Category Archives: Astros

2016 MVP Ballots

Unless your team wins the World Series, there are few days on the calendar sadder than the day the last out settles into a player’s glove and baseball slips into hibernation.  Among the few reprieves from the long, dark winter … Continue reading

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Awards Preview

So, August is almost over, and unless you’re a loyal reader of The Forecaster or USA Today Sports Weekly, you haven’t read anything I’ve written about baseball in most of a baseball season.  Rather than make excuses, I’ll offer a … Continue reading

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Wait ‘Til Next Year – 2016 Baseball Preview

I’ve been writing season previews for a long time.  Everyone writes season previews.  There’s not much I can say that others haven’t said.  The Braves are really bad.  The Cubs are really good.  The Red Sox are hard to predict. … Continue reading

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Top 100 MLB Players – 2016

In less than two weeks, Bryce Harper will take meaningful swings and Chris Sale will throw meaningful pitches and Andrelton Simmons will make meaningful dives to his right and throw out determined, incredulous baserunners.  As the Royals begin their first … Continue reading

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Rookies, Managers, and Relievers

If the Baseball Bloggers Alliance is voting on awards this season, I’m late on three out of five.  I’ve covered the best players and the best pitchers, but haven’t touched on rookies, managers, or relievers yet. I’ll make these brief. … Continue reading

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What if the Playoffs Made Sense?: A Postseason Preview

If you’ve paid any attention to baseball over the past decade or so, you know that playoff results are governed by something other than logic. There is no formula that can identify a great playoff team. October baseball is driven … Continue reading

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Two Groups of Aces

Here are two ranked groups of pitchers: Group A 1. Max Scherzer 2. Chris Sale 3. Corey Kluber 4. Clayton Kershaw 5. Sonny Gray 6. Jake Arrieta 7. Dallas Keuchel 8. David Price 9. Zack Greinke 10. Chris Archer 11. … Continue reading

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Whatever Happened to the Great AL Shortstop?

It looks like the Golden Era for shortstops is over. From 1984 to 1996, there was little debate about who should start the All-Star Game at shortstop for the American League.  Cal Ripken, Jr. was always healthy, always playing, and … Continue reading

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2012 Quarter Season All-Stars

Most teams have played 42 or 43 games at this point in the season, enough to at least begin to evaluate player seasons. We know that Josh Hamilton’s excellence is more than a streak. Albert Pujols’s futility is more than … Continue reading

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2012 Baseball Preview – NL Central

Earlier this week, I brought you my previews of the NL West and the AL West in 2012. Working my way east, let’s take a look at the NL Central, where 2011’s two best teams each lost multiple faces of … Continue reading

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