evident from reading fan comments from across the blog world that there is a lot of unspent poison towards the Astros, even though the 2017 team is only partially represented in the 2020 version. Watch to see how the Astros react this time around.
  9. Bounce Back –  Along the same lines of #8 – the ability of the Astros infield to bounce back from a mostly down 2020 season is critical to their success. Astros’ infield: Comeback players of the year? | CHIPALATTA  Alex Bregman, Jose Altuve, Carlos Correa and Yuli Gurriel are the veteran core that needs to lead this team. Can they recapture the fire of the 2017 – 2019 time frame?
  10. The Back End to the Front – With questions about how much the starters will pitch and how much they may pitch in each game, the bullpen moves to the front of the line in criticality. In his second season as the closer, will Ryan Pressly become a bit more confident and steady? Will Pedro Baez return from COVID and fill a high leverage spot? Will Ryne Stanek return to the solid reliever he was before 2019? Will young Brian Abreu use his considerable talents to fill a critical spot in the bullpen? And will Paredes, Taylor and Scrubb overcome #7 above? All worth watching as the season unwinds.

Those are ten areas to watch heading into the 2021 season. What interests you this season?

110 comments on “Ten key items to watch in 2021 for the Astros

    • Well Gary when you break down the guys who left:
      – McCann, Beltran, Gattis are retired
      – Reddick is an unsigned Free Agent
      – Marwin and Marisnick are backups
      – Guys like Derek Fisher and JD Davis were minor players with the 2017 team
      – Springer would seem to be the one who would be the major target who left and he is on the IL- it will be interesting how he is treated on the road when he does play

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  1. This will be the abbreviated version.
    1. We’ve got almost 30 road games against three very beatable clubs. We should win 60 to 65% of those games. No reason why we should not win more than half of our 81 games away from home.
    2. The contrived automatic leadoff double concept in extra innings is the worst rule in baseball. But we’ve got to be better at it. The guy on the mound has to get a strikeout first out. And indeed, scoring eight runs early and avoiding extra innings is an even better strategy.
    3. If things go well, even Grienke should not throw more than 150 innings before moving into post season play. Between Sugarland and Houston, we’ll have at least 10 or 12 guys stretched out to give us 5 plus innings. I’m not the minor league expert here, but I think we’re in a better position than most clubs in this regard.

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  2. 4. OPS is my go to stat. I’ve pretty much quit looking at BA. OBP is also a favorite. If we keep jamming the bases, there will be guys banging balls in the gaps and off the wall and over the fence. I was so pleased to see such beautiful easy strokes from Bregman and Alvarez. Both guys could give us an OPS over 1.000.
    5. Covid is not gone. We’ll be dealing with it. I’m very pro vaccination. Assming the roster is all willing to take a poke, it’s reassuring.
    6. Crane has proven that he’ll pay up if we’re in the hunt and need a significant pick up. And if we get someone in July, that guy might hang around in 2022. We’ll have room.
    7. Got to figure at least a couple of those lightly tested pitchers will not continue to grow. But others will. Yordan and Tucker are not a concern for me.
    8. I think the Astros are fully prepared to take on the boo-birds. As they keep hitting the ball all over the park, the noise will be less and less a factor.
    9. The infield will all have better years. I’m most excited about Altuve going back to his roots and using the whole field. If he keeps hitting those ropes out to right, he’ll have an excellent season at the plate.

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  3. Great article Dan (as Always). One note of concern for last nights game is RISP was only 2-10. Hopefully, we can improved. Does any body know what the league average is for RISP?

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  4. 10. I don’t know what to think about the pen except that it will be a work in progress and we’ll see some meltdowns. But I also think that at some point, roles will be established and we’ll find a level of stability. And the pen might be blessed with a key July deadline pick up.

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    • If the pen has no one that looks like Biagini (ERA 20.77), Devo (ERA 14.73) and De Jong (ERA 14.73) then it will be a great improvement. Also with Osuna gone we hope that all the ladies are now safe with our bullpen.

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  5. Per #1 and #2 topics, I will answer that the Astros were a bad team last year(29-31). Bad teams will generally be even worse on the road and worse in extra innings, mainly because their flaws will be more exposed when they are un comfortable on the road in a pandemic and in extras, when the most pressure is on.
    Flip the coin and better teams have better road records(let’s say at least .500 or better) and are better in extra innings because good teams play well under pressure.

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  6. #3 Pitching mules.
    I personally think this is overblown. These pitchers were pitching complete games in High School because they were genrally the best pitchers on their teams in their towns and even in their regions. They were the best pitchers on their college teams and pitched very deep into games almost always.
    I believe in more problems were cause by fewer innings last year and not enough buildup. These guys are used to working up to 150 innings and above with proper preparation.
    4. OPS. The Astros didn’t hit last season. One of the reasons they didn’t have
    a high OPS is because the were awful w/RISP. Again, bad teams hit even worse under pressure. How many times did we sit in front of our TV screens last season waiting for the big hit that never came? They got guys on base, but were a bad team that did not hit under pressure. Maybe it’ll be a different team in 2021.

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  7. I’ll stop here because I am making a ton of mistakes in my comments. I am not focused this morning, at all. Sorry.
    You wouldn’t believe the errors I found and fixed. Maybe too hyped up from watching a 4 hour game this morning in 1.5 hours on video.

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  8. Thoughts:
    – I appreciate the compliments on the post – I did feel like this was a very good post and it kind of flowed out of me. I wrote down 7 of the 10 items off the top of my head in about a minute (I had been thinking about this for a day or so) – then I wrote out each of those and then came up with 3 more and wrote on them.
    – It was great to see the guy who is not too excited about pitching on opening day look like he was in mid-season form. Greinke set the tone for everything and it was fun just watching him tie these guys in knots as they tried and failed to out-guess him.
    – I liked how Baker let Paredes work out of his troubles – that were set off by the dropped foul pop (with a well placed visit from Strom). The young man showed some real spirit out there, which he just has to control
    – I liked how well everyone hit the ball. Even Straw and Tucker who did not have hits creamed a couple balls – Straw hit an absolute bullet the other way snagged by Olson and Tucker was robbed on a ball he creamed to the fence. Straw also could have had an infield hit – Chapman, the best fielding 3B in the game may be the only 3B, who would have nipped him on that play where he cut across, spun and threw. I think the only fluke the whole night was the bloop to right by Correa. Altuve was hitting the ball where it was pitched and could have had three hits.
    – Uncle Mike – as they call Brantley is just a wonder. Has three hits and the only time they got him out he hit it harder than the other three. As they said on the broadcast if you want to teach a kid to hit – have him watch a DVR of all of Brantley’s at bats. His approach and his swing are really beautiful to behold.
    – Stanek surprised me – he was really bringing the heat in the 9th in a non-pressure situation, but still. Smith pitched well with a little lack of luck behind him and Taylor came in as the situational lefty we never have had.
    – I am having trouble remembering the last time I saw a ball jump off Bregman’s bat like that homer last night and his gap double. Probably due to his injury he spent a chunk of 2020 with no zing in his swing.
    – A couple comments on the two boo-boos in the field. On the pop-up that Yuli dropped it was obvious he was hearing footsteps as Tucker was coming in behind him and shied off. Maybe Tucker should have called him off, but he was coming a long way – I think it was Andrus a right handed hitter, so he had a mile to run and he was just barely going to get there, so he probably was not confident in calling Yuli off, plus he saw Yuli right there.
    Bregman kind of unnecessarily sped himself up on his error – he bare handed it and then hurried his throw and it did not look like he needed to do that. I did like the way he charged the ball and started a DP in another part of the game – nicely done.

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  9. *On the Road Again*

    Yes, I am thinking of a song. No, I am not going to post about it this time!
    In a full 162 game season, at least 81 games are played on the road [Yes, I remember Hurricane Ike, and having to play some pretty miserable ‘home games’ in Milwaukee]. You pretty much have to at least break even in away games if you want to win your division. If you win 90 or more road games – especially if you win a majority of key ‘away’ series’ from your division opponents – you should be a shoe-in to be division champion.

    Let’s hope our guys manage to win 90 or more on the road – and win the season series against the A’s, the M’s, the Angels, and the Rangers.

    And let’s all sing along with Willy: Like a band of gypsies goin’ down the highway . . .

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      • LOL. I was definitely math challenged today. Don’t tell my math-genious engineer father!
        Yes- 50 would be good! 60, of course, would be acceptable as well!

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  10. There are a lot of states, including Texas, that are working on tightening up election laws.
    I propose that the MLB refuse to accept money in the form of TV rights, or merchandising licensing fees or any other fees that originate in any state that passes laws that make it harder to have voter fraud. Let’s see them put their money where their mouths are.

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  11. This is not meant to be political but factual. This country that I love is becoming more and more like Germany in the 1930s. His quote: “If you repeat a lie often enough, people will believe it, and you will even come to believe it yourself.“ — Joseph Goebbels” The Washington Post found some statements on the Georgia law to be false.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2021/03/30/biden-falsely-claims-new-georgia-law-ends-voting-hours-early/

    (I am truly sorry. Baseball and other sports should not be in the business of politics. Any American can vote as they choose but when a group decides to believe a lie, it is very, very dangerous.)

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  12. Forget the immediate political issue for a moment. This is far more dangerous and insidious than just blindness to lies about a particular law says. If the MLB wants to go down the road of unilaterally punishing/extort a state [and its baseball franchise and its fans] because its commissioner gets his undergarments in a wad over a totally non-baseball related, blatantly-partisan issue, what state/city/franchise/fan-base is safe from its oppressive over-reach? MLB becomes the thought police – and a super-regulator of state legislatures.

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  13. Politics have no room in sports!! Fortunately, I have a way to fight back… I will NOT buy any MLB merchandise, including game tickets! Crud, and I was going to buy tickets to the Astros’ second home game where the fan giveaway is the replica of the 2019 AL trophy. Means nothing to me now…

    Sad, baseball has told the other sports, “Here, hold my beer!”

    I am so saddened by this. I will follow the Astros but no rooting for them. I enjoy this blog too much to turn away, many on here… well… ALL on here, I consider to be my friends. I wish to continue the camaraderie and I will.

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  14. SargeH, we’re obviously allowed to talk about the subject you brought up last week. And I’m sorry I was so adamant in my opposition to that discussion. My take is pretty simple. This is not about my personal politics. I love the country I was born in, but I think I’ll stay here. MLB has absolutely no business getting into the business of politics. Hard to fathom the majority of the commissioners employers really support the decision taken by MLB. Turbulent times ahead for the Owners Group and Players Association.

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    • Dan, I am not taking into account personal politics here. I am concerned about the Atlanta Braves baseball team, the park, the employees who work in all of the backrooms in so many areas that are vital, or non-vital, hotels and their employees, transportation, etc. etc. JOBS! TAX REVENUE! It is a slap to the people who are, not just fans of the team, but to those who do not even give a hoot about sports as this decision does affect them, and their families, by lack of extra income.

      Personal politics is not on my mind in this.

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  15. Before I go back to baseball, why are the laws for a Federal Election not the same in every state? Regardless of how we feel individually about election laws today, wouldn’t such an approach alleviate so much of what we’ve gone through before and after the November election? Counsel? Does the Constitution require that individual states have the right to determine the terms of a Federation election?

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    • I’m not positive or can’t quote the source but each state has the right to determine how, when and where they hold their ejections. It has more to do with the founders of our country in the Federal Government not usurping the rights of the states. It is obvious that the Federal Government is wanting to do that. It’s all about a power grab so that a select few can run the whole country. I’m going to interject something here that some may find ridiculous and some may agree. As a younger person when our pastor would talk about the events foretold in the Bible we could not conceive how all these things could happen. I won’t get into the details but with every passing day I have come to believe that these prophesies are coming to fruition. As for the current MLB situation, I can only hope that people will come to their senses. However, I personally believe that we have only seen the tip of the iceberg.

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  16. Altuve on 3rd. Tucker pops up to the shortstop. Who was just on outfield grass. Altuve tags and scores on an infield pop up. Andrus was nonchalant for 1/2 second and Altuve beats the throw.

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    • Straw concerns me. He gets up there with two guys on and nobody out in the 7th and watches two hittable pitches, then pops up to first. Problem is that he can’t bunt. A guy with his skill set has to be able to put one down and get the runners over so that Maldonado is not exposed to a double play and Altuve gets a chance to hit.

      I remain dubious of his outfield skills. He made a nice diving catch of a ball early in the game, but it was only because he had a bad read on the ball and got a late start coming in. And the Lorenzo triple was a tough play, but he had no idea where he was. Maybe I’m being too tough on the kid so early.

      Two excellent outcomes in our first two games. Bats overall have been a real pleasure to watch against some pretty good pitching. At least this week, the guys look happy again. No moping going on. This is a much different club than the 2020 exhibition season version.

      How is the pitching going to hold up? I’d love to see Lance go 6 today and help win the series. Sunday would be an added bonus. Yeah, I’m thinking ahead.

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  17. Always reading guys! GREAT way to start off this season, and it looks like so far just about everyone have picked up where they left off in 2019!
    I might get kicked off Chipalatta after I say this, but at this point I don’t care:
    How D ARE Manfred bow to the insane “cancel culture” and move the All Star game away from Atlanta😠 Does he not know or CARE how much money Atlanta will lose over this? I’m beyond angry about this stupid move.
    Also my own airline who I flew for over 33 years got into the fray😠 I will never fly Delta again. Politics has infiltrated EVERYTHING and it needs to STOP! Leave sports especially something like the All Star game ALONE!
    There…I said it and I’m not sorry.
    I’ve been in physical therapy for about 3 weeks, and I took my first steps without my walker yesterday. I still have a looong way to go but at least it’s a start. My orthopedic surgeon told me I will always be bent over because that’s what osteoporosis does….plus I fractured *6* vertebrae last summer and even with the 3 surgeries my back will probably always be bent. AND evidently I shrank 3 inches as well! None of my slacks fit anymore!
    I hope every one of you will be able to celebrate Easter with your families you and they certainly deserve it. I have had both of the vaccinations and I was able to give our youngest son a REAL hug and kiss on Wednesday night when we took him to dinner for his 37th birthday! I have to admit I broke down and sobbed because I had not been able to even see him for over a year.
    Dan…thanks for always finding time in your busy work life to engage all of us underlings every day! You need to take a break and enjoy your sweet family, ESPECIALLY on this holy weekend. We all owe you BIG TIME!
    Peace be with all of you. Becky⚾

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    • Becky – thanks for your kind words! We go see my mom and one of my brothers today for Easter.
      Glad to hear you took steps without the walker – baby steps as they say.
      Yes being able to have real human contact is going to be nice and probably very emotional for us too now we’ve had both vaccines.

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    • Altuve had his eye on Andrus as he sped away from the third base bag. If Andrus had not misjudged the flight of the ball, which made him tilt his head to the side as it hit his glove and kept him from seeing Altuve break off third, Altuve would have stopped.
      If Andrus had not caught the ball with his feet out of throwing position, Altuve would have stopped.
      Andrus was completely flat footed and his throw took 3 hops to get to the catcher from short RF. It took Andrus’s throw so long to get to the catcher, that the catcher had to lean way right to field it on the hop and that showed Altuve the path to slide way outside the plate and stick out his hand and slap home plate.
      Altuve basically stole home, on a pop up.
      The Astros took advantage of Laureano not making a catch in RF.
      They took advantage of Olson not making a play at 1B.
      Abreau stole an out with his fielding, and his lost wieght.
      Altuve took advantage of Andrus not being alert.
      All night long the Astros made their breaks count.

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      • No love lost here for Andrus but in watching baseball for 55+ years I maybe have seen that happen a couple times in the past so can’t blame Andrus for being a little startled on that.
        I will say that if Correa had been the SS – even flat footed he would have nailed him by 10 ft.

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  18. Oakland is allowed 11,020 fans to attend their games under the current phase of gatherings.
    Opening Night on Thursday they had 10, 436 in attendance.
    On Friday night they had 5,445 fans in attendance.

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  19. Yuli has 3 walks and a strike out. Is this a new Yuli, one that makes guys throw strikes so he gets more pitches in the zone to swing at?

    Jose has 3 walks and no strike outs. Is he really serious about focusing on getting on base in front of all the bats behind him? He said it!

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  20. I have read some of the fan comments regarding Correa “tagging” Chapman in that double play last night. Boy, they are ruthless! Never mind that Carlos got hit in the first game and the fans literally cheered about that! They are up in arms about Chapman being manhandled by Carlos and are suggesting that Carlos be suspended.

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    • I only know what I saw. A. Chapman realized too late that he ran into a double play. B. He attempted to stop and go backwards. C. Carlos attempted to get a double play with a tag and toss to first. D. Carlos tagged a runner who was stopping and attempting to go backward. E. Chapman was out. He knew it. And he would have almost fallen or would have fallen down without Carlos tagging him.

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  21. I am at my mom’s – not able to watch the game. I saw Brantley is out after getting hit by a pitch. Any word on how bad? And can we drill about four or five A’s?

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    • It grazed off the bone on his right wrist that would rub on bat knob. Negative xrays and day to day it was reported. Looked like an accident to me, and not very serious after he stayed in to base run.. out of caution they pulled him. Maybe he’ll sit out 1 game I’d think at most.

      Didn’t seem to matter as we dominated again.

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  22. How you like me now?! For all those pundits who thought the A’s we’re going to be the top dog. Yes, I know it’s early but it sure feels good. Keep it up guys!

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  23. Interesting fact – MLB does not think you need a photo ID to vote in Georgia but you do need a photo ID to pick up baseball tickets.

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    • Shit Dan, we get it. But do you really want to turn this baseball blog into an all encompassing mouthpiece for all things? I come here for baseball. If you think you’ll get more interest talking politics, by all means, carry on. But for a guy who is neither Republican nor Democrat, it’s not what I will continue to tune into. And that would be a shame.

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      • You’re right in UncleK. However, a lot of us are just so tired of it and PO’d. It’s absolutely ridiculous and stupid what’s going on. Sometimes we just want to go outside and bark at the moon. I try not to even talk about it but I’ll try to fight back in other ways. In the meantime I’ll try to continue to be a loyal Astros fan and talk baseball with all of you fine folks. Happy Easter to all!

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  24. EXACTLY.😠. ….I’m not going to say anymore.
    Been waiting for that 3 run homerun from Valdez for a long time!!
    Let’s go for the sweep tomorrow!!! Wait until they come to Houston and hear our fans BOO THEM! AND….it’s time for our pitchers to get some revenge😠

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  25. * Kyle Tucker is 2 for 12 in 3 games, and has 6 RBIs. This kid is getting good fuel mileage.
    *Does this look familiar? Yordan Alvarez’s slash line is .385/.400/.769/ 1.169.
    *Can anything slow Michael Brantley down? Yes! Please, Lord, a sweep would just about make up for that fastball on his wrist.
    *Yuli has 4 hits and 4 walks in 3 games.
    * Who’s not hitting. Maldonado. But he sure has been doing a bang up job handling the pitching staff. Correa? Not much. Straw? No.
    * Diaz or McCormick in LF for Brantley tomorrow? How about Diaz to start and McCormick in the late innings? We face a third Lefty starter.
    * Jose Urquidy gets the start tomorrow. Bielak, Smith, Taylor and Pressley should be available in the BP
    * Team pitching has been excellent.

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  26. I’m sorry about my little note above about IDs. I really don’t like to bring politics into baseball but I also don’t like MLB injecting it into baseball either.
    I’ll stop now.

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  27. All this talk about Oakland fan’s relentless booing of the Astros:
    The stadium capacity is over 55,ooo w/o tarps.
    It’s over 46,000 with the tarps in place.
    It’s 11,020 with covid restrictions and
    It was filled with only 5,803 booing fans on Saturday afternoon.

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