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Off Season Meeting of the Bloggers

Posted in Houston Astros with tags , , , , , on February 28, 2010 by beckeesh

In a not-so-quiet spot in Texas this December, Cabeza de Vaca, Berkmaniac, and I met for a blogging conference.

OK, it was a party, but we found time to get together to offer random predictions about the 2010 MLB season.

note: quotes are approximate and reflect the facility of the transcriber

Bermaniac: Randy Wolf will be a disaster for the Brewers.  He will be the worst signing per dollar for the year off of free agency.  Put it down, Beckeesh.  9-12 4.8 ERA

Cabeza: We will not stick with Manzella as our shortstop.  Maysonet and Blum will fill in.  Paulino will come out and not do well.  They’ll try to send him to Round Rock but he’s out of options, so he won’t go.  He’ll go to another team and do well for them.

Berkmaniac: Paulino will win at least 12 games with Houston.  He will be in the minors for no more than two weeks barring injuries.

Win/Loss Predictions:

Berkmaniac: 89-73 If Paulino plays and he’s lost 20 pounds; we’ll compete for the Wild Card. At best, we lose in the NLCS.

Beckeesh: 72-90

Cabeza: 74-88

Cabeza: Mills is gonna be awesome.  They’re gonna play hard for that guy.

Beckeesh: I hate Mills.

Berkmaniac: Beckeesh will love Pedro Feliz.  She will follow Feliz by the end of May.  She will blog about him.

Cabeza: “Feliz means happy!” Feliz will do really well on Beckeesh’s birthday and she will write a blog titled Feliz Cumpleanos!

NL Central Predictions:

Berkmaniac:

Cardinals

Brewers

Astros

Cubs

Reds

Pirates

Cabeza:

Cardinals

Cubs

Brewers

Reds

Astros

Pirates

second note: I was reminded of this meeting when I found myself feeling crazy love for Pedro Feliz based on one article in the Houston Chronicle. Soy feliz, Cabeza!  Let’s have a great sub-par season!!


Rebuilding – One Position at a Time

Posted in Houston Astros with tags , , , , , , , , on February 6, 2010 by beckeesh

What the heck?!  It’s a bad time to wake up to being an Astros fan.

First (and most importantly of course) the Orioles get Tejada for only $6 million?  If that sounds like a lot to you, then consider this: we’re paying a combined $6 million at third base, and that’s only counting $4.5 million to Feliz and $1.5 million to Blum.  (Yes, BLUM!)  Of course, Keppinger is back.  How should we count his salary?  I hear you, utility… but then why am I reading that Blum is utility?  And we resigned Jason Michaels, and some guy named Cory Sullivan?!  How many thirty-plus year old utility players do we need?

Back to shortstop, though.  I keep hearing that even if we had resigned Tejada, we would’ve demanded he play third base.  Yes, because Manzella needs to play.  We have too many prospects in the minor leagues, people.  Ahh!!!

I apologize for being so sarcastic and negative.  I do.  It’s just that I really don’t want Geoff Blum on this team, and I really do not see the point of Jason Michaels.  And I do not understand why we are throwing perfectly good money at plenty of old players, except for the one old player who produced for us.

Geez, I am so negative.  I’m sick of myself.  I need to get in the Astros spirit.  Maybe I’ll go shopping for some fan gear.  A pinstripe Brandon Lyon jersey will surely make me feel better.