1:07 PM EST, Mon December 17, 2018
The Crawfish Boxes 2 hours ago
Astros’ 2019 Rotation as Currently Constructed

Astros’ 2019 Rotation as Currently Constructed

With the Tampa Bays Rays unexpected acquisition of Charlie Morton, the Houston Astros starting pitching suddenly appears a little thinner. How does the Astros rotation project if they went into Spring Training today? Let’s take a look at the Steamer projections for the current crop of starters to analyze their potential impact/contribution to the team. Fortunately, the Astros will return two of the best pitchers in baseball to their rotation in 2019. Justin Verlander and Gerrit Cole went 1-2 in strikeouts in the American League a season ago, were both in the Top 5 in ERA, K-BB%, WHIP,...
The Crawfish Boxes 4 hours ago
Astros Crawfish Boil: December 17th, 2018

Astros Crawfish Boil: December 17th, 2018

Start your week with some of the best Astros links around Astros News The Astros continue to circle Brantley and Cruz while remaining open to trading Reddick (The Athletic, $$$)But they seem more and more likely to look internally for lefty reliever needs (Climbing Tal’s Hill)Verlander’s Wins for Warriors foundation threw its first-ever 1,000 Christmas Salutes for military families (ABC 13)Astros super-fan Eugenia Rios led a baseball life, so it was appropriate that baseball was there to take her home (Houston Chronicle) Around the League The Mets make another move, this time by...
The Crawfish Boxes Dec 16, 2018
The Case for Rich Hill

The Case for Rich Hill

Reports are that the Dodgers, the most obvious suitor for Bryce Harper, are looking to shed some of their hefty contracts in order to make the Harper price tag less crippling. Although names like Puig and Kemp have dominated the rumors, Rich Hill is a with tremendous appeal, especially for a team like the Astros. Everybody reading this blog knows that the Astros lost 3/5 of their starting rotation from 2018. The two at the top are still there: fireballing righties named Verlander and Cole. And Luhnow and Hinch have both talked as though Colin McHugh, a rotation stalwart from 2014-2016,...
Climbing Tal's Hill Dec 16, 2018

Astros likely staying internal for left-handed relief help

The Astros have been linked to various free agents and trade targets since the offseason started. However, don’t expect one position to be addressed externally this winter. Thanks to a recent story from Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle, the Astros reportedly aren’t in a rush to address their left-handed relief depth as noted here […] Astros likely staying internal for left-handed relief help - Climbing Tals Hill - Climbing Tals Hill - A Houston Astros Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Climbing Tal's Hill Dec 15, 2018

Astros: The offseason isn’t over yet

Yes, the Astros didn’t make a splash of any kind during the Winter Meetings. By the way, there isn’t anything wrong with that. In the weeks following the postseason, the Astros developed a clear list of needs: Catcher, starting pitcher(s), designated hitter, left-handed bat, and additional depth. By the time the Winter Meetings had begun, […] Astros: The offseason isn’t over yet - Climbing Tals Hill - Climbing Tals Hill - A Houston Astros Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More