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

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Keeper of The Spirits
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Miley is a good 3 but will he be by then playoffs. These guys wear out, see JV right now. We need a guy who could either be a 2 or 3.
Ag_07
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Finding a controllable #3 is also a play for next year when the only pitcher we have locked up are JV and LMJ coming of TJ surgery.

Yeah we could resign Cole and Miley but if we learned anything last year it's that you can't assume anyone will resign with you.

It's hard to imagine but the rotation is a BIG concern next year and nabbing a solid #2/#3 who can slot in behind JV or Lance is pretty imperative. So why not do it now and have him for the stretch run this year?
Agnzona
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I'm a little worried about the Yankees this year rocking JV and Cole.
Buck Compton
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I was flamed a start or two ago for saying JV needs to get his **** together. He leads the league in homers allowed and it's not even close. We had some offensive failures today, but your ace can't be doing what JV is doing right now. He has been below average for a month or so now. He needs to figure it out over the ASB.

As for the guy who was in despair about our WS chances, you obviously don't watch a lot of other teams. Everyone has issues. We had an injury gauntlet and still have one of the best records in the league against one of the tougher schedules. There's really only one move to make, and it's for a SP. can't believe people actually want to make a move at C...

Tell me a team that has a better on paper team than this in the playoffs (or point out a glaring weakness):

Starters:
JV
Cole
Syndergard/Stroman/etc.
Miley

Lineup:
Springer
Altuve
Bregman
Brantley
Alvarez
Correa
Yuli
Chirinos
Reddick

Straw
Stassi
Marisnick
Diaz

Bullpen:
McHugh
Peacock
Rondon
Harris
Pressly
Osuna
(Below only in a blowout)
Devo
James

Smith might be somewhere in that pen, too
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Thats a pretty solid lineup if you ask me. I'm not really worried about these guys at all. I guess my biggest gripe is the consistency of these guys. You beat one a team 10-0, then lose the next day by the same score.
Don’t Care. Got Jimbo
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I still think there's a shot that Whitley may get it together enough to be a September call up and either take James' spot as the long reliever or fill in as that 3/4 starter with Miley.

I wouldn't gamble my chances at a championship on it right now, but something worth monitoring going forward.
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I still wish we could see what Tucker can do but I get there is no room.
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Don’t Care. Got Jimbo
Ags #1
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8,9 black hole this game
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classic Hinch...

Brantley has 4 hits on Friday night...please take a seat on the bench for Saturday's game
Mr.Bond
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Supposedly MB has some soreness in his legs.


But it's the Astros, I trust gas station sushi more than I do them telling the truth
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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Ags #1 said:

8,9 black hole this game


But 1,2,3 were black holes yesterday. Don't hear anyone screaming when they are in the lineup.

I guess we are supposed to trot out the same 9 person batting order every day?

I'll bet a month of posting that 8,9 don't go 0-fee like 1,2,3 yesterday? You in? Take the bet.
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If we get another starter, I dont think Devo makes a playoff roster.
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I'd say Jake is more likely to get a hit than White. 1-3 doesn't catch any (or as much) flak because they are all proven to be bona fide stars.
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12law said:

If we get another starter, I dont think Devo makes a playoff roster.

Devo nor James should make the playoff roster. Neither are good, both have serious control issues and are giant liabilities in high leverage situations.

CFTXAG10
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Game is on Fox tonight. Lovely....
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I would expect Josh James to be a big piece (or the big piece) in any trade deadline deal for a starter

(since Osuna in under team control thru the 2021 season)
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going with Robert and Sparky on the AM dial
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CFTXAG10 said:

Game is on Fox tonight. Lovely....


Being a popular team has its drawbacks. This is one for sure.
12law
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James has electric stuff. Great slider and fastball, ok changeup. If he can just command his stuff, he'll be dominant.
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Do we know what happened to Skaggs yet? Seems undiagnosed heart conditions is prevalent in athletes deaths.
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Cole in a mini-jam in the 1st
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Where is the crowd this game?
Don’t Care. Got Jimbo
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Cole escapes.

time for the top of the order to get after it
Kashchei
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Nationally televised games means we're good. I'll take it...
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bunt single for Altuve
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pretty
Kashchei
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Let's keep talking about morbid stuff instead of the game...
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cap-n-jack said:

Do we know what happened to Skaggs yet? Seems undiagnosed heart conditions is prevalent in athletes deaths.


Rumor is he was a known drug user and his family has already requested the autopsy be kept private. I got that from a sister of a current scout.
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Angels' leftys really trying to go against the shift
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Don’t Care. Got Jimbo
cap-n-jack
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So why would a guy who makes millions with his body do that to his body?
And don't they test for that *****
Kashchei
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Altuve doesn't trust Tubby with the pop up
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12law said:

James has electric stuff. Great slider and fastball, ok changeup. If he can just command his stuff, he'll be dominant.

We said the same thing about Ken Giles. When you only have 2 pitches and your fastball is flat like James and Giles both are, "command" is the only thing you have to rely on. If you can't locate you aren't usable when it's high leverage.

Everybody is hoping James is the next billy Wagner or some stopper bc he throws hard and his brief stint last year. Now there is film on him and hitters have seen his stuff, book is out on him and he's been bad this year as a result. Imo he's just like numerous 2 pitch relief pitchers who never pan out. Throw hard but no location and if they can't get the slider over they are worthless

Hope to be wrong but he's a carbon copy of Ken Giles to me and I think hinch is running out of patience with him and devo both.
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Kashchei said:

Altuve doesn't trust Tubby with the pop up


That's the second baseman's ball.