TCB Astros March Madness 2014: Jesse Crain vs Darin Downs

Right-handed reliever Jesse Crain vs left-handed reliever Darin Downs

Round 2 of the TCB Astros Fan Favorite March Madness Tournament is underway. From now until the end of Spring Training 64 players will spend the next several weeks facing off in a head to head public vote to determine who advances to the next round and who will eventually be crowned the communities favorite Astros player. For more details check out the tournament introductory post.

The rules are simple, determine which player you want to advance to the next round and then vote. Vote subjectively, objectively, using your trusty magic eight ball or any other set of criteria. It's totally up to you how you want to vote! Votes for this round will last exactly 24 hours.

In this match-up

2 - Jesse Crain

The UH-ex was signed as a free agent to shore up the bullpen. Crain was having an excellent 2013 when he was shut down with a shoulder injury. With the White Sox, Crain was among the best relief pitchers in baseball, with a 2.10 ERA and a great strike out rate over the last three years. If he is healthy, Crain may become the Astros' closer. -clack

vs

7 - Darin Downs

One of the more under-the-radar waiver claims Houston made this offseason, Downs joins the Astros from the Tigers organization. The 27-year-old lefty has thrown 56 innings in his brief major league career, posting an uninspired 4.34 ERA. However, his peripheral stats look good and his minor league strikeout rates were also very solid. Heck, his major league strikeout rate last season was very good. In those career MLB innings, Downs has posted an FIP and xFIP nearly a run under his ERA. As long as he stays healthy, Downs is one of the biggest dark horse candidates to make the 25-man rotation in camp. -David

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join The Crawfish Boxes

You must be a member of The Crawfish Boxes to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at The Crawfish Boxes. You should read them.

Join The Crawfish Boxes

You must be a member of The Crawfish Boxes to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at The Crawfish Boxes. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9351_tracker