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Jun 19, 2019
Should the Astros trade for the Tiger’s Matt Boyd?

Should the Astros trade for the Tiger’s Matt Boyd?

Taking a look at a potential Matt Boyd Acquisition As we’ve officially kicked off the trade season, I figured it was worth taking a long one of the top trade targets this season: Matt Boyd. Who is Matt Boyd? As a 175th overall draft pick as a senior bargain signing, he was not a blue chip prospect by any means. But a 28 year old left hand pitcher with a prototypical pitcher’s body (6’3, 285 lb), with the results he’s having now will draw some attention. He topped out as a C+ prospect that ranked 16th according to Minorleagueball who wrote an article that he deserved a closer look...
Jun 19, 2019
Astros Crawfish Boil: June 19th, 2019

Astros Crawfish Boil: June 19th, 2019

Start your morning with some of the best Astros links around Check out the rest of the Crawfish Boxes here Astros News Baseball is officially terrible as the Astros dropped their second straight game and the series to the Reds (Houston Chronicle)So I choose to ignore that and instead focus on the fact that Altuve will be activated for tonight’s game (ABC 13)Which comes just as Springer is preparing to go on a rehab assignment (Houston Chronicle)The fear should be real for opposing pitchers when they face Yordan Àlvarez (Sports Illustrated)It didn’t take long for the Astros’ top 2019...
Jun 18, 2019
Game Recap: Astros Drop Second Straight to Reds, 4-3

Game Recap: Astros Drop Second Straight to Reds, 4-3

The loss seals the Astros’ first series loss since early May For the first time since the beginning of May, the Astros have lost a series. We all knew the ride had to end eventually, but that it came against the Cincinnati Reds is at least somewhat surprising. But in the end, a weird down-game from Justin Verlander and a somewhat quiet and unlucky night from the offense did them in. Justin Verlander was going for history on Wednesday, or drawing close at least. The Reds were one of two teams that he has never recorded a win against in his career (the other being the Marlins). However,...
Jun 18, 2019
Game 74 Thread: June 18th, 2019, 6:10 CDT. Astros vs. Reds

Game 74 Thread: June 18th, 2019, 6:10 CDT. Astros vs. Reds

Verlander takes the mound in the role of stopper tonight. Can the Astros bats get back on track and pull one out on the road? Join the discussion. Last night the Astros could not convert numerous scoring opportunities and lost a tough one, 3-2 to the Reds. It was the first time the Astros have lost two games in a row since May 23rd, which happened against the White Sox. Last night the Astros faced the Reds’ ace, Luis Castillo, but tonight it is the Reds’ turn to face an ace. It’s Justin Verlander time. In return the Reds send Anthony DeSclafani to face the Stros. Tonight Jake...
Jun 18, 2019
Did Manny Machado get the right punishment?

Did Manny Machado get the right punishment?

Is a one game suspension enough, or are the umpires just shouting “get off my lawn?” On Saturday night Manny Machado was ejected by umpire Bill Welke after disputing a second ball/strike call, the second of which caused Machado to strike out. After the ejection Machado became verbally abusive for a prolonged period of time, hurling a long string of obscenities at the umpire. Then he threw his bat. This is what happened. Manny Machado gets ejected and is very mad, a breakdown pic.twitter.com/AgEcEzlruq— Jomboy (@Jomboy_) June 17, 2019 Today MLB announced a one-game suspension of...
Jun 18, 2019
Astros All-Prospect Team During Luhnow’s Tenure

Astros All-Prospect Team During Luhnow’s Tenure

Check out the best MiLB performances since Luhnow took over as GM While perusing Twitter the other day, I came up with an idea. The idea was to look back at the Astros system and create an all-prospect team composed of the best minor league seasons during Jeff Luhnow’s tenure as GM. Doesn’t matter if he was drafted by Luhnow or not, but this will cover the best since he took over in December of 2011. This won’t always be the best prospect at the position, but the best season. I will also try to choose players who had their best seasons before being promoted and sent back down. I may...
Jun 18, 2019
Astros Prospect Report: June 17th, 2019

Astros Prospect Report: June 17th, 2019

See how the prospects performed last night! Another day of minor league action in the books. See the results below. AAA: Round Rock Express (42-28) lost 3-2 (BOX SCORE) Bielak started and had a good outing allowing just 1 run over 6 innings of work. Tacoma scored 2 more runs of McCurry in the 7th to go up 3-0. The Express got two runs in the 8th on a Ferguson RBI triple and Reed RBI groundout. The Express loaded the bases in the 9th but were unable to score and lost 3-2. Note: Ferguson is hitting .433 with 10 XBH in 15 games in June. Alex De Goti, 2B: 1-for-3, BB Jose Altuve, DH:...
Jun 18, 2019
Astros Crawfish Boil: June 18th, 2019

Astros Crawfish Boil: June 18th, 2019

Start your morning with some of the best Astros links around Check out the rest of the Crawfish Boxes here Astros News For the first time in a long time the Astros lost a series opener, mainly thanks to one bad inning and an ineffective offense (Houston Chronicle)It also didn’t help that the Reds were apparently prepared to beat the shift (Texas Sports Nation)But was the outcome changed thanks to a single unsent runner late in the game? (Texas Sports Nation)You may have noticed an unusual outfield configuration for the ‘Stros in yesterday’s match (Houston Chronicle)Jake Kaplan...
Jun 18, 2019
Astros Open Forum: Who’s on First? Will the Astros stand pat or upgrade their weakest position.

Astros Open Forum: Who’s on First? Will the Astros stand pat or upgrade their weakest position.

The best team in the league is among the worst at first base. Is that OK? If you’ve never seen the Abbott and Costello routine “Who’s on First,” you’re not a fully initiated baseball fan. Watch HERE. Who’s on first? Yuli Gurriel or Tyler White? Maybe neither The Astros, even after three weeks without three of their best sluggers, have a team wRC+ of 121, second in the AL and near great by historical standards. And yet, at the position which is usually considered the premier position for sluggers, manned by legends like Lou Gehrig, Jimmie Foxx, Willie McGovey, the Astros are...
Jun 17, 2019
Game Recap: Effectively Wild Castillo Stymies ‘Stros, Reds Win 3-2

Game Recap: Effectively Wild Castillo Stymies ‘Stros, Reds Win 3-2

Despite being spotted six free passes by Cincy starter Luis Castillo, the Astros struggled to push runs across, managing just four hits. Cincinnati ace Luis Castillo struggled a bit in the follow-up to his terrific 2017 rookie campaign, but has shown new improvements thus far in 2019. Monday against the Astros, his premium stuff was on full display, but he struggled to find the plate for much of his six inning outing, issuing six free passes. Castillo’s wobbles afforded a hapless Astros offense a couple of scoring chances, but ultimately the Houston offense was unable to convert,...
Jun 17, 2019
Astros Top Prospect Report: 6/10 - 6/16

Astros Top Prospect Report: 6/10 - 6/16

A brief look at how the Astros top 30 prospects are performing this season. Here is your weekly look at how the Astros top prospects are performing. This week was only a few games but still some notable performances. I will be using my top 30 prospects found here. 1. Forrest Whitley, RHP (AAA) This Week:Injured 7-day 2019 Season Stats:8 G, 12.21 ERA, 24.1 IP, 35 H, 33 ER, 15 BB, 29 K 2. Kyle Tucker, OF (AAA) This Week:6 G, .458 BA (11-for-24), 3 2B, 3B, 2 HR, 8 RBI, SB 2019 Season Stats:64 G, .287 BA/1.010 OPS, 16 2B, 3 3B, 23 HR, 55 RBI, 15 SB 3. Yordan Alvarez, OF (MLB) This Week:5 G,...
Jun 17, 2019
Astros Prospect Report: June 16th, 2019

Astros Prospect Report: June 16th, 2019

See how the prospects performed last night! Another day of minor league action in the books. See the results below. AAA: Round Rock Express (42-27) won 6-3 (BOX SCORE) Rojas put the Express on the board in the 2nd with an RBI single. In the 3rd, they scored 3 runs on a Stassi 2 run HR and a wild pitch. They added on 2 more runs in the 4th on a Stassi RBI single and Tucker RBI single. Martin got the start and went 5 innings allowing 2 runs with 8 strikeouts. Hartman closed it out allowing 1 run over 4 innings while striking out 8. Note: Tucker is hitting .435 with 5 HR, 15 RBI over his...
Jun 17, 2019
Buy-Low Trade Candidate: Chris Archer

Buy-Low Trade Candidate: Chris Archer

Yeah, the one with the ERA over 5 and the FIP over 6. Why? Read on... If there’s one thing Houston Astros GM Jeff Luhnow likes, it’s a big bargain on the margins. If there’s one thing Pitching Coach Brent Strom likes, it’s reclaiming value or improving broken or aging pitchers. If there’s one thing the Pittsburgh Pirates like, it’s dismantling any payroll escalation that they can even if some of the trades don’t end up making a lot of baseball sense. Hi, I’m Jason Marbach. Welcome to my TED Talk. Why It Will Fail The first thing to recognize in this hypothetical trade...
Jun 17, 2019
Astros Crawfish Boil: June 17th, 2019

Astros Crawfish Boil: June 17th, 2019

Start your week with some of the best Astros links around Check out the rest of Crawfish Boxes here Astros News The Astros got just a wee bit curb stomped in yesterday’s finale against the Blue Jays (Sports Radio 610)So instead let’s talk about how the replacement players have done since coming up from Round Rock (Astros.com)Including old what’s-his-name Yordan Álvarez, who the Astros have faith in on defense (Houston Chronicle)Unfortunately for one of the call-ups, Springer is nearing a rehab assignment (Astros.com)The Astros were kicking the tires on an Encarnacion trade before he...
Jun 17, 2019
Who are the AL Favorites?

Who are the AL Favorites?

You may have seen the other day, MLBTradeRumors had an article asking if the Yankees were the favorites in the AL after their acquisition of Edwin Encarnacion. What was surprising to me is in the polling results, 51.21% (at the time of this writing) voted that yes they were in fact the AL Favorites. Now, don’t get me wrong, the Yankees are an excellent team, and they’ve managed to stay on top of the AL West which has notoriously been a strong division. but I figured I’d try to statistically check - and keep as much of my pro-Astros bias out of the equation. Going to the most...