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Their one trip into town this year.   It won't work out for me to go sit by the Astros dugout and try to tamper with Carlos Correa heading towards 2022, but I know Elias has known him since probably he was like an 8th grader so doubt I have any value to add if anything is ultimately feasible, and the CBA outcome gives ownership comfort it can pay its coaches, etc.

Anyway, we only get to see Urquidy from their impressive batch of Latin American arms, but I thought here was an interesting chat tidbit just now from ex-Astro/now Fangraphs Goldstein on what might have been the frontier some years ago, but what Sig would probably call Table Stakes in 2021:

James: What was the Astros secret on international pitching signings? Framber, Javier, Urquidy, and Garcia all signed for peanuts, none have overpowering stuff, yet all are quality to borderline ace pitchers.

 

 
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Kevin Goldstein: The Astros were among the first to really dig into pitch data on international kids, and it’s really paid off.
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2 hours ago, sportsfan8703 said:

This series is going to be embarrassing. 

As opposed to the previous three series?  Is this team even capable of being more embarrassing than it already is?

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6 minutes ago, Frobby said:

As opposed to the previous three series?  Is this team even capable of being more embarrassing than it already is?

Don’t tempt fate. 

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I'm pretty disappointed the Diamondbacks won a game after losing 17 straight.  That might have been less embarrassing if they had lost just a few more........

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