Astros Farm System | Hack-A-Howard | Case Keenum’s Houston debut
- Jim Callis (MiLB.com) (video) says the Astros have the best farm system in the Majors.
The Astros haven’t given their fans much cause for joy lately. They’ve posted the worst record in the Major Leagues and set a new franchise mark for losses in each of the past three seasons. Houston, 51-111 this year, is the first team to finish at the bottom of the big leagues for three straight years since the 1962-65 Mets, who set the standard for futility.
- Peter Gammons on the Astros hire of Brent Strom.
- Greg Thurston (Climbing Tal’s Hill) on the Astros scariest moment of 2013.
- Astros tweet of the weekend…
— Morgan Ensberg (@MorganEnsberg) November 1, 2013
- Jonathan Feigen (Houston Chronicle) on the Hack-A-Howard strategy by the Mavericks.
The Rockets knew it was coming, having seen the ploy for years and used it themselves, but the first hack-a-Dwight arrived ahead of schedule. The Dallas Mavericks had slowed the Rockets after the initial burst Friday night. But midway through the third quarter, Mavs coach Rick Carlisle did not want to just tap the brakes, he wanted to slam them through the floor boards. He called for the Mavericks to intentionally foul Howard, and for a few minutes and a few clanked free throws, it worked.
- Bryson Jones (Space City Scoop) on the Asik/Howard duo.
- Jon Bois (SBNation) with a fun conversation chilling with Jeremy Lin.
- Rockets tweet of the weekend…
— Daryl Morey (@dmorey) November 3, 2013
- Brian T. Smith (Houston Chronicle) on the legend of Case Keenum.
There’s a pair of patient mothers who have spent hours holding spots for their sons, a nervous man clutching an oversized Texans team picture, and a woman from Katy who showed up at 5:15 a.m. Tuesday at a suburban Houston credit union, thinking she might be first in line. Finding out she was, she waited in her car before other fans arrived, then spent more than 12 hours killing time until her No. 1 wristband was snapped off and Case Keenum picked up a Sharpie to sign a replica of his No. 7 Texans jersey.
- Andrew Perloff (Sports Illustrated) says Keenum is no stranger to long odds.
- Tania Ganguli (ESPN) on the Texans RB situation for Sunday.
- Texans tweet of the weekend…
— SNF on NBC (@SNFonNBC) November 2, 2013