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If ya Smell What the ‘Stros are Cookin’

No, the Astros did not sign WWE Superstar Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, and before I get my nostalgia going, lets dig right into what the Astros are doing right, it feels like there has not been many positive things to write about the Astros recently, but the blow out win over the Milwaukee Brewers. The Astros, in a rare flurry of offensive explosiveness, buried the Brewers early on, going up 7-1 in only the first four innings. Another rarity for the Astros squad is only leaving three runners on base, and going 3-7 with runners in scoring position. Read more…

Son, You Are The Support


I think it’s safe to say that the Astros’ offense is basically nonexistent when it is needed most, the Astros are getting their hits in, but when it comes to bringing in runners, the Astros manage to squander the perfect situation away. From having no outs, runner on second, the Astros will leave the man on, or either move him to third and then strand him there. No doubt frustrating Astros fans and players alike, while there is no exact formula or key to the offense, it seems to be the youth and inexperience coming into effect and plaguing the Astros,  also, the fact that we have been playing against solid defenses against the Pirates and Phillies.

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The Waiting Game

The San Antonio Spurs have vanquished the Jazz in four games, giving them the advantage of having rest before the Conference Semifinals, the Spurs are looking at either a match up between the Memphis Grizzlies or  the Los Angeles Clippers, every Spurs fan remembers the atrocity of the 2011 playoffs,and want revenge against the Grizzlies. The Grizzlies are currently down two games to three against the Clippers and will both will face off for game six in the Staples Center, in Los Angeles; Memphis has home-court advantage, and should they force game seven, they will be back in the Fed-Ex Forum. Read more…

Altuve the All-Star

Around this time last year, Jose Altuve was in AA Corpus Christi, silently climbing up the rank, yet nobody really knew who he was, but nonetheless, Altuve was lighting up the Texas League. Standing at only five feet five inches tall, Jose Altuve, hailing from Venezuela was denied after his first try-out, why? He was deemed to be too short to play, but the young 16 year old Altuve did not allow this set back to hold him down. He eventually worked hard enough to be looked at by the Astros and given an opportunity, and he took that opportunity and ran with it, Altuve wrecked shop during 2011, starting his season at Single A level Lancaster, batting .408, 13 doubles, seven triples, and five home runs. He also had an On-Base % of .451, Slugging %.606 and OPS of 1.057, earning him a midseason call up to Double A Corpus Christi of the Texas League, Altuve posted very similar numbers for the Hooks. Read more…

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…

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