Tuesday, June 2, 2015



The Houston Astros, the making of a CHAMPION

The Houston Astros might be the biggest surprise to the average fan, but not to the sportswriters and editors here at McCabe Magazine. Our season preview selected this club to win the American League South Division with a 96-66 record. They currently lead the division with a 37-13 record and have a 12 game lead over the second place Texas Rangers (25-25). After finishing last in the division 3 straight seasons, the Astros was poised to ambush the competition this season with its stockpile of young talent. The headliners of the young talent is Leftfielder Richie Brush (12 HR, 38 RBI, 297 BA), DH Blake Henson (16 HR, 44 RBI, 281 BA), and 1B Magglio Palacios (9 HR, 37 RBI, 346 BA). Brush and Henson were both 1st round selections in seasons 21 and 22 respectively, with Palacios being an International Free Agent signee in season 21. 

Free Agents Find a Home

Don’t let us forget about the veterans on this club, such as season 26 Free Agent Quinton Bryne  an 8 time All-Star and National League Most Valuable Player, 3 time All-Star Tony Savage (RF), and pitchers Angel Duran  (16 G, 4-0, 0.98 WHIP, 0.63 ERA), Pedro Rodrigo (19 G, 3-0, 0.96 WHIP, 1.81 ERA), Edgardo Cabrera (8 G, 1-1, 0.92 WHIP, 2.61 ERA),and starter Tommie Simmons (10 GS, 7-0, 1.12 WHIP, 2.64 ERA). Duran (left Arizona), and Rodrigo (Boston) were both FA signings this season and Timmons was acquired in a trade with the Rangers, the 2nd place Rangers I might add. We saw this monster beginning to come alive last season with the change of ownership. New Owner mitt0108 made some eye-popping moves in Free Agency and some curious trades that some felt were insane, some thought brilliant, and I believed it was diabolical. The Astros have become that kind of monster that made the AL owners run through the village with torches screaming “IT’S ALIVE.”

From worst to first, the Astros have risen from the ashes, looking to capture its first division crown since season 9 and second division title in team history.      


The Robert E.
McCabe Magazine Power Rankings

New York, NY (McC) - The power rankings are an average of the following team statistics; Winning Percentage, OPS, Runs Scored, ERA, WHIP, and Fielding Percentage. 

TOP 10
Rank Franchise Owner W L
1 Houston Astros mitt0108 31 11
2 Chicago Cubs carseneau 31 11
3 Anaheim Angels captain10a 25 17
4 Washington D.C. Nationals Saffron 25 17
5 Cincinnati Reds cpintens 23 19
6 Florida Marlins lido9613 25 17
7 San Diego Padres jgarron 24 18
8 Minnesota Twins optistrat 22 20
9 Detroit Tigers patrickkm 25 17
10 Pittsburgh Pirates sportbanker 24 18
Rank Franchise Owner W L
11 Atlanta Braves bigsammich 25 17
12 Oakland Athletics jefepwnzer 22 20
13 Los Angeles Dodgers Arte 27 15
14 Toronto Blue Jays dimestoregin 21 21
15 New York Mets basebalguru 23 19
Rank Franchise Owner W L
16 Chicago White Sox kgrffth 22 20
17 Texas Rangers goldenbaer88 20 22
18 Boston Red Sox pat007ohmss 23 19
19 Colorado Rockies axtell 22 20
20 San Francisco Giants wylie715 18 24

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