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

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Frok said:

Series over


Washington has Scherzer game 4 and Strasburg game 5.

Dodgers are definitely the favorite, but it's not close to over.
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... also, the tying run for the Nats is in the in-deck circle with no outs in the sixth inning. This game isn't over either.
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Good job taking third, dumb ass.
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Washington just tootblaned their inning into the ****ter.
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That is just plain stupid by Howie Kendrick
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Little league base running there
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Potential for 2-3 pretty easy runs squandered
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Fernando Rodney sucks
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Wtf was that ritual.
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HossAg said:

Wtf was that ritual.

baby shark doo doo doo doo doo
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https://www.mlb.com/news/zack-greinke-brief-alds-press-conference
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Teddy Perkins said:

https://www.mlb.com/news/zack-greinke-brief-alds-press-conference
He has got to be the offspring of Belichick right?
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Teddy Perkins said:

https://www.mlb.com/news/zack-greinke-brief-alds-press-conference


Dude on the spectrum or just hate interviews?

Edit never mind I saw he has social anxiety issues and is just awkward in these situations
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I'm going with the 1st one
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They're good hitters. They're good runners.

Wow...just wow.
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Teddy Perkins said:

https://www.mlb.com/news/zack-greinke-brief-alds-press-conference


Wow, that was awkward even by his standards
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Yeah I'm convinced he has aspergers
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Is this really catching you guys by surprise?

ZG and his social anxiety issues have been well documented.
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Ag_07 said:

Is this really catching you guys by surprise?

ZG and his social anxiety issues have been well documented.


I honestly had no idea till I googled it

Not that it matters, if he can pitch he can pitch
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Maybe Zack should do all of his interviews in a football helmet.
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Ag_07 said:

Is this really catching you guys by surprise?

ZG and his social anxiety issues have been well documented.


No but I don't think it's social anxiety that's what I'm saying
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ClickClack said:

Yeah I'm convinced he has aspergers
Why? I imagine that's the way almost any normal would want to answer stupid repetitive sports reporter questions. Some just put more effort into BSing. Listen to some of those deep probing questions. "How do you prepare to pitch?" "Talk about about being in a potentially big game?" And these are regular beat reporters like Mark Berman.

People used to make fun of Biggio for his generic throw-away lines like "we just have to play our brand of baseball" or whatever, but I bet it gets old really quick to deal with the same reporters asking the same generic questions all the time.
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agsquirrel97 said:

Burn-It said:

That's why TA is the best. Thanks.

I'm clueless on baseball salary cap ( if there is one), but Im guessing Astro ownership sees the value of Cole & would be willing to drop some serious $$,$$$,$$$ to keep him. JV is great, but Cole could insure long term dynasty.
We are at about $197MM versus a cap of $206MM. Next year Bregman starts hitting us for another $19MM, Greinke will start hitting us for another $20MM, Springer will be due another $18MM, Cole would require another $20+MM. Tucker will be due another $150k All other arbitration players will be a few million more.

This roster is not sustainable next year and trading away Reddick doesn't get us anywhere close to the numbers, there will have to be some changes.

(All of these numbers are very rough, so don't bash me too much)
https://www.spotrac.com/mlb/houston-astros/payroll/


Luxury cap is $208MM in 2020, $210MM in 2021 when Verlander's and Grienke's contracts come off the books. So in 2020 we pay the 20% first-time offenders tax + the 12% surtax for being $20MM-$40MM over the line and in 2021 we pay the 30% penalty + the 12% tax. 2022 we reset.

If Luhnow/Crane said "F%^* it" let's spend $250MM, their max penalty for 2020 is like $11MM. The tax for 2021 is $14.4MM. Two more rings, legit dynasty, for $25MM. If somehow we can keep the payroll under $228MM in 2020 and $230MM in 2021, then you save about $5MM in surtax.

Raise ticket prices, start a Stros/Rockets network, do $2 hot dog nights, quit spending so much on bobbleheads. Easy-peazy
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Anyone have a link or that can post postseason ticket prices? Was selected in the ALCS lottery, wanted to see how much I was looking at.
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SIAP - what's the best way to watch the game today while stuck at work?
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Johnsy3 said:

SIAP - what's the best way to watch the game today while stuck at work?
Quit, in this economy it will take 37 minutes to find a new and better job!
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quit spending so much on bobbleheads

This is great
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quit spending so much on bobbleheads


FYI I just spoke with the bobbleheads and asked them for their opinion on letting Cole walk due to the money he would command and they are still shaking their heads yes.
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Johnsy3 said:

SIAP - what's the best way to watch the game today while stuck at work?
I believe I heard you can use the fox sports go app or their website
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Grienke and Verlander are under contract through 21, so they don't come off the books until 22. If you trade away Reddick, you are going to have to eat some money. If I remember right they tried to do that in the last off-season and couldn't find anyone interested. Same would be true with grienke but I can't see the Astros giving up all that they did and only keeping him for half a season. They would never get an equivalent return back. There only way to make a Cole deal work would be to go cheap on the front end of the contract and back load it when done bug money guys are off the book.

I've said this before and I'll say it again. I consider signing Springer to an extension to be there highest priority this off-season. He's the heart of that locker room, and you can't let him go. He's worth whatever you have to pay him.
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Jansen90 said:

Johnsy3 said:

SIAP - what's the best way to watch the game today while stuck at work?
I believe I heard you can use the fox sports go app or their website
even though its on MLB TV?
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cheap on the front end of the contract and back load it when done big money guys are off the book
Thought someone said before that this wouldn't work since the contract is averaged out per year and that is how they count the money against the team each year
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EastCoastAgNc said:

Grienke and Verlander are under contract through 21, so they don't come off the books until 22. If you trade away Reddick, you are going to have to eat some money. If I remember right they tried to do that in the last off-season and couldn't find anyone interested. Same would be true with grienke but I can't see the Astros giving up all that they did and only keeping him for half a season. They would never get an equivalent return back.

If you offloaded Greinke to keep Cole, then who cares. Worth it. And if we win the WS the Greinke trade was already worth it.



There only way to make a Cole deal work would be to go cheap on the front end of the contract and back load it when done bug money guys are off the book.

This has been said time and time again but offsetting the contract doesnt help with luxury tax. An average is used.

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Johnsy3 said:

SIAP - what's the best way to watch the game today while stuck at work?


Sign up for a free trial for att now or fubo tv
I think both have a free week trial
If you have att cell service you can stream data free on your cell

Cancel after tomorrow's game
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That seems tame compared to what we heard about the 17 alcs there.