Category Archives: Houston Astros

YANKEES – SIT TIGHT AND WAIT IT OUT

If there is one thing the 2015 season demonstrated, it’s that younger (read athletically) constructed teams were the ones who played well into October. In essence, speed kills. Whether you’re talkingimages-1 about a fast ball consistently in the 95-97 mph range (Mets starters) or quick thinking and athleticism on the base paths, or swift and reliable ball tracking in the outfield (Royals on both counts)  – all winning teams (add the Cubs, Astros, and Pirates too) have speed as a common thread between them. Continue reading

PICKING OFF THE LOW HANGING FRUIT……

A quick look at the Transaction Wire over the past few days reveals that general managers are picking the low hanging fruit of the free agent market in an attempt to either bolster the depth of their team, or (more likely) hoping to catch lightning in a bottle by signing a player who underperformed or was injured last season.

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THE CY YOUNG AND MVP AWARDS – REVISITED

Five weeks ago, I took a stab at who might win the Cy Young (left) images (8)and MVP (below) awards in each league. Yesterday, the top three finalists were announced in each category (somebody had a good idea). The field looks remarkably images (7)similar to the players I predicted would be in contention, except for the inclusion of Sonny Gray who emerged as a candidate for the AL Cy Young. 

While my reasoning behind the selections I made remains constant, my selections now are a bit different, mainly because the Post Season is now over. In the same way I put stock in a player’s TEAM making the playoffs, I now think that player’s performance in the Post Season counts equally as much. So, let’s get to the picks….. Continue reading

A SHOOTOUT – DEEP IN THE HEART OF TEXAS

logo4Well, what do we know, there’s a real live pennant race brewing in The 1371Lone Star State between the surging and confident Rangers and the “all hands on deck” Astros.  It’s a pennant race made in heaven for baseball fans as both teams prepare to face each other in Houston following the Rangers sweep that jettisoned them to the top of the AL West, a position the Astros had held for the previous 50 days.

On July 4th, the Astros stood atop the standings leading the Angels by 4.0 games while the Rangers were treading water at .500 (41!41). The Astros position seemed to be solidified by a Division where no one wanted to or seemed capable of taking charge. The Mariners never appeared to know the season had actually begun, while the Angels were in disrepair and struggling to even keep pace. In essence, it was a Division made for the taking as their opponents woke up asleep at the wheel and the Astros (the supposed team on the horizon with their budding farm system) moved into the void.

The question all along was two-fold……….were the Astros for real……and would a team in the Division arise from their slumber and create 8329581_origa challenge for them? Both questions seemingly have been answered by the Texas Rangers.

ARLINGTON, TX - JULY 31: Adrian Beltre #29 of the Texas Rangers watches his walk off homerun against the Los Angeles Angels at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on July 31, 2013 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

ARLINGTON, TX – JULY 31: Adrian Beltre #29 of the Texas Rangers watches his walk off homerun against the Los Angeles Angels at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on July 31, 2013 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

The unknown is the interesting part……will the Astros led by Jose Altuve (left) and a solid line of starting pitching  be able to withstand the charge of the Rangers…….and can the Rangers ( led by the very underrated Adrian Beltre (right)  continue their assault on the Astros next weekend in Houston……..or are they topping out in a position to fall back asleep at the end of a grueling season for both teams?

The best part is (as they say) yet to come (next weekend). But the real truth is that we……as Fans of Baseball we get to see it all unfold.