Thursday, December 31, 2015

Thursday Morning Hot Links

*The Astros saved $48m by not re-signing Scott Kazmir, instead allowing the Dodgers to take that particular plunge.

Look, I know Scott Kazmir is actually a very good pitcher, but the Astros really needed him to continue to be very good down the stretch in 2015. He was many times Not Good down the stretch in 2015, and because I am aware of my own irrationality, I am okay with the Astros letting him walk.

Evan Drellich notes in the above link that the Astros have plenty of SP5 options, but:
...contending teams are taking a risk with an open-ended back of the rotation, and right now, that's what the Astros are looking at. One injury is a scary proposition.

And that's true, I suppose. But for how many teams is it *not* true?

*Here's a great story on 33rd Round pick Tyler White, and how Sig Mejdal asked Carolinas/Virginia scout Tim Bittner to take a closer look at him.

*And that's pretty much it for today, except for this:

Holy Hannah, 2015 was a great year. Coming in with virtually no expectations of the baseball season, it turned out differently than just about all of us could have expected. From starting out 18-7 to hanging on to the Wild Card, Dallas Keuchel's dominating year, Carlos Correa's arrival, Lance McCullers' arrival, beating the Yankees in the Wild Card game, and the subsequent insanity of the Royals series, this was the most fun I've had as a baseball fan in ten years.

That is largely owed to you, dear readers. There are, like, 20 of you, but we care for all of you deeply. Y'all give us an outlet to write about the Astros, and for that I am grateful. 2015 was great, here's hoping 2016 is better.

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

2015 proved this is still the best Astro Blog!

Deputy Jason said...

Great year indeed

JoeinAlaska said...

This Astros fan, whom lives over 3,000 miles from Houston, is especially grateful for Astros County. Without it I could not keep up with the latest news about my favorite team. To the AC Staff: Thanks for taking the time to create and maintain such a quality blog.

JoeinAlaska said...

BTW... I'm okay about not picking up Kazmir. I know Luhnow has been looking at Gallardo, but I'm hoping we'll shock the world and get Wei-Yin Chen. Can you imagine that starting five? Keichel (left) -McHugh (right) -Chen (left) -McCullers (right) -Fires (right) with Feldman, Peacock, Straily, and Wojo as swingman.

Anonymous said...

As one of your 20 readers over the past 10 years, I say thank you! Your blog has been a great resource for information, speculation, and humor during the lean years and only added to my immense enjoyment of this surprising season. I attended the wild card game at Yankee Stadium and it was a victory for the books! From an Astros fan in NYC, much love!

Chaz R said...

Happy New Year and thanks for all the great and entertaining Astros insight! 2016 should be a very good year!

Anonymous said...

great page....thanks for the consistently fine effort!!

Anonymous said...

I too read and this is my first comment. I really enjoy what you guys do. Your game recaps are the best around.

Anonymous said...

Long time reader, part time comment or. Thanks for everything!!! Happy New Year, AC!

Steven T said...

Happy new year! You guys are awesome...keep up the good work!

Anonymous said...

May 2016 be even better! Love the blog, thanks for all the hard work you guys do here. It's brilliant and much appreciated!

Anonymous said...

Always read, but never comment. Just wanted to say thanks for the great work, and here's to an exciting 2016!

SeeGilley said...

Here's another reader but never commented. Been reading for about a year now and
enjoy your articles. Thanks, here to stay...