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Astros, Rockets and streaking

Astros, Rockets and streaking
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Born with a comic book in one hand and a remote control in the other, Cory DLG is the talent of Conroe's very own Nerd Thug Radio, Sports and Wrestling. Check out the podcast replay of the FM radio show at www.nerdthugradio.com!

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What's up everybody, it's Monday. This is the day to set up the week for domination! Make your plans and get them done, we got this guys!

GOOD DEED OF THE DAY

Alright guys, I found a great one this week. The Epilepsy Foundation is hosting a Walk to End Epilepsy with the Houston Zoo. It's Saturday April 13th at 7am with registration at the front gate of the Houston Zoo. They're promising 95% of proceeds will be donated and this whole event will be held at zero cost to the community, that's awesome. After the walk there's an after party at The Houston Zoo Masihara Pavillion with cosplaying superheroes, this one's got it all!

AS SEEN ON TV

Saturday night has an interesting possibility this week, The Official Comedy Central Roast Battle comes to Houston. This Saturday at Rockefeller's Houston, there's an 8pm show and an 11pm show, featuring the Los Angeles based roasters coming here to Houston to battle the Houston roasters for your entertainment. Hosted by Brian Moses this show is going to be some fun improvisational insult comedy, if you haven't seen any of the insult battles from British television you've truly missed out, but now's your chance to get on the bandwagon, I suspect this is going to be some pretty funny stuff. Check it out at Rockefeller's on Saturday, the Comedy Central Roast Battle.

THE BOYS OF SUMMER ARE EARLY

This evening at 6pm, the Astros start a home series with the Yankees right at Minute Maid Park with Verlander going on the mound and ESPN airing it. The season is off to a rocky start but don't worry it's a very long season and it only matters how you finish in baseball, and if there's one city that will never again write off their team it's Houston. The one big complaint I have about baseball is the length of the schedule and just the insanity of it, for example this three game series is your last chance to see Houston at home for almost two full weeks, it'll be April 22nd before The Astros return home. That being said, better see them while they can.

PLAYOFFS BABY

As Boys II Men told us we've come to the end of the road in the NBA season and that is a very good thing. This year couldn't end fast enough for The Rockets who have kind of been holding their breath for the better part of the year. They started at the bottom of the standings then as they were fighting their way back into relevancy, injury after injury struck key players, then we became the James Harden show which is amazing, no doubt, but it's very existence seems to irk basketball purists. All of that is now behind us though as the roster was adjusted, the injured players are back, the season is winding down and The Rockets are the three seed in what is believed to Golden States West to lose. The Rockets are a team out for revenge and James Harden has been playing like a man with something to prove which honestly is a nice change in his demeanor, and for this team with all its successes the only result of relevance is winning the west. James Harden had developed a bit of a reputation for shrinking in the playoffs and the only thing that's going to remove that stain is playoff success. Good luck Houston!

WHAT IS UP WITH THAT

This weekend during Brett Hart's Hall of Fame speech in the ring before WrestleMania a fan jumped into the ring and tackled him. Security jumped in and kicked the crap out of the guy and honestly I don't feel bad for the guy because I don't understand why people do this. Who are these people running onto fields and interrupting events in an effort to get attention? You know the outcome of these run ons, you know security is going to grab you, probably roughly, and then you're going to be banned from that venue and likely face some real criminal and financial penalties, so what's the point? Nobody is cheering for you, nobody is glad you did it and honestly it's going to hurt when they catch you. Stay in your seat and heckle like the rest of us.

I PICK YOU

The Draft is coming up and you're going to see a bunch of mock drafts come out and people are going to try and predict what teams are going to do. But here's the deal, it's all educated guessing, this is lying season. It's a term I've heard before from NFL analysts and the reality is it is so true. There is no telling what is going to happen in this NFL Draft because we don't even know what The Cardinals are going to do at #1, so if we don't know who is going to go at #1 then everything else is literally a guess. A story came out this week that Arizona could take Kyler Murray and keep their second year quarterback Josh Rosen and financially speaking, yes they could, but honestly, that would be a locker room nightmare. They could trade Rosen and many teams would gladly take on a young QB with a favorable contract, but would they give you another first round pick? Tough to say, especially since no one is telling the truth.

I'm going to jump out and wish you guys a great Monday and remind everyone to be kind to each other and try a little harder to have a great day! I'm coming back Tuesday and we'll be bringing more good times your way. Feel free to check out my digital short story The Wilson House, or buy a shirt from Side Hustle Ts where every shirt is now under $20 or listen to Nerd Thug Radio or support our Patreon Page. Thoughts, complaints, events and comments can be sent to corydlg@gmail.com.

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With their closer revealed, here are the Astros top bullpen X-factors

Houston Astros skipper Joe Espada wasted no time this week at spring training by answering one of the most talked about questions of the offseason.

Espada revealed that newly-acquired free agent Josh Hader will be the team's closer and will pitch the ninth inning, with Ryan Pressly working as the setup man.

Bryan Abreu will be tapped to pitch the seventh inning, but it wouldn't shock anyone if he had the best season of the three. But after Abreu, things get interesting in the bullpen.

Who pitches the sixth inning?

Astros GM Dana Brown gave Rafael Montero a vote of confidence, saying he's “legit.”

While we have our concerns about Montero after he finished with an ERA over five last year, there's reason for hope. The nature of relief pitchers halving up and down seasons from year to year could work in Montero's favor.

And with the salary that's already committed to him, Brown will likely give him every opportunity to justify his contract. It will be fascinating to see how Espada deploys him early on. You have to think with the boss man backing Montero, Espada will be on board too.

But if he does struggle, will Espada quickly stop using him in critical situations? The good news is, the team won't often have to turn to him in high leverage situations with Abreu, Pressly, and Hader ready to handle those duties.

Be sure to watch the video above for the full discussion about the Astros 'pen, and much more!

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