Great Hit J. Reddick. What are you Doing? Oh No. Out!
Wrestler Out On The Basepaths Like A Nincompoop
We Got a New Bullpen King
Pressly trashed them that inning
They ain’t nuthin but a hound dog!
Cryin all the time!
Is Tony Kemp Good Enough to Play on Other Teams?
He’s an Astro So, of Course. And Legit.
It would be interesting to see how many teams Kemp would be starting at LF/2b batting 1st or 9th
lets start counting
Way less than you think
Probably not Batimore. Or any other rebuilding team. He has a very low ceiling. Those type of teams that aren’t trying to win are exploring guys with a ceiling, not guys that can maybe have everything break right for them and end up as somewhere between replacement level and regular.
If the question is “Whose 2B / LF has Kemp been better than this year” the list is longer than you think.
This is just for 2B (assumes Kemp would not be worse defensively at 2B than LF, which seems like a good assumption as it’s his natural position)
Red Sox (Nunez and Holt)
Mariners (Gordon, not Cano)
Padres (Spangenberg and Pirela)
Nationals (Like 5 guys))
Brewers (Villar, Perez, Sogard)
Dodgers (Utley, Barnes)
White Sox (Moncada)
The MAYBE teams:
How Do You Solve a Problem Like Correa
To the music of The Sound of Music
I don’t have an answer to the Correa conundrum.
How do you solve a problem like Correa?
How do you stop a slump and get him hot?
How do you find the Allstar named Correa?
A five-tool talent! A gem in the field! Now what?
Posted By Maris61 on Sep 14,2018 12:14 PM
What’s so frustrating (about Correa)
Is the manner in which Correa gets struck out. He swings at balls, and takes borderline and even good pitches all too often.
One explanation, it’s part of an Hinch Hudgens overall strategy to make opposing starters throw more pitches in early innings, especially if they’re cruising on pitch count.
CC has always been super confident by watching two strikes and being able to foul off pitches that “beat him.” Not lately.
What bothers me most is how lost he looks. Almost everyone is crowding his hands, or pitching inside zones to finalize his AB’s. How is he not bringing hands in, as he’s done in the past? It looks like he has minimized even gap power after/before his official back injury, but if his exit velo isn’t in question (as Blummer is quick to remind us), while his BA has plummeted, it tells me he’s not seeing it; he doesn’t know what’s coming; and, his bat to ball skills/barreling up isn’t happening. It’s got to be a tender/tentative back injury that prohibits him at least a little physically.
Although you couldn’t tell it from some of the bullets he’s thrown!
Concern is a laughable word here, but anyone who is not concerned about Correa and his future trajectory has on blinders. I’ve thought for too long now the last month he’d find last year’s form. It’s not a good time to be fighting through what everyone expects will turnaround any minute now. Pre-season he was referred to as MVP in-waiting by fantasy prognosticators. Right now, those expectations weigh more than if the team weren’t clawing for a division.
Should Carlos Sit?
Astros in September (hitting)
As a team, the Astros September wRC+ is 110, 3rd in the league. Dodgers and Rays are the two teams crushing the ball. Astros are 16th in HR and 13th in ISO, but striking out less than any team. Their BABIP is 25th, and given their team profile, that means they’ve been a tad unlucky.
What players are leading the offense that’s helped the team to a 13-3 September? Bregman has been an absolute monster, even if he’s cooled off a it. .393 ISO while walking 12 times and striking out 7. Springer isn’t hitting with power, but he’s been on 41% of the time. Kemp, Marwin, and White are bunched all around 35% above league average. Correa is 9×59, Gattis 1×20, and Jake 2×22.
If Correa can somehow find his stroke in the next 11 games, this offense will be really dangerous. As things stand, the best chance to win is sitting Correa against Cleveland’s tough righties, with an IF around the diamond of Yuli, Bregman, Altuve, Marwin, and Kemp in LF, with White at DH.
The best chance to win is by using your best players.
If Correa is hurt, and needs to sit because he’s hurt, that’s one thing. Otherwise, to sit Carlos Correa so we can get both Tony Kemp and Marwin Gonzalez on the field, is, um, not a good idea, to put it nicely.
So much this. Carlos does not appear to have a significant injury from the standpoint of how fluidly he moves, is fielding, etc. So long as nothing major is inhibiting him, he needs to be in the lineup.
How long does Correa have to suck for him not to be in the lineup?
Serious question. He has 140 PAs in the 2nd half. 4 extra base hits. wRC+ of 36. Slugging .223. Whether he’s injured or healthy, he’s not right. If there’s a glimmer of him getting right, obviously he needs to be in there. Do you see a glimmer?
We’re talking about Carlos Correa, not the mummified 100 year old corpse of Albert Pujols. He didn’t mysteriously turn into a terrible player any more than Kemp or whomever else would take his place did not suddenly turn into a superior option to a healthy Correa. So, what WMT and I said above stands. If he is healthy enough to play (something the coaching and training staff knows that we, as fans, do not), then he should. His continuing presence in the lineup would indicate the team feels he is healthy enough to play at a level above any replacement players on the roster or that he is really, really good at hiding an injury.
Well, for one thing, he doesn’t suck in the field. He is one of the best shortstops on the planet. The shortstop play in the field can mean the difference between winning and losing. Think about that before you post some nonsense.
Right you are.
The answer to your first question is “a hell of a lot longer than this,” and the 2nd-half stats you cite don’t change that.
Also, whether he’s injured or healthy is an important question, not one to be conflated and then dismissed.
Also, there is defense to consider.
Posted by Willie McGee’s Twin on Sep 19, 2018 | 11:46 AM up reply rec (3) flag
Well, in my considered opinion
Correa’s back problems stem from the fact that at 6’4” he is just too damn tall to play shortstop. Just thinking about him bending over for ground balls from that height makes MY back hurt. Corey Seager, the other 6’4” shortstop is also out for the year with elbow problems. That’s related to back problems from being too tall to play shortshop.
By the way, I got my medical degree from Sam Houston Institute of Technology. (S.H.I.T.) .
Most of the negative comments people have been making are about Correa playing well below expectation and how that might hurt the team in the playoffs, whether the starting pitchers have lost some of the dominance they showed in the first half, and anxiety about whether the red-hot A’s could catch up to the Astros before the end of the season. Those are all perfectly normal comments for a fucking sports blog about the Astros.
Over and over we see those comments and the people who make them ridiculed. Expressing concern is not “doom and gloom” and to say it is either ignorant or immature. The amount of mocking that goes on between fans of a team that is the world champs makes TCB a painful place to visit sometimes. I know some of it is in good fun, but there’s so much that it creates a hostile environment, which is sad considering how much we should all be able to enjoy this team.
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But Not for the Rangers
A Ranger named Rougned Odor,
A low-life, a rat and a boor,
Once cold-cocked Bautista,
Got time off, like Art Schlichter.
His right cross-much like Archie Moore.
Are the Rangers the Worst Franchise in the American League? NO?
I’d rather be the Rangers who have at least started bottoming out then the Mariners who poured payroll and minor league assets into a hundred trades to miss the playoffs by 7 games. And they still owe Felix Hernandez $27 million next year and Robbie Cano $120 million through 2023. Kyle Seager is due another $56 million for 3 more years and is wrapping up an 86 OPS+ at 30 years old. Mike Leake gets $31 million the next 2 years at 30 years old and below league average (97 ERA+). Dee Gordon is owed almost $30 million more the next 2 seasons (OPS+ 76). Nelson Cruz and Span are gone after this year. Hanniger, Segura, Diaz, and Leblanc are the only guys under 30 next year in their top 12 for WAR. They have little young talent, a horrible payroll situation tied up in already declined players, and they went all in this season and will only get worse each of the next 5 years. They haven’t made the playoffs since 2001 and I see no way that drought doesn’t reach at least 20 years before they have a chance at snapping it.
I agree the Rangers are terrible and that is very easy to enjoy. I just couldn’t pass up the idea that the Mariners have a better future.
Posted by barrettoconnell on Sep 19, 2018 | 12:42 PM up reply rec (8) flag
Nelson Cruz in Houston?
It may be his best destination, but it’s not an ideal fit for Houston.
He’s going to make more than the 1 year, $15 million Beltran reeled in, and Houston has options in house. Opposing team media isn’t going to know a no name like Tyler White, but he could very well be within 10 wRC+ points of Cruz next year. The difference isn’t worth millions. Spend it on keeping Morton and retaining flexibility going forward. With all of the FA madness approaching this team in the coming years, flexibility is critical.
Very Frambery line: 5 innings...0 runs....2 hits...5 BBs....6 Ks...81 pitches...40 balls, 41 strikes...
Framber Framber’d Framber.
It’s almost like conjugating Latin.
2, 5, 6, 8
Who do we appreciate?
Baseball Players Have the Hottest Wives. But don’t Tell Hon17. (Did Your Sweetie Read This?)
They ALL have hot wives. A sad sigh breath hurled...
Money and fame will do that
I don’t have money or fame. But I did ok with my sweetie.
Does Reddick have Ankle Soreness or Ankle Discomfort?
If amputation, he should be back sooner!
…like a lizard tail.
Too Much AlKiehol During Threads
This UP is ASS!!! Josh not getting the edges that Leake’s being given...
Fuck that UP!
And Bud Selig!
I seriously didn’t read this correctly with the typo and was super confused.
sometimes I just can’t hep my sef…
It’s always been my belief that if you’re not confused your not GameThread’g correctly.
The Tony Kemp Fan Club chugs a beer in solidarity.
...does crackin’ anuther and sipping count?
The Tony Kemp Fan Club is all about...
…you being you.
Unless you’re Boyce. Then you need to change.
I’m good without pants?
…I’m actually butt naked….
Is The AL Best?
I just want to say that if an NL team (especially the Cubs or Dodgers) win the World Series I’ll be rather upset
The AL is so much better, the Astros, Indians, Yankees, Redsox and maybe even the A’s are better than all NL teams. It’s a bit frustrating to know they will all eliminate each other and only 1 can go to the World Series. I get it, I just don’t like it, especially this year. I mean, good for the Cubs or whoever but in my mind it’ll just be dumb luck and they got the easy road, because these AL teams are just plain better and deserve it more.
Anyway, glad James was awesome last night, great mix of slider/changeup. I’m afraid of the Indians, I really think there a stacked team and I’d rather us play anyone else, but, Astros are great so it should be a great series.
Wouldn’t agree that any AL team other than the Astros and the Red Sox is superior to the Dodgers. And really, now that Kershaw is healthy and the Dodgers traded for Machado, the Dodgers aren’t far behind the Astros and Red Sox.
For example, the Dodgers have the best offense in baseball (116 wRC+). The Astros are next at 112 wRC+.
The Cubs, A’s and Indians are all at about the same level.
And it’s not as if the AL is superior overall to the NL this year. The top of the AL is a better, but the bottom of the AL is much worse than the NL’s worst. The AL teams padded their records against a lot of other bad AL teams (the Indians being the worst offender, of course). Overall, this is the first year in a long time where the NL won the majority of games in interleague play.
Lot more balance in the NL between the best and worst teams and between the best and worst divisions
AL West appears to be the toughest division in baseball per BPro’s 3rd order winning% while the AL Central is a total dumpster fire
Is 2017 or 2018 The Golden Year of the Astros?
Good article, thanks.
Wish I could agree that 2018 is “the best”. But I can’t say that yet. 2015 was exciting because of the surprise element. 2017 was “the best”, to me, not just because of the final result, but because of the incredible level at which the “Core Four” plus their superb helping cast (Gurriel, Marwin, Regular Season Reddick and even Grandpa Beltran in his own way) were able to play. They were damn good, the best in baseball, and they knew it. You could almost see at times, especially in close games, the “it’s time to turn it on” attitude, and they could seemingly do it at will. Verlander was the icing on the cake and solidified the “we’re the best” attitude.
The complete book can’t be written yet on the 2018 team. The starting pitching is better. The bullpen is better. The defense is good. Josh James and Framber Valdez have provided unexpected bonuses and big promise for the future. But the offense is a different story. The overall numbers are good. But the offense has sputtered, fired on all cylinders, then sputtered again, all year long. Injuries to three of the Core 4 played a big role in that, and still do. Tuve is not 100%. Springer is playing through injuries (thumb, mostly) that continue to nag. Correa is ? I believe his back is still restricting his swing. Either that or the injury changed his swing and mental approach and he’s just been unable to recapture his hitting groove. Reddick has had a bad year, and now has an injury himself. He may be in career decline, even at age 31. On the good side, Bregman’s a monster, White and Kemp have done what I always hoped they could do, and Marwin seems like he’s back to being Marwin, although not quite 2017 Marwin. Yuli is steady and capable of stepping it up a notch on a big stage in the playoffs, like last year. McCann is healed and Maldonado fits in well. We’re not as great as Rambo says we are, but we’re very, very good — potentially great.
What I still want to see, however, is that game after game attitude of “we’re the best, we can beat these guys, time to do it.” Maybe the team gets there in the remaining regular season games. Maybe things just click when the playoffs begin, like last year. The talent is undeniably there. And we should appreciate that repeating a historic performance is HARD (see 2017 Cubs), whatever the talent level is. I think we can get back into that 2017 groove again. The key to me is Correa. Everyone on the team looks up to him because of his incredible physical gifts and personal skills. I think his teammates all know he’s pressing and are waiting, like us fans, for the real Correa to re-emerge. If that happens, the 2018 Astros are going to dominate and may well end up being better than the 2017 Astros. If it doesn’t, we’ve still got a good shot at the crapshoot that is the playoffs because of the pitching and the rest of the lineup. But I really, really want to see what this 2018 team can do with Correa playing at or near the level he’s capable of. That would be a beautiful thing, and I hope we all get to see it.
Is Josh James the Next J.R. Richard.....or Nolan Ryan?
Josh James has a higher SwStr% than Luis Severino and Corey Kluber
Auspicious first handful of appearances for James.
He was really impressive, showed all his stuff as a pitcher, and not just a thrower
Using and locating the slider and change-up takes him from an Evoldi/Joe Kelly high velocity guy to an actual pitcher who can dominate. Sure is fun to watch, especially when it all comes together. His FB seems to drop to 95/96 at times, then back to 99, so not sure if its some nerves or if he does mix it up a bit.
the fastball and slider are about what I expected from him, but the changeup has been a very nice surprise
Will be interesting to see if he can keep getting hitters to chase it out of the zone as he has been able to do so far, or if they will begin laying off that pitch. Love the downward break on that pitch.
Posted by Fozzz on Sep 19, 2018 | 2:20 PM up reply rec (1) flag
Dallas Took a Weed Eater to his Beard
It has shrunk.
I read that as ‘Dallas toked a weed’ and I quit reading because I figured you were right.
With that fire hazard on his face he must stay away from open flames.
On a More Serious Note
You know, I just checked in and saw were are down 3-0, that sucks.
but some things are more than baseball, and Dallas Keuchel just punched that 99MPH line drive to right field, saving his face, maybe his life. That’s incredible. Hope we win this game, but, that’s the play of the night for me. Glad he has those catlike reflexes or that could have been very very bad.
Who’s the Catchers next year? Stassi and Maldonado of course.
If that happens, we’ll have a little S & M on the team
Chuckie being Chuckie.
Never change, pal. You always bring a good laugh to the threads.
Yep, our token pervie
When George Hits a Homer it’s a Springer Dinger. What is it When He Hits a Swinging Bunt?
Stros Are Going For the All-Time Double Play Record
The area code at Minute Maid should be changed to 643.
Clinching Home Field? Hope Not
Home field is not an advantage for the 2018 Astros.
Or does it?
Astros 2017 regular season record
Home: 48-33 Away: 53-28
Astros 2017 playoff record
Home: 8-1 Away: 3-6
Astros 2018 regular season record (To date):
Home: 43-35 Away: 52-22
Astros 2018 playoff record
Does playoff atmosphere trump regular season performance at home?
That’s how I would call it.
Actually, the disadvantage is playing on Wednesdays.
The Astros are 7-16 on Wednesdays this year, so we just have to hope that none of the ALDS games are on Wednesdays. Fingers crossed!
Not Play-Off Ready. I’m Concerned.
I think my favorite part about being “playoff ready” is that it’s utterly self-fulfilling.
The Astros can only move on and win each playoff series if they are “playoff ready” and can only lose each playoff series if they are not playoff ready. Genius!
Altuve clearly isn’t 100%
Correa is mentally fried
Reddick and Gurriel are old and declining
Marisnick is hitting badly enough to be borderline unplayable
Impossibly, it appears the Astros playoff fate will come down to Alex Bregman, Tony Kemp, and Tyler White
who would have thought that at the beginning of the season?
yet somehow they’re 13-4 this month
meanwhile, the Red Sox aren’t playoff ready at all, with a negative run differential in September.
Betts clearly isn’t 100%
Devers is mentally fried
Kinsler and Moreland are old and declining
Bradley is hitting badly enough to be borderline unplayable
Impossibly, it appears the Red Sox playoff fate will come down to Andrew Benintendi, Steve Pearce, and Brock Holt
who would have thought that at the beginning of the season?
Exile, once you realize that Jimmy is just filling out a Mad Lib, you can see that it can easily be filled out for any team.
Yes, I knew you’d miss the point, but this is kinda fun...
Judge clearly isn’t 100%
Sanchez is mentally fried
McCutchen and Walker are old and declining
Bird is hitting badly enough to be borderline unplayable
Impossibly, it appears the Yankees playoff fate will come down to Aaron Hicks, Miguel Andujar, and Luke Voit
who would have thought that at the beginning of the season?
Playoff Ready - Perspective
Red Sox 9-7
I’m not sure what the actual meaning of the oft used “playoff ready”. Is it record going into year’s end? If so, how far back do you go? Is it health of the team? “Momentum”? “Arrogance”? Run differential? Line-up performance hitting? Pitching? Defense? Probably all and much more. We all love our team and we tend to focus on what we are doing “in the moment”. Natural for all of us.
I’ll take the Astros.
SoS needs to play into those records
Because I’d bet that the A’s and Red Sox have a much higher SoS than the Astros do this month.
Only the Yankees have played opponents with a higher winning percentage in September:
Opponent Winning Percentage
Red Sox .513
A’s haven’t had a much tougher schedule than the Stros
Pretty similar. Our opponent win percentage is probably a little inflated by the Red Sox series.
The team is clearly not playoff-ready.
Should I Summon the Panic Battalion? Summon Walter Reed Hospital!
Orthopod for Altuve
Neurologist/psychiatrist for Correa
Neurosurgeon for Keuchel
Hand surgeon for Springer
Ophthalmologist for Gattis and Maldonado
Podiatrist for Reddick
Dietician for Great White
Don’t forget a Gynecologist for the gamethread panic battalion.
and a Gastroenterologist for all the people with a stick up their ass ....
Don’t you mean a proctologist
To remove their heads …
Dietician for Great White”
”Nonsense, I shall continue my torrid feast of major league pitching, hometown haters, and baby seals!!!”