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Old 08-21-2013, 05:54 PM
 
Location: Parts Unknown, Northern California
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The Astros are new to the American League and cannot be expected to master the differences between the leagues all at once. However, I would not have thought the designated hitter concept would baffle them so badly. With the DH, all that is demanded is that he can hit. It doesn't matter if he can't field, he doesn't have to be a speed burner, all that matters is...can he hit?

Houston DHs so far in 2013 have hit .197/.275/.347. That is a .622 OPS on a team which overall has a .675 OPS. The Astros designated hitters are actually dragging down the offensive averages for the guys with the gloves. Remove the 469 plate appearances made by Houston DHs and the team OPS rises to .720.
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Old 08-24-2013, 08:15 PM
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Location: Suburban Dallas
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The Astros are new to the American League and cannot be expected to master the differences between the leagues all at once. However, I would not have thought the designated hitter concept would baffle them so badly. With the DH, all that is demanded is that he can hit. It doesn't matter if he can't field, he doesn't have to be a speed burner, all that matters is...can he hit?

Houston DHs so far in 2013 have hit .197/.275/.347. That is a .622 OPS on a team which overall has a .675 OPS. The Astros designated hitters are actually dragging down the offensive averages for the guys with the gloves. Remove the 469 plate appearances made by Houston DHs and the team OPS rises to .720.
We just haven't produced at that spot this year. Bo Porter has had so many lineups just to get the right guys in the right situations, all the while trying to get players plenty of playing time.
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Old 08-24-2013, 08:25 PM
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'Stros just had two very convincing wins over the Jays. One more try at home tomorrow.

By the way, from this point, they'll need to go 20-14 the rest of the way to finish at 99 losses.
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Old 08-26-2013, 02:03 PM
 
Location: Tampa, FL
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Forbes report: Houston Astros most profitable team in baseball*history | SI Wire
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Old 08-26-2013, 03:28 PM
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'Stros just had two very convincing wins over the Jays. One more try at home tomorrow.

By the way, from this point, they'll need to go 20-14 the rest of the way to finish at 99 losses.
They've won 3 out of the last 4 series, including two on the road.

Awesome! Now invest it in the stadium & the team.
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Old 08-28-2013, 05:38 PM
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Regarding profitability, the big league club will eventually catch up, regardless of whatever accuracies or inaccuracies were in that article. The minor league system is the strongest in the league now with every one of Houston's affiliate teams either vying for or having clinched playoff berths. That's something. It speaks for the prospects the Astros currently have. After the conclusion of this regular season, we should start seeing steady improvement of the Astros, not only in individual talent, but also in team play. They have one more month of baseball to be played, so it's a matter of time to see where they'll be for next year's draft.

One thing for sure: Bo Porter and Jeff Luhnow will have a much better idea of where the players stand and what the positional needs will be going into the coming offseason as opposed to the last one. There's a lot of evaluating going on, but some of the more recent acquisitions are looking real good right now. The rebuilding still has a ways to go, but we're seeing progress with this team.
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Old 08-28-2013, 08:32 PM
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Harrel bombs again! Why are we sticking with this guy? He's been a disaster this year!
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Old 08-31-2013, 01:47 PM
 
Location: Houston, TX
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We've got no one else. Just a lot of young guys who are going to suck a bit, hopefully they improve.
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Old 08-31-2013, 02:01 PM
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We'll have at least two things to address in the offseason, and that's the bullpen and getting the outfield settled. Another issue is the excessive strikeouts by Astros hitters, particularly Chris Carter. They'll need improvement. A few of the guys are being more patient at the plate. Catcher and the infield already are set. The starting rotation looks more promising by the day (Peacock's Friday outing notwithstanding).
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Old 08-31-2013, 02:25 PM
 
Location: Mequon, WI
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Regarding profitability, the big league club will eventually catch up, regardless of whatever accuracies or inaccuracies were in that article.
Do not the Astros have 200-250M in debt still on the books?

Here this article deals with the ever so misleading story about the Astros

Erroneous Story Claiming Houston Astros Most-Profitable Ever A Massive Strikeout - Forbes
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