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

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Does this team purposely try to win in style?
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Did you notice the banner behind home is different for the Russian version
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ajolly said:


Just realized the titanic baseball account got banned. So sad

The best part was always the editing to reshot the big part in slow mo as the clip was wrapping up
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I didn't know the bold part. I've been an Astros fan since 1970 and have seen them up and down but didn't know that part. That's fantastic.

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Altuve, who is the shortest active player in Major League Baseball, tried out for the Astros in his native Venezuela in 2007. He was cut from contention, though, because he was considered too small.


Altuve persisted, impressing scouts enough to garner a $15,000 contract at age 17.

After working his way up the Astros farm system, Altuve made his debut in the Majors in July 2011. The very next season, Altuve made his first All-Star team.

In 2013, his play impressed management enough to draw a four-year contract extension.

While his stature is no secret, Altuve's size has drawn a humorous tribute in the form of "How Many Altuves?" The online calculator equates home run distance with Altuve's height.


Thanks to dependable slugging and base running, Altuve has constantly been in the conversation for MVP. In 2016, during a year that the Astros were far from playoff contention, Altuve finished third for the AL MVP race.

In 2017, with the Astros winning their division, Altuve not only won the batting title, he opened the team's playoff run with three home runs. He became only the 9th ballplayer in MLB history to hit three round-trippers in a single playoff game.
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As much as I hate FS1 and their broadcast team I gotta tip the cap for them flashing the stat about Chapman only giving up 3 home runs all season long. Y'all the real MVP
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irish pete ag06 said:

I cannot believe Chapman even came close to the strike zone with Jake on deck.

But I'm glad he did!


Amen.

Just got home...I think I hurt my arm high-fiving people around the concourse. That went from "oh, boy..." to "HOLY *****" in just a few minutes' time.

I'm exhausted, but wired up. What a sports day!
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Safe at Home said:

By game one the Astros will have had two days of rest, Washington will have had six. Who does that favor?


Teams that have had 6 or more days off are 3-3 in the world series since 1990s. The 3 winning teams also had home field advantage. I don't think it helps them.
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Tonight is why baseball is the best game in the world. We were totally deflated. George worked a 2 out walk against one of the best closers in the game. Then Altuve, the smallest guy on the field blasts a 400+ foot home run to win.

It's been a hell of a ride with you guys this year. I've enjoyed chatting with everyone: n_touch, Beat40, Ag 07, mazag, Marvin, Farmer, spadilly, Nuke...

I can't wait to continue this in the World Series!
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It's floating around everywhere so Ill drop it here:

Is Jose Altuve the greatest Astro of all time?
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CFTXAG10 said:

It's floating around everywhere so Ill drop it here:

Is Jose Altuve the greatest Astro of all time?
Yes and it's not close
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titanmaster_race said:

mathguy86 said:

Oh. And by the way. The media maligned bull pen gave up 2 runs through 8.1. Not too shabby for a bunch of hacks.


Bullpen did a damn good job tonight. This whole team did.


We've gone toe to toe with the best bullpens in baseball and our guys have always answered the call. Dodgers in 2017 and Yanks in 2019.
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CFTXAG10 said:

It's floating around everywhere so Ill drop it here:

Is Jose Altuve the greatest Astro of all time?
Still Baggy or Biggio. Altuve plays out the rest of his contract here, hands down he is the best Astro of all time.
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We were totally deflated


Here's the thing. This team was NOT deflated.
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BMX Bandit said:

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We were totally deflated


Here's the thing. This team was NOT deflated.


Ok. Maybe I should have said, "The fans were deflated."
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This will be the first decade since 1910 that the Yankees won't be in the World Series. The Astros took them out three times.
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agproducer said:

CFTXAG10 said:

It's floating around everywhere so Ill drop it here:

Is Jose Altuve the greatest Astro of all time?
Still Baggy or Biggio. Altuve plays out the rest of his contract here, hands down he is the best Astro of all time.


There is no doubt about it that Altuve is the greatest Astro of all time
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annie88 said:

I didn't know the bold part. I've been an Astros fan since 1970 and have seen them up and down but didn't know that part. That's fantastic.

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Altuve, who is the shortest active player in Major League Baseball, tried out for the Astros in his native Venezuela in 2007. He was cut from contention, though, because he was considered too small.


Altuve persisted, impressing scouts enough to garner a $15,000 contract at age 17.

After working his way up the Astros farm system, Altuve made his debut in the Majors in July 2011. The very next season, Altuve made his first All-Star team.

In 2013, his play impressed management enough to draw a four-year contract extension.

While his stature is no secret, Altuve's size has drawn a humorous tribute in the form of "How Many Altuves?" The online calculator equates home run distance with Altuve's height.


Thanks to dependable slugging and base running, Altuve has constantly been in the conversation for MVP. In 2016, during a year that the Astros were far from playoff contention, Altuve finished third for the AL MVP race.

In 2017, with the Astros winning their division, Altuve not only won the batting title, he opened the team's playoff run with three home runs. He became only the 9th ballplayer in MLB history to hit three round-trippers in a single playoff game.



There's a documentary out there about all that. Interviews his dad and some early astros scoutsthat were involved. It's pretty eye opening and touching. You really get a feel for his humble beginnings and how hard he works. It's a few years old now.
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Well goodnight! If I'm gonna make it to church tomorrow, I better hit the hay!
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HTownAg98 said:

This will be the first decade since 1910 that the Yankees won't be in the World Series. The Astros took them out three times.



2 you mean?
I'm looking for Ray Finkle.... and a clean pair of shorts. I'm just a very big Finkle fan. This is my Graceland, sir.


H-Town 2017 WS Champions
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Ground crew is like "******* confetti."
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CFTXAG10 said:

It's floating around everywhere so Ill drop it here:

Is Jose Altuve the greatest Astro of all time?


Yes, and i used to argue with anyone who tried to tell me he was better than Biggio.
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HTownAg98 said:

Ground crew is like "******* confetti."


Nah they have a turf vacuum
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Mr.Bond said:

HTownAg98 said:

This will be the first decade since 1910 that the Yankees won't be in the World Series. The Astros took them out three times.


?

2 you mean?

Wild card 2015?
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drottermd said:

titanmaster_race said:

mathguy86 said:

Oh. And by the way. The media maligned bull pen gave up 2 runs through 8.1. Not too shabby for a bunch of hacks.


Bullpen did a damn good job tonight. This whole team did.


We've gone toe to toe with the best bullpens in baseball and our guys have always answered the call. Dodgers in 2017 and Yanks in 2019.


Amen
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Mr.Bond said:

HTownAg98 said:

This will be the first decade since 1910 that the Yankees won't be in the World Series. The Astros took them out three times.



2 you mean?

Took them out in the 2015 Wild Card game.
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agproducer said:

CFTXAG10 said:

It's floating around everywhere so Ill drop it here:

Is Jose Altuve the greatest Astro of all time?
Still Baggy or Biggio. Altuve plays out the rest of his contract here, hands down he is the best Astro of all time.


I love Bagwrll and Biggio, but Altuve's 'clutch-ness' puts him over the top.
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Laser Wolf said:

How does Washington compare to NY in terms of skill?


I've watched them all year and several times in the playoffs because I live in DC. They are my second team.

IMHO the Astor's are going to rock them. My call would be 4-1 series.

Their best three hitters (Rendon, Soto and Kendrick) are not ok the same planet as the Stros or NY.

Their best two pitchers would be battling Grienke for our #3 spot.

Their bull pen is really bad.
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Frok said:

agproducer said:

CFTXAG10 said:

It's floating around everywhere so Ill drop it here:

Is Jose Altuve the greatest Astro of all time?
Still Baggy or Biggio. Altuve plays out the rest of his contract here, hands down he is the best Astro of all time.


There is no doubt about it that Altuve is the greatest Astro of all time


He's making a case that he's the greatest major league second baseman of all time . If he continues this pace, I think he will be
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Frok said:

agproducer said:

CFTXAG10 said:

It's floating around everywhere so Ill drop it here:

Is Jose Altuve the greatest Astro of all time?
Still Baggy or Biggio. Altuve plays out the rest of his contract here, hands down he is the best Astro of all time.


There is no doubt about it that Altuve is the greatest Astro of all time


It's a compelling argument, and it's trending that way. Altuve is tracking toward the best. But his stats aren't there yet. He doesn't have the longevity yet, IMO.

Altuve had made it to two WS. Bagwell got to one.

Altuve has .315, 128 HRs, 299 2Bs, 538 RBI, .827 OPSover 9 years. He also has an MVP.

Baggy also has an MVP. Career numbers over 15 years are .297, 449 HR, 488 2Bs, 1529 RBI, .948 OPS.

So, if Jose has longevity, he is the best.
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How about big props to urquidy.

Wasn't lights out but ate nearly 3 desperate innings. If he couldn't have given us those we don't bridge to Harris or osuna and are out of pitching by the 8th

(Rondon doesn't even count)
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Academy is open with all of the WS gear.
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I was at this game... first Astros playoff game in 22 years
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jkag89 said:

I'd rather it not have gone to the bottom of the 9th but there is something to say about giving Damn Yankee fans hope then ripping their hearts out and stomping on it.
So True, So True