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TCB Astros March Madness 2014: Brett Oberholtzer vs Robbie Grossman

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Left-handed pitcher Brett Oberholtzer vs outfielder Robbie "Bob" Grossman

TCB's 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

5 - Brett Oberholtzer

After starting off the year in AAA and posting mostly mediocre surface numbers, Oberholtzer was promoted to the Majors and had one whale of a second-half, boasting a 2.76 ERA in 13 appearances (10 starts), His first two of those starts were seven inning shutouts, and he followed up later with a complete game shutout as well. While xFIP warns of regression, his control was excellent and there's historical precedence for his strikeout rate to potentially improve in his second look at the higher level of competition. He should be considered one of those with an inside track to win one of the back-end spots in the rotation. -Ashitaka

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12 - Robbie Grossman

Hi friends. This is Bob Grossman and I'd like to talk to you about your life insurance. Things are pretty safe here in Emporia, Kansas, but they aren't always that way. Just think about old man Johnson last year. He didn't expect that twister to hit one night, but it did. I'm not trying to sell you on something you don't need. I'm trying to help you protect your family in case the unthinkable should ever happen. Just imagine if the robots finally take over? You want little Kaitlyn to be set up, right? No, no. You don't have to decide now. Let me leave you my card and you can call me next week. Right. My name is Bob Grossman with MetLife. Thanks for your time. -David