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Old 07-13-2013, 07:52 PM
Status: "Enjoying the extended daylight." (set 3 days ago)
 
Location: Suburban Dallas
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Rays do that a lot with their minor league pitchers - something I've never understood is how many times can a player be brought up and then sent down. Seems like my team has done it numerous times with a couple of pitchers. Thought there was a rule about that.

I was at tonight game and will attend tomorrow afternoon's game. Looked like the Astros were going to take game #2. Rays have hit a semi-slump Friday and today - got to credit the Astros' pitching staff for that.
Regarding that first statement, it could be a motivational thing. They're not necessarily punishing players who do well; rather, it just comes down to already-established players who will play the best right now. If someone falters badly, then another can step in.

Rubber game is tomorrow, and then, The Break.
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Old 07-14-2013, 03:06 PM
 
Location: Tampa, FL
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tough luck vs the Rays today.....Archer had a good game against them
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Old 07-14-2013, 04:11 PM
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Astros head home after the All-Star break and they'll start a three-game series against Seattle at Minute Maid on Friday. Don't be surprised if, in the next few weeks, we see Jarred Cosart returning to the team............along with a few other call-ups named Springer and Singleton who just might be making their major league debuts.
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Old 07-14-2013, 05:07 PM
 
Location: Gulf Coast Texas
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Does anyone miss the NL at the half season mark?
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Old 07-15-2013, 02:02 PM
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Does anyone miss the NL at the half season mark?
To be honest, I'm still getting used to the 'Stros being in the AL. The plus is, the Astros get to use the designated hitter rather than having the pitcher bat. That just gives them more of an advantage offensively. I remember too many occasions in previous years where Houston would try to get a rally going, and when the pitcher came to bat, unless he'd get lucky, it would usually mean the rally would likely end or lose its momentum. That's the downside that every National League team faces.

Yeah, because of the Astros' history and tradition with the great rivalries, I do miss them being in the NL. Am I mad? No. In about five years, we can ask that question again. If the Astros are consistently contending and playing meaningful games with the Rangers in a future September (or even, perhaps, October), then Houston being in the American League would really become worthwhile.
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Old 07-27-2013, 12:33 PM
 
Location: A Land Not So Far Away
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How about this? The Astros are tied with Boston with the most Top 20 prospects in baseball. That's quite a leap.

No. 1 Draft pick Mark Appel debuts as top pitcher in Astros' Top 20 Prospects | astros.com: News
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Old 07-27-2013, 05:51 PM
 
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How about this? The Astros are tied with Boston with the most Top 20 prospects in baseball. That's quite a leap.

No. 1 Draft pick Mark Appel debuts as top pitcher in Astros' Top 20 Prospects | astros.com: News
Finish at the bottom often enough and you can build a pretty good farm system with your early draft picks.
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Old 07-27-2013, 09:29 PM
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Finish at the bottom often enough and you can build a pretty good farm system with your early draft picks.
So far, they have.
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Old 08-03-2013, 11:52 AM
 
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Man is the bullpen horrible. Nice start by Cosart though.
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Old 08-04-2013, 03:57 PM
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Default The Astros' Pen

^^^ That's been our Achilles heel all season. We've got to find the right pitchers to fill the right spots, but this may take some time with all the draft picks we've accumulated. So much emphasis has been made on the starting pitching and who'll be filling those roles that the relief corps have gotten overlooked.
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