SAY WHAT ? – ASTROS in 1st Place in MLB AL WEST !

UPDATE: October 27, 2017

CONGRATULATIONS to 2017 MLB AL West Champions Houston Astros

NOW FACING LA Dodgers in 2017 MLB World Series

  • from August 30, 2015 – With 162 games in a LONG regular season, I’m not much of a baseball fan until it really counts, in October….finally playoff time. So I had to double check when I saw this.  But the Houston Astros are presently 72-58,  good enough for 1st in the AL Western Division. They have the most wins in a season since 2010 and still have about 30 games left to play ! 

Hou-Astros.156x149Wondered how this could be ? Found this very interesting article in USA Today: “Overshifting a huge part of first-place Astros’ success”.

Apparently a key reason is by using a complex statistical model as a guide for their innovative and aggressive defensive shifting on the field. The Astros lead all of baseball with 587 overshifts according to Baseball Info Solutions data . This has helped them become one of the better defensive teams in MLB.

MinuteMaid-Park-2.b.t.ct.823x616WAY TO GO ASTROS !  Minute-Maid-Park-175x174

Always loved that retractable roof at Astros ball field Minute Maid Park. (AKA The Ballpark at Union Station, Enron Field, and Astros Field)




There are two grazers and a roller out enjoying themselves in a sunny pasture in Stafford, Texas.

Stafford-Horse-Pasture2-b.t.ct.850x595Speaking of horses: 

Congratulations to five year old lady BEHOLDER who absolutely smoked all the boys in her 8 1/4 length win in the $1 Million TVG Pacific Classic Stakes at  Del Mar on August 22nd. Her win gives her a 2nd berth to a Breeders Cup Championship Race,  October 30-31, 2015 at Keeneland.

BEHOLDER-TVG-PACIFIC-CLASSIC-Blog.417x256AND Don’t forget to mark your calendars ! – Triple Crown Winner – AMERICAN PHAROAH is heading to Saratoga NY for the 146th Travers Stakes Race on Saturday Aug. 29th. The Travers will go to post at 5:46 pm ET. The Grade 1 race is 1 1/4 miles for 3 Yr. Olds on the Dirt and has a $1.6 Million Purse this year. The draw for post positions is Tuesday Aug. 25th at 5 pm ET. Watch him run on NBC-Tv !