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

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It ends tonight, Astros usually bounce back
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MuckRaker96 said:

Alvarez is 1-for-19 with a single, 2 walks, and 10 strikeouts. His average is .053 for the ALCS.

Put Tucker in at DH so he doesn't have to worry about playing the field. He might get a ball and go yard and he's got much more speed to where if he gets on, he can move around the basepaths against Gary "No Throw, but Also Not Really Hit" Sanchez.



I think Hinch already said Yordan will be hitting 7th tonight and be the DH.
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mazag08 said:

BMX Bandit said:

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mazag08 said:

But I'd be lying if I said I had enough confidence in our offense to win. We are flat awful at the plate. Even a perfect Cole might not be enough.


That's an extremely miserable take.
not even in his top 10 for the week.


Ya, because you were so right with all your takes last night.


Which take was wrong?


You wanted to bench Correa & pull JV in the first. Going to be hard for anyone to top those.
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TODAY IS A GOOD DAY TO CLINCH!

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I'll have to be keeping up with the game in Oxford. Was hoping to only have to stress about one game tonight
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Yuli Gurriel - the most unlucky player in the postseason.



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Farmer1906 said:

Yuli Gurriel - the most unlucky player in the postseason.






Or maybe he is good at hitting the ball, but so predictable they know where to play him for an "easy" out.
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where is a good place to park? i know things get crazy in the postseason with closed roads and crowds,, is it any worse this year than previous years? how early should i plan to get to minute maid tonight?
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I've been parking for free over by 8th wonder
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Good post. I'm not worried at all about Yuli.
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Obviously we have to win before we need to worry about the WS, but since I'm not on the team I can certainly look ahead.

The reason winning tonight is a big deal is not just about pitching effectiveness, it's about being able to push ZG to game 3 so he can hit in Washington. If we are able to win tonight verlander wouldnt have to hit until game 5. It seems like it's not a big deal but greinke can hit and obviously cole will be much more comfortable at the plate than JV.
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Getting a series clinching win is hard work. Getting one on the road is even tougher. I think our experience in the Tampa series will help us here. And I think it will take some pressure off knowing that the worse case scenario tonight is we get what we got in the ALDS: a winner take all take at home with Cole on the mound.

Props to JV last night for bouncing back after the first inning and saving the bullpen too. That could be HUGE tonight.
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That's incorrect


Also, he had a screaming should be double down the RF line that was one foot foul
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Premium said:

Farmer1906 said:

Yuli Gurriel - the most unlucky player in the postseason.






Or maybe he is good at hitting the ball, but so predictable they know where to play him for an "easy" out.
Or if you have been watching you'd know he is spraying the ball around to all fields. These are not all getting caught/played in the same spot every time.
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Premium said:

Farmer1906 said:

Yuli Gurriel - the most unlucky player in the postseason.






Or maybe he is good at hitting the ball, but so predictable they know where to play him for an "easy" out.


I'm going to go with that ain't it.

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Let's hope my wife's Astros postseason record stays pristine. She is 1-0 (2005 NLDS) lifetime. Her friend is taking her to the United Airlines suite for the game tonight. I am a teeny bit jealous.
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Bregxit said:

Let's hope my wife's Astros postseason record stays pristine. She is 1-0 (2005 NLDS) lifetime. Her friend is taking her to the United Airlines suite for the game tonight. I am a teeny bit jealous.
Sounds amazing.....for you. You get to watch the game in peace!
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agsquirrel97 said:

Bregxit said:

Let's hope my wife's Astros postseason record stays pristine. She is 1-0 (2005 NLDS) lifetime. Her friend is taking her to the United Airlines suite for the game tonight. I am a teeny bit jealous.
Sounds amazing.....for you. You get to watch the game in peace!
Plus no discreetly hiding of the rally Kate's
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agsquirrel97 said:

Bregxit said:

Let's hope my wife's Astros postseason record stays pristine. She is 1-0 (2005 NLDS) lifetime. Her friend is taking her to the United Airlines suite for the game tonight. I am a teeny bit jealous.
Sounds amazing.....for you. You get to watch the game in peace!


Not sure how peaceful it is going to be...my buddy and his son coming over, my son here and his buddy who is staying here. Definitely going to be a fun guys' night for sure.
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Eso si, Que es said:

agsquirrel97 said:

Bregxit said:

Let's hope my wife's Astros postseason record stays pristine. She is 1-0 (2005 NLDS) lifetime. Her friend is taking her to the United Airlines suite for the game tonight. I am a teeny bit jealous.
Sounds amazing.....for you. You get to watch the game in peace!
Plus no discreetly hiding of the rally Kate's


My wife likes the Rally Kates.
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Note to self. Post more Rally Kate's for Brexits wife.
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I added up Yuli xBA

You should expect 5.74 hits so far, and he only has one hit (on a 2% xBA)

I'm thinking he's due for 4 bloop hits today
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FiveThirtyEight has us with a 81% chance to advance

50/50 tonight.
62/38 on Sunday
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Feel like that's a little low

I'd say 56/44 tonight
65/35 tomorrow
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Lines are up on betonline

Urquidy vs Chad Green

Astros -141
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I got a feeling Urquidy pitches out of his mind tonight. Just my $0.02
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Seems a little far fetched. But maybe getting through the line up once would be enough. Do the same with Peacock. Maybe he can do it twice. Then your after 5 (Hopefully) and goto your normal bullpen guys.
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crowman2010 said:

I got a feeling Urquidy pitches out of his mind tonight. Just my $0.02


Same.
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tix sold
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No far fetched, but I think if he's dealing, you don't pull the hot hand
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Not sure why but I am a bit nervous that we don't officially know who is starting tonight.
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A look at how the Yankees might handle their day

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Bregxit said:

Not sure why but I am a bit nervous that we don't officially know who is starting tonight.


I'm nervous in general. Offense needs to wake TFU
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mazag08 said:

BMX Bandit said:

titanmaster_race said:

mazag08 said:

But I'd be lying if I said I had enough confidence in our offense to win. We are flat awful at the plate. Even a perfect Cole might not be enough.


That's an extremely miserable take.
not even in his top 10 for the week.


Ya, because you were so right with all your takes last night.




And I thought your takes yesterday were bad... can't wait for game 6 if this is any indication.
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Urquidy probably isn't the best option to start the game because of his reverse splits. The rookie right-hander's best secondary pitch is his changeup, and because of that, he was actually much more effective against left-handed hitters this season. He had a .521 opponent OPS, including his time in the minors, against them during the regular season and a .823 opponent OPS against righties, including his time spent in Double A and Triple A. And the Yankees always begin their lineup with at least two dangerous righties, DJ LeMahieu and Aaron Judge.

That might leave Brad Peacock or Joe Smith as the best candidates. Both righties are essentially right-handed specialists, with Peacock able to neutralize them behind his sweeping slider and Smith behind his sinker-slider combo from a sidearm delivery. Peacock, because of his background as a starter, would seem to be the more logical choice of the two. Smith hasn't started a game since high school.
Peacock probably improved his case to start with his eight-pitch eighth inning on Friday against Brett Gardner, LeMahieu and Judge, his first appearance of the postseason. The Astros could ask him to pitch only the first inning. If not just one, he likely won't go more than two. His longest outing since his second return from the shoulder issue that derailed much of his season lasted 1 1/3 innings and five batters. He hasn't pitched in games on back-to-back days since last year but shrugged that off as a non-issue because of how he feels physically.

"I felt amazing out there," he said. "It's been a while since I pitched in a game, but I've been throwing a lot of bullpens these last couple games and I felt really good."
Peacock has faced LeMahieu only three times in his career and retired him in each. Judge has gone just 1-for-7 against him, though the one was a home run in Game 6 of the ALCS in 2017. It's unclear who will bat third for the Yankees in Game 6, though the switch-hitting Aaron Hicks would make a ton of sense. Hicks, the left-handed-hitting Gardner and the right-handed Gleyber Torres have each batted out of the No. 3 hole for the Yankees during the postseason.

Smith has retired LeMahieu in each of their two career meetings. He has stymied Judge to the tune of an 0-for-6 with three strikeouts. Urquidy has never faced the Yankees.

Regardless of which pitcher the Astros open with, they will have the rest of their bullpen ready behind the starter. Urquidy is the only long-relief candidate, but leverage relievers Will Harris, Josh James, Ryan Pressly, Roberto Osuna and Smith can each pitch one-plus to two innings. Harris and Pressly are the Astros' best non-closer options against lefties, Harris because of his cutter-curveball combo and Pressly because of his power curveball and slider. Hctor Rondn and Bryan Abreu seemed to have been relegated to low-leverage situations.