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    Dear Astros,

    I really miss you. Can you please come back into loving arms of the National League Central? Your .673 OPS last year was truly divine. Your team WHIP of 1.43 made my heart sing. Come back to me.

    My Reds were 41-20 against you over the last four years. You are the only difference between last years and this years Reds' team. At this point last season, the Reds were 66-43 and were 7-2 against you, Houston. This year the Reds are 60-49 and haven't gotten the pleasure of going to your lovely park with its weird hill and train thingy.

    Please, bring back Jose Altuve. My beloved Reds could use a couple of outings against that Harrell guy and his 1.645 WHIP.

    Please, come back into the National League.

    Lovingly,
    Improbus
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    Re: Dear Astros,

    Remember, the Cards and Pirates would also have played them. It's not all that simple.
    "We know we're better than this, but we can't prove it." - Tony Gwynn

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    Re: Dear Astros,

    Hey, the Reds still get a 3 games series with the Astros in mid-September.

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    Re: Dear Astros,

    Quote Originally Posted by wheels View Post
    Remember, the Cards and Pirates would also have played them. It's not all that simple.
    I totally get it, but: Astros in NL Central = Guaranteed Wild Card spot.

    Ask the Athletics, they are 11-1 vs. the Astros this year. Without the Astros, they would be 52-44. With the Astros they are 63-45. Wow.
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    Re: Dear Astros,

    Quote Originally Posted by NebraskaRed View Post
    Hey, the Reds still get a 3 games series with the Astros in mid-September.
    It is marked on my calendar.

    BTW, Erik Bedard and Wesley Wright are the only two Astros to make over $1 million this year. Bedard makes 1.15 and Wright makes 1.02. Their entire team is arbitration or pre-arbitration eligible next year, except for Bedard. It is unbelievable. The only committed salary for next year is the $5.5 million they owe Wandy Rodriguez next year to play for the Pirates.
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    Re: Dear Astros,

    Also, the Pirates and Cardinals have already played the Astros.
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    Re: Dear Astros,

    The Astro's are an embarrassment to baseball.

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    Re: Dear Astros,

    Quote Originally Posted by NebraskaRed View Post
    Hey, the Reds still get a 3 games series with the Astros in mid-September.
    Yep, I'm going to all 3. Looking forward to it quite a bit.
    2014 predictions:
    99-63 WS champs (Cards take 2nd WC, Mil 3rd, Pit 4th, Chi 5th)
    Bruce/Votto neck and neck MVP race (neither takes it)
    Bailey CYA winner
    Hamilton ROY & GG

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    Re: Dear Astros,

    Quote Originally Posted by improbus View Post
    It is marked on my calendar.

    BTW, Erik Bedard and Wesley Wright are the only two Astros to make over $1 million this year. Bedard makes 1.15 and Wright makes 1.02. Their entire team is arbitration or pre-arbitration eligible next year, except for Bedard. It is unbelievable. The only committed salary for next year is the $5.5 million they owe Wandy Rodriguez next year to play for the Pirates.
    Yep. And they have built one of the best farm systems in the game in just 2 years. Give that club 3 to 5 years...and they're gonna be DARNED good. And with the finances to maintain it.
    2014 predictions:
    99-63 WS champs (Cards take 2nd WC, Mil 3rd, Pit 4th, Chi 5th)
    Bruce/Votto neck and neck MVP race (neither takes it)
    Bailey CYA winner
    Hamilton ROY & GG

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    Re: Dear Astros,

    Quote Originally Posted by _Sir_Charles_ View Post
    And with the finances to maintain it.
    That's something I think many tend to overlook. They have the resources to spend as they play in the 4th biggest US city and as recent as 2010 the payroll was $92.4 million.

    At the moment, they are merely conserving their money instead of spending it friviously during a dead period. It may not be the best strategy for selling tickets, but if you ask me, it's smart.
    "Since I've been with the Reds in 1989, we've never had a farm system this loaded," Bowden said. "If we were the New York Yankees and had unlimited dollars, we could have traded for Colon, (Jeff) Weaver, Rolen, (Cliff) Floyd, (Kenny) Rogers and Finley and gotten them all -- and still held onto our top five prospects. That's an amazing statement."

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    Re: Dear Astros,

    The Astros team payroll is at 13 million today, there are 66 players in the game who make at least that much.

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    Re: Dear Astros,

    Not just the 3 games with the Astros in September, but the Reds entire September schedule looks very favorable. 16 home, 10 away. 3 against Houston, 3 against the Mets, 3 against Milwaukee, 3 against the Cubs, 4 against the Cards, 6 against the Pirates. It could be an epic month. Or it could be horrible.

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    Re: Dear Astros,

    I'm just happy the Reds are in a 5 team division rather than 6. This phase of the Astros will pass.

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    Re: Dear Astros,

    Yeah. The six team division was a joke.
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    Re: Dear Astros,

    Altuve was a pain in the butt.


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