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Astros Crawfish Boil: January 4, 2024

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Jake Odorizzi
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It’s old news that all we have is old news. We’re making our own news here with Everystros, but that’s not really news now is it? It’s like new olds. Anyway. Here’s your Boil.

Houston Astros News

Rating the Astros’ Top 10 players heading into 2024 (Chipalatta)

Off-the-wall predictions for the Astros in 2024

J.P. France: The right-hander shaves his trademark mustache, but no longer gets to ask his teammates if they know how fast they were driving over the speed limit.

How national media’s latest Astros double standard could be its most egregious (SportsMap)

Astros pitcher Framber Valdez fulfills his promise to give back after visiting hometown in Dominican Republic (Click2Houston)

AL West News

A’s — The Oakland A’s blocked plans for the minor league B’s to play a game at the Coliseum (RiverBender)

M’s — James Paxton, Dylan Cease Rumors Raise Interesting Questions About the Mariners’ Offseason (KIII)

Halos — Los Angeles Angels Starters MUST Cover 67% of Innings: Can They Meet the Demand? Free Agent Help (WHAS 11)

Mall Cops — MLB rumors: Rangers remain favorites for Jordan Montgomery amid slow free agency (ClutchPoints)

MLB News

Blue Jays Check Off a Pair of Gloves on their Winter Shopping List (Fangraphs)

JAWS and the 2024 Hall of Fame Ballot: Adrián González (Fangraphs)

How Sale can get his groove back in Atlanta

Snell, Monty, Imanaga: Who signs first? Where will each pitcher land?

Houston Astros Birthdays

OF Jason Bourgeois (42)

RHP Larry Yellen (1943-2023)

RHP Don McMahon (1930-1987)

C Miguel Palma (22)

RHP Valente Bellozo (24)

Everystros LXIII

248. Mike Gallo (Bagwell score 13.70) is a six-foot left-handed pitcher from Long Beach, CA. Born on April 2, 1977. he was Houston’s fifth-round pick in 1999 out of California State University at Long Beach.

Gallo worked out of Houston’s bullpen for four seasons beginning with his major league debut in 2003, and appeared in 160 games in total. He walked 47 and struck out 69 in 116 innings, going 4-3 with a 4.11 ERA, a 5.49 FIP, a 1.517 WHIP, and a .293/.370/.485 opposing slashline. He went 0-for-4 as a hitter and made one error in 30 chances as a fielder for a .967 fielding percentage. He also pitched 10 postseason games for Houston, and gave up one run on four hits and two walks, while striking out four.

On April 15, 2004, Gallo struck out four in 2 13 scoreless innings in a 6-2 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers. On June 1, he came in to a 3-3 tie game with no outs and the bases loaded in the fourth inning, and got out of it with a strikeout and a double play grounder, followed by a perfect inning in a 5-3 win against the Chicago Cubs.

Gallo was granted free agency after the 2006 season, and appeared in the minors with the Colorado Rockies and the Toronto Blue Jays but did not again reach the majors.

247. Tim Bogar (Bagwell score 7.14) is a six-foot-two right-handed infielder from Indianapolis, IN. Born on October 28, 1966, he was an eighth-round pick of the New York Mets in 1987 out of Eastern Illinois University. He reached the majors with the Mets in 1993, and played four seasons with the team (297 games, .242/.297/.328, six home runs, 57 RBI). On March 31, 1997, the Mets traded Bogar to the Astros for Luis López.

Bogar played four seasons with Houston, appearing in 392 games and hitting .219/.297/.327, going 221-for-1010 with 43 doubles, nine triples, and 16 home runs. Bogar drew 106 walks and struck out 186 times, scoring 118 runs and driving in 102. He stole 10 bases in 18 attempts. Defensively, he started 256 times at shortstop (2319 23 innings, .979), 17 times in third base (188 13 innings, .966), zero times at first base (one inning), and two times at second base (55 innings, .968). He also appeared in two postseason games in the 1999 NLDS against the Atlanta Braves, going three-for-four with a walk, a double and one RBI.

On August 9, 1997, Bogar hit a fourth-inning RBI-single and a ninth-inning leadoff triple. later scoring the go-ahead run on a Chuck Carr single in an eventual 8-3 win over the Mets. On September 9, 2000, Bogar hit two singles and two home runs with five RBI in a 14-4 win over the Chicago Cubs.

On January 17, 2001, Bogar signed with the Los Angeles Dodgers, and played the rest of his major league career with the team (12 games, five-for-15, two homers, two RBI). After two years bumping around the minors, Bogar retired as a player. He’s since worked in affiliated management for the past 20 seasons with various teams, most recently as the bench coach for the Washington Nationals in 2023.

246. Jake Odorizzi (Bagwell score 12.03) is a six-foot-two right-handed pitcher from Breese, IL. Born on March 27, 1990, he was drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers in the first round in 2008 out of Highland High School, with the 32nd overall choice.

Odorizzi reached the majors for the first time with the 2012 Kansas City Royals (0-1, 4.91, 7 13 IP, four K). He later pitched for the Tampa Bay Rays (40-37, 3.82, 698 innings, 639 K) and the Minnesota Twins (22-18, 4.11, 337 IP, 352 K). On March 8, 2021, the Astros signed Odorizzi through free agency.

Odorizzi, one of three Jakes to appear in recent years with the Astros, started in 35 of his 36 pitching appearances with Houston over parts of two seasons. He was 10-10 with a 4.04 ERA and 137 strikeouts over 164 23 innings. He walked 51 and had a 1.215 WHIP overall. During his tenure with the club, he fielded at .935, making two errors in 31 chances.

On June 21, 2021, Odorizzi lasted five innings against the Baltimore Orioles, striking out nine over five no-hit innings and walking only one in an eventual 10-2 victory. Despite Odorizzi’s relative utility, he was not blessed with a lot of stamina, and never pitched more than six innings, reaching that mark twice but never exceeding it. On June 27, he struck out three Tigers over five shutout two-hit innings, walking one in an eventual 2-1 loss to Detroit. In the five games from June 9 through July 3, Odorizzi struck out 23 in 25 innings while holding the opposition to a .134/.182/.232 slashline.

On May 2, 2022, Odorizzi held the Mariners scoreless on four hits over 6 23 innings, striking out three and walking only one in a 3-0 win against Seattle. On July 10, he pitched seven innings and struck out as many, holding the Oakland Athletics scoreless on four hits and a walk in an eventual 6-1 Houston win. On July 31, again versus the Mariners (and coincidentally in his final appearance with the team), Odorizzi had his best start during his tenure with the club, pitching seven two-hit shutout innings and striking out eight in a 3-2 win over Seattle. On August 2, the Astros sent Odorizzi to the Atlanta Braves for Will Smith.

Odorizzi finished the season with the Braves (2-3, 5.24, 46 13 IP, 40 K), and was later traded to the Texas Rangers, but never appeared in a game despite spending a year on their roster with a rotator cuff strain. He’s been a free agent for about two months, and is likely to sign somewhere.

245. Jesus Alou (Bagwell score 5.31) was a six-foot-two right-handed outfielder from Dajos de Haina, DR. Born on March 24, 1942, his one of several family members to appear in the majors, including brothers Felipe and Matty, nephews Moisés, Luis and Mel Rojas, and cousin José Sosa.

Alou reached the majors for the first time with the 1963 San Francisco Giants, ultimately playing six seasons for the team (633 games, .279/.301/.348, 18 home runs, 174 RBI). After becoming a Montreal Expo visa expansion draft, on January 22, 1969, Alou was traded to the Houston Astros.

Alou spent four-plus seasons with the Astros for his first tour with the team (434 games, .278/.299/.362, nine home runs, 137 RBI). On September 20, 1969, he hit four singles in a 6-0 win against the Cincinnati Reds. On August 13, 1970, he drove home Cesar Cedeno with a fourth-inning sac fly to open the scoring against the Phillies, then singled in the seventh and hit a two-run, go-ahead eighth-inning single to make it 4-3, in a win by the same score over Philadelphia. On June 1, 1971, he hit three singles and a double with three RBI in a 7-6 win over the Atlanta Braves.

On May 31, 1973, Alou hit two singles and a home run with three RBI in a 16-8 loss to the Chicago Cubs (yes it was at Wrigley). On July 31, 1973, the Oakland Athletics purchased Alou’s contract from Houston.

Alou spent two seasons with the A’s (132 games, .280/.298/.341, three home runs, 26 RBI). After hanging out in the minors for the New York Mets for awhile, he returned for another tour with the Astros in 1978 and 1979 (119 games, .308/.345/.401, two home runs, 29 RBI).

On June 12, 1978, Alou hit two singles and two doubles in a 6-5 win against the Pittsburgh Pirates. On June 26, 1979, he hit a pinch-two-run-go-ahead double in the eighth inning of a 6-5 win against the Reds.

By most accounts, Alou was nearly as average as an average fielder can be. He was worth one-run below “average” per 1200 innings over his career, coming out to just about minus-1 wins. That one win “below” average proved costly in his bWAR calculation, with a 0.8 career mark. Coincidentally, his value during his two runs in Houston was also 0.8.

After Alou’s retirement as a player, he was an assistant coach for a season with the Astros before going into scouting for the Expos, the Florida Marlins, and the Boston Red Sox. Alou passed away on March 10, 2023. SABR Bio

244. Carlos Corporán (Bagwell score 14.35) is a six-foot-two switch-hitting catcher from Hato Rey, PR. BOrn on January 7, 1984, he was a 29th-round choice of the Anaheim Angels in 2001 our of high school and a 12th-round selection of the Milwaukee Brewers in 2003 out of Florida Gateway College.

Corporán reached the majors with the Crew for one pinch-hit appearance in 2009, and was one-for-one with a run scored for a 437 OPS+. That was probably unsustainable, but we’ll never know for sure. On November 11, 2010, the Astros signed Corporán through free agency.

Corporán was a catcher for Houston from 2011 through 2014, and deserves some sort of accolade for that, at least in my opinion. In 198 games, he hit .224/.285/.349 with 17 home runs and 63 RBI. He fielded at .987 and threw out 33-of-146 runners for a 22.7 CS%.

On August 19, 2011, Corporán hit a double and a pair of singles, driving a run in and scoring another two in a 6-0 win against the San Francisco Giants. On May 15, 2013, he opened the scoring against the Tigers in the second with a solo home run, then hit an RBI-game-tying double in the ninth inning. He added a pickoff of Omar Infante for good measure, in a 7-5 win over Detroit. On August 14, he hit a tiebreaking RBI-double in the 11th inning of a 2-1 win against the Oakland Athletics.

On January 21, 2015, the Astros traded Corporán to the Texas Rangers for Akeem Bostick. He played just one season with Texas (33 games, .178/.244/.299, three home runs, 15 RBI).

243. Claude Osteen (Bagwell score 14.53), known also as “Gomer,” is a five-foot-11 left-handed pitcher from Caney Springs, TN. Born on August 9, 1939, he reached the majors for the first time at the age of 17 in 1957 with the Cincinnati Reds, and ended up playing a bit-part in four seasons with the team (0-1, 5.07, 60 13 IP, 21 K).

Osteen went on to play with the Washington Senators for four seasons (33-41, 3.46, 638 IP, 315 K) and the Los Angeles Dodgers for nine seasons (147-126, 3.09, 2,397 IP, 1162 K, three All-Star appearances). On December 6, 1973, Osteen was traded to Houston with David Culpepper for Jim Wynn.

Osteen’s lone season with Houston would see him work mostly as a starting pitcher, with 23 rotational turns and eight relief appearances under his belt. He pitched seven complete games and 13 Quality Starts, which just doesn’t happen any more. Although he wasn’t much of a strikeout pitcher, Osteen proved his utility by keeping the ball on the ground, with a 1.22 GB/FB ratio.

On April 22, in his fourth game with the team, Osteen pitched a seven hitter to defeat the Atlanta Braves, 7-0. On May 22, he held the San Diego Padres to one run on five hits, striking out five in a 5-1 win. He held the Braves to one unearned run on July 2, pitching a six-hitter in a 5-1 triumph. On July 13, he pitched a shutout on eight hits against the Chicago Cubs in a 4-0 win.

Osteen was not a liability at the plate either. He was 13-for-46 with four doubles and four runs. He drove in three and struck out 10 times. In the field, he made one error in 32 chances for a .969 fielding percentage. On August 15, Houston traded Osteen to the St. Louis Cardinals for Ron Selak and PTBNL Dan Larson.

Osteen finished the season with the Cards (0-2, 4.37, 22 23 IP, six K) and spent 1975 with the Chicago White Sox (7-16, 4.36, 204 13 IP, 63 K). After his playing career, he was a pitching coach for 27 seasons, at the major league level with the Cardinals (1977-1980), the Philadelphia Phillies (1982-1988), the Texas Rangers (1993-1994) and the Los Angeles Dodgers (1999-2000). SABR Bio

242. Lucas Harrell (Bagwell score 6.13) ( is a six-foot-two right-handed pitcher from Springfield, MO. Born on June 3, 1985, he got to the majors for the first time with the Chicago White Sox in 2010 (1-0, 5.28, 29 IP, 20 K). On July 8, 2011, the Astros claimed Harrell off waivers.

Harrell started 59 games for the Astros over four seasons, ending in 2014, and also relieved in an additional 18 appearances. He was 17-33 with a 4.81 ERA and a 1.535 WHIP. He walked 182 and struck out 248 in total, and led the National League in 2013 with 17 losses. As a hitter, he was 10-for-66 with five runs and one RBI, along with three sacrifice hits. In the field, he made two errors in 88 chancees for a .977 fielding percentage.

On April 7, 2012, Harrell whiffed four over seven shutout three-hit innings in an eventual 7-3 win against the Colorado Rockies. On June 27, he pitched a six-hitter, striking out seven in a 1-0 win over the San Diego Padres. On June 9, 2013, he pitched seven innings and allowed no runs on two hits and three walks in a 2-0 loss to the Kansas City Royals. On April 28, 2014, the Astros traded Harrell to the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Subsequently, Harrell pitched with the Atlanta Braves (2-2, 3.38 29 13 IP, 21 K), the Texas Rangers (1-0, 5.60, 17 23 IP, 15 K), and the Toronto Blue Jays (0-0, 7.11, 6 13 IP, four K).

241. Sonny Jackson (Bagwell score 8.38) is a five-foot-nine lefty-batting righty-throwing shortstop and centerfielder from Washington, D.C. Born on July 9, 1944, Jackson made his debut with the Colt .45s in 1963, and played in 20 games over the next three seasons, going 11-for-49 with one double.

In 1966, Jackson started at shortstop in 150 games for Houston, fielding at .951 in 1311 innings. He totaled multiple hits in 43 games, including 17 three-hit games. On June 26, he hit three singles and one triple with an RBI in a 6-3, 11 innings win against the St. Louis Cardinals. On September 16, he had a five-hit game, all singles and somehow no RBI in a 6-4 victory against the Philadelphia Phillies.

Jackson collected 2.3 of his 1.6 career bWAR (that was not a typo) with the Astros that season, slashing .292/.341/.334 with three home runs and 25 RBI, along with 49 stolen bases in 63 attempts. He led the major leagues with 27 sacrifice hits.

In 1967, Jackson hit .237/.285/.283 in 129 games for the Astros, with 22 steals in 31 attempts and 25 RBI. He fielded at .943 with 124 starts at shortstop (1108 13 innings, 35 errors). Despite his reduced production from the year prior, he still had 32 multi-hit games, including seven three-hit efforts. On August 24, he hit three singles and a double in a 5-4 10-inning win against the Atlanta Braves.

On October 8, 1967, the Astros traded Jackson with Chuck Harrison to the Braves for Denny Lemaster and Denis Menke. Jackson spent seven seasons with Atlanta (637 games, .243/.306/.300, four homers, 111 RBI).

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