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    Quote Originally Posted by texacotea View Post
    What settings are you using?
    I'm using my own sliders. They are in the vault, I have multiple versions in there and you'll definitely want to use the most current set.

    I use Dynamic Difficulty and Quick Counts and I allow the CPU to handle my fielding, throwing and baserunning.

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    OK, I've made it to midseason. The Astros are 42-39 at the halfway mark in a season that has featured an 11-game winning streak and a 9-game losing streak. Houston is just 10-18 over the last 28 games after peaking at 32-21.

    AL Standings

    EAST
    Toronto 48-34 --
    Tampa 39-43 9.0
    Baltimore 34-45 12.5
    NY Yankees 34-45 12.5
    Boston 34-46 13.0

    CENTRAL
    Kansas City 49-31 --
    Cleveland 45-36 4.5
    Detroit 41-38 7.5
    Minnesota 36-43 12.5
    Chi Sox 34-48 16.0

    WEST
    Texas 45-34 --
    Houston 42-39 4.0
    Oakland 41-38 4.0
    Seattle 41-39 4.5
    LA Angels 38-41 7.0

    NL Standings

    EAST
    Atlanta 47-33 --
    Washington 41-39 6.0
    Miami 39-42 8.5
    Philadelphia 35-45 12.0
    NY Mets 34-46 13.0

    CENTRAL
    Milwaukee 50-32 --
    St. Louis 46-36 4.0
    Cincinnati 42-38 7.0
    Pittsburgh 33-47 16.0
    Chi Cubs 28-52 21.0

    WEST
    LA Dodgers 53-29 --
    San Francisco 42-39 10.5
    San Diego 41-39 11.0
    Arizona 38-44 15.0
    Colorado 36-45 16.5



    Astros Team Statistics (MLB Rank in parenthesis)

    Batting Average: .249 (26)
    Runs: 339 (13)
    Doubles: 121 (T-21)
    Triples: 16 (6)
    Home Runs: 79 (16)
    RBI: 327 (19)
    Stolen Bases: 34 (17)
    Stolen Base %: .586 (29)
    Base on Balls: 219 (20)
    Strikeouts: 688 (30)
    Slugging %: .385 (22)
    On-Base %: .302 (28)
    Total Bases: 1105 (16)
    GIDP: 61 (29)

    Assists: 827 (1)
    Errors: 43 (17)
    Fielding %: .986 (13)
    ERA: 3.86 (18)
    Complete Games: 4 (T-25)
    Shutouts: 6 (T-12)
    Saves: 25 (T-7)
    Blown Saves: 16 (30)
    Runs Allowed: 338 (18)
    Earned Runs: 321 (21)
    HR Allowed: 101 (30)
    BB Allowed: 260 (25)
    Strikeouts: 601 (13)



    AL League Leaders

    Batting: Cabrera DET .412

    Doubles: Cabrera DET 23

    Triples: Reyes TOR 11

    Home Runs: Cabrera DET 32

    RBI: Cabrera DET 85

    Runs: Cabrera DET 59

    Stolen Bases: Bourn CLE 19

    Slugging %: Cabrera DET .838

    OPS: Cabrera DET 1.328

    Wins: Lewis TEX 12

    Saves: Holland KC, Feliz TEX 27

    ERA: Cobb TB 1.87

    Shutouts: Salazar CLE, Masterson CLE, Iwakuma SEA 3

    Strikeouts: Johnson MIN 125

    Innings Pitched: Cobb TB 115.2

    WHIP: Cobb TB 0.95


    NL Leaders

    Batting: Yelich MIA .328

    Doubles: Goldschmidt ARI 25

    Triples: Span WAS 8

    Home Runs: Gonzalez LA 20

    RBI: Gonzalez LA 66

    Runs: Goldschmidt ARI 53

    Stolen Bases: Cabrera SD 28

    Slugging %: Votto CIN .577

    OPS: Votto CIN .978

    Wins: Lohse MIL 12

    Saves: Rosenthal StL 26

    ERA: Fernandez MIA 1.86

    Shutouts: Beckett LA 4

    Strikeouts: Fernandez MIA 117

    Innings Pitched: Kershaw LA 124.2

    WHIP: Kershaw LA 0.94


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    Jose Altuve
    23-year-old second baseman, Jose Altuve is hitting .260 with 4 home runs and 23 RBI in 327 AB over the course of 77 games played. Altuve, a speedster, has been a bit of a disappointment on the basepaths. Despite 12 doubles and 39 runs, Jose has stolen just 11 of 18 bases to put a damper on his overall performance. His .260 average is a little deceiving as he was hitting below the Mendoza Line in the month of April but has turned his season around with a 20-game hitting streak in May. Altuve has drawn 24 walks, second to only George Springer (26), has a .310 OBP and boasts a .986 fielding percentage.

    Chris Carter
    The big 26-year-old has seen time at first, both corner outfield positions and as the Houston DH. Carter is hitting a paltry .233 with 102 strikeouts in 309 AB (78 games). However, Carter's power has returned this season, forcing manager Bo Porter to keep his bat in the lineup. the 250-lb righty has accounted for 17 long balls and 46 RBI for Houston. Chris has walked 23 times and has grounded into 10 double plays. He has been nearly perfect in the field, committing just 2 errors for a .996 fielding percentage.

    Matt Dominguez
    24-year-old Matt Dominguez has frustrated as much as any player on the Astros' big league roster. In 69 games (270 AB) he is hitting just .222 but his 9 HRs and 27 RBI have shown that he is capable of more. Without another viable option at the hot corner, Porter has had to suffer through 10 Dominguez errors (.934) - a number that adds to the call for Matt's replacement in the everyday lineup.

    George Springer
    Springer, 24, debuted in center field on Opening Day and has been spectacular in the field this season. A .987 fielding percentage doesn't tell the whole story for the AL's leading ROY candidate. Springer has made the impossible - routine - in the Houston outfield. Adding to his flash in the field, George is tied with Chris Carter for the team lead in home runs with 17 and is second to Carter with 36 RBIs. Despite his .232 average, Springer has stolen 8 bases and has walked 26 times. His .769 OPS tells of a bright future for the Houston star.

    Jason Castro
    Castro has appeared in 65 games and recorded 246 ABs. The 26-year-old Astro catcher is hitting .232 with 3 HR and 31 RBI this season. Castro, who has 12 doubles, leads the club with 6 Sac Flies and is error-free despite 32 Assists and 459 Put Outs. Despite his offensive dip from last year's numbers (.276, 18, 56), Castro is entrenched as the number one option behind the plate for Houston.

    Alex Presley
    In 67 games (243 AB), Alex Presley has played all 3 outfield positions. Presley, 28, is hitting .263 with 5 homers and 28 runs batted in. He's also added 11 doubles and 3 stolen bases to go with a mediocre .972 fielding percentage. At this stage, his ability to hit for a respectable average and show position flexibility in the Houston outfield are Alex;s biggest assets.

    Jon Singleton
    Singleton, 22, also debuted on Opening Day this season. A rising star that is viewed as the first baseman of the future in Houston, Singleton has seen just 150.2 innings in the field, featuring mostly as a DH. Jon has hit .247 with 5 homers and 25 RBI in 231 AB (68 games). Jon has 9 doubles and has not committed an error in 171 defensive chances this season.

    Robbie Grossman
    24-year-old outfielder Robbie Grossman has been a pleasant surprise to Porter;s arsenal this season. Grossman is hitting .293 with 2 home runs and 22 RBI. He also has 12 doubles and an OPS of .735 to go with a 1.000 fielding percentage in 108 chances. Grossman is not believed to be a long-term solution for Houston, but if he can continue to hit for average he will have to be considered.

    Marwin Gonzalez
    Marwin, 24, is mostly used as a shortstop against right handed pitchers but is also used to spell Altuve at 2B. Gonzalez (55 games, 182 AB) has been mildly productive at the plate (.242, 5, 28) and has been solid in the field (.987) for Houston. In 22 fewer at-bats, Gonzalez has already exceeded his production from 2013 (.221, 4, 14) but with Carlos Correa (.326, 9, 38) tearing the cover off of the ball in AAA OK City, Gonzalez doesn't appear to be more than a placeholder for Correa.

    Jesus Guzman
    Guzman, 29, has played first, third and both corner outfield positions for Bo Porter this season. At .267 with 8 homers and 24 RBI (180 AB in 59 games) the has proven to be a valuable platoon asset for Houston this season. His 8 doubles, .775 OPS and .991 fielding percentage have many fans calling for Guzman to replace Dominguez at third base on a day-to-day basis.

    LJ Hoes
    Hoes, 23, had a fantastic season temporarily derailed last month when he was sent to the 60-day DL with a separated shoulder that he injured diving for a fly ball in right field. LJ can play all 3 outfield positions as well as 2B making his versatility a big strength. In 40 games and 142 at-bats, Hoes has hit .282 with a homer and 16 RBIs to go with 9 doubles, 3 triples, a .733 OPS and a .976 fielding percentage. His return is likely 4-8 weeks away and it will be interesting to see if LJ can pick up where he left off.

    Jonathan Villar
    Villar, a 22-year-old shortstop, sees most of his time when Houston faces LHP. Jonathan has 137 at-bats (58 games) and is hitting .248 with no home runs and 10 RBI. The talented youngster is, in reality, just insurance for the club in the event Correa does not pan out. Villar has 8 doubles, 5 steals and a .978 fielding percentage on the year.

    Carlos Corporan
    Corporan, 30, serves as Jason Castro's backup as well as an emergency first baseman. Corporan has hit .237 in 80 ABs (36 games) with a pair of homers and 4 RBI. He has a stronger arm than Castro, to go with a .995 fielding %, but Carlos will never be more than a platoon player in Houston.

    Domingo Santana
    Santana was called up after the LJ Hoes went to the DL and has provided a glimpse of what Houston hopes will be a productive future. At just 21, Santana is hitting .318 in just 22 ABs (14 games) with a home run and 5 RBI (.984 OPS). His lone error has his fielding percentage well below standard at .923. Domingo will, undoubtedly, return to Oklahoma City when Hoes returns and will need to improve his contact (Porter has been reluctant to allow him to face any righties thus far) before he can expect a permanent place in the Houston lineup.

    Dexter Fowler
    Fowler, 27, had his season cut short when he slid into second base with a double in Houston's 4th game of the season. The resulting MCL tear ended Dexter's season before it really got started. Fowler had 15 ABs and hit .267 with an RBI, the fateful double, a triple and a stolen base. Fowler will be a free agent this offseason and, with a host of youngsters in the Houston organization pushing him, it is likely that he has played his last game for the Astros.





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    Jarred Cosart
    Cosart, 23, is Houston's young Ace. The righty has made 17 starts (10 QS) and is 4-5 with a 3.81 ERA, 100 K and 38 BB in 106.1 innings. Jarred has allowed 16 long balls but his 1.24 WHIP shows that he has been steady all season for the Astros, his first full season at the Major League level.

    Brett Oberholtzer
    Another young hurler in Bo Porter's rotation, Oberholtzer, 24, has picked up where he left off in 2013 (4-5, 2.76) by posting a 5-5 record and 9 QS in 16 starts. In 97.0 innings, the left hander has struck out just 53 while walking 44. However, Brett has a 1.34 WHIP and an ERA of just 3.53 proving that the 6'1" hurler can survive in the Bigs without a reliable strikeout pitch.

    Jerome Williams
    At 32, Williams is a dinosaur by Houston's standards. However this "old man" has been the Astros most productive starter in 2014. In 16 starts (10 QS) Jerome is 8-4 with an impressive 3.34 ERA (9-10, 4.57 in '13). The 6'3" righty has struck out 68 while walking just 19 in 97.0 innings. Williams has surrendered 11 homers and has a WHIP of just 1.16.

    Scott Feldman
    Feldman, 31, is another veteran in the Houston rotation. The right-hander has had an up-and-down start to the season, with just 7 QS in 14 starts. But he has been brilliant at times, as with his CG 2-hit shutout at Washington just a week-and-a-half ago. Scott is 5-3 with a 4.52 ERA and has struck out 69 and walked 31 in 83.2 IP. Feldman has allowed 15 long balls and his WHIP stands at 1.31.

    Brad Peacock
    Despite 3 spot starts Peacock, 26, has settled in to a long relief spot out of the Astros 'pen. In 26 appearances (73.2 IP) Peacock is 3-4 with a 3.18 ERA and has 61 Ks and 29 BBs. Brad also has a Save and 6 Holds in 2014.

    Mike Foltynewicz
    The 22-year-old fireballer (100+ MPH on his running fastball) is Houston's other long reliever (he, too, has made a spot start). In 31 games (48.1 IP), Mike is 3-2 with a 3.54 ERA, 3 blown saves and 6 holds. Foltynewicz has struck out 56 while walking just 13.

    Matt Albers
    The 31-year-old veteran, Albers has found a spot as a middle reliever for Houston. Albers, however, has struggled this season. His 2-2 record and 5.15 ERA don't seem to fit the fact that Matt has just one blown save to go with 10 holds in 36.2 innings. Despite the bloated ERA, Albers has made 28 appearances with 29 K and 8 BB in 2014.

    Alex White
    White, 25, has been solid since joining the rotation about a month ago after recovering from Tommy John surgery. White has made 5 starts (4 QS) and is 2-2 with a 2.73 ERA in 33.0 innings. Alex has struck out 21 and walked 9, while allowing 5 homers and earning a WHIP of 1.24.

    Raul Valdes
    The 36-year-old lefty is Houston's oldest player, however the middle reliever has been strong in 2014. In 30 appearances (31.2 IP) Valdes is 2-2 with a 2.56 ERA, 8 holds and 3 blown saves. His 25 Ks and 11 BBs do not attest to his command this season - his 1 HRA does.

    Chad Qualls
    Qualls, 35, is 4-2 with 4 saves, 3 blown saves and 5 holds in 32 "Quall Calls" this season. The righty opened 2014 as the Astros closer but has since moved to a setup role. Chad has a 4.02 ERA with 25 strikeouts and 19 walks in 31.1 innings.

    Darrin Downs
    Downs, 29, is Porter's left-handed setup man and, in 31 games, he has posted a 2-1 record with a 3.62 ERA in 27.1 innings. With 22 K and 9 BB, Downs has 9 holds and a pair of blown saves this season.

    Jesse Crain
    Crain opened the 2014 campaign on the DL (biceps surgery) but has returned with a vengeance. In 23 games, the 32-year-old closer, has 20 Saves (2 Blown) and has k'd 20 with just 3 walks. Crain has pitched 22.0 innings and has posted a 1.23 ERA with a WHIP of 0.64 and opponents are hitting just .149 against him.

    Note: RHP Josh D. Fields (1-2, 6.75) and RHP Paul Clemens (1-4, 6.95) started the season in Houston but have since been sent down to AAA Oklahoma City. In the PCL, Fields, 28, is 2-2 with a 2.56 ERA out of the pen while Clemens, 26, has made 6 starts for the RedHawks going 2-2 with a 4.31 ERA.

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    Made it to the All-Star Break at 49-47. The Astros had 2 players named to the AL All-Star team:

    SS Marwin Gonzalez (wtf?)
    64 G, 211 AB, .232, 9 2B, 5 HR, 28 RBI, 1 SB, 17 BB, 35 K, .346 SLG, .292 OBP, .638 OPS, 3 SAC F, 189 A, 80 PO, 4 E, .985 F%, 550.2 Innings

    CP Jesse Crain
    29 GP, 1-1, 1.61, 25 SV, 3 BSV, 28.0 IP, 2 HRA, 5 BBA, 25 K, 0.79 WHIP

    I think I'm going to play the All-Star Game and just Player Lock on my guys if they get in the game. Hopefully, the CPU manager doesn't pitch their starter 7 innings (typically the problem in video game All-Star games).

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    That was easy, lol.

    I Player Locked Marwin Gonzalez and he never entered the game so the CPU just simmed through (pitching the starters just 2 innings while no one else got more than 1, I might add).

    Jesse Crain did pitch (simmed) 0.2 inning. He allowed 2 hits, and a run (earned) while striking out 2 and walking 1.

    The AL won, 9-6. Toronto's Jose Reyes was MVP going 1-5 with a 3-run homer that broke a 6-6 tie in the bottom of the 8th.

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    Were the innings accurate?

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    The dude abides.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JBHuskers View Post
    Were the innings accurate?

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    What do you mean?

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    Quote Originally Posted by steelerfan View Post
    Yes, and they were accurate. You were worried that the starter would go 8 innings, but this is good.
    The dude abides.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JBHuskers View Post
    Yes, and they were accurate. You were worried that the starter would go 8 innings, but this is good.
    Yes, it is. I had already mentioned that though.

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    Just finished up the first series after the All-Star Break, losing 2 of 3 in Chicago to the White Sox. Houston is now 50-49 on the season and the AL West looks like this:

    Rangers 57-42 --
    Mariners 52-47 5.0
    Athletics 51-47 5.5
    Angels 50-49 7.0
    Astros 50-49 7.0

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    What is happening in the AL East??? Those records are awful! The Jays still in first?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jaymo76 View Post
    What is happening in the AL East??? Those records are awful! The Jays still in first?
    The Jays are still in command in the East. There is some bad baseball being played in that division. Toronto is 25-12 in division games and 31-33 against the rest of the league. They are cleaning up against the rest of the East.

    Toronto 56-45 --
    Tampa 48-53 8.0
    NY Yankees 46-54 9.5
    Boston 44-56 11.5
    Baltimore 41-59 14.5

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    Houston took 2 of 3 in Oakland, pushing their record to 52-50. The series featured 18 doubles (11 from Houston). Chris Carter hit his 22nd home run and drove in RBI number 60, for the Astros.

    The AL West:

    Rangers 58-44 --
    Mariners 54-48 4.0
    Athletics 52-49 5.5
    Angels 52-50 6.0
    Astros 52-50 6.0

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    I watched that 5-4 loss last night. Your batters went silent in those last few innings and your bullpen let you down. It just seemed like Oakland was destined to win that game.

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    Yeah, and I almost blew a 5-0 lead the next game.

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    Getting horsefucked by the Marlins right now. 10-0 in the 5th.

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    Quote Originally Posted by steelerfan View Post
    Getting horsefucked by the Marlins right now. 10-0 in the 5th.
    I turned away at 11-0. Wow! That was a beating of epic proportions. I don't think I should watch you play anymore... bad luck...

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    Quote Originally Posted by jaymo76 View Post
    I turned away at 11-0. Wow! That was a beating of epic proportions. I don't think I should watch you play anymore... bad luck...
    Lol.

    It ended up 14-3.

    Part of my issue right now is that Dynamic Difficulty ran my Pitching Difficulty up to Legend while I was playing RTTS. Its down to HOF+ now so it should start to level out.

    I'm now 52-51. Honestly, I don't want a winning record. It wouldn't be realistic, if I did. Of course, I won't try to lose, but I don't mind when I do.

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