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The Outside Corner:
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What else can baseball fans do in January but dream of October? In You May Say I'm a Dreamer, the Outside Corner staff will imagine the route to a World Series in 2013 title for all 30 teams.
2013 was supposed to be part of a full-scale rebuilding project for the Houston Astros. The team was supposed to lose 105 games (at least) and seemed to be a lock to clinch the first overall pick in the MLB Draft for the third straight year. But then, something funny happened. Houston kept their heads above water in April, playing a schedule loaded with new AL West rivals. In May and June, they survived against 2012 contenders, and fared surprisingly well against their former rivals in the NL Central. Going into the All-Star Break, the Astros were playing some inspired baseball.
As the midsummer classic passed the league by, Houston caught fire, and the rest of the division couldn't kick their games into a second gear. The Angels struggled as Mike Trout experienced a sophomore s...
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The 2012 season was not kind to the Astros at the major league level, as the team lost 107 games and looked thoroughly hopeless at times. However, the Astros' plan wasn't to compete in 2012, or even 2013...their plan was to compete in 2014 and beyond, and to that extent, the team succeeded by dumping all of their older, expensive assets for younger, cheap assets. In 2013...
The Houston Astros may have changed leagues and uniforms, but the chances of them changing their losing ways anytime soon is slim. When and if they do turn into contenders is going to depend heavily on a farm system that hasn't produced much in terms of top-end talent lately. However, hope may on the horizon, as there are finally more than a couple of high-ceiling prospects coming...
A new era has begun for the Houston Astros, who will be playing under a new manager, in a new league and even in new blue and orange uniforms.
Manager Bo Porter led several pitchers and catchers through an informal workout in Kissimmee, Fla., on Monday, a day before the Astros' first organized spring training workout as members of the American League.
He says the Astros can...
Continuing from our season preview of the Astros earlier today...
Will Houston's veterans perform well enough this season for the team to sell them in the summer for value, or will they be a total lost cause this year?
Here's the thing with this year's Astros team: they spent absolutely nothing this winter in the free agent market, and everyone is OK with...
Houston Astros right-hander Bud Norris figures to become one
of the most sought-after pitchers prior to the start of the 2013 season or by
the time the trade deadline rolls around, according to Nick Cafardo of The
Boston Globe. When the Astros do elect to trade Norris, the St. Louis Cardinals
and Baltimore Orioles are teams to watch, adds Cafardo.
Norris will be 28 years...
In the Nightmare Scenario series, we'll take a look at what the absolute worst case scenario for each team would be in 2013. Think of it as the negative complement to our You May Say I'm A Dreamer series that we'll be running during our preview series.
What exactly would a nightmare scenario be for a team that is expected to lose 100 games? The Astros aren't just...
In this year's X-Factor series, we're going to take a look at a player who is slipping a bit under the radar that could have a huge impact on the team in 2013.
In my mind, the X-Factor for the 2013 Houston Astros is center fielder Justin Maxwell. The Astros brought him in at the beginning of April after the Yankees DFAed him, and installed him in their outfield. Maxwell...
Alright folks, today is the day we've all been waiting for: the beginning of Spring Training. Pitchers and catchers are reporting to camp across Florida and Arizona, and we've made it. It's officially baseball season...woohoo!
How are we going to celebrate? In the next six weeks here at TOC (which not so coincidentally happens to be at the same time as the first six...