Houston Astros Analysis

Appreciating The Underappreciated: The Astros' Marwin Gonzalez

by John Watson

May 19, 2017 4:04 PM

If he keeps hitting like this, Marwin Gonzalez will transform from a "useful utility/bench player" to a "Swiss Army knife/Ben Zobrist-like player." Read more »

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Predictions For The 2017 MLB Season (Bold, Tepid & Otherwise)

by John Watson

Mar 31, 2017 1:59 PM

Here are some predictions for the 2017 season, organized by team. If we make enough; some safe, some crazy, surely, we'll get some right, right? Cue: the rumbling laughter of the baseball gods. Read more »

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Grading The Offseason: AL West

by John Watson

Feb 10, 2017 4:52 PM

Where the Astros sprinted out of the offseason gate and then relaxed, the Mariners did the started off sprinting and never stopped. Read more »

Tags: Houston Astros, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Oakland Athletics, Seattle Mariners, Texas Rangers, IQ

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2016 Year-End MLB Team Portfolio Rankings

by Andrew Perna & John Watson

The Cubs won the 2016 World Series but they rank behind the Dodgers and Red Sox in terms of the value of their collective assets. Read more »
Grading The Deals: Astros Sign Reddick & Morton, Trade For McCann

by John Watson

The Astros have been the busiest team in baseball over the last few days in adding Josh Reddick, Brian McCann and Charlie Morton in a series of reasonable yet underwhelming moves. Read more »
Rookie Rankings: Who's Number One (AL Edition)

by John Watson

Michael Fulmer, Chris Devenski, Tyler Naquin and Gary Sanchez headline the American League's best rookies. Read more »
The Kind Of Curious Case Of Carlos Gomez

by John Watson

We don't often see players who were as good as Carlos Gomez was as recently as he was getting released in late August by teams that aren't out of the playoff picture yet, even if the player has been struggling mightily, so all this bears a little deep thinking. Read more »
Grading The Deals: On The AL Trade Deadline

by John Watson

On the moves by the Rangers, Astros, A's, Yankees and Indians at the deadline, headlined by Jonathan Lucroy. Read more »
Grading The Deal: Astros Sign Yulieski Gurriel To $47.5M Deal

by John Watson

The Astros jumped on an interesting player who was available with no strings attached other than cash money. If it works out, they address the so-called problems of figuring out where to play players or trading them later. Read more »
The (Even More) Amazing Jose Altuve Has Arrived

by John Watson

At $6.5 million a pop for 2018 and 2019, if the new Jose Altuve turns out to be for real, he’ll not only be one of the most valuable players in baseball, but also one of the best values. Read more »
Hanging Onto Hope In Houston

by John Watson

If the Astros can get some more luck offensively and not have all of their starters underperforming at once, they're going to be winning way more games than they are right now to dig out of the hole of their slow start. Read more »
Ranking MLB's Best Hitter-Pitcher Combinations

by Andrew Perna

It's difficult to win a World Series on the strength of just two stars, but having a superstar hitter and pitcher is as good a place as any to start building a contender. Read more »
Qualified To Play Ball: The State Of The Qualifying Offer

by John Watson

Players are waiting months to find a team. Players are getting paid way less than they would be otherwise. Big market teams are using the QOS to undercut the market value of their free agents and end up with them back in the fold on cheap deals. Read more »
Grading The Offseason: AL West

by John Watson

Breaking down the moves made by the A's, Rangers, Angels, Mariners and Astros. Read more »
2015 Year-End MLB Team Portfolio Rankings

by Andrew Perna & John Watson

The MLB has an ever-changing landscape but this creation of a hierarchal ranking gives a look to how we would choose their collective situations at the end of 2015. Read more »
Grading The Deal: Jed Lowrie Traded To The A's (Again)

by John Watson

Most teams would jump at the chance to trade a AA relief pitching prospect for a switch hitting, multiple position fielding major leaguer on a reasonable AAV, and jump the A's did in bring back Jed Lowrie. Read more »
Cardinals End Season Atop OPSERA Rankings

by Scott McCourtney

Adam Wainwright and Yadier Molina go down, but the Cardinals remain the class of baseball. Can they make yet another extended playoff run? Read more »
Blue Jays Rocket Into Top Five

by Scott McCourtney

The Blue Jays have been red-hot since acquiring Troy Tulowitzki and David Price, moving into the top five for the first time all season. Read more »
NL Dominates OPSERA Rankings For August 18th

by Scott McCourtney

The National League reigns supreme this week with the Cardinals, Dodgers and Pirates sitting atop our rankings. Read more »
Grading The Deal: Astros Deal For Scott Kazmir

by Andrew Perna

The Astros were smart to jump on Scott Kazmir, who bolsters their rotation without coming at the cost of someone like Cole Hamels or Johnny Cueto. Read more »

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