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Mike Meltser and The Athletic's Jake Kaplan take you inside the clubhouse and cover the big stories in what will be a fascinating 2020 season for the Houston Astros. Check out the show twice a week all season long.

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    • 4.9 • 56 Ratings

Mike Meltser and The Athletic's Jake Kaplan take you inside the clubhouse and cover the big stories in what will be a fascinating 2020 season for the Houston Astros. Check out the show twice a week all season long.

    The End of the Road for the 2020 Astros

    The End of the Road for the 2020 Astros

    Mike and Jake discuss the Astros’ ALCS Game 7 loss to the Rays, Carlos Correa’s emergence as a team leader and the meaning of this surprising playoff run.
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    • 47 min
    Zack Greinke, Dusty Baker and ALCS Game 4

    Zack Greinke, Dusty Baker and ALCS Game 4

    Mike and Jake react to Zack Greinke’s postgame comments after Game 4 and analyze Dusty Baker’s decision to let Greinke finish the sixth inning. They also share their thoughts on the series to date and how the Astros should approach their pitching in Game 5.
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    • 49 min
    Previewing an Astros-Rays ALCS

    Previewing an Astros-Rays ALCS

    Mike and Jake discuss how the Astros match up against the Rays, offer their keys to the series and reveal their predictions.
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    • 54 min
    The Astros Advance to the ALCS

    The Astros Advance to the ALCS

    Mike and Jake analyze the Astros’ upset of the A’s in the ALDS. They discuss the stunning offensive explosion by Houston’s lineup and revisit their predictions from earlier in the week.
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    • 53 min
    Setting the Stage for Astros-A’s in the ALDS

    Setting the Stage for Astros-A’s in the ALDS

    Mike and Jake preview the best-of-five Astros-A’s ALDS that begins Monday. They discuss the keys to the series and each team’s rotation decisions. Lastly, they share their predictions.
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    • 42 min
    The Astros are Headed to the ALDS

    The Astros are Headed to the ALDS

    Mike and Jake analyze the Astros’ two-game sweep of the Twins in the wild-card round, from Houston’s successful pitching strategy to Minnesota’s implosion. They also look ahead to next week’s ALDS and discuss how the Astros should line up their rotation.
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    • 54 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
56 Ratings

56 Ratings

JYowell1 ,

Awesome podcast!

I just discovered you guys this morning. I love this podcast. It’s so nice to have a real local podcast about the Astros. I wish you could do one after every game.

Kwbuzz23wk ,

Annoying

I’m giving it 5 stars because I want to support a professional Astros podcast to be successful...

But Jake can’t go 4 sentences without saying “baseball shouldn’t be played” or “if there even is a season”. It’s unbearable. Fee free to be negative on the team for not having enough pitchers etc. but don’t forget people listening actually like baseball and want to watch it. Stop telling them it shouldn’t happen.

An occasion segment on coronavirus is fine. But having it thrown in every single segment is obnoxious.

Update: the last 2 episodes have been much better on this front. Keep up that energy lol

NewLoofa ,

These Dudes Know Their Stuff

Great podcast by journalists that clearly have a pulse on the team. Bonus points as they seem like knowledgeable Houstonians as well.

My one critique is ad placement. I would imagine this is not completely their fault, and more of a suits problem. But they will be right in the middle of making a great point and it will just bust into an ad. I know they have to pay the bills, but it doesn’t need to ruin the flow of the podcast.

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