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House of Houston 20 hours ago

Houston Astros Rumors: Three players with the most to lose in Spring Training

Full team Spring Training is less than a month away. Let’s take a look at three Houston Astros players who have the most to lose during Spring Training. After winning the 2017 World Series, the Houston Astros were able to avoid a disappointing season. The 2018 season saw the team put up a franchise record […] Houston Astros Rumors: Three players with the most to lose in Spring Training - House of Houston - House of Houston - A Houston Sports Site - Texans, Rockets, Astros, Dynamo, Cougars and More!
The Crawfish Boxes 23 hours ago
Reviewing Astros Trades, 2014-2018. Part III: Trimming the Infield

Reviewing Astros Trades, 2014-2018. Part III: Trimming the Infield

This is part III of the what if series of analysis of recent Astros trades. Today we discuss the trades the sent out Jonathon Villar and Jed Lowrie, and whether Marwin Gonzalez was the best choice as utility infielder Introduction This is part three of a series analyzing Astros trades from 2014-2018. For a review of the methodology and caveats go to Part I here. This is a review of how the trades turned out, understanding that at the time the trades were made the teams involved used the best information available to maximize the chances of an advantageous transaction. But all trades are...
The Crawfish Boxes Jan 19, 2019
Analytics are good for player contracts, not bad. The Astros proved it.

Analytics are good for player contracts, not bad. The Astros proved it.

Like clockwork this time of year, baseball’s Hot Stove season, baseball’s great debate over the fairness of player compensation slides back into the consciousness of media, agents, players, and fans. This year specifically, with numerous Free Agents seemingly held hostage on the open market while everybody waits for Bryce Harper and Manny Machado to sign, the argument rages because there isn’t a whole lot else to talk about in the baseball world. But what is the argument, exactly? It’s hard to say, sometimes. Some appear to be hinting at owner collusion to depress player salaries....
Climbing Tal's Hill Jan 19, 2019

Astros: Gerrit Cole’s arbitration case should be a slam dunk

Gerrit Cole should easily win his case against the Astros’ front office when they go before an arbitration panel to decide his 2019 salary. Assuming that Astros‘ management and Gerrit Cole don’t construct a multi-year deal, they will be stating their cases before a three-person arbitration panel. With Scott Boras being his agent, the odds […] Astros: Gerrit Cole’s arbitration case should be a slam dunk - Climbing Tals Hill - Climbing Tals Hill - A Houston Astros Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
House of Houston Jan 19, 2019

Houston Astros Rumors: Three players with the most to gain in Spring Training

Full team Spring Training is less than a month away. Let’s take a look at three Houston Astros players who have the most to gain during Spring Training. After winning the 2017 World Series, the Houston Astros were able to avoid a disappointing season. The 2018 season saw the team put up a franchise record […] Houston Astros Rumors: Three players with the most to gain in Spring Training - House of Houston - House of Houston - A Houston Sports Site - Texans, Rockets, Astros, Dynamo, Cougars and More!
The Crawfish Boxes Jan 19, 2019
Astros Crawfish Boil: January 19th, 2019

Astros Crawfish Boil: January 19th, 2019

Start your weekend with some of the best Astros links around Astros News Jim Crane had a little sit-down with ESPN 97.5 to talk about the Astros’ offseason as well as the Houston Open (Houston Sportsmap)But the best offseason move has to be partnering with Karbach Brewery to make the new Crawford Bock beer (Houston Chronicle)Here’s a quick review of where the Astros stand as we start to look toward the 2019 season (Climbing Tal’s Hill)Carlos Correa is getting his reps in as he looks to 2019 as well (CUT4) Around the League Will Harper and Machado please just sign contracts already so...
Climbing Tal's Hill Jan 18, 2019

Astros: Pay attention to Brad Peacock in 2019

The Astros are arguably in need of another starting pitcher for the upcoming season. At the same time, I believe a compelling argument could be made the other way if you’d consider a pitcher already on the roster. Back on February 4th, 2013, the Astros made the first of two trades involving Jed Lowrie and […] Astros: Pay attention to Brad Peacock in 2019 - Climbing Tals Hill - Climbing Tals Hill - A Houston Astros Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Climbing Tal's Hill Jan 18, 2019

Houston Astros: Prospect Review – Alex McKenna OF

Continuing on our journey thru the Astros’ Top 30 Prospects, we take a look at the 21-year-old outfield prospect, Alex McKenna. Before the Houston Astros acquired fellow outfield prospect, Ross Adolph, I would have said that the top hidden gem in the Astros organization was Alex McKenna. That’s the glory of baseball, you can never have […] Houston Astros: Prospect Review – Alex McKenna OF - Climbing Tals Hill - Climbing Tals Hill - A Houston Astros Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Climbing Tal's Hill Jan 18, 2019

What matters for the Astros in 2019

The upcoming 2019 season is an important one for the Astros as the club aims for another World Series run. Although the Astros fell short of their collective goal in 2018, the 2019 iteration is prime for another round of postseason glory. Sure, there are some notable departures to account for, but the overall talent […] What matters for the Astros in 2019 - Climbing Tals Hill - Climbing Tals Hill - A Houston Astros Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
The Crawfish Boxes Jan 18, 2019
Will Harris- Luhnow’s most underrated pick-up?

Will Harris- Luhnow’s most underrated pick-up?

Is Will Harris the most underrated steal that Luhnow has made? Jeff Luhnow has become pretty well known as a genius, stealing some excellent players off waivers and turning them into valuable assets. And while I think McHugh is one of the most underrated pitchers in baseball, I think his steal of Will Harris is probably one of the least talked about steals in all of baseball. Especially after a seriously underrated 2018 performance. November 3rd, 2014, the Astros claimed Will Harris off waivers from the Arizona Diamondbacks. Harris had been a below average player for 2 of his previous 3...
The Crawfish Boxes Jan 18, 2019
Astros Crawfish Boil: January 18th, 2019

Astros Crawfish Boil: January 18th, 2019

Start your morning with some of the best Astros links around Astros News Brian McTaggart answers fans’ questions in his latest mailbag segment (Astros.com)One of those questions is about the rotation, where Collin McHugh looks to be the team’s most crucial pitcher next season (Call to the Pen)Springer recently sat with Kalas and Brownie to talk about his offseason prep for 2019 (Click2Houston)Whitley is prepping as well, but in anticipation of a 2019 MLB debut (Click2Houston) Around the League Looks like Adam Ottovino will join the Evil Empire on a $27 million, 3-year deal (Houston...
The Crawfish Boxes Jan 18, 2019
Appreciating the Astros on an Unfairly Crowded Hall Ballot

Appreciating the Astros on an Unfairly Crowded Hall Ballot

An overstuffed Hall of Fame ballot might force out some great players before we can even have a full discussion about their careers We are less than a week away from learning who the Baseball Writers Association of America will elect to be the Hall of Fame Class of 2019. The last few years have represented a historic time in the Hall’s history, with the BBWAA electing sixteen new Hall of Famers in the five cycles since their 2013 shutout. In spite of that, it’s hard to argue that this year’s thirty-five-person ballot isn’t still packed full of strong candidates. Nineteen of them...
Climbing Tal's Hill Jan 17, 2019

Astros: A rant about the “Hot Stove” and record revenues

There is no denying it right now: Major League Baseball’s Hot Stove is failing to live up to its reputation this offseason. If Spring Training started today (unfortunately, it doesn’t), the Astros would come away with only three notable major league acquisitions: Aledmys Diaz, Robinson Chirinos, and Michael Brantley. The trio isn’t a bad place […] Astros: A rant about the “Hot Stove” and record revenues - Climbing Tals Hill - Climbing Tals Hill - A Houston Astros Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Call to the Pen Jan 17, 2019

Houston Astros: Collin McHugh is team’s most crucial pitcher

The Houston Astros have pending questions to answer in their starting rotation. A solution to one spot is shifting Collin McHugh from a reliever to starter. How he performs will be a key part of Houston’s upcoming season. Houston Astros fans expected the front office to replace at least one of the departing two starting […] Houston Astros: Collin McHugh is team’s most crucial pitcher - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
The Crawfish Boxes Jan 17, 2019
Is Luis Santa the next Jose Altuve?

Is Luis Santa the next Jose Altuve?

Taking a look at the 2 under-sized 2B Luis Santana – The next Jose Altuve? So the title of this article is pretty bold, especially since we just wrote an article on how Jose Altuve is on pace to become a Hall of Famer. As I’m sure most of you know, the Astros recently completed a trade with the Mets sending JD Davis for 3 prospects, one of which being Luis Santana. So Who is Luis Santana? Santana, 19, is listed at 5’8 (and numerous sources state his size is overstated), 175 lb right handed second baseman hailing out of the Dominican Republic. Santana has generally been underrated...

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