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The wise, the witty, the wicked

MLB: Chicago White Sox at Houston Astros Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

The following are some of the best comments taken from the threads of the Crawfish Boxes from last week.

We Love us Some Pina

There once was a man from Pawtucket,

Who purchased 3 games worth of ducats,

To see a well-coiffed Houston Astro,

Who once knew Fidel Castro,

From an island far south of Nantucket.

Posted by Orlandocapeda on Sep 7, 2018 | 3:18 PM up reply rec (1) flag

An Ode to La Pina?

Posted by Trav in San Antonio on Sep 7, 2018 | 3:22 PM up reply rec flag

Absolutely

Posted by Orlandocapeda on Sep 7, 2018 | 3:23 PM up reply rec flag

MLB: Minnesota Twins at Houston Astros Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Who’s Worse, Ken Giles or Bud Selig?

We have ascertained

Selig spelled backwards is Giles, haven’t we?

Posted by Joe in Birmingham on Sep 7, 2018 | 8:18 PM up reply rec (4) flag

MLB: Baseball Hall of Fame-Parade of Legends
Beelzubub

Poll

Who’s Worse?

This poll is closed

  • 58%
    Bud Selig
    (57 votes)
  • 23%
    Ken Giles
    (23 votes)
  • 17%
    Beelzubub
    (17 votes)
97 votes total Vote Now

We Love the Rangers

Just noticed the Mall Cops laid down again for the A’s...we need this win...

Posted by SDsportsjunkie on Sep 9, 2018 | 10:26 PM reply rec flag

heard it was more doggy style than missionary.

Posted by chuckiepoo on Sep 9, 2018 | 10:28 PM up reply rec flag

MLB: Texas Rangers at Oakland Athletics
Roughned Odor
Kiel Maddox-USA TODAY Sports

Defense, Defense

On UZR and DRS

It’s not just errors committed that cause problems for Defensive metrics. Nearly all such metrics are based largely on the number of opportunities a player gets. Bregman has a total of just 370 chances in his 1,229 innings across all four positions. Matt Chapman, who currently leads the league in UZR at 3b, has had 426 chances in 1,114 innings. Yet Matt Chapman has a fielding rate of .960 (17 errors, 10 throwing) to Bregman’s .964 (11 errors, 9 throwing) at 3B this year.

Why would that happen? Simple: Houston pitching has 1470 Ks in 140 games (best in MLB). Oakland pitching has 1079 in 141 (26th in MLB). The Astros currently rank 20th in UZR as a team. The Athletics rank first. Chapman gets more opportunities to post defensive counting stats than any other 3B in MLB.

Posted by sakchin on Sep 7, 2018 | 9:14 AM reply rec flag

Absolutely. Total chances would play into it for sure.

But again in my examples of Mike Moustakas and Alex Bregman you have this:

Moose (2017) – 312

Bregman (2018) – 308 (at 3B)

Roughly the same number of chances.

Posted by Fat 3lvis on Sep 7, 2018 | 9:23 AM up reply rec flag

That’s fine - some players have more chances to make plays.

Just like some players have more PAs than others, because they play on better offensive teams (and the lineup turns over more), they hit higher in the order, or one player simply plays less, because of injuries, because of platoons or defensive replacements, etc.

That doesn’t cause a problem for defensive metrics any more than it causes a problem for offensive metrics.

Posted by Willie McGee’s Twin on Sep 7, 2018 | 10:23 AM up reply rec flag

We can foray into haikus too

Arrogant Alex

Gift of an unsigned Brady

Stares and we stare back

Posted by mhatter106 on Sep 7, 2018 | 12:30 PM up reply rec (4) flag

Who Lost J. D. Martinez?

MLB: Spring Training-Boston Red Sox at Tampa Bay Rays

Not all on Bo Porter

You can blame this on Sig Mejdal. Ya’ll gotta get the facts right! There was an article released last month which explained it all, finally.

Mejdal said the odds of JD or any 26 y.o., turning it around with a new swing, were astronomically low.

Blame this one on the FO decision making sciences, but that same FO used that same process to find some hidden gems, overall. Take the good with the bad. To me the biggest mistake was missing on Kris Bryant.

But oh well…he wanted more money than Appel.

Posted by Chillout17 on Sep 7, 2018 | 8:33 PM up reply rec flag

But Luhnow personally promised Martinez that he would get a chance to show if it worked

And Porter gave him very few reps in Spring Training

Posted by bilbos on Sep 7, 2018 | 8:39 PM up reply

Im telling you it mainly was a FO call,

not all Porter. He was a puppet and deserved to get fired. from the article:

”He thought they had agreed. They hadn’t. The algorithms developed by Sig Mejdal, a former blackjack dealer and NASA rocket scientist who was Luhnow’s chief data man, indicated that the probability that a player who was already 26, and who couldn’t run or field particularly well, would get better was vanishingly small. And Porter, eager to move ahead with younger outfielders, had little interest in giving Martinez the opportunity to demonstrate his new swing. He got just 18 at bats in the spring, half in pinch-hit appearances that prevented him from continuing the rhythm he had begun in Venezuela. “That’s not an opportunity,” Martinez says. “That’s an opportunity to fail.”

Posted by Chillout17 on Sep 7, 2018 | 8:43 PM up reply rec flag

Which is why it’s great that we have Hinch. Astroball’s premise was discovering that fine line between analytics and “gut” feeling. Porter, obviously didn’t have it.

Posted by Bacasillas on Sep 7, 2018 | 8:50 PM up reply rec flag

Show me where Luhnow “personally promised”, JD

nothing in the article mentions that so im curious where you got that info, Bilbos. JD was the only one who made a promise!

”Luhnow knew who he was. Martinez was the new hitter he had promised he had become, and who hadn’t had an opportunity to show it. What did we just do? thought Luhnow.”

Posted by Chillout17 on Sep 7, 2018 | 8:48 PM up reply rec flag

You’re right, we can’t say Luhnow definitively promised Martinez another look.

Martinez “thought” they had a promise. Astroball does say it was Porter who wanted to give more opportunity to Grossman, Hoes and Krauss at Martinez’ expense. It also says that Luhnow blamed Porter “for not providing someone like J. D Martinez enough at bats for the organization to make an informed decision at him,” which played a part in his dismissal.

Posted by bilbos on Sep 7, 2018 | 9:08 PM up reply

Speaking of the Ones That Got Away

MLB: Texas Rangers at Oakland Athletics
Romon Laureano, former Astros minor leaguer
John Hefti-USA TODAY Sports

Also is the Laureano trade officially a huge mistake now?

Posted by cobaltus on Sep 8, 2018 | 1:40 AM reply rec flag

Right now Laureano would be a great player for the Astros

Playing CF and sending Reddick to the bench

Posted by cangrejeros51 on Sep 8, 2018 | 7:12 AM up reply rec flag

If Laureano was still in the Astros system

He’d probably still be in the minors moving from CC to Fresno.

What seemed like a pretty minor deal in the off-season has had a fairly large impact on the Astros season this year though with Laureano helping drive the A’s on our tail.

We just need to keep the A’s in the rear view mirror and hope Brandon Bailey develops into a useful piece of his own in the future.

Posted by mhatter106 on Sep 8, 2018 | 8:29 AM up reply rec (1) flag

No, he wouldn’t.

Posted by rambo3 on Sep 8, 2018 | 11:11 AM up reply rec flag

EVERY team has regrets. Every team.

I’m old enough to remember Joe Morgan leaving the Astros and becoming a Hall of Famer for the Reds. I’d still like to have JD Martinez. I would be richer than Bill Gates if I had a nickel for every time I heard somebody say (regardless of team) “Every time we get rid of a player he goes on to be a star for someone else.” And I’ve been following baseball for almost 60 years.

Posted by patmaweenie on Sep 8, 2018 | 9:26 AM up reply rec (2) flag

I wouldn’t say it was a mistake

Who’s to say he would be same player here as he is with the A’s? Playing time is so limited here that he might not have flourished in that environment.

But with the A’s organization, he had a chance to make the big club sooner. That can be a shot in the arm for a player’s career. Also, a trade can fuel a player’s desire to get better in order to prove that it was a mistake.

In general, sometimes the light doesn’t go on for some players until they’re traded. In my life, I’ve been fired from a couple of jobs. But the lessons I learned from those experiences helped me do my current job better. In the same way, players take the experience of being traded and use it to help in their development.

Posted by Jlh071974 on Sep 8, 2018 | 10:38 AM up reply rec (1) flag

Depends

Remember that we didn’t trade him, because we believed that he would be a Rule 5 loss, but we didn’t want to protect him by adding him to the 40. Someone feel free to correct me, but keeping Laureano would have meant losing Deetz. Is there anyone else that we added to the 40 over the winter whose spot could have been used for Laureano?

Posted by JohnInWisconsin on Sep 8, 2018 | 11:07 AM up reply rec (1) flag

Seems like quite a few people were asking similar questions about the Teoscar Hernandez trade a few months ago

But, unsurprisingly, those people haven’t said much lately as Teoscar has been sub-replacement in the second half.

I’d give it some time before making the trade “officially” a bust. I like Laureano, but he still looks like a solid 4th OF to me. Moreover, the reason for the trade was that there was no room on the 40-man, so any analysis would have to include the potential or likely loss of the player who was kept over Laureano. Likewise, Bailey still has potential as a player.

Posted by Willie McGee’s Twin on Sep 8, 2018 | 11:09 AM up reply rec (1) flag

bilbos undefeated streak remains intact

Posted by JohnInWisconsin on Sep 8, 2018 | 11:08 AM reply rec flag

This one is going in next weeks best comments column

Posted by bilbos on Sep 8, 2018 | 11:41 AM up reply

It makes me wonder though if everyone will turn on you though when the winning streak ends...

Posted by mhatter106 on Sep 8, 2018 | 11:46 AM up reply rec flag

(editor’s note: The streak is still intact. The game the umps in NY stole from us doesn’t count)

Here’s What a Fan in Boston Had to Say About US

Over the Monster

My favorite post:

Man I HATE to see all these Astro fans at Fenway but

I SUPER respect it. Gotta love clubs with good fans who turn up. (Like us.)

Posted by RockyZ on Sep 8, 2018 | 12:11 AM up reply rec (7) flag

Bregman @ Mookie in his House

”Look at me… I’m the MVP now.”

Posted by Bacasillas on Sep 8, 2018 | 4:55 PM reply rec flag

Or Is Mookie the Real MVP?

MLB: Boston Red Sox at Atlanta Braves Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

A-Rod: One of the most underrated players in baseball is Mookie Betts…

Um? I’m gonna disagree with that. He plays for a media darling, his team leads baseball in wins, he’s leading baseball in BA and at the top of the MVP discussion.

Who’s underrating him?

Posted by Astrofan on Sep 9, 2018 | 9:03 PM reply rec (1) flag

I actually agree

I think he’s CLEARLY MVP. The fact that people think this is some sort of race clearly means people don’t realize how good of a season he’s having.

And I say that even though I LITERALLY LOVE Alex Bregman

Posted by Relocated_astro on Sep 9, 2018 | 9:06 PM up reply rec flag

We already know what happens when Sox score in the first inning....Astros win!

Posted by Cruuuuuz on Sep 9, 2018 | 8:27 PM reply rec flag

and when Sox don’t score in the first inning . . . Astros win!

Posted by Joe in Birmingham on Sep 9, 2018 | 8:29 PM up reply rec flag

And whether the Red Sox win or lose...

They have the momentum!

Posted by Relocated_astro on Sep 9, 2018 | 8:31 PM up reply rec flag

Josh James is Better Than Will Harris. Right? Right?

MLB: Cleveland Indians at Houston Astros Shanna Lockwood-USA TODAY Sports

If the playoffs were tomorrow.

No. And I wouldn’t even be considering it. He’s pitched in 2 games at the MLB level. At this point, JJ is more shiny new toy than he is dominant reliever.

It’s telling that Harris, who has a 2.70 xFIP, 4.62 K/BB, and has pitched 7 straight games without giving up a run yet he’s on no one’s list for the playoffs. Yet a rookie with 2 games pitched has everyone talking about whether he should be included (McHugh seems to be the one left off in order to make room for JJ).

James will have the rest of September to prove otherwise, and I’d give him plenty of innings to do it, but for me, he’s not in consideration. Not now, anyway.

Posted by JohnInWisconsin on Sep 9, 2018 | 6:00 PM reply rec (5) flag

They should keep him on the same schedule he had as a starter and use him 2 to 4 innings at a time.

Posted by rambo3 on Sep 9, 2018 | 6:51 PM up reply rec (1) flag

still 3 weeks to decide and it depends who we’re playing at the time and we need more data

But Will Harris has a 6.23 ERA in 2018 vs Bos, NYY, OAK, and Cleveland. Actually only success he had was against the A’s. He has a career ERA of 3.99 vs all teams. I know ERA isnt the perfect stat but its what I calculated.

Peacock hasnt been good VS those teams either…a 7.20 era in 10 ip this year. Plus, does cleveland KO a lot? Do they hit the hard stuff or not? Do we have an advantage vs CLE since they havent seen James yet?

My guess is yes, you will see James on the roster and not Harris for the first series.

Posted by Chillout17 on Sep 9, 2018 | 7:16 PM reply unrec (3)

Well, it’s not like the only info to base this decision on is James’ 2 ML games pitched.

Posted by Willie McGee’s Twin on Sep 9, 2018 | 7:13 PM up reply rec flag

Hinch’d

McCann BB...do you PH Kemp for Reddick here? I would...

Posted by SDsportsjunkie on Sep 9, 2018 | 10:09 PM reply rec flag

I would have.

Apparently Hinch disagrees.

Posted by Justin Schraeder on Sep 9, 2018 | 10:11 PM up reply rec flag

Not much advantage in that. Both LHBs.

Though Reddick has done nothing lately.

Posted by maris61 on Sep 9, 2018 | 10:11 PM up reply rec flag

Did you miss Kemp’s RBI 2B yesterday?

Posted by SDsportsjunkie on Sep 9, 2018 | 10:12 PM up reply rec flag

Yes, but

there is the Golden Rule to consider:

Thou Shalt Not Second-Guess Hinch.

Posted by maris61 on Sep 9, 2018 | 10:13 PM up reply rec flag

murmur...murmur...

amen

Posted by chuckiepoo on Sep 9, 2018 | 10:14 PM up reply rec flag

well they let MR. automatic out bat

Posted by Danteslion on Sep 9, 2018 | 10:10 PM reply rec flag

Josh Reddick doubles

Posted by Joe in Birmingham on Sep 9, 2018 | 10:13 PM up reply rec flag

You were saying...

Was Altuve out because he was tagged by Laces?

MLB: Houston Astros at Boston Red Sox Paul Rutherford-USA TODAY Sports

It’s explicitly stated in the rule book

Page 150 of 2018 rulebook

”A TAG is the action of a fielder in touching a base with his body while holding the ball securely and firmly in his hand or glove; or touch- ing a runner with the ball, or with his hand or glove holding the ball (not including hanging laces alone), while holding the ball securely and firmly in his hand or glove.”

They put that laces rule in in 2016 and actually featured Altuve in the video introducing the rule showing an example of Altuve tagging by dragging some hanging laces across a runner.

Posted by mhatter106 on Sep 10, 2018 | 8:21 AM up reply rec (4) flag

One Fan Thought the Astros’ loss in Boston Last Sunday was due to a Lack of Fire? AU contraire

All this talk about the tag

Look at the difference in the way Laureano reacted when he got the reversal that cost us the game vs OAK, as opposed to Altuve sitting on his bum, shaking his head and walking back dejected. Where is the fire in that little man gone?!? Is it the obvious comfortability of the big contract, etc?

He was the epitome of biting nails, constant motion, bleeding Beltran dry of information, running around arms waving. Where is that guy, and his equally intense friend, Correa?

All Jose has to do is get up and argue his case.

I’m hoping it won’t matter in the grand scheme, but before this season began, the national media asked, ‘will Astros still have the fire to win another one?’ It’s a legitimate question today.

Posted by ................on Sep 10, 2018 | 8:54 AM reply rec flag

So review comes down to how strenuous a protest you put up to a call?

After watching this series I don’t know how anyone’s takeaway could be to question the Astros’ competitive fire.

Game 1 – Down late they battled back to take a win in a game they were shut down by David Price.

Game 2 – Go down early but claw back with some good at bats against a guy who has been solid for the Sox all year. Bullpen is great in holding the lead.

Game 3 – Again fall behind early and respond immediately. Boston goes up with a huge 3 run bomb to make it 5-1. Again claw back in scoring 4 runs and have a very good chance to steal the game late.

They played their asses off against one of the two best teams in all of baseball. I think questioning their “heart” seems like misdirected criticism.

Posted by Fat 3lvis on Sep 10, 2018 | 9:27 AM up reply rec (10) flag

Unfortunately, the world is full of dumb fan takes that relate any loss to a lack of fire/heart.

Posted by Willie McGee’s Twin on Sep 10, 2018 | 10:47 AM up reply rec (4) flag

Altuve protest would do nothing

same with Hinch; after replay Hinch can’t even come out of the dugout to discuss it. But, what a terrible mofo call.

Posted by CruzJose on Sep 10, 2018 | 12:15 PM up reply rec (3) flag

This is a bad take

They didn’t screw us on the call because Altuve didn’t react violently enough. They clearly thought the call was going their way (see reaction from dugout after call was made)

Posted by blackout14 on Sep 10, 2018 | 9:45 AM up reply rec (4) flag

Will Justin Verlander be Another Astro in the Hall of Fame?

I hope verlander retires an astro and goes into the HOF as an astro

Posted by Danteslion on Sep 10, 2018 | 7:33 PM reply rec flag

Both may be longshots

Posted by Joe in Birmingham on Sep 10, 2018 | 7:36 PM up reply rec flag

Wouldn’t surprise me

if at some point he worked out a cameo appearance return to Detroit to end his career. That would be fitting.

Posted by maris61 on Sep 10, 2018 | 7:37 PM up reply rec flag

No way he won’t go in as a Tiger

Posted by bigtobi on Sep 10, 2018 | 7:38 PM up reply rec (2) flag

He’ll go into the Hall of Fame as a Tiger.

That said, I also hope he ends his career here.

Posted by Boyce DuBois on Sep 10, 2018 | 7:38 PM up reply rec (1) flag

what if he wins a cy young and mvp here with two more world series?

will he still go in as a tiger?

Posted by Danteslion on Sep 10, 2018 | 7:39 PM up reply rec flag

yes

Posted by JohnInWisconsin on Sep 10, 2018 | 7:41 PM up reply rec flag

Yes.

He spent 12 years in Detroit.

Posted by Boyce DuBois on Sep 10, 2018 | 7:46 PM up reply rec flag

well maybe he will play here for 9 more years

Posted by Danteslion on Sep 10, 2018 | 7:49 PM up reply rec (1) flag

He did say

He wants to play till 45

Posted by HebrewHammah on Sep 10, 2018 | 8:32 PM up reply rec flag

Nolan...

hold my beer….

Posted by chuckiepoo on Sep 10, 2018 | 8:33 PM up reply rec flag

AT TCB We Respect LGBT (I think)

And if Reddick and Correa were having years that they’re capable of

We’d be on pace for 110 wins.

(Assuming that those extra runs pretty much do away with the bad record in 1 run games)

Posted by JohnInWisconsin on Sep 10, 2018 | 8:40 PM up reply rec flag

If my aunt had balls she’d be my uncle.

Posted by Trav in San Antonio on Sep 10, 2018 | 8:41 PM up reply rec (1) flag

these days your aunt can be both

Posted by Danteslion on Sep 10, 2018 | 8:43 PM up reply rec (5) flag

I’m convinced you’re a terrible person

Posted by blackout14 on Sep 10, 2018 | 8:48 PM up reply rec (1) flag

well I could have told you that

Posted by Danteslion on Sep 10, 2018 | 8:50 PM up reply rec flag

Sign Bregman Now!

MLB: Minnesota Twins at Houston Astros Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Bregmania

Needs an extension ASAP. Retire an Astro.

Posted by Bacasillas on Sep 8, 2018 | 4:09 PM reply rec flag

Alot of team control left. Doesnt make sense right now

Posted by martymouse on Sep 8, 2018 | 4:15 PM up reply rec (4) flag

Yes, I agree with this.

Many of us were clamoring to give Correa a 10/$250M a few years ago. We might be glad Crane didn’t overreact. This is not to say I don’t think Correa will be a great player, but back injuries are not something to be taken lightly and this could be a lingering problem throughout his career.

Posted by stros1fan on Sep 9, 2018 | 8:14 AM up reply rec (1) flag

Correa is a bad analog

Sure he’s an Adonis-like specimen of baseball athleticism, but has he ever put it together and stayed healthy for a season? Bregman doesn’t have those warts. What about this season appears to be a fluke? His excellent approach and command of the strike zone? Nope, totally real. His power? Power is a skill that continues to grow up to age 26-27 and once you flash it, you have it. Check. Slick fielding…. uh huh.

Correa May end up being worth a 10/250M contract at some point in his career. He is that physically gifted. I do know that Bregs is actually already worth that, and he should be our top priority if we are looking to lock in our core. That’s assuming that the 60% increase on my season tix is going to actually go towards payroll. Still not sure on that one.

Posted by htownhomer on Sep 11, 2018 | 2:53 AM up reply rec (1) flag

Tie breaker rules...

https://www.mlb.com/news/playoff-tiebreaker-rules/c-59527184

If one game is needed to break a tie for a playoff berth between two teams, it will be played on the Monday after the scheduled end to the regular season, hosted by the team that won the season series against the other. That applies to determining a division championship whether or not the losing team would still qualify as a Wild Card.

Home-field advantage is determined first by head-to-head records, then by the higher winning percentage in intradivision games. If a further tiebreaker is needed, it’s the best winning percentage in the last half of intraleague games.

Determining Home-Field Advantage in Two-Team Tiebreakers

1. Head-to-head winning percentage during the regular season.

2. Higher winning percentage in intradivision games.

3. Higher winning percentage in intraleague games.

4. Higher winning percentage in the last half of intraleague games.

5. Higher winning percentage in the last half plus one intraleague game, provided that such additional game was not between the two tied clubs. Continue to go back one intraleague game at a time until the tie has been broken.

Posted by Lnchan07 on Sep 12, 2018 | 8:37 AM reply rec flag

Correa continues to struggle

MLB: Houston Astros at Detroit Tigers Eric Bronson-USA TODAY Sports

Posted by bigtobi on Sep 12, 2018 | 2:03 PM reply rec (1) flag

Hinch should consider having Devo pitch to Carlos in bp

one guy is sure to regain his confidence.

Posted by pdx-iah on Sep 12, 2018 | 2:11 PM up reply rec (4) flag

STOP WHINING!

Ha.

Jesus people. Somehow Astros fans are so out of touch. World Series…check. Back to Back 95-100 win seasons…check. Young, talented core of likable players…check. One of the top 5-7 or so managers in the game….check. Highly touted farm system with lots of talent across the board….check.

What the hell else is there to be so damn surly about all the freaking time.

Posted by Fat 3lvis on Sep 13, 2018 | 9:10 AM up reply rec (3) flag

we dont have 27 championships

Posted by Danteslion on Sep 13, 2018 | 10:14 AM up reply rec flag

And we don’t have momentum.

Posted by Jlh071974 on Sep 13, 2018 | 10:26 AM up reply rec flag

Where’s the headline that says

The Yankees are fighting for the 2nd Wild Card Spot

Posted by JohnInWisconsin on Sep 13, 2018 | 8:45 AM reply rec (3) flag

MLB: Toronto Blue Jays at New York Yankees Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports

Or, LA Dodgers outside looking in

Posted by Iowacowboy on Sep 13, 2018 | 9:43 AM up reply rec (3) flag

Here’s that headline

http://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/24659031/new-york-yankees-got-get-rolling-says-aaron-boone-wild-card-lead-shrinks-1-game

Posted by Exile in St. Louis on Sep 13, 2018 | 9:44 AM up reply rec flag

The byline is “Red Sox still have momentum.”

Posted by Perpetual Caffeine on Sep 13, 2018 | 10:12 AM up reply rec (3) flag

I am still stoked the Astros rolled into Fenway

and managed to overcome that momentum

Posted by Iowacowboy on Sep 13, 2018 | 10:15 AM up reply rec (3) flag