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Man, the Houston Astros are Scuffling

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Gah, these guys were supposed to be one of the most exciting teams in baseball. You are looking at one of baseball’s biggest letdowns in the 2016, in the making. If you watch them on a nightly basis, they’re a terrible watch. No timely hitting (outside of Colby Rasmus), when they do get pitching they don’t get any hitting, when they do decide to hit a little bit their starter or bullpen gets hit a little more. There’s just no flow and a lynchpin seems to be missing. There are base-running blunders and mental errors and mindless at-bats by Carlos Gomez. You get those things until the cows come home with this bunch.

Last night, after Carlos Correa’s rocket double off Craig Kimbrel and Colby Rasmus’ dinger that was straight out of The Natural; I figured that this was a game they were destined to win. Instead, they played 12 long innings in front of their home crowd and lost their first showing on Sunday Night Baseball in over three years 7-5.

It’s quite possible that the Astros find their way this season. I have no way to tell you how the next five months will go in a game that humbles me nightly. But about three weeks in; these guys look like they’re in deep trobule. And that’s a real shame. Just when we retired the F–k the Astros tag upon their move to the American League.

Carlos Correa with another incredible, two home-run game in the Bronx

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It was a wild, whacky game in the Bronx last night; where Colin McHugh didn’t give the Astros much a chance to win the game from the bottom of the first inning; but if you stuck around you still saw some real fireworks from the young Astros in the lineup (who were probably who you tuned in to see if your curiosity is peaked by these Astros anyways).

George Springer hit a grand slam, the hottest thing going in the game right now; Carlos Correa, homered twice off Michael Pineda.

The first one came in the top of the first, which was his second of the year. It was impressive in it’s own right:

But I think the second one is the one that has everyone buzzing. This one lands off Mohegan Sun Sports bar’s black window in center field. You may have to watch it a few times to truly see it.

The end result was it was a 468 foot home run, and Correa’s third of the season already in just two games.

In the end, the Yankees slugged the Astros into submission 16-6. It was an ugly, long game. But Correa wound up with four total hits, just abusing Yankees pitching while using every part of the field.

And I forgot how nice it is to watch a game played at Yankee Stadium. I do it about 10 times a year, and I checked it out listening to YES. Michael Kay and company do a good job calling a game for the viewer. So all-in-all, enjoyable night of early baseball watching despite the Astros whom I took as a +122 dog losing.

Carlos Correa gets the combo meal on Opening Day in the Bronx

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I almost expected something special tuning in today to see Carlos Correa and the Houston Astros take on the Yankees in the Bronx on a cold weather sunny day, but Masahiro Tanaka seemed like he had his A-game early and the Yankees were staked to a 2-0 lead on a double by Starlin Castro.

But then it happened, the signature moment that anyone tuning in wanted to see. Correa appeared to catch a slider from Tanaka and the ball kept carrying to the jet stream in right field; and ended up a backside home run. One of the most beautiful pieces of hitting that I’ve seen yet in the 2016 season:

With this, he became the youngest Astro to homer on opening day, and with his 23rd career regular season home run, he tied George Springer for the Astros franchise record of most home runs within his first 100 career games played.

Correa also stole TWO bags today on the day, and added another RBI groundout. The Astros would rally for the win for Dallas Keuchel, and newly named closer Luke Gregerson nailed down his first save without threat. All was right with the world on Opening Day for the highly-touted Astros.

Major League Baseball made sure this was the only Altuve or Correa we all saw today

I lost a lot of respect for the dolts running the show at MLB offices today. The whole scheduling gadget and weather in the Bronx, Baltimore, and Cleveland partnered up to ruin Opening Day. I’ve spent the afternoon halfway watching the Brewers and the Giants. This is not really what I had envisioned when I thought about Opening Day 2016.

Worst Opening Day. Ever.

ESPN: Carlos Correa is MLB’s most surplus-friendly asset

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Dan Szymborski recently did an ESPN Insider post on baseball’s most team friendly contracted players. Because we have access behind the paywall, we’ll give you a look.

Szymborski says Correa is the tops in baseball, with the Astros controlling Correa until after the 2021 season and him already adding a 2016 surplus value of +26.2 wins.

This 2015 American League Rookie of the Year posted a .279/.345/.512 line after his midseason call-up while playing solid defense at a key defensive position, and he wasn’t even the legal drinking age until September. Impressive, but what makes him No. 1? Because the Houston Astros control Correa for the next six seasons.

The truly scary thing for the rest of the league is that, given his age and how quickly he advanced through the minors, he could actually improve. ZiPS projects Correa to be a 6-7 WAR player in his prime, and he’s years away from the Astros having to pay him anything close to what that level of performance merits. Correa is the most exciting young shortstop in baseball sinceAlex Rodriguez, who, as you might remember, turned out to be a pretty decent player. The sooner the Astros make him filthy rich and lock him up long term, the better it is for the franchise. On a related note, anyone still wish the Astros had signed a bunch of mediocre free agents and tried to win 75 games in 2011 rather than finishing with the worst record in baseball, earning them the first pick in the 2012 draft? That’s what I thought.

So who follows up Correa?

Mike Trout, Kris Bryant, Francisco Lindor, Mookie Betts, Corey Seager, Bryce Harper, Manny Machado, Anthony Rizzo, and Chris Sale.

Syndergaard, Buxton, Archer, Jose Fernandez, Sano, J.P. Crawford, Schwarber, Addison Russell, Orlando Arcia, Sonny Gray, Luis Severino, Kevin Kiermaier, Starling Marte, Carlos Carrasco, and Bumgarner round out the top 25.

A Bat Flippin’ Good Time Baseball Podcast: Offseason Winners & Losers, Bullish on the DBacks & More!

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Last night on A Bat Flippin’ Good Time Baseball Podcast, I was joined by my friends MJ Lloyd and Mikey Hllywa.  They tweet about baseball sometimes, so make sure you give them a follow.

Topics on last night’s podcast included (but not limited to):

  • Jenrry Mejia’s lifetime ban from baseball
  • Biggest Winners and Losers of the offseason
  • Our thoughts on the 2016 Arizona DiamondBacks
  • Discussion about Mike Trout and Bryce Harper’s future contracts and possible landing spots
  • Who are we most excited to see play in the 2016 season

And as always, much more!

Carlos Correa reminds me of young Alex Rodriguez

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So, nothing earth shattering here – a lot of people have said for a while that Carlos Correa reminds them of Alex Rodriguez.

But it was 1996 and I was in Florida for Spring Break staying at my late grandparents home and reading their morning paper while eating my cereal. There was a nice article about this young shortstop who I had a few rookie cards of, wondering if he could break spring training with the Mariners big club and hit enough to stay in the lineup.

Rodriguez was coming off a partial season in 1995 in which he hit .232 with five home runs and 19 RBI in 142 at bats. He was entering his age 20 season and all of the talk was surrounding his sound glove but the pundits continually said he was ‘light hitting’.

I remember when Correa got called up last year a lot of folks on Sirius talking about how he’s going to be good, but temper expectations on his bat. They said he wouldn’t hit quite as much as people would like to see.

Obviously, the parallels aren’t perfect here. Correa came up in a different era and in his age 20 season, won rookie of the year. He hit 22 home runs, drove in 68, and had an astounding .857 OPS. He did this in a era that was not known for it’s use of PEDs and with league-wide pitching being MUCH stronger than it was back in the mid-90’s.

Rodriguez went on to post one of the best age-20 seasons ever in 1996; shortly after that spring break at my grandparents wrapped up. He had 36 home runs, 141 runs scored, 123 RBI, 54 doubles, and a 1.045 OPS. Again, different era.

The build is very similar on both of these guys at age 20, and the ability to use all of the field with some power has some real similarities.

While Correa lacks being surrounded by a few Hall of Fame caliber threats in his same lineup (Rodriguez had Griffey and Edgar Martinez among others) there is enough firepower in the Houston lineup to really protect Correa and allow him to develop without the sense that he has to do too much.

I think before any of the steroid use; Rodriguez was a sure-fire Hall of Famer; if we can just erase from our memory what has happened since time spanned forward. I very rarely say this, but I believe if he stays healthy you’re looking at a Hall of Fame player in Correa who will deliver some very special seasons on the back of his baseball cards in the present day. I am really excited to see how he develops his game to build on an exceptional 4.1 bWAR rookie season in just 99 games (extrapolate that to 150+).

I felt something had to go up about the guy, as I went back through the archives there just wasn’t enough written about a guy who could unseat Trout and Harper as the face of baseball in the near future.

It’s the most wonderful time of the year

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Not really. February is brutal. It might as well be called ‘Barnes & Noble Season’ to the baseball fan. It’s fantasy magazine February for all of us impatiently waiting to start our rotosserie league drafts in March. But we are in a period of Festivus with April 3rd and 4th being the day we can all open our great gifts.

Every year it’s a rite of passage, I buy one of these bad boys. Not because I need it but simply because for tradition’s sake; it just helps to remind me of a lot of the things I feel like I already know.

Anyways, I spent an hour this morning trying to read through this while at the same time trying to keep my daughter from putting the toy train set in her mouth. It just wasn’t happening. It’s still a great time of year any time you get to see some of the new fantasy magazine covers out on the racks. It means we don’t have long until our Christmas.

Betting on Baseball

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This one hurts a little bit to write.

It looked like the Houston Astros were going to move on to a freaking LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES for crying out loud. And then, things fell apart. That ball took an unlikely hop over Carlos Correa’s head in the best game of his career. And those upstart, pest, Royals are once again fixin’ to spoil everyone’s fun. It sucks, because Correa dropped two bombs in the 9-6 collapse.

We had dreams man; dreams of the Astros making the World Series and playing the Cubs in something that would be totally fresh for the game of baseball. Something so different than what we’ve seen before.

And I’m here to tell you that today, that all went away.

You know how it goes in this column. Whether we’re letting someone else pay the juice or we’re paying a little bit to win the Ben Franklin, we’re just simply picking the winner. Wednesday night at 8:05 PM, Johnny Cueto opposes Collin McHugh in game five of the LDS. The game will be in Kansas City. The Royals are a -131 favorite at the current moment with the Astros hanging around at +121.

It really sucks, but the Astros are going to lose game five in Kansas City. And I’m sorry if that makes me a bad person in that I don’t really like the Royals; but they don’t do much for me. They cease at entertaining me. They just don’t. I realize they’re a small-market who is ‘all-in’ and went out to get Johnny Cueto and Ben Zobrist and look how cute they are because they’re this close to getting back and avenging game seven from last year and look how fast they run the bases! But I don’t care. I don’t like them.

It’s just the way it is. You want a winner, and we’re feeding you one. We are totally surprised the Royals don’t check in as a bit higher favorite right now to steer you away from the winning side. But that will probably happen by game time. Get to the best online sportsbooks while you can and grab the Kansas City Royals -131 to make a little side dough.

We’re sorry Astros; leave the party kicking and screaming!

Carlos Correa is proving to be a generational talent just like they said he would be

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[Houston Chronicle – Ultimate Astros]

Carlos Correa is proving to be one of the best players in baseball already, and hitting in the middle of the order for a 59-46 club that is proving to be one of baseball’s most exciting stories of the 2015 season. Correa homered two more times last night, giving him 12 home runs on his partial season and a .916 OPS.

It was the first two-homer game of Correa’s career. The first one he flicked his wrist and a fly ball just kept going and landed in the Crawford boxes. Later in the game with his new teammate Carlos Gomez on first base he threw his hands at a pitch on the outer half and took it out to right center field. This kid is absolutely unbelievable.

Dallas Kuechel went six innings strong striking out eight and allowed only two hits to improve to 13-5 on the season. Carlos Gomez – another aspect that adds to the fun factor of Houston – added three hits in his first game in an Astros uniform.

The Astros are three games up on the Angels in the AL West.

Carlos Correa is on the board

Carlos Correa has had a lot of pundits lately saying he won’t contribute much power. He’s only 20 years old, and in his second career game; he homers for the first time in that offense incubator on the South Side of Chicago.

Everyone says he’s an A-Rod clone. Maybe he will be in time in terms of the stats that pile up on the back of his baseball card. But for right now, his swing to me looks like Torii Hunter. And Torii Hunter, despite never playing shortstop; is a pretty good big league hitter.

The home run accounted for the only Astros runs in a 4-2 loss to the White Sox. Man, we really like Carlos Correa. The crown jewell of an organization flush with young talent. The Astros are a great story right now, even if we hated them when they were in the NL Central.

2014 Houston Astros Team Preview

The future of the Astros, Carlos Correa.
The future of the Astros, Carlos Correa.

Giving us a helping hand with the 2014 Astros Team Preview is Mike Hllywa. You might recognize Mike’s name from his work at Gammons Daily, Halo Hangout, or Off Base Percentage. He’s also been a guest host on The Baseball Show Podcast. You can follow him on twitter here.

I know what you are thinking, this post is about the Astros, so let’s get to the jokes already, right? Sadly, there will not be that many jokes at the expense of the Astros here thanks to a contract that my buddy MJ made me sign this past winter. Yes, the contract was written out on a cocktail napkin. Yes, I did sign said contract in mustard. No, I will not tell you how much alcohol was consumed. Yes, I should have a lawyer on standby so I stop doing stupid stuff like that. Don’t worry, MJ, if your buddy, Kevin Goldstein, gets upset, it won’t be because of this article.

Interestingly enough, however, the joke may be on all of us in a couple of years. Why is that, you say? That is because the future is bright in south-eastern Texas. Now, pipe down, no questions until the very end.

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Must-Click Link: Mike Rosenbaum’s Top 100 Prospect List

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Our buddy Mike Rosenbaum (lead writer at Bleacher Report’s Prospect Pipeline) is our resident prospect guru. There’s nothing we love more than a good young ballplayer without the wear and tear of years in the bigs.

When we have a question about a prospect we know little about, we often defer to Mike via text. He replies back with some good scout-speak, and just like that we know more about Mark Appel’s second pitch or Phillip Ervin’s estimated arrival time.

Mike’s Top 100 Prospects List is live over at Bleacher Report, and if you’re into baseball prospects you need to check it out.

Mike goes incredibly in-depth with snippets about each of the top 100 prospects in the game entering 2014. Here is a rundown of his top ten:

10. Noah Syndergaard, RHP, New York Mets
9. Taijuan Walker, RHP, Seattle Mariners
8. Addison Russell, SS, Oakland Athletics
7. Archie Bradley, RHP, Arizona Diamondbacks
6. Javier Baez, SS, Chicago Cubs
5. Francisco Lindor, SS, Cleveland Indians
4. Oscar Taveras, OF, St. Louis Cardinals
3. Carlos Correa, SS, Houston Astros
2. Xander Bogaerts, SS/3B, Boston Red Sox
1. Byron Buxton, OF, Minnesota Twins

Robert Stephenson checks in at 21 overall and Phillip Ervin at 91 respectively for you Reds fans perusing the list. Billy Hamilton is 36th overall. That might be generous until we see Hamilton hit.

Personal thoughts are that I love Correa’s ranking on this list. This is as high as I’ve seen Correa after checking several spots on the net (he’s 8th on MLB.com’s list, 7th on Baseball America, and 9th on Fangraphs). We are really excited about Correa’s future in the game and feel this is a good ranking for him.

If you want to learn who the stars of tomorrow are going to be in this great game, you need to check out Mike’s list and take some notes, even if the notes are mentally.

2013 Houston Astros Team Preview

The Houston Astro embark on a new journey in the AL.  Many years ago (not that many, but more than some) the Milwaukee Brewers left the AL Central and ventured into the NL Central giving the NL 16 teams to the AL’s 14.  In order to rectify this great inequity, the Astros are being moved to the AL.  It’s not too tragic.  They were an expansion team, have never won the World Series for the NL, and will get a great regional rival with Texas.  Unfortunately, the rivalry won’t be much to speak of for the next few season.  While the Rangers have plenty of talent, the Astros are trying desperately to acquire it.  They have a minuscule payroll and their highest paid player makes $3M.  Felix Hernandez now makes $25M.

Let’s take a closer look at the Astros.

Major Off-Season Moves:

  • Cut salary.
  • Cut salary.
  • Cut salary.
  • Signed SP Erik Bedard.
  • Signed 1B Carlos Pena.
  • Acquired OF/DH Chris Carter from Oakland.

The Astros traded away what they could to acquire prospects.  It’s tough to evaluate an off season like this except that it was necessary.  The Astros have been going down hill for several years and it’s time to flip the switch.  They had nothing at the major league level that they could build around.  Carter is a good pickup but Pena and Bedard are stopgaps until they can get some newer players there.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now on to who is going to take the field this year.

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