11:21 PM EDT, Wed October 21, 2020
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World Series Game 2 Thread, October 21, 2020. Rays @ Dodgers

World Series Game 2 Thread, October 21, 2020. Rays @ Dodgers

Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports Are the Dodgers really this good? They’re up 1-0. Join the discussion.
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Astros Crawfish Boil: October 21st, 2020

Astros Crawfish Boil: October 21st, 2020

Photo by Alex Trautwig/MLB Photos via Anyone else suddenly get dust in their eyes while putting away a George Springer jersey for the offseason? Check out the rest of the Crawfish Boxes here and listen to the latest version of Locked on Astros, our partnered podcast, here. Astros News As we head into the offseason, the Astros’ number 1 priority is going to be dealing with the loss of so many key free agents (Astros.com) Which makes one wonder if it’ll be George Springer or J.T. Realmuto with a bigger contract when the 2021 season rolls around (MLB Trade Rumors) Here is the...
14 hours ago
3 Astros Discussion Items

3 Astros Discussion Items

Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports If this is the end for Springer in an Astros uniform, it was a wild ride. pic.twitter.com/cOyewKo3Tk— (@LiveSCS) October 18, 2020 1.) As we enter the off-season, there’s one key burning question in everyone’s mind. Does George Springer stay an Astro? Across his career as an Astro, the 31 year old outfielder has produced to the tune of .270/.361/.491 - providing star level (and occasionally MVP level) performance good for 26.6 WAR to date in his career. Click’s comments have been less than reassuring with the recent...
Oct 20, 2020
World Series Game 1 Thread, October 20, 2020. Rays @ Dodgers

World Series Game 1 Thread, October 20, 2020. Rays @ Dodgers

Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports What could have been
Oct 20, 2020
Silver linings in the Astros 2020 season

Silver linings in the Astros 2020 season

Photo by Bob Levey/ The future is brighter than we might have thought What a year! No, I’m not talking about impeachment, pandemic, “mostly peaceful protests,” election craziness. I’m talking about the Astros in the midst of all this. The awful Brandon Taubman incident. The de-moralizing cheating scandal and the firing of the top brass of the Stros. The postponed and shortened COVID season. The early injuries to key players: Cy Young winner Justin Verlander, ROY Yordan Alvarez, closer Roberto Osuna and many others. This was supposed to be the last year of the Astros’...
Oct 20, 2020
Windows, Rebuilding, and Reloading

Windows, Rebuilding, and Reloading

Thomas Shea-USA TODAY Sports Back in 2014, after the Giants won their third straight title and the Astros limped to a 70-92 record, I group-chatted my high school friends (I grew up in the Bay Area), and I told them that they had a great run, but the Giants wouldn’t have a better record than the Astros for at least another decade. On the facts of it, I was wrong (2016 was a backslide year) but the basic idea was correct. The Astros’ window was open, and the Giants’ was closing, compounded by a GM who was behind the times and a fanbase that expected a winning team. What struck me...
Oct 19, 2020
The Astros coulda, maybe shoulda won it

The Astros coulda, maybe shoulda won it

Photo by Ezra Shaw/ The ALCS was a vicious dog fight to the very end. Of course Astros fans are disappointed by the outcome of the ALCS. It’s easy to believe that a team that won two out of the last three Championship Series was entitled to win yet another. Of course, going in, the team with the best record in the AL, the Rays, was facing the team with the worst record in the AL that managed to qualify for the expanded playoffs. The Rays wRC+ for the season was ten points higher than the Astros’, 109 to 99. The Rays’ team ERA was third in the league at 3.56, almost a run lower...
Oct 19, 2020
Astros Crawfish Boil: October 19th, 2020

Astros Crawfish Boil: October 19th, 2020

Photo by Harry How/ Thank you to the Houston Astros for giving us an unbelievable ride in the 2020 postseason. I will never forget this team and all the joy they’ve brought their fans and city, scandals be damned. Check out the rest of the Crawfish Boxes here and listen to the latest version of Locked on Astros, our partnered podcast, here. Astros News The Astros came one win short of their third trip to the World Series in 4 years (Astros.com) And here’s a breakdown of just how that loss unfolded (Astros.com) But even though they came out on the wrong end, the team didn’t...
Oct 19, 2020
Self-Inflicted Mistakes Doomed the Astros

Self-Inflicted Mistakes Doomed the Astros

Photo by Ezra Shaw/ The Astros did not play sound baseball in the ALCS, and it’s why their season is over The Astros were one win away from returning to the World Series. It would have marked the club’s third trip to the Fall Classic in four years. The 2020 ALCS will rightly be considered a classic. It was an epic seven-game series that featured a comeback so historic, it had only occurred once before in the history of baseball. It shouldn’t have been necessary. The Astros made critical errors throughout the series, and the Rays made them pay for each and every one. Game 2 In the...
Oct 18, 2020
SB Nation Reacts: How is the postseason treating you?

SB Nation Reacts: How is the postseason treating you?

Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports As an Astros fan, I’ve seen better days. Welcome to SB Nation Reacts, a survey of fans across MLB. Each week, we send 30 polls to plugged in fans from each team. Astros fans, sign up HERE to join Reacts. Although the Astros were eliminated last night, the postseason still marches on. The Rays currently await the winner of the NLCS, which is scheduled for a Game 7 of its own later tonight between the Braves and Dodgers. Lots of drama still to unfold. In fact, 54 percent of fans who voted are pulling for the Rays in the World Series. ...
Oct 18, 2020
Magic runs out in the ALCS, Astros season ends in 4-2 Game 7 defeat

Magic runs out in the ALCS, Astros season ends in 4-2 Game 7 defeat

Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports Well, that sucks. What a ride. As the saying goes, Astros fans, don’t be sad it’s over, be glad it happened. Who in the right mind expected this team to still be playing on October 17th? Houston defied expectations time and time again this season, reaching the American League Championship Series and not putting their tails between their legs with a 3-0 deficit. Instead, they pulled off three dramatic wins in a row, reaching Game 7 where the magic just ran out. The Tampa Bay Rays rode an early power surge, dominant starting pitching by a former Astros...
Oct 17, 2020
ALCS Game 7 Thread. October 17, 2020, 7:37 CDT. Astros @ Rays

ALCS Game 7 Thread. October 17, 2020, 7:37 CDT. Astros @ Rays

Photo by Ezra Shaw/ Winner takes the pennant. On to the World Series! If you’re here, you already know what’s going on and what’s at stake. Go Stros. Here’s the pitching matchup that will live forever in Astros history no matter who wins. Two Astros playoff legends going head to head. ALCS Game 7 Petco Park⚾️ 7:37pm CT @TBSNetwork @SportsTalk790 & 850 AM @GEICO #ForTheH pic.twitter.com/Fgcx6xV7FF— Houston Astros (@astros) October 17, 2020 Lineup not available at time of this writing. Media Access Listen: Astros - KBME 790 AM/94.5 FM HD-2, ESPN Radio, La Ranchera...
Oct 17, 2020
Astros Crawfish Boil: October 17th, 2020

Astros Crawfish Boil: October 17th, 2020

Photo by Ezra Shaw/ I don’t care how tonight turns out, I’m damn proud of this team. (But they should go ahead and win anyways) Check out the rest of the Crawfish Boxes here and listen to the latest version of Locked on Astros, our partnered podcast, here. Astros News The Astros have come back from a 3-0 hole to force a Game 7 in what is fast becoming an epic ALCS (Astros.com) And a lot of it that W is thanks to the Astros’ big 6th inning (ESPN) But they wouldn’t even be here now if it wasn’t for the homegrown talent manning the mound for Houston (The Athletic,...
Oct 17, 2020
Want some stats? Here’s your breakdown from the Astros’ Game 6 win

Want some stats? Here’s your breakdown from the Astros’ Game 6 win

Photo by Ezra Shaw/ Stay updated with our statistical report: Framber, Altuve, Correa, and Tucker on the list! When you’re in the postseason, you’re gonna have plenty of chances to make history. After an out-of-this-world victory in Game 5 on Thursday, the Astros won again on Friday night to force an against-the-odds Game 7. They were the 39th team to trail 3-0 in a best-of-seven series, but after Friday’s showdown against the Rays, they are now only the second to force a Game 7, along with the Red Sox back in 2014 against the Yankees. But let’s take a look at Friday’s action...
Oct 16, 2020
Astros stun Rays 7-4, force Game 7 in the ALCS

Astros stun Rays 7-4, force Game 7 in the ALCS

Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports LET’S GO!!!!!! Count ‘em out at your own risk. Down 3-0, it was all but a foregone conclusion that this Houston Astros campaign would end quietly in the American League Championship Series, a round they weren’t even supposed to be in to begin with. Oh man, have the tables turned. For the third consecutive night, the Astros staved off elimination, this time bludgeoning Tampa Bay with an offensive attack in the middle innings, and then holding off a late Rays power surge to claim their third straight victory, 7-4. Houston is the second team in...