10:02 PM EDT, Mon October 22, 2018
Climbing Tal's Hill 4 hours ago

Astros: Five things the team did well in 2018

Whenever a team sets a new franchise-best in wins during a single season, you can bet that they did some things well. Quite well, indeed. Back in 1998, the Astros won a then-franchise record 102 games. It would take 20 years and over 3,000 regular season games before another Houston team would top that win […] Astros: Five things the team did well in 2018 - Climbing Tals Hill - Climbing Tals Hill - A Houston Astros Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Climbing Tal's Hill 8 hours ago

Areas of concern for the Astros heading into the offseason

The atmosphere surrounding the Astros today is a bit different than roughly one year ago. Although there is a reason to hope for another championship run next season, there are a few areas of concern to address this offseason. To borrow a slogan from Houston’s NBA franchise, the mantra “Run It Back” should apply to […] Areas of concern for the Astros heading into the offseason - Climbing Tals Hill - Climbing Tals Hill - A Houston Astros Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
The Crawfish Boxes 11 hours ago
How the LMJ Injury Affects Luhnow’s Mindset

How the LMJ Injury Affects Luhnow’s Mindset

We’ve known since the spring that Keuchel and Morton were in their walk years. Both posted impressive seasons and both are free agents. We also knew that Lance McCullers would always be a CY Young dark horse, as long as he posted ridiculous peripherals before ever putting it together for a full season. Now we know that he’s a huge question mark going into 2019. How does this fact change Luhnow’s thinking, given that at the All-Star break he had made all of his starts and looked ready to set season records in every counting stat? Before one says, “but LMJ is always injured,”...
The Crawfish Boxes 11 hours ago
Astros Draft Tendencies: Part I

Astros Draft Tendencies: Part I

What the Astros drafts from 2012-2018 tell us about what could happen next June When projecting future drafts for MLB franchises, the past is generally the best guideline. Front offices generally have consistent tendencies that can be observed year after year, and the Astros under Jeff Luhnow are no exception. The draft was a key factor in the Astros’ accelerated rebuild, and continues to be a point of emphasis as the team looks to remain in pole position in the AL West. With the 2018 season in the books, it’s high time to take stock in the system forecast where the team is likely to...
The Crawfish Boxes 13 hours ago
Astros Crawfish Boil: October 22nd, 2018

Astros Crawfish Boil: October 22nd, 2018

Have some fresh baseball links to start your morning Astros News Altuve underwent knee surgery immediately following the season after playing through an injury that normally would have sidelined him (ABC 13)The Astros would learn the perils of being king after their ALCS exit (Call to the Pen)That doesn’t tell the whole story, though, as pitching would let Houston down as well (Texas Sports Nation)Or perhaps it was the Astros’ paranoia that led to their downfall (Yahoo Sports)Nick Dika takes an in-depth look at went wrong for Correa in 2018 (RotoGraphs)Should the Astros flip Kyle Tucker...