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Old 07-08-2016, 07:57 AM
Status: "Dow hits new high - over 27,000!" (set 3 days ago)
 
Location: Suburban Dallas
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The Astros have had their best run of the season so far, and they are now back in their rightful place near the top of the AL West. They're in second place, just 6 1/2 games behind the struggling Rangers and despite last night's 3-1 loss to the lowly A's.

Will Harris and Jose Altuve have spots in the All-Star Game. George Springer might join them, and he deserves to. Stay tuned.
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Old 07-24-2016, 03:47 AM
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Astros are now 2 1/2 games behind Texas. The race is just now heating up in the West. Houston goes for the sweep of the Angels on Sunday.
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Old 07-29-2016, 11:52 AM
 
Location: A Land Not So Far Away
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Astros are now 2 1/2 games behind Texas. The race is just now heating up in the West. Houston goes for the sweep of the Angels on Sunday.
You guys practically own the Angels. Now if you can just do that against the Rangers.

This Bregman guy, I think, is going to be really fine. From what I've seen, he's got the goods.
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Old 08-02-2016, 01:50 PM
 
Location: Gulf Coast Texas
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Not something you see everyday...

Feldman was traded from the Astros to the Blue Jays on Monday.

Feldman comes in to pitch on Monday for the Blue Jays in the 14th inning against the Astros and looses on a Correa walk off single.

Weird stuff...
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Old 08-03-2016, 08:56 PM
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Joe Musgrove pitched well enough in a relief appearance to earn him a start. Astros have struggled in the last week. And this comes just two weeks after a three-month run of really good baseball. At least we aren't losing ground to the Rangers in the standings.

Houston must beat Toronto tomorrow and get a little momentum for that Ranger series this weekend. I'll be in Houston for Friday's game. These next couple of weeks are going to be crucial for the 'Stros if they want to be in this race.
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Old 08-06-2016, 04:31 PM
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Default And This Was What I Saw In Person....

Astros win last night, 5-0. Great pitching effort by Keuchel. They were manufacturing runs and not relying on the homer. Overall, great stuff.
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Old 08-20-2016, 08:30 AM
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The Astros may have given the Orioles a taste of their own medicine last night, but I just don't have a good feeling about this team trying to get a Wild Card berth. The pitching just isn't consistent this year, and the guys who did well last year just aren't this year.

We may well see Altuve capture the AL batting title, and he's got a good chance. Otherwise, this team hasn't progressed very well this season. The way I see it the rest of the way, Seattle and Texas will be duking it out for the division while Houston still can't beat the Rangers or make game-changing plays to take advantage of other teams.
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Old 08-27-2016, 07:40 AM
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I may have spoken too soon about the 'Stros. They've gotten hot again and are now 7 1/2 back of the Rangers in the West. They got back-to-back homers by Correa and Gattis in the bottom of the ninth and came from behind to beat Tampa Bay, 5-4, on Friday.
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Old 08-28-2016, 02:49 PM
 
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I may have spoken too soon about the 'Stros. They've gotten hot again and are now 7 1/2 back of the Rangers in the West. They got back-to-back homers by Correa and Gattis in the bottom of the ninth and came from behind to beat Tampa Bay, 5-4, on Friday.
Both the Astros and the Mariners have been experiencing normal luck distribution this season. Houston has won two fewer games than their run differential would predict, Seattle has won one fewer. Both fall within the normal standard deviation from their expected records.

Where the Astros and Mariners have been unlucky has been being in the same division with one of the luckiest teams of the 21st century.

The Rangers have scored only four more runs than they have yielded and their expected record should be around .500 as a consequence. That would put them at 65-65. Instead they are a walloping eleven games above that at 76-54. If the standings were done on the basis of revealed talent levels rather than actual won lost records, it would be:
Houston 70-59
Seattle 69-60 -.5
Texas 65-65 - 4.5

That Rangers actual record is almost entirely a product of their incredible good fortune in one run games. They have gone 28-8 in such contests, while Houston (21-21) and Seattle (23-34) are having a normal distribution of luck in their one run games. And I cannot figure out how they have been doing it. Normally a team with a record far better than its expected one has a terrific record in one run games. This is true for the Rangers. But also normally, teams with good performances in one run games typically have strong bullpens to thank. That is not the case here, Texas is 11th overall in pitching in the AL with a team ERA of 4.32. Their starters are 4th in AL ERA at 4.10, but their bullpen is dead last, 15 out of 15 with a 4.81 ERA. In that sense, even within their incredible luck, the Rangers are being incredibly lucky.


The Astros and Mariners not only need to continue to play as well, or hopefully a bit better in the last month, but they also need the Rangers to have a sudden and immense reversal of fortune.
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Old 08-29-2016, 02:40 PM
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The Astros and Mariners not only need to continue to play as well, or hopefully a bit better in the last month, but they also need the Rangers to have a sudden and immense reversal of fortune.
Which is exactly what Astros fans are hoping for, GS. We've got one month left and that's all we're getting. It comes down to which Astro team will show up on a night-to-night basis.
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