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Feb 25, 2021
The Opportunity of a Lifetime for Myles Straw

The Opportunity of a Lifetime for Myles Straw

Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports Getting on-base is key for the center field favorite. For the Astros, the task of replacing George Springer, who recently departed for Toronto in free agency, is a mighty tall one. An impossible hurdle to clear in a single offseason, if ever. As good as this roster appears on paper, it is worse without one of the best players in franchise history. That is the cold, hard truth. One of the key storylines in Spring Training will be the competition for Springer’s old job as the club’s starting center fielder. For better or worse, the...
Feb 21, 2021
SB Nation Reacts: Will You Attend a Game in 2021?

SB Nation Reacts: Will You Attend a Game in 2021?

Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports 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 2020 season did happen to some extent, it was strange to see no fans in the stands until the latter portion of the postseason. Even then it was only limited crowds of people with mask-wearing and social distancing heavily enforced from what I can recall watching it on TV. In any case, it was a different sight to behold. That said, it does appear as if fans will be...
Feb 14, 2021
SB Nation Reacts: Time to shorten the MLB season?

SB Nation Reacts: Time to shorten the MLB season?

Thomas Shea-USA TODAY Sports 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. Minus a few notable exceptions, the MLB season has traditionally been 162 games since the 1962 season. Fans are used to seeing their favorite team play almost every day from early April through September. In a way, a baseball team feels like part of your extended family that drops by your house most days in the spring and summer. And if they keep coming around through October, then...
Feb 12, 2021
Something to Watch: The Astros’ Depth in 2021

Something to Watch: The Astros’ Depth in 2021

Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports The upcoming 2021 season is going to be a test for most team’s depth charts. Roughly eleven months ago, and before all hell broke loose, I wrote here about how the Astros’ depth across the roster would be tested in 2020. Although the season played out way differently than I could’ve imagined, ultimately the club relied heavily upon multiple rookies in the pitching staff while key hitters struggled during the shortened season. In spite of some success stories, it was still rough sailing as Houston limped into the postseason with...
Feb 7, 2021
SB Nation Reacts: Expansion chatter is in the air

SB Nation Reacts: Expansion chatter is in the air

Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports Expansion is better than contraction, right? 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. Major League Baseball has had a tumultuous calendar year with a pandemic ongoing, lost revenues abound, and a looming CBA battle with players next winter. All in all, not exactly a sport filled with fuzzy feelings right now. But that hasn’t stopped the conversation of expansion in recent years and the steam is only picking up. In...
Feb 3, 2021
Astros’ 2021 Payroll Preview

Astros’ 2021 Payroll Preview

Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports With Spring Training rapidly approaching, it is time to preview the player budget for 2021. As I noted back in early November, the Astros were likely to exhaust all of their “cap space” and then some if they intended to retain the services of both George Springer and Michael Brantley. For a club looking to avoid exceeding the tax threshold for a second consecutive year with higher surcharges involved, the likelihood of a reunion with Springer was probably not in the cards from the start. That is why re-signing Brantley made more...
Jan 31, 2021
SB Nation Reacts: Let’s Talk About the Playoffs

SB Nation Reacts: Let’s Talk About the Playoffs

Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports When a league has more than half of its clubs qualify for a postseason berth, there is an issue. 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. For the lack of a better term, the 2020 season for Major League Baseball was a hawt mess. In addition to the pandemic that is still raging across the world and the bungling of negotiations with the player’s union last year, Rob Manfred’s office decided it was time to institute...

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