Getcher hawt linx heah:
*Evan Drellich writes that the Astros' window of opportunity is "by no means a given."
Our young players are going to continue to come through the system, and we have some assets. We've got some benefits, some advantages that other clubs maybe don't have. We've got one of the top farm systems in baseball still while having a young team at the major league level that's already competing. That's the ideal situation. Now, we want to maintain that for a long time to come.
But with injuries and player regression, automatically thinking the Astros will compete next year like they did this year is taking too much for granted.
*Bench coach Trey Hillman is apparently a leading candidate to manage the Yokohama BayStars in Japan in 2016. He says he hasn't been contacted, but wouldn't outright say no. The Astros picked up Hillman's option for 2016 and would have to grant him permission to interview.
*Anthony Castrovince writes a recap for Sports On Earth on the ousted playoff teams and their outlook for 2016.
Tomorrow is guaranteed to none of us, much less a baseball team. But the Astros always had the feel of a team ahead of schedule, thereby making anything that transpired in this 2015 postseason gravy.
*Luis Valbuena's tag of Terrance Gore in Game 4 is the set-piece for What's Wrong With Instant Replay. Hinch:
In some ways, it feels like you're getting a speeding ticket for going 60 in a 55. But by the letter of the law, that's how it's played, and until they change the rule, we're obviously going to play that way.
*Nick Cafardo's Sunday notes column includes:
-Chris Davis could be a fit for the Astros (I doubt it)
-"The Astros will search for a veteran presence in their lineup this offseason"
-According to "one major league source," the Astros could dangle Chris Carter as trade bait.