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LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 22: Sreesanth of India is bowled by Graeme Swann of England during day five of the 4th npower Test Match between England and India at The Kia Oval on August 22, 2011 in London, England.  (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 22: Sreesanth of India is bowled by Graeme Swann of England during day five of the 4th npower Test Match between England and India at The Kia Oval on August 22, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)
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While the Astros were heading up, up and away to Colorado I was putting together these delightful links.

 


Looking to the Future

AROUNDTHEBASES | Philadelphia Inquirer | 08/21/2011
In this article we find out the other prospects the Astros had a choice from to complete the Hunter Pence trade as a player to be named later. The Astros ultimately selected Domingo Santana, but I'd be interested to know what our Minor League guys though of the other three choices.

Ultimate Astros " Astros send Lyles to Class AAA bullpen to control innings
So a plan is in place for Jordan Lyles he'll be sent down for the remainder of the month and then return in September as a member of the bullpen. I didn't think it was that bad of a plan but there are some who think he should be taken to his innings limit and then shut down.

08/21/2011 - The Nucleus
Bob Hulsey at Astros Daily ranks the future nucleus of the Astros.

 

 

Learning From the Past

Altuve Joins Inside-The-Park HR Club " The Pecan Park Eagle
With Joe Altuve's inside the park homerun Saturday Bill McCurdy looks at the history of the inside the park homerun.

Comparing Active Pitchers to the .300 BABIP Standard - Beyond the Box Score
Which pitchers have saved the most hits on balls in play, compared to the .300 BABIP standard?

 

 

The Here and Now

Ultimate Astros " Excuse me, is that Jason Michaels in the lineup again? Seriously?
Even Chip Bailey has something to say about Brad Mills writing Michaels name into the lineup.

Ultimate Astros " Talking points: Will conducting routine business turn into something well out of the routine
A very good article in regards to Wandy and the waiver trade deadline. This is the article you need to read if you read only one in this post.