Some interesting Houston related articles floating around the internet. A Wednesday doesn’t usually provide so many interesting news stories so some of these articles are not from today but they are within the week.
- Earlier today, Baseball America chose Byron Buxton as MiLB Player Of The Year. This is following the USA Today announcement that they chose Xander Bogaerts for MiLB Player Of The Year. Here was my take from earlier today on the mistakes both of them made.
- Ray Kuhn of CTH talks about the Astros shutting down Jared Cosart.
After his start Monday night against the Seattle Mariners, the Astros shut Jarred Cosart down for the season. I know innings limits and pitcher’s workloads are a touchy subject, but I think this was the right decision.
- Jonah Keri of Grantland wrote about the future of the Astros pitching staff.
The Astros don’t have to worry much about starting pitching for the rest of this year, not in the last lap of a season in which they’ll lose 100-plus games. What matters here is the future. And while pitching is a ludicrously volatile commodity, Houston has quietly built the foundation for a potentially intriguing rotation.
- Ben Dubose wrote about an interesting idea potentially pushing Chandler Parsons to early free agency. At first it may seem like a bad idea, but check out the article as he makes some great points.
The 2014 scenario, which means declining Chandler’s option for 2014-15 and allowing him to hit restricted free agency, would give the Rockets the right to match any outside offer and likely result in a more team-friendly contract.
Meanwhile, the 2015 route would offer future cap flexibility by giving Houston two more seasons of cheap labor (sub-$1 million) from Parsons along with a miniscule July 2015 cap hold of $1.8 million.
- Check out these new billboards around Houston:
— Houston Rockets (@HoustonRockets) September 10, 2013
- Look what Hakeem Olajuwon has to say in this tweet:
— Hakeem Olajuwon (@DR34M) September 10, 2013
- Here are my thoughts from the Texans MNF opener against the Charger.
- Paul Kuharsky of ESPN wrote about the Titans starting to look like the Texans on offense.
One offseason theme that emerged as Dowell Loggains wrote up a new playbook for the Titans was that Tennessee’s offense would look similar to Houston’s.
The Texans cut wide receiver Kevin Walter after the season in a cost-cutting move, and he jumped to the Titans on April. 4.
- Here is your weekly Ed Reed update:
Ed Reed was full-go at practice, but today was a light practice. “jog through” according to Kubiak. #Texans
— Tania Ganguli (@taniaganguli) September 11, 2013