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

Nuke LaLoosh
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PSA: saying someone is sucking right now does not equal saying we should cut that person.

You are not clever saying the same thing every time. YWIA.
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11 hits and 11 LOB.
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I believe that's the first time I've said that.

Do we still want to trade Correa?
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While it's incredibly frustrating that the top 3 haven't really gotten it going, it's even more frustrating to get Josh with a leadoff single and then not bunt him over with Chirinosbl who has really struggled tonight and then hit in to a double play.

Would really like to see us move runners to second more toward the bottom of the lineup.
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wangus12 said:

11 hits and 11 LOB.
add five walks.

It's actually really hard to only score four runs with those kind of stats
What do you boys want for breakfast BBQ ?.....OK Chili.
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Farmer1906 said:

I believe that's the first time I've said that.

Do we still want to trade Correa?


WELL SOMEONE WAITED A REALLY LONG TIME TO QUOTE IT AND I THOUGHT IT WAS TWICE.

Now who said they wanted to trade Correa?
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disappointing
Kashchei
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Wake up boys. The season has started.
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Hoping maybe it's just playing in two empty stadiums with no energy that's got the bats cold.

Thinking once they get home to sold out crowds for the first home stand and then the energy of the Yanks coming into town they'll snap out of it and get it rolling.

Seen some really good signs though. Just need to bring into form and bust out.
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Bad loss. The Astros shouldn't be losing when they throw their #1 and ace against the #5 starter on a bad team.
Nuke LaLoosh
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****ing depressing start to this season.
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Agree there are some good signs, just would like to see more consistency.

I wonder if Altuve is still getting timing back.
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Nuke LaLoosh said:

Farmer1906 said:

I believe that's the first time I've said that.

Do we still want to trade Correa?


WELL SOMEONE WAITED A REALLY LONG TIME TO QUOTE IT AND I THOUGHT IT WAS TWICE.

Now who said they wanted to trade Correa?


Why don't you read a few pages ago.

You seem especially bothered by my posting. I hope you get the help you need.
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Is it just me or is Springer pulling his head out on every swing?

I know he's always done this to some extent but it looks a little ridiculous this season
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He does it when he starts pressing. That and swinging out of his shoes.
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Nuke LaLoosh said:

Framber is all over the place. He's not a pitcher, he's a thrower.
Not a belly itcher?
TMACsDaMan
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Springer needs to get back to driving the ball to the opposite field, right to right center. In the past , when he focuses on that, a lot of his issues are fixed. Sometimes he falls in love with his power stroke.
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Are we talking about George Springer who's got an .936 OPS and 50% hard hit rate?

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I think the bigger issue was the guys that we have $300 million tied up in that aren't getting it done
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The offense hasn't been able to have any rallies. There's a random home run or hard hit ball here and there but very little strung together. Altuve is off to a rough start and I think that is hurting us the most. Bregman finally got some hits last night but has been off the first week as well. Obviously that won't hold, just getting anxious to see them break out and get going.
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TMACsDaMan said:

Springer needs to get back to driving the ball to the opposite field, right to right center. In the past , when he focuses on that, a lot of his issues are fixed. Sometimes he falls in love with his power stroke.

I think that's true for a lot of players. They get into a hot streak when the ball comes across the plate six times bigger than it really is and they cannot miss. Then they attempt to mash everything and the results start to slide. I know Springer himself has talked about this in the past, and the "up the middle" mindset helps get him back on track.

That said, his full throttle swing is his style and on balance it works very well. He will have his slumps just like any player- who knows when they will happen, though. He's been mashing to start the season, and hopefully it continues!
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TMACsDaMan said:

Springer needs to get back to driving the ball to the opposite field, right to right center. In the past , when he focuses on that, a lot of his issues are fixed. Sometimes he falls in love with his power stroke.


Sometimes?
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Springer has always been a feast-or-famine type of batter. What was it, just last year, he went through a 5 for 65 slump. Remember the WS in 2017 when Hinch doubled down and kept him at the top of the lineup despite a horrific stretch? It paid off.

I haven't found a metric that measures the standard deviation of a batter's success- whether average, wRC or whatever. Most all of them are cumulative to date. It would be interesting to see over time which batters are consistent with their .270 average as opposed to another that has the same average but swings from a prolonged .200 stretch to a hot .330 span. Nobody is going to hit the same all year or career long, but it does seem that some players are a lot more hot/cold than others, even when they end up with the same stats in the end.
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We have three guys with an OPS over .900 so far

Jake - 1.053
Carlos - .962
Reddick - .962
George - .936

Neither of these guys are the issue
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Nuke LaLoosh said:

PSA: saying someone is sucking right now does not equal saying we should cut that person.

You are not clever saying the same thing every time. YWIA.
I think that was me earlier, in response to whoever said JV's performance was "embarrassing". He had a bad outing - it happens. IMO "embarrassing" is lack of effort or bad attitude, not going out there and giving your best when you don't have your best stuff and giving your teammates a chance to win the game (and we had plenty of chances) but coming up short.

Re; Altuve, he hasn't even been to the plate enough to say he's "sucking" right now. The difference between sucking and HOF is one hit per week. He goes 3-4 the next couple of games (as he tends to often do) and he's batting .323.

Here's a take I agree a lot more with:

It's not wise to bet against Jose Altuve

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Altuve, the three-time batting champion and 2017 AL MVP, is not going to hit below .300.
Period.

Take the money and thank me later.
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Harry Dunne said:

Quote:

The difference between sucking and HOF is one hit per week.


I thought you were going to go Crash Davis on us there for a minute...

"Know what the difference between hitting .250 and .300 is? It's 25 hits. 25 hits in 500 at bats is 50 points, okay? There's 6 months in a season, that's about 25 weeks. That means if you get just one extra flare a week - just one - a gorp... you get a groundball, you get a groundball with eyes... you get a dying quail, just one more dying quail a week... and you're in Yankee Stadium."
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Ag_07 said:

We have three guys with an OPS over .900 so far

Jake - 1.053
Carlos - .962
Reddick - .962
George - .936

Neither of these guys are the issue
Yea. It just seems like it's the same things that plagued us at times last year. We hit our home runs with no one on base and can't seem to get big hits with RISP.

Relative to 2017, we seem to hit alot more line drives right at people, hard hit ground balls into the shift and fly balls to the warning track. IMO data/analytics have helped opposing defenses position themselves better against us and helped opposing pitchers pitch us smarter. And it was well known in 2017 that we looked for tips... with Cora and Beltran leading that effort. Bregman said on a podcast after the 2017 season that on any given staff, 9-10 pitchers had tips. No doubt our competition has made big efforts to improve on that front. It's like in 2017 we were a step ahead of the curve on the data/analytics front. Now we're just kinda with the curve.

When push comes to shove, I still think we win out over 162 games. For all the same offensive "problems" we had last year, we still won 102 games haha. We'll probably do the same this year... but not without some frustrations along the way.
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I'll be at the game tonight. Will see if I can rally the troops.
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Marvin said:

Harry Dunne said:

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The difference between sucking and HOF is one hit per week.


I thought you were going to go Crash Davis on us there for a minute...

"Know what the difference between hitting .250 and .300 is? It's 25 hits. 25 hits in 500 at bats is 50 points, okay? There's 6 months in a season, that's about 25 weeks. That means if you get just one extra flare a week - just one - a gorp... you get a groundball, you get a groundball with eyes... you get a dying quail, just one more dying quail a week... and you're in Yankee Stadium."
Great quote, great movie!


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Nuke LaLoosh said:

irish pete ag06 said:



Here's a big reason why we'll likely never see Peacock go much past the 6th inning.

And if there's ever a pitcher that could benefit from an "opener" it would be Peacock. He always gets hammered 3rd time through the lineup.


Is that sample size statistically significant? I am sure most pitchers get worse as the game goes on... wonder what the average decrease in efficiency is
It is. Usually 2 pitch pitchers are the ones hurt the most and Peacock has always struggled with his change-up.

Yes almost all pitchers struggle more 3rd time through, but his takes a massive jump.
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Harry Dunne said:

Nuke LaLoosh said:

Framber is all over the place. He's not a pitcher, he's a thrower.
Not a belly itcher?
His xBellyItch is much higher than his ERA indicating a sever lack of belly itching which when he regresses to the mean may drive him all the way around to butt itcher.
Ag_07
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On a positive note the BP has been spectacular.

2nd best ERA in the league at 1.59 and best FIP (by a long shot) at 0.56.

Bats will come around and everything will be just fine.
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Did you know that they haven't scored in run in an inning later than the 6th this season? The 7th, 8th & 9th have all been zeroes. Not very clutch.

The most prolific offensive inning has been the 3rd where they've scored 6 of their total 15 runs.
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mwm said:

Did you know that they haven't scored in run in an inning later than the 6th this season? The 7th, 8th & 9th have all been zeroes. Not very clutch.

The most prolific offensive inning has been the 3rd where they've scored 6 of their total 15 runs.

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Farmer1906 said:

Nuke LaLoosh said:

Farmer1906 said:

I believe that's the first time I've said that.

Do we still want to trade Correa?


WELL SOMEONE WAITED A REALLY LONG TIME TO QUOTE IT AND I THOUGHT IT WAS TWICE.

Now who said they wanted to trade Correa?


Why don't you read a few pages ago.

You seem especially bothered by my posting. I hope you get the help you need.


Lol. I made one comment bro.

But now I am bothered by your posting/narcissism, so mission accomplished. Carry on.
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