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Oakland A’s: AL West Division rival’s review

Dan and Chip are taking a look at the Astros’ AL West competition over the next several days. Last week, Dan started things off with the Mariners. Today, Chip takes … Continue reading

March 6, 2017 · 101 Comments

FREE BLOG WEEKEND: Trades, rules and questions

Hello friends, it’s a Free Blog Weekend, the tradition that began over a decade ago at the Chronicle. Today, you can take the discussion where you want, but I’ll get … Continue reading

March 3, 2017 · 63 Comments

Luhnow, Astros sharpening after Christmas shopping list

Somehow the Astros’ off season just doesn’t seem to be complete. Something tells me Jeff Luhnow has some after-Christmas shopping left to do, though the bargains may not be as … Continue reading

December 26, 2016 · 59 Comments

Nothing’s changed: Pitching and defense still wins baseball games

In football, if you can’t run the football and play defense, you aren’t going to win many games. In hockey, a strong goalie — or not — often defines your … Continue reading

December 15, 2016 · 50 Comments

Untouchables: Ranking the Astros’ core and nucleus

Most valuable? Most difficult to replace? Most sought after? Untouchables? Available? Houston has a long list of players that other teams covet. There are some that could be pried loose … Continue reading

December 12, 2016 · 96 Comments

Free Blog Weekend: Backwards thinking, drools and futures

It’s Friday and if you’ve been around these parts for long, you’ve come to expect a Free Blog Weekend from time to time. It’s a tradition that emanates from my … Continue reading

December 9, 2016 · 55 Comments

Are sabermetrics sucking the life out of America’s past time?

Recently on these pages, a new stat was introduced to followers that apparently is “all that” in ranking pitchers. Over the past decade, sabermetrics and sabermetricians have become as popular … Continue reading

December 7, 2016 · 59 Comments

Astros’ orbit: Spending moves budget into all-time high…already

This time last year, the Astros were involved in what was a ho-hum off-season. Houston had just non-tendered Chris Carter, traded Hank Conger to the Rays for cash, and Jeff … Continue reading

December 5, 2016 · 167 Comments

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