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

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We can win the WS with the roster we have now if we get home field advantage. We won't get home field advantage without another arm or shredding our bullpen.

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The Mets would be incredibly stupid to pitch Thor before the deadline. If there's any possibility of trading him then he should be scratched.

But you know...It's the Mets so he could very well pitch.
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GD double post
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How I imagine the Mets owner/GM/ front office is:

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This would seem to fit the Mets front office

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Can you imagine the talking heads it the Astros got Lucroy?
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The Astros and Giants are "engaged" in discussions regarding San Francisco lefty Madison Bumgarner, according to Tim Brown of Yahoo Sports (Twitter link). Long considered a major rental starter for this summer's trade market, Bumgarner's availability has increasingly come in question as the Giants have unexpectedly risen in the standings.
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Luhnow going fishing for the lunker.

In on Bauer, Thor, MadBum, Wheeler
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So what is madbum mad about? Should we be concerned?
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ClickClack said:

So what is madbum mad about? Should we be concerned?

No

I'm not concerned about anybody we add.

These are guys are pros, they're playing to win, and they're joining one of the best clubhouses in the game. None of them are going to purposefully underperform because they're unhappy.

Plus MadBum is still pitching for a new contract.
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Refresh.....Refresh......Refresh

This is gonna be a long two days at work
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The Giants won't trade MadBum. They are 2.5 GB in the WC and three of the teams ahead of them (Cards, Cubs, Brewers) are all playing each other this next week.

I would not be shocked if they didn't move the single deadline back to Aug 15 next year. So many teams are still in it that no real movement can happen.
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FWIW I don't think the NYM are for sure keeping Stroman.

They got him for such a low price I wouldn't be surprised to see them flip him for a bigger haul.

That wouldn't be hard to do.
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Ag_07 said:

ClickClack said:

So what is madbum mad about? Should we be concerned?

No

I'm not concerned about anybody we add.

These are guys are pros, they're playing to win, and they're joining one of the best clubhouses in the game. None of them are going to purposefully underperform because they're unhappy.

Plus MadBum is still pitching for a new contract.

I'm kidding. Would be happy to get him.
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Any news on Ricardo Rincon?
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This is the Mets when Luhnow calls and asks how their day is going.



Luhnow while listening to their blabbering..



Then he asks if they are ready to play ball.. they answer with Tucker. Luhnow..




Luhnow responds..



Long silence.. the Astros front office braces themselves..



And then..












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Is it wrong that I would prefer to bolster the bullpen over a SP? I am content with Miley as the third started at this point, I would feel better about adding more to the BP.
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These guys are guessing. Give me some real information
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I'm not sure there are any BP pieces better than what we have that are available.
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Ag_07 said:

I'm not sure there are any BP pieces better than what we have that are available.


That's fair. In perfect world you get 6-7 innings out of Verlander/Cole, maybe 5 out of Miley and leave it to the BP to button up what he has done. There is no McCullers or Morton that would be able to come in and give you 3+, assuming Peacock is not back to true form. And yes, I know I am not giving Miley a lot of credit for what he has done, it just seems in the playoffs the SP and BP work changes.
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I think adding a SP will by default boost the pen. Peacock/Urquidy/Armenteros or whoever we have been using as #4 and #5 would presumably switch to relief for any postseason games.
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Plus our BP is pretty legit. We have the 2nd lowest BP ERA in the AL. They're a good group.

Smith, James, Harris, Pressly, Osuna plus Peacock, McHugh

Yeah there's always room to improve the BP but it's not near as big a concern as a starter. Plus a top end starter like the ones we're in on we'll give those guys some rest.
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How I would rank available starting pitchers. I am factoring in (my) expected price and clubhouse fit (looking at you, Tyler).

1. Thor
2. Wheeler
3. Grienke
4. Bauer
5. Boyd
6. Madbum
7. Ray
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That is pretty high for Grienke at his age and price tag.
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Ag_07 said:

Plus our BP is pretty legit. We have the 2nd lowest BP ERA in the AL. They're a good group.

Smith, James, Harris, Pressly, Osuna plus Peacock, McHugh

Yeah there's always room to improve the BP but it's not near as big a concern as a starter. Plus a top end starter like the ones we're in on we'll give those guys some rest.
Agreed. Not a big concern, but it would be nice to add a decent lefty to pen, like Tony Watson.
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George is in Cleveland correct?
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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I would expect it would only cost about what we gave up for JV in '17. Plus AZ should chip in on his contract. He's still a very effective pitcher and he's not having to rely on heat so he should age okay. He also softens the blow of losing Cole & Miley next year.
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George drives an Infinti SUV.
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dlance said:

George drives an Infinti SUV.