The field looms great. Batters eye looks cgi.
Here's hoping Pea$#@! shows something in the 1st 2 weeks of the season and we can get a bag of baseballs for him when McHugh comes back.
I'm with Wulaw on this one. Pea$#@! and Fiers ain't wearing the Star by the deadline. (Healthy staff permitting.)
He would never say it but i bet Hinch hates Fiers
Pea$#@! better be on a day to day lease for his apt
He's at one of those hotels that charges by the hour. Pretty nice.
The palace inn!
Im in the minority on this but i like fiers. Adds value by being able to long relief and spot start. Rather mike than pea$#@!.
still got a soft spot for fiers after that complete game no-hitter he dealt in '15
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The orange jersey is 2015 playoff game used.
Not sure any sane person would take Pea$#@! over Fiers
Need your guys opinions, tomorrow we are going to mmp. Now do we try to get kris bryant to sign and deal with cubs fans (bandwagon) or stay on astros side to try for jd davis, and others.
Predicting Astros' 2017 record (ESPN Insider)
Reason for optimism: Regression, inevitable after the 35-win improvement over two seasons, set in, and yet the Astros were still contenders.
Reason for pessimism: For two years running their cross-state foes have kept them at bay with Hogwarts-like dark magic -- and as active as the front office was, they didn't sign an Auror.
The Astros repeated a material weakness on offense in 2016 that didn't allow them to achieve their lofty playoff expectations. Rather than repeat myself verbatim, take a look at last year's projection because it reads like a crystal ball, and the problem, a mildly improving but still bottom-tier offense in terms of batting average and on-base percentage, did them in. The Astros merely hit a lot of home runs last year (198 in 2016, 14th in the majors) instead of a ton in 2015 (230 in 2015, 2nd most), and it couldn't mask their other offensive shortcomings.
Joe Peta's 2017 MLB previews
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Houston's front office did not address this deficiency in the 2015 offseason, but they certainly did this year. Nori Aoki (lifetime OBP .353, with virtually no variance), Brian McCann (.340) and Carlos Beltran (.354) are the three highlights of the six, (yes, six!) new faces in the everyday lineup who are virtually assured of improving on the on-base rates of the men they are replacing.
The three lineup anchors that remain -- Jose Altuve, Carlos Correa and George Springer -- are all 27 or younger and had a combined OBP of .331, well above the team's mark of .319. I'm projecting the Astros to jump from 19th to 4th in OBP, the most vital offensive stat for scoring runs, and that's going to make a huge difference in their offensive output. Bravo to the Astros front office: Despite the absence of splashy nine-figure contracts, this is the most consequential offseason revamping I have seen across the majors.
The only downside is that the effect on team defense in unknowable right now. If there's good news in that fact for Houston, it's that 2016's above-.500 finish, unlike 2015's, didn't rely on stellar defense. Houston fell to 22nd in my adjusted defensive efficiency rankings, which means that even if the new faces in the field don't help the defense, they probably aren't going to sabotage the increase in runs scored they will provide.
From there, let's move to another of the Astros' unquestioned strengths, their bullpen. The Astros may have finished tied for 8th in bullpen ERA at 3.56 last season, but based on skills displayed, they were quite a bit better than that. Their collective SIERA stood at 3.05, by far an MLB-best. That's not surprising when you realize they were first in K-rate and BB-rate, leading to an absurd K-BB rate of 20.6 percent. Why is that absurd? Five different MLB bullpens could have gone the entire season without issuing a free pass and they still would have finished with a lower K-BB rate than the Astros. Like everything else in Houston, this is by design, and the front office will bring back all but one of the seven most-used arms from 2016.
That leaves the last year's league-average rotation as the only unit to address in terms of playoff-caliber.
In 2016 the starters gave up three-quarters more of a run every nine innings compared to 2015 and in the process went from second in the American League to MLB average in runs allowed. A portion of that increase resulted from a decline in defense, but most of it resulted from regression (Dallas Keuchel and Collin McHugh) or disappointing performances from newcomers (Doug Fister and Mike Fiers.) McHugh and Keuchel were better than their results, so look for positive regression there in 2017.
In addition, Charlie Morton has been brought in to replace the jettisoned Fister. Morton has posted sub-4.00 SIERAs for four years running, and while some of that is undoubtedly due to pitch framing, the good news for him and the entire staff is that McCann consistently grades out as an excellent pitch framer -- at one time the very best in the game. That should maintain the excellence Jason Castro provided the past three seasons.
I admit I'm both bitterly disappointed yet also impressed that oddsmakers installed the Astros as such heavy favorites in the NL West.
I thought my 92-win projection would result in a table-pounding "over" call. Instead it was barely higher than Vegas' opening market; however, that market has dropped to 89.5 (from 91.5), so I'm prepared to make this an "over" call.
It's my belief you're reading the preview for not only the American League pennant winners, but the 2017 heirs to the banner being raised on the North Side of Chicago on Opening Day. Improbably, I like Houston's World Series futures odds at 12-1 more than the "over" 89.5 wins.
Houston Astros' Record, 2012-Present
YEAR WIN TOTAL RECORD O/U DIV. FINISH WORLD SERIES ODDS
2012 63.5 55-107 Under 6th 200-1
2013 59.5 51-111 Under 5th 300-1
2014 62.5 70-92 Over 4th 400-1
2015 76 86-76 Over 2nd 60-1
2016 88.5 84-78 Under 3rd 10-1
2017 89.5 -- -- -- 10-1
2016 projection: 92-70 (first, AL West)
Bet recommendation: Over
Speaking of HOF:
lilshep shouldn't associate with cubs fans.
He should just ask his girlfriend to get the autograph for him after she finishes up her on field interviews.
Trying to get above .500 for the spring today.
Going against Dan Straily who gives up a lead off triple to red$#@! and a double to Altuve two batters later
Just got done scheduling the annual excursion with my group that goes to the first midweek day game each season. 4/20 vs. Angels. One of my favorite days of the year. Since it's a Thursday, taking Friday off and giving myself a 3 1/2 day weekend.
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Im all about the Wednesday afternoon games but i think there are only 2 this season...womp womp
Anybody hear any more about how Astros in-market streaming will work? See http://awfulannouncing.com/local-net...mlb-teams.html.
Every so often I think about cutting the cord and then sports considerations stop me. But if the Astros thing checks out, then it gets real interesting...I'm in Austin, so Rockets streaming is available and we obviously get Texans games.
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I think a bunch of the new CF area is SRO.
Here are some shots of the new venues.
Season Ticket Holder seats at Budweiser Batter's Eye Box & Bar.
Lexus Field Club
If you have Lexus Field Club tix, bring a glove. You can come out to this area on the warning track and watch/shag batting practice.
FiveSeven Grill is now FiveSeven Market with healthy options, wine and even sushi. Buy wine & they'll pour it in a carafe.
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I can't wait to put Torchy's queso my Shake Shack burger.
$6 per taco.
$8 for queso/chips
Ready for this $#@!ing thread started by a $#@! $#@!ing Ranger fan to DIAF
I don't give a $#@! what the next thread title should s as long as it's from a Astro.
Damn. Torchy's went from a trailer to having the prime position in Minute Maid in a decade.
16-10 start in April. That's a pace for 100 wins on the season. Little bitchassedness in that prediction.
Or, show me a loss.
I'm just hoping it's better than 7-17
They've broken camp. Tired of all the thread talking. It's time to start it. I'll do it in the morning if no else has by then
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