Tag Archive | houston astros

A new approach brings familiar success for Dallas Keuchel

A new approach brings familiar success for Dallas Keuchel

Dallas Keuchel’s coming out party in 2014 surprised just about every fan of the game. A 26-year-old with basically no prospect pedigree in his career grabbed headlines any way he could, keeping his ERA under 3.00 on an underwhelming Astros squad. While many had thought it was just a nice season from someone who hadn’t […]

The underrated Ken Giles

The underrated Ken Giles

When talking about relief pitching, closers are first (and rightly) going to dominate discussion – guys that come in and lock down the ninth inning. But lately, there has been a shift in the thought process, thanks in part to the Indians’ success in the playoffs with manager Terry Francona’s bullpen usage, towards the bullpen […]

Picking up the Broken Pieces

Picking up the Broken Pieces

Good morning, good afternoon, or good evening – whichever is applicable to you. Having been married to my wife for over a decade, I have become accustomed to the emotional peaks and valleys life presents a person. My wife is a redhead, and I can assure you that she embodies every stereotype associated with a redheaded […]

Ace Analysis: Keuchel and Gray

Ace Analysis: Keuchel and Gray

The goal of the Ace Analysis Series will be to analyze pitchers whose most recent performance has not met expectations and try to determine whether the results are due to skill change, or simply a run of good/bad luck. I will analyze both struggling aces and unheralded players showing signs of a breakout. As always, […]

The Smoke Show: Carlos Gomez

The Smoke Show: Carlos Gomez

Good morning, good afternoon, or good evening– whichever is applicable to you. Take a moment to think back upon your high school days. You’re young, not a care in the world, and your lone concern in life is figuring out how to sneak the “smoke show” from 5th period out of her house on Saturday […]

Ace Analysis: McCullers and Rodon

Ace Analysis: McCullers and Rodon

The goal of the Ace Analysis feature will be to analyze pitchers whose most recent performance has not met expectations, and try to determine whether the results are due to skill change, or simply a run of good/bad luck. I will analyze both struggling aces and unheralded players showing signs of a breakout. As always, […]

Houston Rotation: Fantasy Potential

Houston Rotation: Fantasy Potential

Remember when the Astros were a dumping ground and they were lucky if they had two or three fantasy-worthy players? My, how times have changed. From Springer and Altuve to Keuchel and Giles, you can find fantasy talent all over the field. They’ve gone from having maybe just Bud Norris as a rosterable SP to […]

Player spotlight: Carlos Gomez

Player spotlight: Carlos Gomez

If you ask fantasy baseball players who the biggest disappointment in the 2015 season was, a number of players would come up. one of those players would be Ian Desmond who I discussed a few weeks ago; another name that you would be likely to hear is Carlos Gomez. Unlike Desmond, however, Gomez more than […]

Scarcity and Youth Breeds Draft Day Regret

Scarcity and Youth Breeds Draft Day Regret

Good morning, good afternoon, or good evening, whichever is applicable to you. Unless you’ve started your draft prep this week, I’m sure you’ve heard ad nauseam that the SS position is a fantasy abyss of sorts. After re-emphasizing the hollowness of the position, tales of what tomorrow brings shines light on the cold frontier. This […]

SP Spotlights: Lance McCullers, Raisel Iglesias

SP Spotlights: Lance McCullers, Raisel Iglesias

When doing the dynasty rankings for starters this year, I couldn’t help but notice how many names I wanted to fit into the top 75. It used to be that pitching was meh, so you could afford to wait on most of the arms. Now pitching is stronger than hitting, but because there are so […]