***** Official Houston Astros 2019 Season Thread *****

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aggiederelict said:

This could be huge. I wonder if he will be available come playoff time.
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Germn could be eligible to return before the postseason begins, if MLB's investigation allows him to. Dodgers pitcher Julio Uras was placed on administrative leave after he was arrested on suspicion of domestic battery in May 2019. He returned from leave after seven days. MLB ultimately suspended Urias for 20 games on Aug. 17.
https://theathletic.com/1226040/2019/09/19/domingo-german-is-placed-on-leave-while-major-league-baseball-investigates-domestic-violence-allegation/
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So is anyone else doing the 5k next saturday? Wife and I are doing that then gonna find a place to watch the game then we have a wedding that evening. If you're running, let's meet up!
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wonder if this falls under Joe Torre's purview
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Yankees are 19-0-3 in their last 22 home series

But some people would prefer the 2 seed
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If the Astros don't win the WS this year, is the season considered a failure?
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I know we don't really have room, but I miss Maybin. Sucks even more that he's with the Yankers now.
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Kashchei said:

If the Astros don't win the WS this year, is the season considered a failure?


100%. The players would even tell you as much. It would be a major disappointment to those playing, Jeff, the fans, etc. We didn't sell out, but Jeff made moves to win it all -- not come up short -- but be respectable.

If we come up short and lose Cole, it's even worse.
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Kashchei said:

If the Astros don't win the WS this year, is the season considered a failure?

No. I think everyone would be disappointed but to call a 102-107 win season a failure is pretty ridiculous.

We know how big of a crapshoot the playoffs can be. Often times the best teams don't win the WS.
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I just want us to get to the World Series. If we do that, then it would be hard to call it a failure. Losing in the ALDS or ALCS would be a bitter pill to swallow. I fully expect the Dodgers to win the NL.... and it's hard to imagine them losing the World Series for a 3rd year in a row.

I expect us to win it all and will be disappointed if we don't. However, winning the pennant is still a huge accomplishment
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I'm not sure I would consider losing to the Yankees or Dodgers a "failure". Those teams are both elite as well.

Losing to either Oakland, Tampa Bay, or Minnesota would be a failure.
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tjholley16 said:

I just want us to get to the World Series. If we do that, then it would be hard to call it a failure. Losing in the ALDS or ALCS would be a bitter pill to swallow. I fully expect the Dodgers to win the NL.... and it's hard to imagine them losing the World Series for a 3rd year in a row.

I expect us to win it all and will be disappointed if we don't. However, winning the pennant is still a huge accomplishment


I don't think it's a given that the Dodgers make it to the WS.

- Making it 3 years in a row is pretty rare
- Dodgers really haven't played a meaningful game in a while - they have a 20 game division lead at the moment.
- Cubs have a legit roster for a wild-card team and the Nationals have a great 1-3 pitching staff. (Brewers without Yelich would be a pushover)
- I'm higher on the Braves than most. They're in a much tougher division (Nats, Mets and Phillies all we're pushing for WC spots for a while)

The Vegas odds definitely have the Dodgers as the big favorite to make it out of the NL, I just don't think it's the given that everyone else seems to.
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Baseball-Junkie said:

I know we don't really have room, but I miss Maybin. Sucks even more that he's with the Yankers now.
Why do you miss Maybin?
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Harry Dunne said:

Baseball-Junkie said:

I know we don't really have room, but I miss Maybin. Sucks even more that he's with the Yankers now.
Why do you miss Maybin?
Dude, he gave us a free taco that one time.
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Yeah, the Maybin post is very confusing.

You miss a back-up we had for half a season who is slower than his speed replacement we now have on the roster (Straw)? A guy who hit .186 for us (and stole that one base in the WS)? That guy?

He's having a career year for the Yankees in that bandbox only playing in 74 games, but he has no place on our roster.
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I wouldn't say that I miss maybin, but I look back fondly on his time with the club. Likable guy who had more than a few big moments for the club.
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Reminds me of Bagwell Biggio years where we couldn't beat the freakin Padres in the first round.
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So JV going for 3000 Sunday? Who will be there?
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Teddy Perkins said:

aggiederelict said:

This could be huge. I wonder if he will be available come playoff time.
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Germn could be eligible to return before the postseason begins, if MLB's investigation allows him to. Dodgers pitcher Julio Uras was placed on administrative leave after he was arrested on suspicion of domestic battery in May 2019. He returned from leave after seven days. MLB ultimately suspended Urias for 20 games on Aug. 17.
https://theathletic.com/1226040/2019/09/19/domingo-german-is-placed-on-leave-while-major-league-baseball-investigates-domestic-violence-allegation/
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titanmaster_race said:

I wouldn't say that I miss maybin, but I look back fondly on his time with the club. Likable guy who had more than a few big moments for the club.
pretty sure his stolen base was his only "big" moment.
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Damn Kevin Brown.
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AustinCountyAg said:

titanmaster_race said:

I wouldn't say that I miss maybin, but I look back fondly on his time with the club. Likable guy who had more than a few big moments for the club.
pretty sure his stolen base was his only "big" moment.


He hit a game winning HR in I think his first game with us.

If not his first game it was very early in his tenure because I remember us being all jacked up we actually got production from the LF position.
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Thats big. They were pitching thin on the front side all year. They just got thinner and lost Betances on the back end too. Bullpen reliance in the playoffs is a killer. Seeing the same guys 4, 5 or 6 times matters to pro hitters. Running them out there 4, 5 or 6 times in a series wears them out. A lesson I'm not sure Roberts every understood 2 years ago.
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That is huge but my goodness this Yankees team takes a lickin and keeps on tickin.
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Frok said:

That is huge but my goodness this Yankees team takes a lickin and keeps on tickin.


I get you, but it does help getting to dominate the Orioles in your division.
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That's what I was thinking of as well
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Beat40 said:

Frok said:

That is huge but my goodness this Yankees team takes a lickin and keeps on tickin.


I get you, but it does help getting to dominate the Orioles in your division.
Os are bad, but the Twins are the real paper tigers. They have 45-107 Tigers, 56-98 Royals, & 66-86 White Sox. They're 34-14 (71%) vs the bottom of their division. Plus they have 9 more to go vs them. They'll probably crack 100 wins too.
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Baseball-Junkie said:

I know we don't really have room, but I miss Maybin. Sucks even more that he's with the Yankers now.


Do you also miss that time the Yankees won an ALCS game because, to steal a line from a baseball writer at the time, "someone unplugged Cameron Maybin's Xbox controller?"

Because that's all I remember him for.
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DVC2010 said:

Baseball-Junkie said:

I know we don't really have room, but I miss Maybin. Sucks even more that he's with the Yankers now.


Do you also miss that time the Yankees won an ALCS game because, to steal a line from a baseball writer at the time, "someone unplugged Cameron Maybin's Xbox controller?"

Because that's all I remember him for.
Huh?
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Morton's start in New York. Yankees got all kinds of bases on weak contact. One was a blooper to left that should have been playable, but Maybin just let it drop in front of him.
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https://www.pinstripealley.com/2017/10/16/16482970/yankees-astros-postseason-alcs

This was a fun read to revisit two years later. The arrogance just oozes out (this is when they were down 0-2.
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DVC2010 said:

Morton's start in New York. Yankees got all kinds of bases on weak contact. One was a blooper to left that should have been playable, but Maybin just let it drop in front of him.
Oh that. And Springer dove for and whiffed on a line drive that almost lost us a WS game. Do we dislike him for that as well?
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Bregxit said:


And Springer dove for and whiffed on a line drive that almost lost us a WS game. Do we dislike him for that as well?

I actually like Springer for that stuff. Sure I would like to avoid that kind of stuff, but it is really irritating when a player lets every ball that he has to take more than two steps forward for drop. If Springer routinely misjudged plays then sure I would be a lot harder on him.
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willjohnathan said:

Bregxit said:


And Springer dove for and whiffed on a line drive that almost lost us a WS game. Do we dislike him for that as well?

I actually like Springer for that stuff. Sure I would like to avoid that kind of stuff, but it is really irritating when a player lets every ball that he has to take more than two steps forward for drop. If Springer routinely misjudged plays then sure I would be a lot harder on him.
I'm just saying, it is easy to pick out a bad defensively play for anyone, especially someone like Maybin who has never been known for his defense to begin with.

What I remember Maybin for is not a stolen base or a bad play. It is for getting a PH single ahead of a Springer Dinger which gave us a two run lead in WS game 2 that we won by one run. That was clutch and got us our first World Series game win.
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DVC2010 said:

Baseball-Junkie said:

I know we don't really have room, but I miss Maybin. Sucks even more that he's with the Yankers now.


Do you also miss that time the Yankees won an ALCS game because, to steal a line from a baseball writer at the time, "someone unplugged Cameron Maybin's Xbox controller?"

Because that's all I remember him for.


Maybe that's what you remember him for. I remember Maybin for getting free tacos for stealing the the first (and IIRC only) base of the WS.
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