Yordan Alvarez versus Kyle Tucker: Who is of more value?

The good news about this particular post is that while we, as fans, can argue whether Yordan Alvarez or Kyle Tucker provide more value to the Astros, the team does not have to make that decision. Yet. Yet, because if both of these fine young players are still playing at a high level down the line, they both will hit free agency in the same off-season leading into the 2026 season. Now, that could be avoided by signing one or both to extensions along the way, but it could also set up a “choice” for the team at that time.

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This is a hitting slump

One thing you can say about the Houston Astros’ offense. They truly work as a team. Unfortunately, that means that along with hitting so well for most of the season and having the best offense in the AL and at times the MLB, it also means that when they choose to stink it up, they do that in lockstep with each other, also.

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This All Star “thing…

If you look up “old school” in the dictionary, you will find a picture of me. Oh sure, I understand things like OPS and spin rate, but deep down inside, my past, relative to life and baseball, harkens back to values from youth. I came from a time period when it was a big thing for an Astro to make the All Star Game, an even bigger thing for him to get in the game and the ultimate big thing to actually perform well on the national stage. Many years we were represented by the minimum of one player with the gut feeling we would not have that one except for the rule mandating representation.

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