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Want to know how to lose a ballgame to a superior ball club?

Leaving 17 (yes, seventeen) runners on base in a 9 inning game is a pretty darned way to start.


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Poor Rangers! This has often become downright painful.

Lost four consecutive at home to fuel Houston's current five-game win skein. A T9 Kela balk was the final straw in this series, a chaotic, 8-7 Astro win in the finale.

It's really nice to see Yuli and Gorgeous George finally light up MLB pitching again. Both have surged up to .295 now. Correa is expected back in the line-up tonight -- so he's next. And Little Joe? .... He's only hitting .342 with 93 hits already -- what else can you say? The problem has been the backside of the Houston order, where Marwin, Reddick, McCann and Marisnick have demonstrated 2018 "failure to launch".

Houston moves on to Oakland, as Lance faces Danny Mengden in that three-game series opener. Let's see if McCullers has rediscovered his curveball yet. Mengden has thrown well for the As this season, so Lance better bring his good stuff.

With the above mention of Stripling and Mengden, Big Mike also pitched the Cards to another win on June 10, his eighth of the year (8-1) with a 2.47 ERA. Looks like Wacha will be making another All-Star appearance in mid-July.

Elsewhere at Houston, McCann comes off the DL, Federowicz returns to Fresno, as reliever Joe Smith's sore elbow now lands him on the DL. Houston calls up lefty Reymin Guduan from Fresno, as anticipated. Guduan has had a great year, 3-1 and 3.05 all in relief, for the Grizzlies thus far.

Down on the farm, Forrest Whitley finally returned to AA Corpus and dazzled Frisco in his first outing. He's not ready for The Show yet, but young Whitley has remarkably advanced stuff, a 98-mph heater and unlimited ceiling. Hooks lefty Cionel Perez continues to have an exceptional season, 5-1 and a league-leading 2.15 ERA, and should see a promotion to AAA Fresno soon. With all the deals simmering for some sound and healthy relief pitching, C Perez remains one of the untouchables in the still-loaded Houston farm system.

For example, the top three hitters in the AA Texas League all play for Corpus (Randy Cesar at .351, Taylor Jones .346, Miles Straw .338). The 6'7" Jones, a 1B and a RHB, also hits with impressive power with 11 bombs and 17 doubles in just 205 ABs. The 23-yr old Cesar also showcased outstanding MiLB plate production in both '16 and '17. Likewise, Straw hit .358 and then .290 in his past two MiLB campaigns. Also, MLB.com top-five Houston farmhand, Yordan Alarez in LF, is hitting .299 with six bombs, 26 RBIs, 28 runs in 27 games and 105 ABs.

Finally and closer to home at Olsen Field, Corbin Martin has now settled in at Corpus after a rough initial debut, with his current 3-1 and a 2.97, with a very impressive AA pitching line still in his full year in the Houston system. Overall and with his early-season work at the A+ level, Martin is 5-1 with a 1.89 ERA. He has risen to the #9 overall prospect in the Astros system.

Looks to me like all these young kids are serious MLB prospects. If Houston parts with any of them in any sort of a deadline deal, they MUST get a late-inning arm with some serious bona fides.



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PostPosted: 13 Jun 2018 10:21 pm 
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McCullers out-duels Mengden, 6-3, as the Astro offense continues to re-emerge in the Oakland series opener. Evan Gattis continues on fire with five RBIs on a homer and a double. McCullers hurls seven strong IPs and moves to 8-3 on the season.

Now into the next late-night Game #2, things have gotten much worse for the As. It's now 10-0, Houston, in the T3. Gattis continues his torrid offensive assault with another homer and four more RBIs. A similarly hot Yuli also has two hits and three RBIs. Cole is on the mound for Astros, so this one looks safe as city drinking water for Houston's seventh straight win.

In LA, the Rangers are not faring near as well. Texas pitching surrendered 12 runs last night, and we're behind tonight, 2-0, courtesy of two Ranger errors.

Rangers just punched out two runs in the T4 on a Beltre-led rally. Cole Hamels vs. Maeda.


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PostPosted: 14 Jun 2018 7:21 am 
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And Gattis does it again w/a 5 RBI night, 2HR night. Now 2nd w/11 & 3rd in RBI's on the team.

7 straight & counting.

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PostPosted: 14 Jun 2018 7:54 am 
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Astros 13, As 5.

Cole wins his eighth (8-1), as Gattis homers again and drives in five for the second straight night. Yuli is also on fire with three more hits and three more RBIs. Marwin and Marisnick also picked up a couple of hits including home runs.

The Houston bats have finally picked up the pace. Yuli and Marwin have come on strong lately, Correa is back from a minor injury and hitting again, as is Bregman. Only the oft-injured Reddick and McCann have yet to break out.

AJ used the recently promoted Reymin Guduan to finish out the last two innings. He did okay.

Rangers fall to the Dodgers, 3-2 , in 11 innings. Hamels deserved better.


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PostPosted: 14 Jun 2018 9:16 am 
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And yet the architect for the current roster -- and the one responsible for Nolan Ryan's departure -- gets rewarded by his bosses with an extension.

It's a sad and discouraging day to be a Ranger fan.
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PostPosted: 14 Jun 2018 1:30 pm 
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I gave up some time ago trying to figure out the Ranger front office thinking and their roster management. How or why Daniel still has a job is way beyond me.

The truly frustrating aspect of all this is that the Rangers are apparently NOT doing the "blow it all up and start over" approach that Houston took several years ago. Prevailing opinion is, their farm system is still rated as "below average or worse" by the leading MLB sites and analysts. BTW, the San Diego farm system is rated the best right now, while Houston's is still top-third, and was in the top-five before the Verlander and Cole deals .... which WERE the deals that put the Astros over the top.

Thus, not only has Daniel been completely ineffective in constructing or even maintaining a competitive MLB roster, he quite apparently isn't a very good evaluator and drafter, either!

I simply can't believe they were so good just a few seasons ago, and now they've just wasted it all away .... and nobody in ownership apparently cares enough to do anything about it! Brick wall


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PostPosted: 14 Jun 2018 1:44 pm 
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On to brighter topics ....

The Astros go for their eighth win in a row and a three-game sweep in Thursday's 2:35 p.m. CT series finale against the A's at Oakland Coliseum, as they send Justin Verlander (8-2, 1.45 ERA) to the mound to face Frankie Montas (3-0, 1.25 ERA).

Verlander leads the Majors in ERA, WHIP (0.76), opponent OPS (.475) and opponent batting average (.157). Moreover, take a look at this story in the link below. Yes, it's more JV hype, but look who else is included! Gig 'em

https://www.mlb.com/news/verlander-leads-2018s-mos...-281083842

Might it be possible that both Big Mike and Strip will be NL All-Stars next month? Yes, with their pitching lines, it is most definitely possible! Applause



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PostPosted: 14 Jun 2018 3:13 pm 
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Astros draw blood in the T1 as Correa, Gurriel and Reddick bunch consecutive hits for a couple of runs. McCann is back in the line-up behind the plate, but George gets the day off with Kemp in CF and Bregman at Springer's lead-off spot.

Oakland's Khris Davis returns fire in the B2 with a solo bomb.

Houston, 2-1, in the T3 with Altuve on base with a walk, then moving up on a WP.

Update: Correa again singles to RF, scoring José from 2B.

3-1, now.


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Behind a Marwin walk, McCann crushes a long bomb over the RCF wall for a two-run homer.

5-1, in the T4.

Tony Kemp then doubles with one down to the RF corner.

Alex then draws a four-pitch walk.

Altuve then slashes a hard single to LF. Kemp must stop at 3B. Bases loaded -- one down.

And then Correa GIDPs. Brick wall



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PostPosted: 14 Jun 2018 4:28 pm 
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Astros twice more draw blood in the T6 behind a Kemp single, an Altuve double and some shoddy As fielding at 3B.

Melvin mercifully hooks Montas -- 5.1 IPs, 11 hits, seven earned runs. His ERA ascended from 1.25 to 3.33 just on today's encounter with Houston.

7-1, Houston, still batting in the T6.


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PostPosted: 14 Jun 2018 4:30 pm 
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Verlander doing his thing Applause
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so far 6 IP 1 ER
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Verlander hurls seven IPs, surrendering a two-run bomb to Matt Olsen in the B7. Five hits, three ERs on the two As homers, seven Ks, no walks.

13 hits for Houston again today, five for Oakland. Amusing side note for future reference, Oakland pitchers threw Gattis 15 straight sliders in his final three ABs. Evan didn't see a fastball for a strike all day! Laughing

Devo navigates the 8th in order.

Houston, 7-3, headed to the 9th.

Astros retired in order in the 9th. Hector Rondon comes in to close today.


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PostPosted: 14 Jun 2018 5:31 pm 
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Rondon closes the B9 three-up, three-down, with one K.

Final .... Houston 7, Oakland 3.

Eighth consecutive win and the second consecutive road sweep on a 7-0 trip thus far. 45-25 now on the season, as the team now migrates to Kansas City for an evening game tomorrow.

Verlander cruises to 9-2, as the Astro offense again comes to the yard today with 13 hits. Seven different Houston players crossed the plate today. With McCann and Reddick both putting good swings on the ball, and with everybody else now surging their offensive numbers, the Houston offense is finally beginning to look like last year's.


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PostPosted: 14 Jun 2018 5:33 pm 
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Ed,

Say something bad about McCann & Reddick again please....... Big Grin

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important note:

the bullpen 2 IP 0 ER

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PostPosted: 14 Jun 2018 6:48 pm 
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McCann and Reddick ....

First and foremost, we need McCann behind the plate as often as he can suit up. We simply MUST have him for the second half and the playoffs. He is the best all-around LHB catcher of his generation -- unless you can think of a better one.

The other factor on these two General Hospital regulars, we've got to field a decent complement of LHBs -- and basically .... they're it!

Last but not least, they're both really good ball players and both seem to have arrived last season equipped with a heavy-duty clutch. They really delivered a bunch of big hits in big situations!

McCann has so many years and games squatting and getting beat up behind the plate that I forgive him for his gradual offensive slowdown, due IMO to age and wear-and-tear. Nonetheless, we just need him, his experience and leadership behind the plate. And now and again, he'll launch one like that crusher he hit today!

Reddick needs to play, at least every single game we see a RHP. That means staying off the DL. It also means hitting a lot more than .234 after he hit .314 for us last season. We all know that Reddick is a serious player .... so play!


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PostPosted: 15 Jun 2018 3:28 pm 
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Great Friday evening for following some MLB hardball ....

The Astros open a three-gamer at KC with Charley Morton trying to overcome two bad starts in a row. Morton is 7-1 with a 2.82 on the year, and seeks to become the fourth Houston arm with at least eight wins already.

The Rangers host the Rockies tonight at the Arlington yard. The Texas Blues will go with young southpaw call-up, Yohander Mendez. The 6'5" lefty is 0-6 with a 5.26 ERA at Round Rock this season. Yes, I'm serious .... this is the overall condition of Ranger pitching right now.

Elsewhere around the diamond, both Big Mike and Strip will take their home hill tonight in rivalry games against the Cubs and the Giants. Let's see if both former Aggie stalwarts can continue their drives for NL All-Star recognition.


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PostPosted: 15 Jun 2018 9:17 pm 
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Mr. Gattis owes me. Wink
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PostPosted: 15 Jun 2018 10:37 pm 
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Rockies spot the Rangers to a 5-0 lead and then roar back for a 9-5 win.

The most merciful thing that could happen for Ranger fans would be if this season was a DVD and they had a fast forward button they could employ.


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Houston wins its ninth consecutive with another 7-3 win over KC. Morton labors through six winning IPs, yielding the three Royals runs to earn his eighth win (8-1). Clean bully work tonight from Peacock, Sipp and McHugh.

Evan Gattis again goes berserk with a grand slam and a double. Kemp, Reddick and Correa also notched multi-hit games in a 12-hit Houston attack. Facing a 3-2 deficit, Gattis hammered his grand salami in the T6 to ice it for the Astros. Bregman and Correa also blasted solo homers in the T4.

Keeping up with the Rangers is like watching a bad horror movie. They score five big runs in the B1 -- and then give up six in the T2. You can't make this stuff up.

Elsewhere, the Cubs really whacked Big Mike tonight, blowing out the Cards, 13-5. Big Mike just didn't have it tonight.

Out in LA, Strip pitched into the 7th and walked off with a 3-2 lead over the Giants. The game is now in the B8 with the Dodgers still clinging to that one-run margin.

Also, one-time Texas A&M signee but MLB draft loss, Nathan Eovaldi started tonight for the Rays against the Bombers and got beat, 5-0.

Update: The Dodger pen holds and Strip gets another well-earned win (6-1) -- 6.1 IPs, 89 pitches, four hits, two runs, six Ks and no walks.


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TOAg wrote:

Out in LA, Strip pitched into the 7th and walked off with a 3-2 lead over the Giants. The game is now in the B8 with the Dodgers still clinging to that one-run margin.

Update: The Dodger pen holds and Strip gets another well-earned win (6-1) -- 6.1 IPs, 89 pitches, four hits, two runs, six Ks and no walks.


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Today at 1:15, Dallas Keuchel again tries to cure his recent woes. DK's last five starts have been miserable. He's got to find it pretty soon, or AJ and Strom will be tapping McHugh to get back into the rotation.

During this nine-gamer, the offense has averaged just over seven runs a game. Now that's more like it!

You may recall my mention of the macabre May sked the Astros played through. Though they gave some games away here and there during that rugged run of playoff teams, they did "okay" considering the opposition.

After June 6 and the win over Seattle at home, the sked turns into a Garden of Eden for Houston. After that Mariners win, Houston will not play a team with a current winning record until after the All-Star break on July 15. That's a span of 36 games without facing a winner!

Expect Houston's W/L record to improve dramatically from early June through the AS break. Late July is maybe a little tougher but still okay (Angels, Rockies, Rangers), while August is "Mariner Month" when we'll be spending a lot of time on the Left Coast. That's when we'll get rid of Seattle for good in the AL West standings.



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DK and the Astros look strong through four with a 4-0 lead. An Altuve 2B produces two early runs in the T1.

In the B5, Correa muffs a bouncer for the should-have-been 3rd out. At that point, three Royals slap base hits and they score two unearned runs, as Keuchel struggles to extract himself from the jam.

4-2, Houston, after five.


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The Astros return fire in the T6 on a Gurriel walk, a Marwin single and a three-run jack by Max Stassi. Max can seriously swing against LHP!

7-2 now, as Houston is again on the prowl for their 10th straight.


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