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

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Reading through various mlb articles, it would appear the A's would like to start Fiers for Game 1 of the ALDS if they advance and the Rays would like to start Glasnow if they advance.
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Athletic article on the complaints and retorts about the robot umps in the Atlantic League. Some highlights:

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Even if MLB concludes that this Atlantic League experiment is a raging success, you won't be seeing robot umps at Wrigley Field by, say, next April. There would be further testing in other leagues, and a phase-in program over multiple years. Plus it would all have to be negotiated with the players. So this is just the beginning but definitely not the end!

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TrackMan has no feelings, doesn't care who is on the mound, does no favors for whatever hitter is in the box, isn't interested in how the strike zone used to be called. To get a strike call from TrackMan, there is one thing that never changes:

Some portion of the baseball has to cross over the 17-inch span from one side of the plate to the other. Period.

So there's almost no such thing as a pitch "on the black" anymore. What has messed with many pitchers' minds in the Atlantic League, says York manager Mark Mason, is that "it's making them throw it over the white of the plate, not the black."

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3. Beware of the accidental strike!

Twins pitcher Jake Odorizzi: The (pitches) that are going to be affected most are the misfires. Say you're trying to go away and you get the ball in. It's technically a strike, but it rarely ever gets called because you missed your spot Hitters aren't going to be happy (if that pitch is now a strike). But the bottom line is, if you want to call the strike zone, you have to call every inch of it.

For 100 years, the accidental strike has never been a strike. Ever. That fastball away that actually veers over the inside corner? It hasn't been a strike because it doesn't look like a strike. If the catcher has to dive from one side of the plate to the other just to catch it, what umpire on earth would call that pitch a strike?

The robot ump would. Who else? You were expecting maybe Joe West?

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Time of game Real umps 2:47, TrackMan 2:46
Runs per game Real umps 4.61, TrackMan 4.63
Strikeout percent Real umps 19.6%, TrackMan 19.6%
Walk percent Real umps 8.9%, TrackMan 8.1%

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Three different members of the Revolution told us the same story about their favorite moment of electronic-strike-zone craziness. It happened in a recent one-run game. The opposing hitter squared to bunt. That meant he was no longer standing straight up in the box. He was hunched over to lay down that bunt. What could possibly go wrong?

Oh, only that the electronic strike zone didn't get the hunched-over memo. That's what.

York pitching coach Paul Fletcher: So he squares to bunt, and the ball's clearly over his head (because) he'd squatted. But the strike zone didn't change. So even though the ball was over his head, it rung him up for strike three and the guy went crazy. Hey, it benefited us, but I'll be honest. It was tough.

So how, you ask, did a pitch that was "clearly" over a hitter's head get called a strike? Because TrackMan had no interest in adjusting the top of the hitter's computerized strike zone simply because he'd just crouched into his bunt stance. Technically, maybe it's not supposed to. But it was a vivid illustration of the common-sense adjustments that human umpires make all the time and computers won't.

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On the delay...

In a recent game in New Britain, a York pitcher threw a 3-2 pitch that appeared to be low, to just about everyone. It was so "obviously" low, in fact, that the runner on first started jogging toward second, and the hitter began trotting toward first except, surprise it didn't look low to TrackMan. But by the time the home-plate ump signaled strike three, it was too late to throw out that baserunner stealing second, even though he didn't realize that's what he was doing.


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I don't have a problem with any of that except for the delay.
spadilly
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PM sent
BMX Bandit
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Feirs has a K/HR ratio against Astros of 1. 12 & 12
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Ok. I want to see starters go 8IP each. There is 3 days for relievers to recover. This is about making a starter unusable until game 3
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mathguy86 said:

Ok. I want to see starters go 8IP each. There is 3 days for relievers to recover. This is about making a starter unusable until game 3


Or better what happened to the nats last night. Have a starter go 4-5 but throw a bunch of pitches and leave behind. Team has to use their #2 who would be the next best pitcher for 4+ innings and a bunch of pitches when they come back to tie. Games then goes ~16 innings.

That's what I'm rooting for
mwm
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Ugh. Going to have to mute the sound tonight.
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Reminder, ESPN has the regular broadcast and ESPN2 has the statcast broadcast tonight.
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really going to be interesting to see how Charlie does tonight
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"There's nothing like an Oakland crowd"...yeah everyone loves that ****ing drum all game
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This ball is going to fly tonight. Warm and it carried there now with the shorter power alleys.
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Crushed.
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visiting teams jumping ahead quick in these WC games
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spadilly said:

Reminder, ESPN has the regular broadcast and ESPN2 has the statcast broadcast tonight.

I much prefer the ESPN2 crew.
mathguy86
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Was that fat boy Joe West at 1B?
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Laureano "known for his defensive prowess but the metrics don't love him". Yeah. Because he's not a good defensive CF. He's got an arm that he has to use when he doesn't catch balls he should catch.
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Who do we want to win?
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mathguy86 said:

Laureano "known for his defensive prowess but the metrics don't love him". Yeah. Because he's not a good defensive CF. He's got an arm that he has to use when he doesn't catch balls he should catch.


But what's the sample size?
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Hope that Tampa Bay bullpen is ready
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cap-n-jack said:

Who do we want to win?


I want Tampa.
mwm
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CFM already over 30 pitches.
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Wow. Charlie got out of that jam.
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Oakland seems to always play us tough. I haven't a clue what our record against TB is though.
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yes, Tampa.

could do without more of Semien, Chapman, and Olson
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oh my, Rays teeing off
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Monster shot to center
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Yeah... don't think MLB switched back to the old baseballs like was rumored.
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We want Rays all day. No question.
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TB getting after it early...
mathguy86
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Tampa Bay
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Tampa with a tired staff. Don't see CFM till 3.
mathguy86
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Better inning for CFM
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Wow
And the hook comes out
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I think we should start Urquidy instead of Miley if Tampa wins so Yandy Diaz can't demolish him