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Old 11-13-2015, 07:22 AM
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Lots of goings-on in Houston right now as we approach the Winter Meetings....

Astros refining strategy after GM Meetings | astros.com

Colby Rasmus accepts qualifying offer | astros.com

And Jose Altuve keeps adding to his legend. He's got a Gold Glove, but now he has something else....

Jose Altuve wins Silver Slugger Award | astros.com
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Old 12-10-2015, 06:47 PM
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Default A Productive Offseason

The Astros have shored up their bullpen this offseason. They have a true closer now.

Astros acquire Ken Giles from Phillies | astros.com

Gregerson wasn't bad at all, but with Giles coming in, it puts the former in a possible set-up role now.


And we didn't lose Tony Sipp in free agency after all....

Astros re-sign left-hander Tony Sipp | astros.com
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Old 12-11-2015, 11:27 AM
 
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Default Astros acquire Ken Giles and resign Tony Sipp.

This may not be the best place to post this, but seriously.

So after a successful 2015 season, most Astros fans would agree that the one piece missing to make the Astros just that much better was a more solid bull-pen. The Astros were 2 innings away from beating the World-Series champions and advance to the championship series, when the bull-pen break down happened. In other words, the Astros seriously had a shot to go all the way if they had a better bull-pen.

The Astros have the impressive Tony Sipp, who has improved and is a legitament relief pitcher. Ken Giles, another one of the best in the game. And Luke Gregerson. The way I see it that's 3 great relief pitchers, and Pat Neshek who's pretty good as well to add to the group. Plus all your other guys to give them a rest.

That being said, with a strengthened bull-pen, are the Astros now a very well rounded team from all angles?

Pitching- You have the elite Dallas Keuchel who won the Cy Young and led the AL in wins, and second in ERA. You got McCugh, a great pitcher as well with the second place in wins, and a solid righty with the fast ball. And Lance McCullers, who's a young guy, improving, and had bad luck on his bull-pen (where the stronger bull-pen comes in).

Batting- Altuve, Carlos Correa, George Springer all elite batters. Colby Rasmus, Carlos Gomez, (and keep your eye out on Marwin Gonzales. Thing guy can bat!). Anyway, great batting all around.

Defense- 2 Golden glove winners (and 3 nominees). And from what I've seen this squad knows how to defend.

How do you feel about the Astros. Would you say a very well rounded team?
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Old 12-11-2015, 12:53 PM
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This may not be the best place to post this, but seriously.

So after a successful 2015 season, most Astros fans would agree that the one piece missing to make the Astros just that much better was a more solid bull-pen. The Astros were 2 innings away from beating the World-Series champions and advance to the championship series, when the bull-pen break down happened. In other words, the Astros seriously had a shot to go all the way if they had a better bull-pen.

The Astros have the impressive Tony Sipp, who has improved and is a legitament relief pitcher. Ken Giles, another one of the best in the game. And Luke Gregerson. The way I see it that's 3 great relief pitchers, and Pat Neshek who's pretty good as well to add to the group. Plus all your other guys to give them a rest.

That being said, with a strengthened bull-pen, are the Astros now a very well rounded team from all angles?

Pitching- You have the elite Dallas Keuchel who won the Cy Young and led the AL in wins, and second in ERA. You got McCugh, a great pitcher as well with the second place in wins, and a solid righty with the fast ball. And Lance McCullers, who's a young guy, improving, and had bad luck on his bull-pen (where the stronger bull-pen comes in).

Batting- Altuve, Carlos Correa, George Springer all elite batters. Colby Rasmus, Carlos Gomez, (and keep your eye out on Marwin Gonzales. Thing guy can bat!). Anyway, great batting all around.

Defense- 2 Golden glove winners (and 3 nominees). And from what I've seen this squad knows how to defend.

How do you feel about the Astros. Would you say a very well rounded team?

These are al great moves, however the Stros still need to figure out 1st base as well hopefully with a big bat.....
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Old 12-11-2015, 02:41 PM
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They, indeed, were great moves. Houston has taken another significant step towards further advancement in the playoffs and possibly even a World Series title. We're leaving the Winter Meetings more confident than ever. Giles will be pivotal in '16, but Sipp coming back is important, as well, especially in lefty-righty situations.

We do have a thread for the Astros, OP, so please feel free to come on over.
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Old 12-12-2015, 06:28 PM
 
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Astros must've really hated Mark Appel to make this deal.

I get "win now", but wow. Phillies got a nice haul for a setup guy who they didn't really need in a non-competitive season. This deal plus Morton for a 34th round nobody = Best day for a Phillies GM perhaps ever.
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Old 12-13-2015, 10:46 AM
 
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Merged thread into main Astros thread.


I think Astros gave up too much. No problem losing Appel, he is kind of a bust already.
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Old 12-13-2015, 04:59 PM
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Astros must've really hated Mark Appel to make this deal.

I get "win now", but wow. Phillies got a nice haul for a setup guy who they didn't really need in a non-competitive season. This deal plus Morton for a 34th round nobody = Best day for a Phillies GM perhaps ever.
Giles has stuff, good stuff. Give this guy a chance; he's gotten his feet wet with Philly already. Now Giles will have an opportunity to become elite. The Astros, remember, have the deepest farm system in the majors, so they sweetened the pot by dangling Appel. It was a surprise, sure, but in the end, everybody wins.
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Old 01-31-2016, 05:22 PM
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Who would have thought this? Doug Fister, overlooked by practically everyone else, is getting new life with the Astros.

Astros sign Doug Fister | astros.com

Imagine if he did return to his 2014 form....

Astros GM Jeff Luhnow excited after offseason | astros.com
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Old 03-18-2016, 07:56 AM
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Astros are having a good spring so far. That's the good news.

The bad news? Lance McCullers and Max Stassi are out with injuries.

A J Reed is one prospect to watch. He's vying for a spot at first base. I'm pulling for him.
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