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Westbrook’s Help Pretty Close To Harden’s During Season

National sports personalities are highly annoying this time of year.

After ONE PLAYOFF GAME (Game 1 of Rockets-Thunder) in which his teammates struggled, many implied that they played like that the whole year and said “Look at what Westbrook has to play with.”

Well why don’t we… Continue reading Westbrook’s Help Pretty Close To Harden’s During Season

George Springer Not Providing RBI Opportunities For Teammates

Let’s take a closer look at George Springer’s production.

16 games is a relatively small sample size, but it is also about 10% of the season. Continue reading George Springer Not Providing RBI Opportunities For Teammates

Rockets Should Be Happy With Playoff Bracket

While I was hoping we would get Utah in the first round, I was really hoping that we would not get the Clippers or Memphis.

The Rockets have had a tough time against those two teams over the last few seasons.

With us getting the Thunder, our depth should be enough to win the series.

Their starting lineup can certainly matchup with ours though. Westbrook and Oladipo can compete with Harden and Beverley. Adams is a similar player to Capela, although I actually like this matchup because we don’t have to worry about Capela getting overpowered by Adams.

Roberson is a terrific defender, much like Ariza. We’ve seen him give fits to Harden – and those cheap 3-point shooting fouls that James loves to draw always seem to not be called as often in the playoffs. If Roberson can find his shot (which is unlikely), then the Rockets might be in trouble.

Gibson vs Anderson is an interesting matchup. I think Gibson is athletic enough to stay with Anderson on the perimeter, so there may not be as many spot-up 3s for him. But, that should open up the lane for Harden. And if Gibson does decide to help on Harden, then Anderson may have chance for an open look.

Moving on to the rest of the West, I think it sets up about as well as it could for the Rockets.

Assuming we win Round One, we won’t have to play the Warriors or Clippers in Round 2.

Those two teams will likely be battling each other in their own Round 2 series, which could be good for the Rockets – assuming we get past our own Round 2 series. Remember when we beat the Clippers in ’15, they had just won a tough 7 game series against the Spurs.

Now, we most likely will have to play the Spurs. But the Rockets vs Spurs games this year have been 50/50 and fun to watch. Even the losses were games in which the Rockets had the lead late. I think the Rockets would feel good about their chances against the Spurs.

And, Memphis is a team that could actually pull an upset against them in the first round.

Mike Conley can compete with any PG, whether it be Parker or Mills. Tony Allen might be the best defender in the league, so if anyone can get Kawhi off his game then it would be him. And, LaMarcus Aldridge won’t have an easy task against Marc Gasol – a great player who won DPOY not too long ago AND will make Aldridge work on the defensive end.

But, the Spurs depth will likely lead them to a win and a 2nd round matchup with us.

Before that, let’s focus on the series with the Thunder.

Remember, the Thunder used to be the Sonics – a team that broke the Rockets hearts a few times… in ’96, ’93, ’89, ’87

Can’t wait for Sunday at 8.

 

Astros Finally Have Proper Batting Order

I’ve been hoping to see a lefty bat in the #2 spot for awhile now. I was thinking Aoki, but Reddick works just fine too.

I was happy to turn the game on tonight against Seattle and see that Reddick was sandwiched between Springer and Altuve.

Even against a LHP, I would still like to see Reddick or Aoki hitting #2.  When we stack all of our right handed batters at the top, I actually think it helps the pitcher adjust to facing right handed bats. Continue reading Astros Finally Have Proper Batting Order

James Harden Points

If James Harden plays in the Rockets last 3 games of the season (including tonight, which he has already started), then he would need to score 146 points – an average of 48.66 points – to average 30 ppg for the season. It would technically be 29.95 points.

If he only plays in two of the games, he would need to score 116 points – an average of 58 points per game.

It’s hard to think a player averaging 29 points, 11 assists, and 8 rebounds (as Harden is now) on a 3rd place team could lose an MVP race to a player on a 6th place team (Russell Westbrook). But with Westbrook breaking the record for triple-doubles, 30 PPG for Harden would be a nice touch.

Astros Need To Change Up The Batting Order

This is just an idea to get our bats going.

Looking at some of the successful teams from last year, like the Cubs and Rangers, I noticed that they changed the batting order quite a bit. Continue reading Astros Need To Change Up The Batting Order

Astros, Mariners 4/6 Game Log

Ariel Miranda left two hanging sliders right down the middle and Beltran missed them both. But undoubtedly Mariners’ broadcasters say he “pitched well to get out of the jam.”

Jose Altuve is looking like RISP and Playoff Altuve… which is not good.

On that hit and run double play, Springer could not have asked for a better pitch to hit a ground ball to the right side: A low and away fastball in the strike zone.

Minute Maid Park New Look

Minute Maid Park is about to host its first game with the updated center field tonight.  I am glad that Tal’s Hill is finally gone, I think it messed with our hitters knowing they couldn’t hit one out to CF.

With the updates, I’ll be anxious to see how it looks in real life instead of just the few pictures that have been released. Honesty, from the picture of the “ivy” wall (it’s fake plastic), it kind of looks out of place to me. Continue reading Minute Maid Park New Look

My Astros Trade Proposal for Jose Quintana

First, I definitely would not trade Alex Bregman. He is such a baseball natural, and I see him developing much the same way as a previous Houston baseball natural – Jeff Bagwell. Baggy didn’t have great size or speed, but worked his butt off in the weight room and in studying the game to join Barry Bonds as the ONLY PLAYERS IN MLB HISTORY with two 40 HR/ 30 SB seasons.

Continue reading My Astros Trade Proposal for Jose Quintana

Looking Ahead To 2017-18 For Houston Rockets

When looking at the Houston Rockets’ team needs for next season, I really couldn’t find a whole lot. The Rockets seem to have everything a team needs. They have playmakers, shooters, rim protectors, energy players, perimeter defenders, and depth. The only potential hole I see for next year is a reliable post player – assuming Nene doesn’t come back… Continue reading Looking Ahead To 2017-18 For Houston Rockets