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

tremble
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102 lawd
CFTXAG10
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Too close to take big fella
bearkatag15
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Damn. Such a great AB
Mr.Bond
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Fook me
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
Rustys-Beef-o-Reeno
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Silent For Too Long
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Damn.
Frok
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Are we ever gonna win again?
mwm
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Crud.
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this might be an 0-7 road trip.

bring on the Pirates
Gap
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6 L's in a row
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Officially struggling and I'm officially concerned. When is Springer back?
TXAG14
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Running into the Yankees at the wrong time. They are super solid and we couldn't be further away from solid.
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Alvarez is human???
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Glad Yordan got that AB though. Good experience for him to learn from.
RealTalk
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We can't lose forever, right?
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Frok said:

Are we ever gonna win again?
it's just about a lost week --- we'll see what happens tomorrow.

but when you think about it...the warning signs have been there since the Orioles series. The 'stros did not play particularly well vs. a terrible, terrible Baltimore team.

the bills have come due in NYC
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W said:

Frok said:

Are we ever gonna win again?
it's just about a lost week --- we'll see what happens tomorrow.

but when you think about it...the warning signs have been there since the Orioles series. The 'stros did not play particularly well vs. a terrible, terrible Baltimore team.

the bills have come due in NYC


You forgot to pay the cincy bill
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Wounded and not playing well. Still a 7+ game lead in the division and the 3rd best record in pro ball.
Slumps are going to happen. Just not much fun to watch.
agcat
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Springer. Get him in there.
W
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the 2017 team's longest losing streak was 5 games.

so this is uncharted territory
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We've all said it before, but he is the heart of the team. Luhnow needs to get him resigned.
RC_57
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Haven't won since we went for my b-day. Time to go again, break the streak.
Silent For Too Long
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W said:

the 2017 team's longest losing streak was 5 games.

so this is uncharted territory


It's really nothing to freak out about. We got pretty lucky for a month with some of our best players out. That luck came back to bite us this week.

Crawford boxes had an article about it last week. We were grabbing one run games at a high rate. We lost 3 of those this week.

This team is still lethal when healthy and the light at the end of the tunnel keeps growing brighter. All of that didn't magically change in a week.

They'll play through this just fine. It's what championship clubs do.

Its rough to watch though, no doubt. When we get accustomed to regularly getting that endorphins boost from 4+ wins a week the droughts feel extra long. I definitely empathize with the angst. But the long term picture for this team is still very bright.

Battle through to the break and then come on strong down the stretch.
Silent For Too Long
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RC_57 said:

Haven't won since we went for my b-day. Time to go again, break the streak.


Mine was the first loss. And fathers day for me.
titanmaster_race
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6 losses in a row. Wah wah wah. Oh well, that's baseball sometimes.
Billy Baroo
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This stretch helps to solidify something I'm sure we all know. Springer is the catalyst of this offense and I hope they pay him when it comes time.
Kashchei
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Thankfully I've had a hot date the last week or so and have had to miss some pretty ****ty baseball...
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at least the rest of the division is helping out the cause. Rangers lose again to the Chisox.

and the Angels are losing this week too despite Upton's return.

and the A's #1 starter (Montas) just got suspended for 80 games
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Kashchei said:

Thankfully I've had a hot date the last week or so and have had to miss some pretty ****ty baseball...


Your arm has to be tired....
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Rustys-Beef-o-Reeno said:

Kashchei said:

Thankfully I've had a hot date the last week or so and have had to miss some pretty ****ty baseball...


Your arm has to be tired....
EastCoastAgNc
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For those who were asking yesterday, here's the segment where Blum talks about his time playing for (and wanting to fight) Lou Pinella...jump to 24:40.

https://sportstalk790.iheart.com/featured/the-a-team/content/2019-06-21-geoff-blum-on-the-a-team/
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A great listen. Love Blummer.
His podcast Bleacher Blum's is great too
FanSided-House of Houston Contributor
http://houseofhouston.com/author/dshedd/
Harry Dunne
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Billy Baroo said:

This stretch helps to solidify something I'm sure we all know. Springer is the catalyst of this offense and I hope they pay him when it comes time.
I know this is not going to be a popular take, but as good as George is (I agree that he's the offensive MVP) what makes the offense so good is that when healthy, there are no holes and when Bregman and Brantley go cold, George and Altuve pick up the slack, and so on. If George had stayed healthy but Bregman was out, we'd have had the same problem.

I agree with you sentimentally, because George has earned it and I love watching him play. On the other hand, since these big-time 30 y/o FAs end up getting paid for services already performed, it is not likely that as he gets into his 30s he will be "worth" whatever we have to pay to keep him. I don't want to end up like the Angels with over the hill Pujols & Upton eating up 1/3 of the payroll.

There is something to be said for loyalty and I definitely hope that we make all of our guys very fair offers (even Glass Joe Correa), but if we have to pay Giancarlo $ to keep them, I'd rather say thanks for the memories, build statues outside MMP and spend the money on someone whose best baseball is ahead of them.
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excellent post.

and of course unfortunately Springer has a games-played problem.

2017 ---> 140
2018 ---> 140
2019 ---> 130 max

that's not a good trend for a player approaching his 30's.

especially in light of Altuve's recent injury woes (and his already being locked in at a very high salary for the next 5 years)
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