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Old 02-27-2019, 02:27 PM   #101
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Hinch said both White and Kemp will probably make opening day roster. Both are out of options. He said probably only 12 pitchers instead of the usual 13 as they have 4 days off in April. White and Kemp were thought to be battling for last spot.
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Hinch said both White and Kemp will probably make opening day roster. Both are out of options. He said probably only 12 pitchers instead of the usual 13 as they have 4 days off in April. White and Kemp were thought to be battling for last spot.
Yeh.. i think we should cut kemp free to another team than can use him day2day..
Whites good relief for yuli at 1st.. and can swing a bat when he wants to..
not a lot of room in the field for kemp to grow into..pools full.
But..in the other hand...he runs fast, is consistent at plate, and doesnt take up to much room..
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i hope kemp stays and has a good mix of playing time! always liked him, and his strike outs are low, always puts the ball in play!
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Old 02-27-2019, 02:51 PM   #104
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I wonder if they may try to sign kuechel to a 1 year deal with this injury.
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Kuechel already declined his qualifying offer, so we have already tried to sign him to a 1 year deal. Wish he would have accepted.
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Hinch said both White and Kemp will probably make opening day roster. Both are out of options. He said probably only 12 pitchers instead of the usual 13 as they have 4 days off in April. White and Kemp were thought to be battling for last spot.
That means Marisnick will start in AAA.
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When did Kemp get an extension?

Tucker has way more trade value than Reddick, but they won't trade Tucker. They would trade Reddick for a bag of balls if someone would take back his contract.
My bad. Misused the specific term "extension" with this topic. Intended meaning was more of continuation, furtherance, preserving, ect.
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Devo coming in rough today.....1/3 of an inning, 3 hits, 1 walk, 4 earned runs. That all equals a 108 era.
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When did Kemp get an extension?

Tucker has way more trade value than Reddick, but they won't trade Tucker. They would trade Reddick for a bag of balls if someone would take back his contract.
If there is "way more value" out there on the trade market for Tucker, I'd love to see that ticket cashed.
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Old 02-27-2019, 03:22 PM   #110
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That means Marisnick will start in AAA.
No, he’s still in. 5 outfielders
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No, he’s still in. 5 outfielders
Oh right. Gotcha. Since they'll be carrying only 12 pitchers and 13 position players.

I like it. Gives Kemp and Marisnick a chance for some playing time before they decide who to send down when they flip back to 13 pitchers.

Gotta love the depth. These are going to be difficult roster decisions.
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That means Marisnick will start in AAA.
Not the way hes showing off in ST...
And what zz said..
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Devo coming in rough today.....1/3 of an inning, 3 hits, 1 walk, 4 earned runs. That all equals a 108 era.
Working on pitches... kinda like watching JV throwing that changeup a ton... doesnt mean a lot.... unless ..of course...it doesnt get better
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Working on pitches... kinda like watching JV throwing that changeup a ton... doesnt mean a lot.... unless ..of course...it doesnt get better
Oh I know, just was crazy to see a 108 era on the stat line, lol. Next time he records an out he can cut that in half!
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Old 02-27-2019, 08:24 PM   #115
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In other notes...

Filthy.
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Starting lineup today except for Bregman. Good game to watch
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Old 02-28-2019, 12:36 PM   #118
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2 perfect innings for Peacock 👍
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330M for 13years for harper...at philly.

gonna be nice for his family to have him home in october for 13 years..

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Think its really just between peacock and framber... with it being peacocks to lose...
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Valdez. Two lefthanders in rotation would be nice and he did really well last year. Peacock is so valuable in pen also
Well...Framber better step it up...cuz this aint gonna do it...

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He's allowed three hits and two runs (so far) and walked a pair.
Of his 48 pitches, 23 were balls so control remains an issue.
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Old 03-02-2019, 12:12 PM   #121
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Mlb has a harperfest going on...?
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Effin mlbnetwork breaks in to an astros game to ride harpers nuts and celebrate the soon to come $31 12oz beers philly is about to experience.
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Old 03-02-2019, 02:12 PM   #124
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Someone just gave up a grandslam. Might’ve been Whitley
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Old 03-02-2019, 10:32 PM   #125
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So in the opinion of those of you that keep up with this in ernest, what do y’all think about the team this year so far?
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So in the opinion of those of you that keep up with this in ernest, what do y’all think about the team this year so far?
I see a heavy resemblance of the fun in everyones faces the 2017 team had...
Pitching is gonna be monster... fielding is gonna beast..hitting should be par for the talent...
Questions are still at catcher... nothing special there yet..
They seem to have the ability to turn it up when they want...

This is all speculative with everyone going less than 100%..and pitching trying new things out..
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I see a heavy resemblance of the fun in everyones faces the 2017 team had...
Pitching is gonna be monster... fielding is gonna beast..hitting should be par for the talent...
Questions are still at catcher... nothing special there yet..
They seem to have the ability to turn it up when they want...

This is all speculative with everyone going less than 100%..and pitching trying new things out..
Cool. Thats good to know. I certainly trust your insight on the matter.
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Old 03-03-2019, 08:52 AM   #128
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The bullpen has the capability to be one of the best in the league if Osuna and Presley disk in as expected.

Starting pitching for days.

Correa should be back. He couldn’t hit a ball over 105 mph off the bat last year, he hit one at 113 mph the other day. Bregman and Correa should light it up.

Diaz and Brantley are very solid additions. Especially Brantley, his ops and plate discipline is top notch.

Doubt we see Whitley til mid summer with his innings down last year and another year of service with arbitration in mind.


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Old 03-04-2019, 06:02 AM   #129
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Pressly struck out the side on 14 pitches yesterday.


A young pitcher no one is talking about is Brandon Bielak. Drafted in ‘17. 4 plus pitches with a fastball in the mid 90’s. He has slowly slid up the boards and is impressing a lot of people within the organization.


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Bregman doing bregman things. First outing of the year reached base all 3 PA’s, 2 BB’s and HBP. Today 2-3 with a 2 run Bomb to centerfield


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The team should start rounding into shape as these cuts are made.

I forgot we still had Martes. From #1 prospect to where he is now recovering from TJ surgery; hopefully he can make it back.


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How many games are we thinking we are going to win this year? Any predictions?
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Healthy pitching staff equals 105 wins.
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Healthy pitching staff equals 105 wins.
They lost quite a bit off a team that won 103 games, so that seems unlikely.

I’ll say 97 wins.
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They lost quite a bit off a team that won 103 games, so that seems unlikely.

I’ll say 97 wins.
It's just a prediction. But tell me what did they lose that they havent added back? They won 103 last year with a crippled Altuve, a broken Correa and a constant rotation in the outfield. I see more wins within in the division as I believe it is weaker overall than last year.
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105 is absolutely doable for the reasons rtp posted about what was done last year even with the B and C teams playing a lot.

Still have concerns at catcher... martines arm scared off a lot of steals...and he played well till playoffs...
McCann was a good catcher with bad knees but had a bat.
Not sure we have anything armwise, catching wise is mediocre to ok, maybe semipro bats...
Stassi hits a blind squirrel every now and then..but he doesnt scare anyone on base paths...

Still...
105.
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I think they're right at 100.
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It's just a prediction. But tell me what did they lose that they havent added back? They won 103 last year with a crippled Altuve, a broken Correa and a constant rotation in the outfield. I see more wins within in the division as I believe it is weaker overall than last year.


I agree with this, possibly even stronger than last year as a team. Oakland shouldn’t be as good or Seattle within the division.


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I believe we will win around 100 games. I believe starting pitching, besides the two horses, will have their struggles at times. I can’t wait for the season to start. Hope we stay healthy at all positions this year. Really that is the main key to success.
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Morton, Keuchel, and LMJ represent significant lost production that the Stros would be lucky to get 80% replaced by McHugh, Miley, and Peacock not to mention robbing McHugh and Peacock from the bullpen. Bradley is good, but injury prone. Correa has missed 100+ games in the last two seasons. Altuve is coming off his worst season since 2015. Yuli Gurriel and Tyler White mean the Stros will be below average offensively at both 1b and DH. Springer is coming off of his worst year as a pro and his prime is likely behind him. Reddick is coming off his worst year as a pro and his prime is definitely behind him. We replaced McCann and Marteeen with Robinson Chirinos. When someone gets hurt, we won't have Marwin to step in.

Bregman is a ****ing stud though.

That is a little too much doom and gloom, but it is ample reason to think this team is unlikely to be better than last year.
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Morton, Keuchel, and LMJ represent significant lost production that the Stros would be lucky to get 80% replaced by McHugh, Miley, and Peacock not to mention robbing McHugh and Peacock from the bullpen. Bradley is good, but injury prone. Correa has missed 100+ games in the last two seasons. Altuve is coming off his worst season since 2015. Yuli Gurriel and Tyler White mean the Stros will be below average offensively at both 1b and DH. Springer is coming off of his worst year as a pro and his prime is likely behind him. Reddick is coming off his worst year as a pro and his prime is definitely behind him. We replaced McCann and Marteeen with Robinson Chirinos. When someone gets hurt, we won't have Marwin to step in.

Bregman is a ****ing stud though.

That is a little too much doom and gloom, but it is ample reason to think this team is unlikely to be better than last year.
Morton, keuchel, and lmj were out significantly last season.....and they still did what they did..with mchugh, peacock, pressley and the others.....
And now some other strengths have been added...
Its a stronger team.. even if you go to the B or C team...its a stronger team.
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98-100 Wins. This team is very good. Health will play a huge role also.

They will trade for at least one guy at the deadline again. Astros are known for that and have done a good job at it.

I like this team

The roster is finalized. The 25 man that is
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Morton, Keuchel, and LMJ represent significant lost production that the Stros would be lucky to get 80% replaced by McHugh, Miley, and Peacock not to mention robbing McHugh and Peacock from the bullpen. Bradley is good, but injury prone. Correa has missed 100+ games in the last two seasons. Altuve is coming off his worst season since 2015. Yuli Gurriel and Tyler White mean the Stros will be below average offensively at both 1b and DH. Springer is coming off of his worst year as a pro and his prime is likely behind him. Reddick is coming off his worst year as a pro and his prime is definitely behind him. We replaced McCann and Marteeen with Robinson Chirinos. When someone gets hurt, we won't have Marwin to step in.

Bregman is a ****ing stud though.

That is a little too much doom and gloom, but it is ample reason to think this team is unlikely to be better than last year.
Boo this man

106 regular season wins, book it
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Morton, Keuchel, and LMJ represent significant lost production that the Stros would be lucky to get 80% replaced by McHugh, Miley, and Peacock not to mention robbing McHugh and Peacock from the bullpen. Bradley is good, but injury prone. Correa has missed 100+ games in the last two seasons. Altuve is coming off his worst season since 2015. Yuli Gurriel and Tyler White mean the Stros will be below average offensively at both 1b and DH. Springer is coming off of his worst year as a pro and his prime is likely behind him. Reddick is coming off his worst year as a pro and his prime is definitely behind him. We replaced McCann and Marteeen with Robinson Chirinos. When someone gets hurt, we won't have Marwin to step in.

Bregman is a ****ing stud though.

That is a little too much doom and gloom, but it is ample reason to think this team is unlikely to be better than last year.
Love the discussion! I see it as Keuchel was solid not great and expect Miley to be the same. Lance only pitched so so and Morton was unhealthy before the season ended. McHugh has been a workhorse in the rotation or in the pen and dont see that changing and Peacock will lock down the 5th spot quite nicely until Whitley arrives. The bullpen is going to be stronger with a full year of Pressley, Osuna and James. The pen will get stronger when Peacock moves back there on Whitley's arrival. Diaz is equivalent to Marwin numbers wise(we will see if he has the clutch gene though). I still see this team being better than last year. If the pitching stays healthy this team is going to be a monster.
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Morton, keuchel, and lmj were out significantly last season.....and they still did what they did..with mchugh, peacock, pressley and the others.....
And now some other strengths have been added...
Its a stronger team.. even if you go to the B or C team...its a stronger team.
Keuchel threw 200+ innings last year. Morton threw 167 innings. McCullers threw 128 innings (a career high).

Miley, McHugh, and Peacock are not better than Keuchel, Morton, and McCullers. 2 out of 3 of those guys were on the team last year and were relelgated to the bullpen because Keuchel, McCullers, and Morton were better.

Miley hasn't thrown 200 innings since 2014. McHugh hasn't thrown 200 innings since 2015. Peacock has thrown over 85 innings twice as a professional (131 in 2014 and 132 in 2017).

So, we are unlikely to replace the innings those guys threw and even if they do replace them, they will almost definitely not be the same quality innings.
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Keuchel threw 200+ innings last year. Morton threw 167 innings. McCullers threw 128 innings (a career high).

Miley, McHugh, and Peacock are not better than Keuchel, Morton, and McCullers. 2 out of 3 of those guys were on the team last year and were relelgated to the bullpen because Keuchel, McCullers, and Morton were better.

Miley hasn't thrown 200 innings since 2014. McHugh hasn't thrown 200 innings since 2015. Peacock has thrown over 85 innings twice as a professional (131 in 2014 and 132 in 2017).

So, we are unlikely to replace the innings those guys threw and even if they do replace them, they will almost definitely not be the same quality innings.
Throwing a lot of innings does not indicate throwing well.....or throwing healthy.
None of them were par for their courses ..self admittedly so.
So success was in spite of their performance..not because of it.
The pitching staff is stronger. The fielding and batting is stronger...the depth...is stronger... hell even the guys that play orbit are stronger..
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Throwing a lot of innings does not indicate throwing well.....or throwing healthy.
None of them were par for their courses ..self admittedly so.
So success was in spite of their performance..not because of it.
The pitching staff is stronger. The fielding and batting is stronger...the depth...is stronger... hell even the guys that play orbit are stronger..
Morton - 3.13 ERA over 167 and 3.1 WAR in 167 innings - Best statistical season of his career

McCullers - 3.86 ERA over 128 innings and 2.5 WAR - Probably the second best season of his career.

Keuchel - 3.74 ERA over 204 innings and a 3.6 WAR. Probably the second best season of his career.

That is alot of high quality innings to replace. If you project McHugh to replace Keuchel, Miley to replace Morton, and Peacock to replace McCullers then all three of those guys would have to have tie the best seasons of their careers to replace those numbers. And, in the case of Miley and McHugh that is the 2012 and 2015 seasons respectively.

I think there is a better than 50% that McHugh gets close to what Keuchel did last year. There is maybe a 40% chance that Miley does what Morton did last year. I'd call that chance close to zero if it weren't for Brett Strom and the Astros record on turning dudes around. I think that Peacock can give the Astros about what McCullers did last year overall.

The rotation won't be as strong. And, with Peacock and McHugh subtracted from the bullpen and Joe Smith out with an injury, the bullpen won't be as deep at the very least and probably not as strong overall.
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Throwing a lot of innings does not indicate throwing well.....or throwing healthy.
None of them were par for their courses ..self admittedly so.
So success was in spite of their performance..not because of it.
The pitching staff is stronger. The fielding and batting is stronger...the depth...is stronger... hell even the guys that play orbit are stronger..
With Brantley and Chirinos, they are probably a stronger lineup as hitters, but they aren't better defensively. Reddick and Springer have both gotten worse as defenders and Brantley is a poor defender. Chirinos isn't a better defensive catcher than either of the dudes they lost.
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