STEPHEN UZICK

Sorry Texans, I can't handle this relationship anymore. We are breaking up

Sorry Texans, I can't handle this relationship anymore. We are breaking up
Sorry Texans. I am just not bullish on you anymore. Tim Warner/Getty Images

Dear Texans,

It’s not you, it’s me. Well, actually that’s a lie – it’s you.   We have been together for years and we have had some good times, but its been mostly disappointment. Sure we went on a few dates in January but that b**ch from New England showed up and ruined the evening.  I have tried to stick it out, visiting every week, but you just make it too difficult. It’s almost as if you just don’t care.

I know you tried to make some drastic new changes last year and at first it felt like maybe things would work out.  Even when it started to fall apart last year I told myself you were committed to making changes and I should give you one more chance.  We didn’t see each other for about eight months and I guess as they say distance makes the heart grow fonder. When you came back a few weeks ago I had hope that you would be different and we could work this out.  You weren’t; you came back with that same loser mindset. Fool me once shame on you, fool me twice shame on me.

After how you treated me this week I am done.  I just can’t take the disappointment and frankly embarrassment anymore.   I think i’ts time we take a break. Maybe if you commit to some real changes or change your thinking we can re-visit our relationship, but for now I think maybe it’s time we see other people.  I still love football, but I just don’t think I love you. While I’ll be considerate enough to not take out any of your neighbors – the Titans, Jaguars and Colts – I can’t make any promises that I won’t find another team to care about.  I’m sure I’ll still see you around, and I hope we can still be cordial and not make things awkward, but for now we are finished.

See you around,

Stephen

 

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Cristian Javier is in better shape this season. Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images.

As the Astros prepare to play their first game of spring training against the Nationals this Saturday, we're starting to see reports about how the players approached the offseason, and what tweaks they made to improve in the 2024 season.

Cristian Javier is a player Astros fans are hoping bounces back this year, as his ERA jumped from 2.54 in 2022 to 4.56 in 2023. Workload was thought to be one of the main factors causing his regression, he dealt with a dead arm last season and threw more innings than ever before (162).

Another explanation could be the pitch clock. This was another new element all pitchers had to deal with last year, and that also likely played a role in his struggles.

But according to The Athletic's Chandler Rome, Javier believes he was carrying some extra weight last season. Add that to some mechanical issues he was experiencing, and his struggles in 2023 make a lot more sense. And to be fair, he wouldn't be the first person to get a little fat and happy after winning a World Series.

In an effort to get back on track in 2024, Javier said he lost around 15 pounds this offseason. With the pitch clock not going anywhere, pitchers need to be in better cardiac shape than ever before.

Hopefully this modification helps Javier return to form and put up jaw-dropping numbers like he did in 2022. This rotation needs Javier to be the dominate pitcher we all know he's capable of being. With Justin Verlander behind schedule and Framber Valdez trying to bounce back from his own down year, Houston will depend on Javier like never before.

The Astros are certainly counting on it after giving him a 5-year, $64 million contract last season. Javier will definitely be a player to watch this spring.

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