Houston Astros 2019 thread............

Discussion in 'Baseball' started by LousianaHorn, Dec 18, 2018.

  1. LousianaHorn

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  2. Phil Elliott

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    Charlie Morton signed with the TB Rays for some pretty big money, I guess we decided he was not worth it?
     
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  5. Joe Fan

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    2018 Lowest K% in MLB

    2. Michael Brantley
    6. Yuli Gurriel
    13. Alex Bregman
    17. Jose Altuve
     
  6. ViperHorn

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    Brantly will be a good pick-up. After watching Chirinos while he was with the Rangers, I would not put him in the "what will make us great again" category. He is an average functional catcher.
     
  7. LousianaHorn

    LousianaHorn 500+ Posts

    Chirinos bat is a nice improvement imho.
     
  8. Joe Fan

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    We are still kicking the tires on J.T Realmuto
     
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  9. Joe Fan

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    Could be more news soon
    (or could be Alex just found his car keys)

     
  10. Joe Fan

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    Brantley’s contract supposed to be $15 million in 2019 and $15 million in 2020. It contains a $2 million signing bonus.

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  13. Joe Fan

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    Not Astros, I just thought it was kind of interesting
    Joey Votto has seen 27,668 pitches over 6,764 career plate appearances. He has never popped out to the catcher, pitcher, or first basemen.

    Votto seems to drive a lot of people nuts
     
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  15. mchammer

    mchammer 5,000+ Posts

    Maybe this is our year.
     
  16. Phil Elliott

    Phil Elliott 1,000+ Posts

    We need to add a starting pitcher or two.
     
  17. Joe Fan

    Joe Fan 10,000+ Posts

    Interesting ....

     
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  18. Joe Fan

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    The greatest game in World Series history

     
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  22. Phil Elliott

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    Who is this pitcher, Miley, who we got from the Brewers?
     
  23. Joe Fan

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    Lefty, helped Milwhacky get into playoffs last season
    Penciled in as the #4 starter. Word is we have identified the pitches he should throw less of and which ones he should throw more of. In other words, typical Astros stuff. LOL. Will be interesting to see if he comes out of Spring Training still as the #4.
     
  24. Joe Fan

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    Some more on Wade Miley

    "The Astros signed Wade Miley this week to a one year, $4.5 million dollar contract and no one really seemed to be very excited. After all he doesn't throw 95 mph and hasn't won a Cy Young award, but if you dig a little deeper you might find that he could be the perfect replacement for Dallas Keuchel.

    Miley, like Keuchel, is lefthanded and has been an all-star previously. More importantly, he has playoff experience just like Dallas and has performed well when on the big stage. He is coming off arguably his best year as a pro as he was 5-2 with the Brewers with a 2.57 ERA. He had four starts in last year's playoff run for Milwaukee and had a stellar 1.23 ERA combined for the Divisional series and the NLCS.

    He has never really pitched for a dominant team over the course of his eight-year career, yet his numbers have been steady and he has managed to stay relatively injury free. The opportunity to play for the Astros gives him a chance to play for a contender that has a potent offense, an above average defense and a pitching coach that has proven to be a major factor in resurrecting pitchers' careers. If all goes as planned, he could be the next in a line of veteran pitchers who have found success after coming to H-town.

    Making subtle changes to a pitcher' s delivery, mechanics and approach to the craft have been a staple of Brent Strom's role as pitching coach for the Astros. He has been a driving force behind Keuchel's career and Dallas has always been quick to give him credit, particularly when he was interviewed after Houston won the World Series. Strom was singled out and credited with using his lower half more and pinpointing his release point. The two of them spent hours and hours watching videotape and scouring previous starts to find keys to his success and cures for his failures...."
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    Maybe the deciding factor between bringing in a free agent like Miley and letting a fan favorite like Keuchel walk is the finances. Agent Scott Boras has been trying to formulate a contract in the neighborhood of 5 years and $100 million dollars for his client and that seems to be far too expensive for Jeff Luhnow and owner Jim Crane. With Justin Verlander joining Cole as free agents at the end of the 2019 season, there doesn't seem to be enough money to go around for the third starter in AJ Hinch's rotation.

    Miley's contract is very team friendly and it doesn't hinder the franchise going forward when they have some tough negotiations ahead with their top two aces. Saving over $15 million dollars on this year's rotation also allows the team flexibility this season if another free agent bat is targeted or the always-in-demand bullpen arm is considered....."

    Miley should have Astros fans smiling
     
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  25. Joe Fan

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    Too many easy jokes possible
    Should they combine it with LGBTIQ night?

     
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  26. Joe Fan

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    The Big Puma has a career OPS+ of 151
    Edgar Martinez's was 147

    Edgar is in the HOF
    Lance out on first ballot
    Puma was one of the greatest switch hitters of all time
    6 All-Star nods
    4x in the top 5 MVP
    Career: .293/.406/.549 hitter
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  27. Joe Fan

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    Since George Springer struck out 4 times in Game 1 of the 2017 World Series, he has a 14-game postseason hitting streak with 6 doubles, 9 homers, .417 BA and .1452 OPS.
     
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  28. Joe Fan

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    Just thought it was amusing

     
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  29. Joe Fan

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    Hall of Famers Jim Rice, Pete Rose and Craig Biggio with Craig's son Cavan

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  30. Joe Fan

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    Betonline_ag odds to win the 2019 World Series

    NYY 6/1
    Red Sox 7/1
    Astros 7/1
    Dodgers 9/1
    Phillies 10/1
    Cubs 12/1
    Brewers 14/1
    Cardinals 14/1
    Braves 16/1
    Indians 16/1
    Nationals 16/1
     

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