2014 started off in really, really nice fashion for the Houston Astros. They trounced the New York Yankees 6-2 in front of 42,117 strong, and actually not all Yankee fans.
Last week the Houston Astros confirmed the foregone conclusion that new team member Scott Feldman would be the Opening Day starter vs. the New York Yankees. 2014 will mark the sinker-baller’s second Opening Day start of his career, the first coming four years prior as a Texas Ranger.
Numbers mean nothing at all and everything in the world in Spring Training.
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As the season looms oh so near teams all around baseball continue to narrow down their 25-man rosters for Opening Day.
The Astros optioned four more today, two pitchers and two position players.
Well Spring Training games are underway, and the excitement building up to the season opener April 1 at home vs. the New York Yankees has officially reached the final stage in the long offseason countdown.
There are few things better than day game baseball. One of those is a day-day baseball double header. Two of the best days of my life have been hosted by such an event.
For now, at least.
Roy Oswalt is one of the best pitchers ever to put on an Astros jersey, particularly the brick-red alternate that Oswalt preferred when he took the mound.
My heart sank in sadness when I read that the 40-man roster casualty was projected starting first baseman Brett Wallace, who was designated for assignment Thursday.
The Astros finalized their deal with hybrid pitcher Jerome Williams for 1-year and $2.1 million dollars with another potential million in incentives.
Briefly: AAAAce (Four A + Ace) = prospect with big league aspirations and projections that I interview)
The Astros and former Los Angeles Angeles pitcher Jerome Williams have agreed to a deal, pending a physical. Details are currently undisclosed.
Williams was non-tendered by the Angels in December after posting a 4.57 ERA and 107/55 K/BB ratio with a 9-10 record in 2013.
Now, our operation is small, but there’s a lot of potential for…aggressive expansion. So, which one of you fine gentlemen would like to join our team? Oh, but there’s only [so many] spot(s) open, so we’re gonna have…Tryouts!
Here’s to hoping you know where that’s from. But hey, sports!
The Astros signed utility infielder Cesar Izturis to a minor league deal on Monday.
First off I would like to remind readers that yes, I am alive, just busy and I hope that no details are needed. If you’ll for just once act like a group of teenagers and not ask any follow-up questions that’d be grand. But I’m vacationing here in Puerto Rico, spellbinding the sun laptop rays and itching for pitchers and catchers to report. And I’m as excited as I’ve ever been about the future of the Houston Astros baseball franchise.
Going into the 2013 Major League Baseball season, certain things were considered locks for the year. The biogenesis scandal would loom large over teams and players, Mike Trout and Miguel Cabrera would be really good again, and the Astros were going to lose 100 games. In their final tour of National League duty, the ‘Stros and 107 losses signed the NL record book on their way out. Obviously they were bad and an easy target for criticism from the media (doesn’t matter) and a splendid source of valuable wins for other teams (matters). It was the second year of finally making strides to rebuild the organization that last finished over .500 in 2008. But more importantly 2012 marked season one of the mass rebuilding project under new management. In an absolute top to bottom reconstruction of a franchise left to the new regime in poor condition, there were sure to be many losses along the way.
Yesterday all around Major League Baseball rosters expanded from 25 to 40 active spots. This brings up all those fringe Major Leaguers from AAA but also many young prospects and among them, some elite ones that didn’t earn the call-up in the season’s first five months due to a good team having no room and being in no hurry to start the clock on one of their top young players. For example, Billy Hamilton of the Reds would have been up earlier if he was a member of the 40-man roster and Cincinnati would not have had to release anyone to make room. But Hamilton’s ridiculous speed (MiLB record 155 steals in 2012) was not going to be left off the Reds potential playoff roster –- a deadline to be added to that coincides with September call-ups.
The most interesting and unusual thing about me besides the lack of success with the ladies and liking A-Rod is probably my dual fandom between the Texas Rangers and Houston Astros.
I apologize for the gap between posts. I went to Rome and got a stomach virus because, well, U-S-A baby!
Since I’ve been gone…
Jeff Luhnow’s first trade in his new position as General Manager of the very rebuilding Houston Astros was a great one. In December of 2011 he joined in with A’s GM Billy Beane to feed the Boston Red Sox sudden hearty effort to acquire relief pitchers. Beane traded a much higher profile late-inning man (Andrew Bailey) for scruffy-looking nerf herder Josh Reddick and two minor leaguers. Sensing the opportunity Luhnow dealt half the Lance Berkman return package that Ed Wade mustered way too late in Mark Melancon, snagging the very promising but injury prone and already-27 Jed Lowrie (as well as pitcher Kyle Weiland, who has lived on the DL since arriving). Like Reddick, Lowrie was an intriguing talent that Boston was willing to give (up on?) to get bullpen help. Safe to say Bailey and Melancon could do very little to prevent the Bobby V inspired mess that was the Red Sox 2012 season.
The MLB trade deadline is still months away but if last year is any indication about GM Jeff Luhnow’s transaction intentions, he’ll be ready to take the right deal at the wrong time. Meaning if an offer on the table is worth investing in, the rebuilding Astros front office won’t waste any time adding youth and/or depth in the ongoing rebuilding process — as opposed to what most teams tend to do and wait until the very last minute on July 31 to sweat out a decision.