Last night, we got the news that the Astros RSN on Comcast is offering a 5 week free broadcast to all the OTHER networks, hoping to get enough eyeballs to try to pressure everyone else into agreeing to buy in at a cost of $3.40/subscriber added to the basic cable bill. RSNs do NOT want all the $$$ that is paid to them to become only part of a “sports package” that is separate from basic cable. You see, all the sports networks that come, or do NOT come with “basic” cable are responsible for a very hefty part of the cable bill seeing as how you don’t get a lower cable bill if you don’t want ANY sports channels.
No other carrier in Houston has taken them up on the “generous” offer, so at this point, I can’t watch em even if I wanted to.
It is gonna be a cold day in youknowwhere before all these RSNs agree to have anyone decide to buy their network independent of the cable bill because they make MUCH more money forcing everyone to pay for something whether or not they do want it. The college networks/conferences have caught on to this, too.
Anyway, I don’t want to watch DH ball when it is on Fox/ESPN, so I’m not gonna watch it if it IS free. Unless they are playing NL ball in a NL stadium.
Bud Selig, by the way, stated that he takes responsibility for destroying our NL franchise because he thinks that everything will be great because there will be this “great rivalry” with the Metroplex. It certainly didn’t develop in the least little bit with that dumbass “Silver Boot” crap, and it is not gonna develop with this silliness. Bud, by the way, is still thinking about a franchise in San Antonio. He is counting residents, not corporations or even people with money – they don’t have the $$$ to pay to build a stadium and the population is too poor to support a ML team. If he thinks people are going to drive down from Austin to watch a baseball game in San Antonio, he’s out of what is left of his mind.
As for the Astros, well, what is good is that there are a lot of guys who, with just one day in the major leagues, will receive health insurance for life. One of the very very few things that the MLBPA has done FOR the players in the past 20 years. Unfortunately, the new guys only receive the ML minimum each day they are on the 25 man roster. Guys like Brett Wallace, who signed a contract before the season began, unless he signed a split contract, receives the ML minimum.
I like this. The less amount of any profit stuffed into Crane’s pockets, the better. It’s not like he’s spending it on the TEAM in any way, you know.
At this point, the Astros are the worst team in the DH league at 7-14 (how did they win THAT many) but are tied with the Cubs and trailing the Padres (6-15) and the Marlins (5-17). That Jeffrey Loria – what a business GEEENYUSS. No one in the stands, no payroll to speak of, all that profit – AND, you notice, even with the lowered payroll, no tickets lower in price. All the people who scream about player salaries being the only cause of high ticket prices never bother to notice this little detail.
Here are the lucky guys who, this month, earned themselves free life insurance by getting called up from AAA: newbies only:
– Paul Clemens: RHP: 4 games, 13.2 IP, 11 H, 3 walk, 4 K, 4 HR, 7 runs
– Brett Oberholzer: RHP: 1 game, 2 IP, 3 H, 2 HR, 2 runs
– Jose Cisnero, RHP: 2 games over 5.2 IP – 3 hits, 1 walk, 3 K, no runs
– Robbie Grossman: CF/OF (who we got for Wandy, who, by the way has thrown 4 games 21.2 IP, 3 BB, 16 K, 4 ER: 1.66 ERA/ 0.78 WHIP. Good thing we got rid of him) who was called up to replace Justin Maxwell, on the DL for a broken hand: 2 games, 2 fer 9, no walks, 2 doubles
Xavier Cedeno got picked up offn waivers by the Nats, who are 11-11. They are supposed to be 22-0, you know. It’s the fault of Stephen Strasburg, who is supposed to pitch perfect games every time out, but has thrown 7, 5.1, 6, 6 and 7 innings and given up 0, 6, 0, 2, 3 ER, 27 H, 3 HR, 8 BB, 28 K over 31.1 IP and has only one W to show for it. Pitcher wins, you see, are not in any way correllated to stuff like run support or the performance of the bullpen. They only measure the manlinesshood of the pitcher.
Only Altuve, Carter and Pena have appeared in all 22 games. The game plan for hitters this year appears NOT to have a good on base, but to have a high slugging percentage and to heck with stuff like walks and Ks. Chris Carter has struck out in 37 of 90 PA, which is 41% by the way, has 18 hits – 1 double, 1 triple, 5 HR and 9 walks. He has a .222 BA and a .444 SLG for a .741 OPS, which is lower than Altuve’s.
Carlos Pena Ks 25% of the time, but the team leader by FAR is Rick Ankiel, who has Kd in 28 of 45 PA, which, is 62% – but of his 9 hits, 2 are doubles and 5 are homerse, which gives him a BA of .205, and a slg of .591 and an OPS of .815. Sort of reminds me of Mo Ensberg 2006, except Mo walked over 100 times that year, allowing himself to be on base to be driven in. Ankiel swings hard at everything – no infield dribblers there. From what I’ve seen, his fielding instincts are most definitely NOT what I remember from his time with the Cards, and he’s already misplayed 3 balls I can count (no errror, just runs) and made 2 errors. At least he’s better than Fernando Martinez, who has the speed of a 9 month pregnant woman and the fielding instincts of a 10 year old kid shagging fly balls in the OF.
Matt Dominguez, so far, is hitting like he did in the minors his whole career: 18 fer 73 with 4 doubles, 9 walks, 9 K, 4 GIDP: .247/.295/.301/.596. Wonder how long it is going to be before he is replaced by Brandon Laird, whose glove is just as outstanding, and who hits better and for more power.
He’s going to have a much longer chance than Brett Wallace did, that’s fer sher.
Matt is getting out-hit, both average and power, by BOTH shortstops.
Matt’s got chillssssssss
cuz the powerrrrrr
better shape up
cuz Stros need a guy
who will keep them satisfied
and they’ll admit deep inside
that Laird’s the one that they want
oooh ooooh oooooooooooooh
that one they neeeeeeeeed
oh yes indeeeeeeeeed
(yeah, you know the video that’s been playing around here lately)
Looks to me as if the Astros would do a LOT better if they had Laird at 3rd most of the time and Pena at first with either Fernando Martinez or Chris Carter at DH – does anyone here remember the Mike Lamb as a left fielder experiment? (shudder)
And speaking of shudder, let’s take a look at how the starters are doing:
Ace Bud Norris: 5 GS, 24 IP: 4.13 ERA/1.58 WHIP: 27 H; 2 HR; 11 BB; 16 K; 14 R/11 ER: R/IP each game:
2 ER, 5 R/5.2
Lucas Harrell: 5 GS: 28.2 IP: 4.08 ERA/1.57 WHIP: 30 H; 5 HR; 13 BB; 20 K; 5 R/ER: runs, IP/G:
Brad Peacock: 4 GS: 18 IP: 7.50 ERA/1.57 WHIP: 20 H; 6 HR; 8 BB; 16 K; 15 R/ER: runw, IP/G
Phil Humber: 4 GS: 23.2 IP: 799 ERA/1.82 WHIP: 35 H; 3 HR; 8 BB; 14 K; 21 R/ER: runs, IP/G:
Erik Bedard (limited to 75 pitches/appearance): 3 GS, 1 relief: 11.2 IP; 6.17 ERA/ 1.54 WHIP: 10 H; 2 HR; 8 BB; 14 K; R/ER: 8 IP/G:
In only FIVE of 22 games, did a starter manage to last at least 6 innings. Amazing. So the churning in the minors is going to continue – sort of like – the beatings will continue until the morale improves.
I guess the real reason they are doing that stupid tandem stuff in even the high minors is so that all these starters can think of themselves as 3 inning long relievers. Pretty tough to get a starter to think of going 6-7 inning per game when they adjust themselves to 75 pitches/4 innings, whichever comes first. I can’t see how on earth this does not mess with their minds, but
it’s the Astros problem, not mine…
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