Houston Astros Analysis

2018 Year-End MLB Team Portfolio Rankings

by Andrew Perna & John Watson

Dec 26, 2018 5:34 PM

The Red Sox, Astros and Dodgers comprise this year's top-3 with the Yankees and Cubs right behind them. Read more »

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2018 ALCS Preview: Houston Astros Vs. Boston Red Sox

by John Watson

Oct 12, 2018 2:57 PM

The ALCS is a thing of beauty with two regular-season behemoths fighting for a spot in the World Series. Read more »

Tags: Boston Red Sox, Houston Astros, IQ

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Postseason Prospects: Thoughts On The MLB Playoff Races

by John Watson

Aug 29, 2018 1:08 PM

While there is only one truly interesting race in the AL, the National League has come to the rescue this year and offers a veritable cornucopia of tantalizing scenarios. Read more »

Tags: Arizona Diamondbacks, Chicago Cubs, Colorado Rockies, Houston Astros, Los Angeles Dodgers, Milwaukee Brewers, Seattle Mariners, St. Louis Cardinals, IQ

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Grading The MLB Trade Deadline: The Biggest Winners And Losers

by John Watson

Picking out the best of the best (Dodgers and Twins) and the worst of the worst (Astros). Read more »
A Little Unfair: On The Astros' Rotation Riches

by John Watson

The Astros' rotation almost certainly won't be this good all year long, but it's worth admiring just how good they've been to this point, because they are historically good right now, just as their offense was last year. Read more »
Predictions For The 2018 MLB Season (Bold, Tepid & Otherwise)

by John Watson

Predicting the regular season awards, division winners and what will happen in the always unpredictable October. Read more »
Grading The Offseason: AL West

by John Watson

On the moves the Angels, A's, Mariners and Rangers made to close the gap on the Astros. Read more »
Grading The Deal: Houston Aims To Repeat With Gerrit Cole Trade

by John Watson

The Astros traded away a number of moderately useful players for a singular pitcher. A pitcher who has Cy Young potential, but also has question marks. Read more »
2017 Year-End MLB Team Portfolio Rankings

by Andrew Perna & John Watson

The Astros, Dodgers, Yankees, Indians and Cubs comprise our top-5 as we enter 2018. Read more »
The Morning After: On The Houston Astros' World Series Win

by John Watson

We should appreciate the Astros emerging victorious from the melee that is MLB's postseason for what it is: a glorious convergence of luck and design that was a very long time in the making, and one that couldn't have happened to a better city at a better time. Read more »
2017 World Series Preview: Houston Astros Vs. Los Angeles Dodgers

by John Watson

The Dodgers and Astros are a pair of juggernauts meeting in the World Series. We dig in with a full breakdown and position-by-position comparison to take our best guess on who might win. Read more »
2017 ALCS Preview: Houston Astros Vs. New York Yankees

by John Watson

The Astros were a 101-win team while the Yankees had a Pythagorean record of 101 wins. While Houston has a slight edge, this series is a proverbial toss-up. Read more »
To V Or Not To V: Should The Astros Trade For Justin Verlander?

by John Watson

Barring getting fleeced by Detroit, Houston should grab the best pitcher still available and give their lineup a little bit of help for the inevitable postseason. Read more »
Appreciating The Underappreciated: The Astros' Marwin Gonzalez

by John Watson

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

by John Watson

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 »
Grading The Offseason: AL West

by John Watson

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

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