TOKYO, JAPAN - OCTOBER 07: Bruno Soares (L) and Marcelo Melo of Brazil play in their quarter final doubles match against Lukasz Kubot of Poland and Radek Stepanek of the Czech Republic during day five of the Rakuten Open at Ariake Colosseum on October 7, 2011 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Kiyoshi Ota/Getty Images)
While the Astros were not taking part in the playoffs I was putting together these links whether you're watching the playoffs or not.
Major Astros Linkage
Ultimate Astros " Rays show Astros how to get more bang for their buck
Zachary Levine takes a look at the process and ideas behind the Rays turn of fortunes.
Y! SPORTS Detention Lecture: Your 2011 Houston Astros
Very interesting article..I mean lecture.
Offseason Outlook: Houston Astros: MLB Rumors - MLBTradeRumors.com
MLB Trade Rumors does a rundown on the Astros offseason outlook.
5 Questions with Astros' Expert Tim De Block - MLB Daily Dish
I answered some questions for Jason Hunt over at the daily dish in regards to the Astros.
FanGraphs Power Rankings – 10/3/11 | FanGraphs Baseball
The final edition of FanGraphs Power Rankings for 2011. Not at the bottom! I feel like I need to celebrate.
Astros County: The Only Astros Blog That Matters: FJM time!
AC takes the Astros.com article regarding Carlos Lee and the 2011 Hank Aaron Award nomination to task.
Former Astros in 2011 MLB Playoffs " The Pecan Park Eagle
Bill McCurdy at The Pecan Park Eagle take a look at former Astros on postseason rosters.
Ultimate Astros " Jim Crane says no movement on AL as Nov. 30 deadlines looms
It appears Jim Crane is being more candid in his comments regarding a move to the AL and the approval process. Notice the key words "formal proposal."
Houston Astros: It's Finally Time to Give Ed Wade the Axe | Bleacher Report
Scott Barzilla talks Ed Wade and the job he's done.
The Cost of Moving from the NL to the AL | FanGraphs Baseball
A whole lot of math on the idea of the Astros switching to the AL.
More Links after the jump...
Minor Astros Linkage
Farmstros: Dustin Kellogg: 1993-2011
A poem for Dustin Kellogg by Mike Tauser
Top 50 Pitching Prospects for 2011: How They Performed - Minor League Ball
Jordan Lyles makes the list with a Brad Radke reference
Top 50 Hitting Prospects for 2011: How They Performed - Minor League Ball
Jonathan Singelton makes the list.
Appy Astros: Astros Minor League Affiliates Lose the Most Games
This is something I've talked about before in the podcast. Sure wins and losses in the minors don't matter, but as the Astros acquire more and more talent shouldn't some of the affiliates at the lower minors start producing some winning seasons.
Disappointing 2011 Prospects: NL Central | FanGraphs Baseball
It certainly was a disappointing year for Delino DeShields.
Rumor: Theo Epstein Leaving Red Sox For Cubs - Baseball Nation
According to Joel Sherman, the word around baseball is that Red Sox GM Theo Epstein will leave the Sox to run the Cubs this winter. I know this involved the Cubs but maybe David wasn't far off the mark when he suggested the Astros go after Theo when Jim Crane takes over. He very well may be available.
xFIP: A Relevant Primer - Baseball Nation
A love when someone smart talks about advanced statistics. I think we all get a better understanding of it when they do.
When You Should Ignore the Data | FanGraphs Baseball
Reasoning why batter verse pitcher statistics should be ignored.
Previewing The Market: Shortstops - Beyond the Box Score
Along with Clint Barmes here are the other shortstops available this offseason.
The New Miami Marlins Logo Is No Longer The Worst Thing Ever - Baseball Nation
A brief look at the worst thing in history, which happens to be planned for the new Marlins ballpark.