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Monday's Three Astros Things


I'm still technically on the road, but I couldn't help but pop in for a quick update on how those 'Stros are doing...

1) Hot dog, winning at home - This is a true story. Friday night, after the graduation festivities for the wife had quieted down, I checked out GameDay, saw the Astros score and had to interrupt my two-year olds bath to tell my wife that Houston had won.

I was that shocked.

The next day? Same sort of thing happened,without the bath this time, but with another shocked re-telling of the score and the fact that the Astros had won.

What a cool way to be surprised,huh? I really don't like the Cardinals, but I had resigned myself to a weekend of misery. Iff they won one game, I'd have been okay. But, to get a series win? That was pretty cool.

In a way, though, I'm not surprised that they have been winning on this homestand. It seems like young teams tend to perform better at home than on the road, but that may be an old baseball wives' tale. Whatever it is, I hope it keeps up against the Marlins. A .500 record at this point in the season sure would look good.

For the record, Cool Standings expects Houston to win 78 games this season and predicts the Astros have a 22 percent chance of making the postseason. That's higher than their chances were at almost any point last season.

2) The young question - I believe we were musing on the podcast about when the last time two 21-year olds started the same game for the Houston Astros. I was inept with my search-itude on Baseball Reference, but my curiousity got the better of me and I figured out a better way to search for it.

As far as I can tell, it's only happened nine times in the last 40 years, and that includes six times with Jordan Lyles on the mound at Jose Altuve at second base.

The last time two 21-year olds or younger started a game was in 1990, when Tuffy Rhodes started in center field and Andujar Cedeno manned shortstop.

The last time it happened for a pitcher and a hitter (besides Lyle/Escorpion) was in 1977, when Mark Lemongello started two games that Terry Puhl also started. Both were 21 at the time. The only other time that it happened in the last 40 years was in 1972, when Mike Cosgrove got a rare start and Cesar Cedeno was entrenched in center field

Of course, with those late '60s, early '70s teams, this was more common. That's why it happened four times for J.R. Richarrd and Cesar Cedeno in 1971 and who knows how many other times in the previous nine seasons. I only have so much time tonight at the hotel room.

As you can see by the players listed, it doesn't always guarantee future success, but it can't hurt to have two young guys starting together, can it?

3) Pick 6 action - So, I made some horrible picks in the couple of days before my trip wiped out my Pick 6ing, but I noticed Tim made a surge and guys like clack and CRPerry all showed that TCB writers can represent. The Dream Shake's Patrick Harrel took home the crown Sunday, but I'm interested in some user feedback

Those of you who have played, how has the experience been? What draws you back? Should we start a thread each day to talk about it? Should I mention a blurb here each day talking about the high score and any TCB writers who bombed/did well? It's a cool concept that I think can be taken in a few different ways, but I'd like to hear from you on how we can make it a part of the site.