Tuesday Liftoff Links

NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 12: Novak Djokovic of Serbia reacts after he won match point against Rafael Nadal of Spain during the Men's Final on Day Fifteen of the 2011 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 12, 2011 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images for USTA)

While I was editing Episode 18 of the podcast, I was putting together these links that tickle your eyes instead of your ears.


Power Rankings and Top Games

Top games of the week: Sept. 4-10
The Astros are on fire for Top Games of the Week on The Hardball Times.

Beyond the Box Score Power Rankings: Week 24 - Beyond the Box Score
Still not at the bottom and an appearance by J.A. Happ

FanGraphs Power Rankings – 9/12/11 | FanGraphs Baseball
O-M-G. The Astros are out of the basement on FanGraphs rankings.



Stuff About Our Beloved Astros

Ultimate Astros " Should Astros explore a Tejada return as a NRI, role player?
Chip Bailey wonders if the Astros should explore signing Tejada to a reserve role. My initial reaction is "Really?" Then I realized it is the Astros and they've said they like a veteran presence on the team. If the Astros decide not to resign Jason Michaels again Tejada could be an option.

Astros County: The Only Astros Blog That Matters: Interview with Tri-City Prospect Brandon Meredith
AC has a good interview with Brandon Meredith where they talk about everything from the Minors to social media. Check it out.

Ultimate Astros " June draft, July trade haul shape Astros Instructional League roster
Zachary Levine has your list of Astros prospects hitting the instructional fields this fall. Our favorite player on the podcast will unfortunately not be heading to the instructional league.

Farmstros: Farmstros Player of the Year Candidates
Make sure you head over to Farmstros to vote on the Player of the Year in the Minors.



Great Wonderful World of Baseball

Joe Blogs: Our Flag Was Still There
Joe Posnanski as always with some reflection and an article posted shortly after 9/11.

Joe Blogs: Wins and WAR and MVPs
Joe Posnanski looks at wins and WAR and what they're good for.

2011 Scouting Report - By the Fans, For the Fans
Want to scout the Astros. Good or bad head over and participate in the 2011 Fan Scouting Report.

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