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Old 06-29-2012, 04:25 PM
 
Location: Albuquerque, NM
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Yes the Astros can use some offense
Yes...

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but I can see a decent direction in which they are headed.
Yes.

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They are really develping some arms,
eh

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and in Altuve, Schaeffer, and Martinez there is some offense.
Altuve should be something like a league average bat, which is very good for a 2Bman
JD Martinez should be something like a league average bat, which is not good for a corner OFer
Schafer can't hit. In about 800 career PA's he's been about 20% worse than the league average hitter. He doesn't show any signs of improving too much upon that.

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The Astros can use another power bat-----it the new ownership is willing to bring some pop in, they could getting tougher----moving to the AL, they will need some power.
Astros could use a lot more power bats. Not now though. Astros won't be in contention until 2015 at the soonest unless they spend massively in free agency, which is unlikely.
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Old 06-29-2012, 08:37 PM
 
Location: Albuquerque, NM
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Big game from Desmond Jennings.

2 - 4 with 2 home runs and this catch
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Old 06-29-2012, 08:56 PM
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Location: Suburban Dallas
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Well, today might as well be forgotten if you're the Astros. They had a real short rest after last night's home loss and flew to Chicago and lost to the very lowly Cubs, 4-0. A rebound is in the offing and Houston will try to get it together tomorrow.

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A day or two late, but the Astros Lucas Harrell was the first rookie pitcher in 50 yeas to pitch a complete game 1-0 shutout, ending the game with the bases loaded in the ninth inning. The last time that was done was by Dave Stenhouse of the Washington Senators in 1962. He pitched two 1-0 shutouts that same month, but the other not as dramatic.

Back to today, the Astros have now gone 3-up-3-down in 20 of their last 27 innings.
Harrell really did throw a gem. As for the bats, they've been streaky all year. That is what happens when you have young players. At some point, and hopefully during this weekend's Cub series, they can snap out of it.

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Altuve should be something like a league average bat, which is very good for a 2Bman
JD Martinez should be something like a league average bat, which is not good for a corner OFer
Schafer can't hit. In about 800 career PA's he's been about 20% worse than the league average hitter. He doesn't show any signs of improving too much upon that.

Astros could use a lot more power bats. Not now though. Astros won't be in contention until 2015 at the soonest unless they spend massively in free agency, which is unlikely.
Altuve and Martinez have shown some signs of life, though the latter struggled badly in May after a sensational April. Altuve, at one point, was batting nearly .400. Schafer, over time, will improve. We'll find out just how much as we go. And don't hold your breath about free agency. With the last four drafts, the 'Stros are rebuilding the minor leagues (and doing it quite well, thank you), so there will be some guys that will come along and help them. They've made good strides over the mess they had last year.

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Originally Posted by jefffla01 View Post
Yes the Astros can use some offense, but I can see a decent direction in which they are headed.

They are really develping some arms, and in Altuve, Schaeffer, and Martinez there is some offense.

The Astros can use another power bat-----it the new ownership is willing to bring some pop in, they could getting tougher----moving to the AL, they will need some power.
By the way, it's Schafer (LOL). The Astros are committed to building through the draft, and with Jeff Luhnow as GM, they'll find the right players to make things work. What you don't realize is that it's already a work in progress. They're getting players through their entire system now. Some of them, I believe, are in place at the bigs' level now, but this process will take a few years.
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Old 06-29-2012, 09:02 PM
 
Location: Albuquerque, NM
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Major league debut for the Yanks' Adam Warren today.

Warren had his struggles, failing to get out of the 3rd inning. He faced 17 batters walking 2, striking out 1 and inducing 4 ground balls. This performance has an expected runs allowed of 6.2 runs. Not an impressive outing as the White Sox hitters were able to square up Warren's pitches and hit 4 line drives.

Warren threw 77 pitches. 26 were 92 MPH 4-seam fastballs topping out at 94 MPH. He also threw 16 92 MPH cutters, 14 78 MPH curves, 13 88 MPH sliders, 7 82 MPH changeups and 1 90 MPH 2-seam fastball.



He generated 4 swinging strikes on his 77 pitches. about 5%. Not a particularly impressive number as this ranks very close to the bottom of all major league pitchers.


Feel free to compare to Trevor Bauer's debut

and Stephen Strasburg's
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Old 06-29-2012, 09:22 PM
Status: "Moon landing 50th anniversary July 20." (set 3 days ago)
 
Location: Suburban Dallas
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Hey, guys, check this out.

D-backs' Aaron Hill first to hit for cycle twice in a season since 1931 | MLB.com: News
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Old 06-29-2012, 10:08 PM
 
Location: Sacramento
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Indians Derek Lowe continues to deteriorate as the season wears on, going just over 5 innings and giving up 7 runs, 4 of which were earned.

I suspect he'll be out of the rotation within the next 5-6 weeks.
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Old 06-30-2012, 12:31 AM
 
Location: Waco, TX
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Paul Goldschmidt almost hit for the cycle tonight too. Fell just short when he hit a grounder down the line on his last AB, which was interfered with by a fan, holding him to a double. Doubtful he would have made third even without the intereference, but imagine 2 guys on 1 team hitting for cycles in the same game. Has that ever happened?
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Old 06-30-2012, 07:46 AM
Status: "Moon landing 50th anniversary July 20." (set 3 days ago)
 
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Paul Goldschmidt almost hit for the cycle tonight too. Fell just short when he hit a grounder down the line on his last AB, which was interfered with by a fan, holding him to a double. Doubtful he would have made third even without the intereference, but imagine 2 guys on 1 team hitting for cycles in the same game. Has that ever happened?

We'd have to look that one up. If that ever does happen, it'd be the rarest of all feats, if not one of them.
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Old 06-30-2012, 12:10 PM
 
Location: A Land Not So Far Away
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Hard to believe we're a little over a week away from the All-Star break. Time sure flies.

It's time for a change in St Louis....

Cardinals promote Maikel Cleto and Barret Browning from Triple-A | MLB.com: News

They really need it.
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Old 06-30-2012, 07:02 PM
 
Location: S.W.PA
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Its amazing...the power of positive thinking. Pirates thump the Cardinals again today 7-3, in St. Louis. Who would have thought that the Pirates would be winning with their bats? Holding my breath ..thinking they might not implode again like last year.
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