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Stephen Higdon

  • joined Aug 03, 2008
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Optimizing the Astros lineup by The Book: The 2010 Edition(s)

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Trust us, if Brad Mills just took our advice the Astros wouldn't be averaging two runs per game in 2010...they'd probably be averaging three.

Philadelphia Phillies at Houston Astros, Apr 11, 2010 1:05 PM CDT

Because I'm in the process of finishing up a lineup optimization post, let's just analyze this...masterful...lineup by OBP/SLG (values are the average of CHONE and ZiPs projections for the...

What does Lance Berkman's absence mean to the Astros?

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Getting our nerd on to figure it out.

San Francisco Giants at Houston Astros, Apr 6, 2010 7:05 PM CDT

Join us as we watch Wandy try and ensure that the Astros spend at least one day as .500 team in 2010

Help me, help the Astros

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Let's take a stand against Taco Bell hot sauce defaming a great city.

The Astros, Love and Academic Probation

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Mediations on one's love for their team.

Because injuries and the Astros couldn't be discussed on April Fools Day

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Updates and analysis of the uphill battle the Astros have to fight on the health front.

Berkman, Arias, and Bazardo will start the season on the DL

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Footer reports that it's back dated to March, 26th meaning they'd have to wait until April 10th.

Astros cut 9: Majewski, Daigle, Castro, Chacin, Cash, Meyer, Shelton, Maysonet, Lopez.

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Astros cut 9: Majewski, Daigle, Castro, Chacin, Cash, Meyer, Shelton, Maysonet, Lopez.

via an Alyson Footer Tweet Maysonet, Shelton, and Daigle really, really surprise me.

Looking towards the Astros future: To buy or not buy? Lance Berkman is the question

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What if the Puma does have to walk away from the Astros not of his own volition?

Oswalt gets injection to stay on track

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But I have to wonder how long he'll stay on track.

Help a Tiger out...

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The nerdy one—not the philandering golfer.

Astros thank their lucky stars: Lance Berkman will begin his 2-4 week rehab today

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Send your thanks to the gods of baseball/knee-innards

Mills said first baseman Lance Berkman will have his left knee examined by team medical director...

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Mills said first baseman Lance Berkman will have his left knee examined by team medical director Dr. David Lintner on Friday in Kissimmee. Berkman sprained the knee early in the camp but has returned to game action. General manager Ed Wade said Berkman has had the knee drained twice because of a fluid build-up...

Or things that make you say, "crap!" for $1,000 Color me frightened.

From the geeks to the masses

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Lately, I've had baseball on the brain more so than usual.  I always have the Astros on the brain because it's my pseudo-job to do so.  The last week or two though, I have been engaging in more...

TCB's official Eff-you to Ed Wade haters

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Tired of being told how bad Ed Wade is, yet never quite sure why? We're here for you.

What will the Great Recession mean for baseball?

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It's a good question to ask, right?

How the 2010 Astros could go agley, aftly

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It's actually pretty easy when the plans that have been laid aren't the best to begin with.

Ozzie Guillen is on Twitter

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And it is the greatest thing ever. I give him another week before the White Sox either fire him for something he says, or his account is suddenly deleted.

More Astros prospect rankings (with some philosophizing, too)

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Astros prospect talk that has it all: prospects, drugs, & sex. Except sex, because it should be replaced by philosophizing about baseball. Oh, and drugs are just a metaphor, too.

Bud Norris' injury probabilities: The importance of context

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In the post-Verducci Effect era, what should Astros fans make of Bud Norris' Verducci-osity?

If Wandy Rodriguez were to not have caught fire in July, we’d be looking at him in a completely d...

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If Wandy Rodriguez were to not have caught fire in July, we’d be looking at him in a completely different light. Yes, he has the MLB award for July and the Astros Pitcher of the Year, but his $7 million asking figure could play a part in the arbitrators decision. There’s also the fact that Tal Smith has been playing the salary arbitration hearing game for some time. While not cleaning up by any stretch, the Astros have won 54 percent of the 13 cases they have been involved in since 1974. In 2008, the last time the Astros went to hearings, they won both their cases with Jose Valverde and Mark Lorretta, and have not lost a case since 1996...based on Rodriguez spike in July, his asking salary, and the Astros recent history in salary arbitration hearings, we’re going to side with the Astros winning the case.

Biz of Baseball's analysis on the Wandy decision. I don't know exactly who the arbiters are or how the process works, but if Tal Smith throwing out July's numbers succeeds, then I want to get in that line of work.

A-Rod and Bagwell are the same hitter?

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At least in terms of runs created offensively, in their bests season ranked best to worst. So, actually they're not, but there's a cool graph to look at none the less.

The 2010 Astros according to the clack/DQ projection system (and the return of the community projection project)

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The 2010 Astros according to the...experts...the Astros experts, at least. Homerism is checked at the door, but you try you hand and let it run loose in the community projection project.

Will Bud Norris' arm fall off? Not literally, but Astros fans should be worried

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A look at the numbers, expert opinion, and common sense that indicate Bud Norris may not be healthy enough to save the Astros rotation in 2010.

SBNation gets Facebook Friendly

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TCB gets Facebook Friendly

How much stock should the Astros put in Tommy Manzella's glove?

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Grappling with enigmatic defensive metrics and scouting reports leads to a tentative—at best—conclusion. But what is the conclusion?

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