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TCB Astros March Madness 2014: Chad Qualls vs Matt Dominguez

Reliever Chad Qualls vs third baseman Matt Dominguez

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

3 - Chad Qualls

After six years toeing the rubber for other teams, one of the members of the Astros' rock-solid playoff pens from 2004-2005 returns to provide desperately-needed stability late in games. Wielding a power sinker and a slider, Qualls looks to keep the infielders busy and lock down some of the late leads that the slapdash bullpen couldn't seem to hold in 2013. A history of good health makes the multi-year deal for a third-tier reliever much more palatable. -Ashitaka


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