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TCB Astros March Madness 2014: Jesse Crain vs Matt Dominguez

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Reliever Jesse Crain vs third baseman Matt Dominguez

The sweet sixteen 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

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6 - Matt Dominguez

Dominguez was the starting third baseman in 2013 and looks to solidify that role in 2014. Matt is a plus defender, but his offense is a question mark. 2013 was a tale of two season, with a horrid first half and a good second half, resulting in a good 21 HRs and a bad .286 OBP. At 23 years old, he may improve his offense, particularly if he can increase his walks. -clack