Archive for the 'Astros' Category

Can a particular kind of pitcher – or pitch – help defuse the home run explosion?

How the Houston Astros’ new High-A affiliate is settling into its impermanent situation.

The Killer-Bs and some killer pitching make the Astros a team to take seriously.

One-franchise lifers still exist in an era of diminished team control over player movement.

No, this isn’t about Nate Silver’s new relief pitcher statistic.

Do pitchers with different styles make a difference?

Scrapping historical precedent and starting over with the name game.

With the 2016 season now over, it’s time to incorporate the season’s statistics and see what changes are afoot.

Fifty-three years ago today, a woeful expansion team fielded a unique lineup.

Can it really be done?

Nearly two decades ago, when Montreal still had a major league team.

A tour of big league ballparks, if patiently undertaken, can show you what’s really inside.

The author’s annual baseball tour is all about — baseball!

There aren’t a ton, but there’s more than you might think.

A look at how and why there were so many big underperforming teams during the 2015 season.

Knowing when to “trust the process,” but also when to push the chips in.

Because baseball was meant to be enjoyed in six-second bursts on auto replay.

Collecting 2015 wind data for every ballpark.

In part two, an examination of the careers and lives of the Astros players who appeared in the book.

The first of two articles that looks back at what became of some of the players from Jim Bouton’s famous Ball Four.