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The Crawfish Boxes 31 mins ago
Astros Crawfish Boil: March 22nd, 2019

Astros Crawfish Boil: March 22nd, 2019

Start your morning with some of the best Astros links around Astros News Yesterday didn’t quite go according to plan as the Astros fell to the Tigers 6-3 (Detroit Free Press)Fisher would have to leave that game after banging his shoulder on a diving catch, but appears to be no worse for wear (Astros.com)That little Bregman extension could end up paying off more for the Astros than the player (Houston Sportsmap)Especially if Bregman wins MVP, which is just one question in McTaggart’s latest mailbag (Astros.com)Either way, Hinch is confident heading into the new season (ESPN)Not...
Climbing Tal's Hill 13 hours ago

Astros: Bukauskas having one impressive Spring Training!

J. B. Bukauskas may be the Astros’ fifth-ranked pitching prospect, but he’s doing everything necessary this Spring to climb the rankings ladder. Astros’ top prospects Forrest Whitley and Josh James may be getting most of the attention from the press, but Bukauskas is proving that he belongs right up there with them. He is quietly […] Astros: Bukauskas having one impressive Spring Training! - Climbing Tals Hill - Climbing Tals Hill - A Houston Astros Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Climbing Tal's Hill 14 hours ago

Three Quick Astros Predictions

The Astros again are one of the favorites to contend for a World Series title in 2019. Here are three quick predictions about the club as they take aim towards to their ultimate goal. There is a lot to like about the Astros in 2019. For one, the lineup looks healthy and ready to click. […] Three Quick Astros Predictions - Climbing Tals Hill - Climbing Tals Hill - A Houston Astros Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Climbing Tal's Hill 18 hours ago

Predicting the Astros’ Opening Day Lineup

The Astros open their season in Tampa exactly one week from today, which means it is time to discuss how the team will look on Opening Day. In this instance, let’s concentrate on the lineup. There is a lot to like about the Astros in 2019. For one, the pitching staff should remain among the […] Predicting the Astros’ Opening Day Lineup - Climbing Tals Hill - Climbing Tals Hill - A Houston Astros Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
The Crawfish Boxes 21 hours ago
Spring Training Game Thread. March 21st, 2019, 12:05 CDT. Astros vs. Tigers

Spring Training Game Thread. March 21st, 2019, 12:05 CDT. Astros vs. Tigers

Top 100 prospect and Aggie Corbin Martin gets a Spring Training start. Join the discussion. Strong pitching and a Carlos Correa home run, his first of Spring Training, yielded a 2-1 Astros victory over the New York Yankees yesterday. Wade Miley pitched 4.2 strong innings, allowing one run with 5 strikeouts. Here’s Correa’s blast. You’ll see the kind of free swing and aggressiveness, pulling a breaking ball, that has so many of us excited about Carlos this coming year. l a s e r@TeamCJCorrea | #AstrosST pic.twitter.com/8XzvonNNJk— Houston Astros (@astros) March 20, 2019 Today...
Climbing Tal's Hill 21 hours ago

Astros Morning Snippets: Opening Day is only one week away

The latest news around the Astros on March 21st, including an update about Opening Day, which is only one week away! Opening Day in Tampa is only a week away Although the A’s and Mariners have an early start to their 2019 season in Japan, the rest of Major League Baseball has to wait a […] Astros Morning Snippets: Opening Day is only one week away - Climbing Tals Hill - Climbing Tals Hill - A Houston Astros Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
The Crawfish Boxes Mar 21, 2019
Astros Crawfish Boil: March 21st, 2019

Astros Crawfish Boil: March 21st, 2019

Start your morning with some of the best Astros links around Astros News Bregman’s extension will let the team pay him a little extra now to avoid paying a lot extra later (FanGraphs)It also gives the Astros a clearer view of where their future lies (The Athletic, $$$)As well as a player determined to be a success on and off the field (Sports Illustrated)The crew at MLB Tonight weighed in on that shiny new extension as well (MLB Video)An extension that may have been unexpected but certainly wasn’t unwarranted (House of Houston)The rains down in Florida haven’t slowed the pitchers, who...
The Crawfish Boxes Mar 21, 2019
The AL Rest, Part 4: How Do the 2019 Red Sox Compare to the Astros?

The AL Rest, Part 4: How Do the 2019 Red Sox Compare to the Astros?

Could Houston and Boston meet in the playoffs for the third year in a row? Now that we’ve covered the three non-rebuilding teams in the AL West, why don’t we move on to the other big names in the American League that will be in conflict with the Astros in 2019? And what better interdivisional opponent to focus on first than the one that’s faced the Astros in the postseason for two years running, the Boston Red Sox. The Boston Red Sox 2018 in Review The Red Sox rolled through the season, breaking a 106-year-old franchise record with 108 wins, more than all but a handful of teams...
The Crawfish Boxes Mar 21, 2019
Starting 9: Crawfishboxes Bold 2019 Predictions

Starting 9: Crawfishboxes Bold 2019 Predictions

On one thing we all agree. The Astros are gonna be GOOD. Here are the bold predictions by the staff here at TCB. We encourage you to add your own in the comments or in Fanposts. Brian Cohn (HH) There are 2 predictions I am going to toss out there. The first is the same drum I’ve been beating for quite a while now: Prediction: Colin McHugh - I think he dominates in 2019 to the tune of a 15-6, sub-3.50 ERA across 150+ innings for 3+ WAR. WHY: I mean I wrote an article on why he should be in the starting rotation.He’s been the 29th most valuable pitcher since 2014 in...
Call to the Pen Mar 20, 2019

Astros: Alex Bregman Extension a Rarity in Baseball

On Tuesday, the Houston Astros and Alex Bregman capped off the busiest day of the Spring in MLB. Why Bregman’s extension is rare in baseball and perhaps even an up and coming trend. It was only a week ago when Houston Astros 3B expressed his disappointment with the team’s contract renewal. At the time, it […] Astros: Alex Bregman Extension a Rarity in Baseball - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Climbing Tal's Hill Mar 20, 2019

Astros: Cionel Perez next pitcher out in most recent cuts

The Astros made more cuts, optioning three and reassigning six to the minors. Highly touted Cionel Perez and Yordan Alvarez were among the players cut. According to Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle, Cionel Perez, Myles Straw, and Derek Fisher were the players on the Astros‘ 40-man roster optioned to the minors leagues. Non-roster invitees […] Astros: Cionel Perez next pitcher out in most recent cuts - Climbing Tals Hill - Climbing Tals Hill - A Houston Astros Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
The Crawfish Boxes Mar 20, 2019
Spring Training Game Thread. March 20th, 2019. Yankees vs. Astros, 12:05 CDT.

Spring Training Game Thread. March 20th, 2019. Yankees vs. Astros, 12:05 CDT.

Wade Miley gets another warm-up. Yesterday’s game with the Phillies was a rain-out, but there was lots of other big news for the Astros. Last night Alex Bregman agreed to an extension that would pay him $100 million through his age 30 season with the Stros. Alex Pressly also signed a two year extension. See article here. The Astros made more Spring Training cuts. The only one slightly unexpected was that of Cionel Perez, still believed to be in contention for left-handed reliever. This leaves only Framber Valdez and Reymin Guduan competing for the last spot in the rotation and the 25th...
Climbing Tal's Hill Mar 20, 2019

Astros Morning Snippets: Oh, look, contract extensions for Alex Bregman and Ryan Pressly!

The latest news around the Astros on March 20th, including information about the latest contract extensions for Alex Bregman and Ryan Pressly. Alex Bregman and Ryan Pressly agree to contract extensions The Astros made some news in a big way late Tuesday with two of their players agreeing to contract extensions: Alex Bregman and Ryan […] Astros Morning Snippets: Oh, look, contract extensions for Alex Bregman and Ryan Pressly! - Climbing Tals Hill - Climbing Tals Hill - A Houston Astros Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Climbing Tal's Hill Mar 20, 2019

Astros, Ryan Pressly agree to two-year, $17.5 million contract extension

The Astros locked up one of their key relievers for the foreseeable future. There is a large pending free agent class in Houston right now. Once the 2019 season ends, the Astros will have to determine whether or not to resign the likes of Justin Verlander, Gerrit Cole, Collin McHugh, Wade Miley, Joe Smith, Hector […] Astros, Ryan Pressly agree to two-year, $17.5 million contract extension - Climbing Tals Hill - Climbing Tals Hill - A Houston Astros Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
The Crawfish Boxes Mar 20, 2019
Reviewing Astros Trades, 2014-2018, Part VIII. The Greatest Trade of All Time.

Reviewing Astros Trades, 2014-2018, Part VIII. The Greatest Trade of All Time.

Yeah, Verlander. And I’ll prove it. Introduction This is part eight 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 based on probabilities, and like any form of gambling, the actual outcomes may not be those desired. So this is not intended as a criticism of the trades at the time they happened,...

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