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  1. Positive aspects of the Astros' season

    Christina Kahrl

    The Houston Astros took their 100th loss of the season on Tuesday night, making it three years in a row beyond the century mark in the loss column. Before this run of ignominy, the Astros had never lost 100 games in a season, no easy feat for any tea...

    Blog | September 18, 2013
  2. Need to add O, how about a platoon?

    Christina Kahrl

    It's easy to say spring training means nothing, that clubs know their rosters, and action from the Cactus or Grapefruit Leagues is just a time-filling cash cow that's about three weeks too long. But there are elective decisions to be made, and as muc...

    Blog | February 24, 2013
  3. Why Astros GM likes move to the AL

    Christina Kahrl

    The Astros are already in the business of doing things their own way. They've made that clear from the outset, going back to 2011 when they tabbed talent guru Jeff Luhnow from the Cardinals' front office to be their new general manager. They made the...

    Blog | February 14, 2013
  4. Yesterday's journeymen become 2012 stars

    Christina Kahrl

    At 28 years old and after spending much of the previous five seasons in Triple-A, Bryan LaHair was a purportedly "known" quantity -- Quadruple-A bat, perhaps a fill-in first baseman. In his one brief shot at The Show in Seattle in 2008, he split time...

    Blog | June 09, 2012
  5. Clearing the bases: Craig, Parker, Lowrie

    Christina Kahrl

    First base: That's where Allen Craig was playing for the Cardinals on Tuesday night, not just giving the Birds back the ninth bat they've missed, but more importantly giving them an immediate substitute for the still-injured Lance Berkman. Much like ...

    Blog | May 02, 2012
  6. All-time great Ivan Rodriguez departs

    Christina Kahrl

    You know when you shake hands with a former catcher. It's like having an overstuffed bag of walnuts put in your palm and then having it squeeze the circulation out of your mitts. It's the fingers, of course, broken so often that they seem as though s...

    Blog | April 19, 2012
  7. Sunday Roster Roundup

    Christina Kahrl

    With initial active rosters picked, we've seen a few of the same long-term trends perpetuate themselves in terms of roster set-up. Despite the less crowded April schedule that might seem to make carrying seven relievers, let alone eight, unnecessary,...

    Blog | April 08, 2012
  8. First-base question marks

    Christina Kahrl

    On Tuesday I ran through Freddie Freeman's projections and reasons to feel good and bad about his 2012, but there's a larger point to make about young first basemen these days, starting with this: Freeman's one of the success stories. Look around ...

    Blog | February 22, 2012
  9. Will 2012 see too many 100-loss teams?

    Christina Kahrl

    Where were you when the game embraced the new bad? Not the old bad, mind you -- depending on which generation you're in, that could mean the Major League Indians in the '80s, or it might be the Kansas City A's. Those were teams so hapless and hopeles...

    Blog | February 03, 2012
  10. Defining who's Mr. Average

    Christina Kahrl

    With all of this talking about production up the middle or at the four corners over the past 25 years, it might also be helpful to put this into perspective by asking: Who's average? Here again, I'm indebted to Clay Davenport's work in creating Eq...

    Blog | January 29, 2012
  11. Luhnow's long-term task with Astros

    Christina Kahrl

    Hiring a general manager is a unique, defining opportunity for an organization. The AL-bound Astros may have done exactly that, defining themselves and their future by hiring minor league honcho Jeff Luhnow from the Cardinals to be their new GM. He g...

    Blog | December 15, 2011
  12. NL Central: Three fixes for each team

    Christina Kahrl

    Now in its last-ever season as Bud Selig's six-team division, the NL Central gave us the league's pennant contenders, and figures to give us one of the most interesting offseasons of any division in baseball. Not least because the challenges confront...

    Blog | November 30, 2011
  13. Astros' move consistent with Selig's past

    Christina Kahrl

    The Astros' eventual move to the AL West was something we all knew was in the works. Now it's set for 2013, the latest move in Bud Selig's long, successful and reliably Machiavellian stewardship of the game. You can wonder if it would have happened h...

    Blog | November 17, 2011
  14. Realignment would bring back DH debate

    Christina Kahrl

    Next week, the GM and owners' meetings in Milwaukee will have a number of issues to address, but one of the ones I'm most intrigued by is the sale of the Houston Astros to Jim Crane. The deal is hung up on a few things, but perhaps the most interesti...

    Blog | November 10, 2011
  15. Front-office turnover reflects larger trends

    Christina Kahrl

    There's an awkward symmetry in what's happened in the recent front-office shuffle. It might seem strange that two GMs -- Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer -- wound up in Chicago with the Cubs. While Ben Cherington's getting his first shot in Boston, the win...

    Blog | November 08, 2011
  16. The lone Astro: Pence delivers

    Christina Kahrl

    The All-Star Game gets to be a lot of things to a lot of different people, but for some players, it's an opportunity. It's an opportunity to represent their team and their city, and maybe, just maybe, do something that reminds fans who don't see them...

    Blog | July 13, 2011