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Archive for the month “April, 2012”

Root Root Root for the Hooks!

The Double A affiliate for the Houston Astros Corpus Christi Hooks has been on fire, as of late, behind stellar pitching from pitchers Jared Cosart, Jose Cisnero, Arncenio Leon, Jason Stoffel, Erik Abreu, and Brett Olberholtzer. The pitching staff the Hooks have had all time in their short existence, the Hooks have played amazing, lights out ball this season, going on a five game winning streak to improve their record to 10-8 after going on a four game losing streak. Last season, the Hooks were not much to brag about, but in only the first 20 games, they have played better baseball in the start of the season than all of last year. Not surprising though, after new Astros General Manager Jeff Luhnow stated that he wants to build the franchise from the ground up, by getting star prospects and having them grow and develop in the farm system. It seems that the initiative is already paying off for Luhnow and company as the Hooks are steam rolling on their five game winning streak, taking three of four from Frisco and taking the first two games from Midland, decimating both offensively and defensively, allowing three or less runs in every game. Read more…

Best in the West

The San Antonio Spurs can clinched the number one seed in the Western Conference, once again, the best prevails in the end, and the Spurs, with two games remaining, are powering through en route to the playoffs, seemingly steam-rolling every team before them, and with the eighth seed still up for grabs between Utah and Phoenix, both teams the Spurs have slaughtered over the regular season. Rival Houston was eliminated from contention after taking a complete nosedive towards the end and dropping from the sixth seed to missing the playoffs, the Rockets would have been an appealing opponent as the travel factor would be most desirable. Despite having to travel a decent way, the travel factor will not be bad, seeing as Salt Lake City and Phoenix are not very far of a flight for the team, and a day of rest will also be better, since a day of rest was out of the question with the condensed schedule. Read more…

Falling Short

The Astros have once again fallen to a one run deficit, it seems that when all hope seems lost, the Astros come back and give a fight to try to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat, behind decent pitching from Lucas Harrell who is starting to gel in his spot in the rotation, the Astros started the came strong, going up on Milwaukee 1-o after a Jed Lowrie solo home run in the first inning.

The decisive run ended up scoring on a wild pitch from none other than Brandon Lyon, a pitcher who has developed a habit for angering fans and almost losing games for the Astros  intentionally, but the blame is not entirely Lyon’s fault, well, maybe 97% of it is. The other three percent falls on the sputtering offense, the Astros are still getting their offensive legs under them and are learning how to build momentum from one another and build a rally.  Read more…

C-C-C-Combo Breakers

Since starting 3-1, the Houston Astros are playing some of the best baseball in recent years! The young, upstart Astros being overlooked, and written off as an easy win and a pushover team, but this is not the case. The Astros, though not as high-powered and glamorous as a team like the Dodgers, Blue Jays, or Rangers with the power to blast a home run at least once a night, and potential to hang up eight or more runs every night or on a consistent basis. The Astros had over 300 plate appearances without a home run, but broke the monotony by going yard twice, a two run shot from Carlos Lee, and  Jordan Schafer belting his first ever Grand Slam and the  first Astros Grand Slam since August of last season, en route to victory today behind a stellar shutout start from starting pitcher Wandy Rodriguez who pitched a gem for the Astros. Read more…

Texans Earn Limelight

In a post I wrote before the start of last season, I complained about how the Texans were denied any national television coverage from ESPN’s Monday Night Football and NBC’s Sunday Night Football. For the low down on how the Texans did in their most recent nationally televised games, please read my post here.

As the schedule of divisions playing inter and intra-conference divisions rotates, the intra-conference for the Texans and the rest of the AFC South, is the AFC East, bringing the Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins, New York Jets, and the “Evil Empire,” New England Patriots. In the inter-confrence, the match-up for the AFC South is the NFC North, pairing up the Texans with the Green Bay Packers, Detroit Lions, Minnesota Vikings, and the Chicago Bears.

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Spurs Dismanlte Lakers

Tuesday night, the Spurs went into the Staples Center to face a Laker team that had embarrassed them at home. The San Antonio Spurs came into the game with a chip on their shoulder and found themselves in the middle of a slobber-knocker earlier on in the first quarter, trading basket for basket with the Lakers, keeping up with the Lakers and taking advantage of every opportunity made. The Spurs utilized an explosive second quarter to bury the Lakers, capitalizing on their five straight turnovers to bury the Kobe Bryant-less Lakers, taking a lead, running with it and never looking back.

The main, possibly obvious reason is that the Spurs started 6 foot tall, nearly 7, Tiago Splitter, the height equivalent to Tim Duncan. Bringing back memories of the Twin Towers era of the Duncan-Robinson duo that captured two NBA Championships in 1999, and in 2003, and the nearly unstoppable force that was the dynamic duo of Duncan and Robinson. Read more…

Smile at the Birdie

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So, this past weekend I took a trip to San Antonio to catch a Spurs game with some friends. It was amazing, but this post is not about the Spurs embarrassing the Phoenix sun, no, it is about what I did Sunday at the Rivercenter Mall. I walked into the Lids store with one thing on my mind, buy an Astros hat with the 50th anniversary patch, a purchase I have been putting off for months.

With plenty of cash left over from pitching in for gas and paying for my meals, I felt comfortable with the purchase I was about to make. I had just left Champs’ where I had purchased a shirt on clearance, and saw the Astros hat with patch was the standard $33.99. Thinking I’d get a better deal in Lids with my discount card, I ventured to the store to make the purchase I had been delaying for far too long. Read more…

Astros Take Series From Rockies

In an opening series, the young Houston Astros faced the much older and more experienced Colorado Rockies, behind the power of Carlos Lee, Brian B0gusevic, and other players, the Astros won the series two games to one. The Astros fresh off of one of their best springs in a long while, came into the series against a team that featured players that have played in the league since most of the team had even started primary school.

In the first game, the Astros opened up the baseball season at home, in Minute Main Park in front of a sell out crowd of 43,464, and the crowd got their money’s worth right off the bat in the first inning as Carlos Lee drives in his first RBI of the season, driving in Jose Altuve, who made his Opening Day debut, to put the Astros up early. The Rockies then rallied in the third to put up three quick runs on the Astros, capitalizing on an error made by starting pitcher Wandy Rodriguez. Read more…

While the Gettin’ is Hot

While the trade of Ryans is unpopular and highly questionable, Houston Texans General Manager Rick Smith  more than likely knows what he is doing, and Texans fans should stand beside him in his moves, one sour note is the Texans did not get very much in return for Ryans, but faith must be held at least until the season arrives. Texans should believe in Smith solely for the reason that he is going into his sixth year on the job in Houston and seems to be more than knowledgeable when it comes to players being on the job this long, handling the “next man up” year of last season, alongside coaches Gary Kubiak, and Wade Phillips, and has been steadily on the rise in the last six years.

If the move proves to be one of the most bone-headed moves in the NFL, then fans can call for the head or Smith, or who ever they please, but the fact remains that DeMeco Ryans had struggled with health and possibly was on the decline of his career. The injuries sustained over time is the down fall in the professional sport of football, players do not maintain their prime for very long as the game wears down their bodies and takes it toll every day. This gives the Texans to bring in a new, younger, explosive talent, and with most of their coaching staff still intact, the system seems ready to take in players and breed athletic titans. Read more…

Spurs Swat Hornets

In their most dominant performances of the season, the Spurs took command and flexed their muscles against the New Orleans Hornets, the Spurs took the first seed from the Oklahoma City Thunder by force. Not only did the Spurs take the lead in the West, they showed that no team can match themselves as a whole, San Antonio’s bench alone scored 82 of their 128 points, a season high for the Spurs.

Only one of the starting five for the Spurs achieved double digits, while the reserves had five players in double figures, the highest the reserves have had all year, and a great sign that the Spurs reserves could be starters on any other team, the key to a championship is depth, and health. As the Spurs certainly have depth, injury of Manu Ginobili seems to have been a blessing in disguise for the Spurs as the players under him have developed and blossomed as profession players. The Spurs are heating up, if not already hot and steaming already, surging to the top and ripping the first place crown, and unseating the Oklahoma City Thunder from the number one seed atop of the Western Conference.

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