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Today is a slow day.

Name the team who made the MLB playoffs in 2018, who is mathematically eliminated from this year’s playoffs?

Anna Eastman will have her kickoff event this evening.

The Harris County GOP voted to oppose the Houston Metro bond deal.

The Harris County GOP voted to table a resolution critical of the GOP Texas House Speaker. Only one or so GOP Executive Committee members had heard the MQS tapes.

As Evan says, “release the tapes!”

The Harris County GOP decided to stay out of the H-Town mayoral race.

More juicy stuff is being discussed.

Commentary is thinking about wearing a helmet.

The Rockies of course made the MLB playoffs last season and will not be making the playoffs this season.

The Rangers are in for two starting this evening.

The Yankees host the Angels for a three game series also starting this evening.

The Dodger host the Rays for a two game series ditto.

Got it?

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MLB Tiebreaker

Commentary usually doesn’t put the MLB question in the headline, but I did today. The Astros and Yankees are tied for the best record in MLB at 98-53. We both want home field advantage in the playoffs.

This is from MLB.com:

Determining Home-Field Advantage in Two-Team Tiebreakers

1. Head-to-head winning percentage during the regular season.

Care to guess who has the better record in the Astros-Yankees matchups this season?

I wonder what the over/under is on Tony Buzbee blowing up everybody’s sh_t after being trolled relentlessly? A fella that can put up a few of his mils of his own on a campaign can be unpredictable as all get out. Be careful out there. Folks heard the warning from Commentary first.

There is certainly a lot of sh_t out there that folks are talking about, just saying. Be careful out there.

BlogHouston sent me this:

The Democrats who now run Harris County government are attempting to ram through the largest tax increase possible without voter approval. Does anyone remember those Democrats promising to raise taxes exorbitantly when they swept the country races in 2018?

The Astros won 4 out of the 7 games we have played against the Yankees this season of course, so we would have home field advantage over them in the playoffs but let’s not get ahead of ourselves.

Mike Trout of the Angels is out for the remainder of the season. Tags tweeted out that 7 of our last 9 games of the season are against the Angels.

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Debate Deal

Commentary watched the debate last night.

If you are going to name a winner, it was #BetoForAmerica.

If you are going to go after Julian Castro for going after Joe Biden, you need to shut up. All you are doing is serving as part of the Biden protection racket.

You need to go after Biden for being a rambler. Or better yet, you need to explain to Commentary the record player thing.

You think Castro was rough. Wait until Donald Trump.

Commentary will say it again. I prefer a nominee who is younger than me.

What is up with State Rep. Briscoe Punk?

Jorge Ramos last night used the term LatinX. It is not in my vocabulary. Who in the f_ck thought that word up anyway?

It seems to me if you qualify for a debate, and if you are a dude, you ought to wear a tie.  So now folks know you as the fella who doesn’t wear a tie to the debates.

There is not an MLB question today.

I am not going to get worked up about the Astros falling 2 games behind the Yankees with 14 games remaining. If we don’t have home field advantage, so be it. Nothing I can do about it except pay 12 and half bucks for a Saint Arnold.

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Fred Hartman Bridge

How many pitchers in MLB have pitched 200 or more innings this season?

Now this is funny!

Greenpeace has taken over the Fred Hartman Bridge. That’s just down the street from my Dad’s place in Baytown.

Just so you know, the Fred Hartman Bridge is part of State Highway 146 that spans the Houston Ship Channel and connects Baytown to La Porte. It opened in the 1990s and replaced the old Baytown-La Porte tunnel.

It is a big arse bridge. Fred Hartman by the way was the longtime editor and publisher of the Baytown Sun.

Now you know.

Here is what Commentary will be looking for in tonight’s debates. The debates are in H-Town, the energy capitol of the universe. What is the over/under on how many times the candidates will crack on the fossil fuel industry?

Justin Verlander has pitched 200 innings this season of course, the only MLB pitcher to hit that mark.

Verlander will go for his 19th win of the season this evening.

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Oberg Strikes

18 years ago, today.

Yes. 18 years ago, today.

Sigh. Commentary is talking about the story Channel 13’s Ted Oberg put out last night. Here it is: https://abc13.com/society/turner-says-no-link-between-campaign-donations-city-contract/5529754/.

Not a good look. Commentary got a couple of calls last night about how outrageous it has gotten. It can’t be defended. Wow!

From the Blah, Blah, Blah department, as I write this, the H-Town City Council is talking about the revenue cap blues. All I can say is that they had the opportunity to put it out for the voters to decide but they didn’t so blah, blah, blah.

Meanwhile, Harris County is going to raise property taxes. I need to go back and see where this was promised during the 2018 campaigns.

Commentary forgot to put out Monday’s take so scroll down later.

My goodness. We were blown out of the water last night. My goodness.

Are we playoffs ready?

BTW:  It looks like we will host Game 1 of the ALDS on Friday, October 4.  Knowing the MLB and the TV folks, it will probably be an afternoon game.

Still tied with the Yankees for the best record in MLB.

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Over the past two games, the team has scored 36 runs. How many base hits do we have over the past two games?

Commentary usually doesn’t give much thought into ballot order in elections. Voters can figure it out when you have three, four or five or so candidates. When you have fifteen candidates, it is a different story. In the #TXHD148SpecialElection , the ballot order draw was held yesterday and here it is:

Anna Eastman, Democratic Party
Penny Morales Shaw, Democratic Party
Luis La Rotta, Republican Party
Chris Carmona, Independent
Kendra Yarbrough Camarena, Democratic Party
Adrian Garcia, Democratic Party
Ryan McConnico, Republican Party
Anna Núñez, Democratic Party
Terah Isaacson, Democratic Party
Carol Denson, Democratic Party
Michele Leal, Democratic Party
Alva Treviño, Democratic Party
Rob Block, Democratic Party
Mia Mundy, Democratic Party
Chris Watt, Democratic Party

Nice for Anna Eastman.

At an event last night that Commentary attended, one of the #TXHD148SpecialElection candidates said that a candidate in the race was being paid to run. Huh?  Prove it, please.

Freshman GOP State Sen. Pat Fallon is considering running against GOP U.S. Senator John Cornyn in the upcoming GOP primary. Run, baby, run!

Commentary will admit it. When we took the lead with 37 seconds left in the game last night, I wasn’t ready to celebrate, and you weren’t either.

Over the past two games, the Astros have 39 base hits of course.

95-50 and still tied with the Yankees for the best record in MLB.

Of our remaining 17 games, 2 are against a playoff contender. The Yankees also have 2 games to play against a contender.

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The Dome

94-50. Where were we sitting after 144 games during the seasons we won 100 plus?

I was at my Dad’s yesterday, and when I was ready to leave in the evening, I went outside, and his next door neighbor’s two big ugly arse dogs had gotten loose from their gated yard and were in my Dad’s front yard. They started barking at me. Hey, I don’t know what those dogs are capable of doing. After about a few minutes, the dogs’ owner came outside and retrieved his dogs. He told me his dogs didn’t bite. I replied that they sure weren’t polite. F_ck, they kept me from going outside for a few minutes. What is up with that?

Sigh. There is a Chron front page story on the latest update on the Astrodome. Nothing much is happening. It is not on the radar screen of Harris county Judge Lina Hidalgo. It is an article about nothing to report.

The Democratic Party top ten presidential candidates will be debating in H-Town this week. It is sort of a consolation prize for H-Town since H-Town was bypassed on the national convention deal because the H-Town Mayor and the H-Town Firefighters aren’t getting along. Thanks a lot, fellas.

Commentary was working yesterday and watching the game at the same time. We have a very good team.

I have to give it the Chron for their “21-run salute” sports page headline.

I have to give it to Tags for his highlight tweet that has close to a quarter of a million views. It is hilarious.

I have to give it to Gerrit Cole for allowing just one hit in eight innings.

In 2018, after 144 games, we were at 90-54, in 2017, 87-57, and in 1998, 91-53.

The A’s are in for four.

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15 Candidates

How many hitters does Justin Verlander have to strikeout to reach the career 3,000 strikeout milestone?

There is one more candidate in the #TXHD148SpecialElection here:

Anna Núñez
Democratic
Special Projects Coordinator

Here is from Kuffer this morning:

Most of these HD148 candidates we’ve discussed before. One of the four new names is Ryan McConnico, who was Farrar’s Republican opponent in 2018. Of the other three, the only one I can positively identify is Michele Leal, though there’s not yet any biographical info on her Facebook page or nascent campaign webpage. Here’s the public part of her LinkedIn profile, which notes her past presidency of the Latin Women’s Initiative, which in turn tells me she also goes by Michele Leal Farah. As for Rob Block and Carol Denson, I can find people with those names, but none that I can say with any degree of certainty are the people who filed for this election. If you know something about them, please leave a comment.

Three other points of note: Like Campos (who lists each candidate’s occupation), I don’t know what the deal is with the quotes around Penny Shaw’s maiden name. I don’t know if longtime Republican Chris Carmona is calling himself an independent due to a pure-hearted change of mind or a cynical attempt to differentiate himself from the other Republicans. And despite filing a CTA, it appears that Anna Nunez did not follow through and enter the race. Not sure what happened there.

Here is all of Kuffer: http://offthekuff.com/wp/?p=92094.

This is the latest on the HISD Board trying to, well, here is from the Chron:

Seeking to stave off dramatic state intervention, Houston ISD trustees voted Thursday to direct Interim Superintendent Grenita Lathan to file an appeal of Wheatley High School’s failing grade, even though district administrators said they have found no basis for a successful appeal.

The 7-1 vote followed the announcement in mid-August that preliminary results show Wheatley received its seventh consecutive failing grade under the state’s academic accountability system, triggering a state law that requires Wheatley’s closure or the replacement of HISD’s school board. Barring a successful appeal or an unexpected change, Texas Education Commissioner Mike Morath is widely expected in the coming months to oust the district’s school board.

Trustees favoring the appeal said the district should fight for its students and community by seeking to get Wheatley’s grade changed. The campus would have received a passing grade this year if two more graduates from its Class of 2018 had met state requirements for college, career or military readiness.

“We’re already at the end of the rope, as some would say it, so I’m not afraid to keep going if it has to do with kids,” HISD Board President Diana Dávila said.

The district’s administration, however, said they have extensively investigated avenues for a successful appeal and found none.

“We have tried really, really hard to find anything we can hang out hat on at Wheatley, and we cannot find anything that would be an allowable appeal that would be granted,” said Carla Stevens, HISD’s assistant superintendent of research and accountability.

Here is all of the Chron article: https://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/education/article/HISD-board-orders-appeal-of-Wheatley-s-failing-14417858.php.

Sigh.

Justin Verlander has struck out 2,963 batters in his career so he needs to strikeout another 37 to reach the 3,000 milestone mark of course.

What a game last night. What a game

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14 Candidates

With 22 games remaining, Yuli Gurriel leads the team with 97 RBIs, followed by Alex Bregman with 96. When was the last time the Astros had two players finish a season with 100 or more RBIs?

Here are the candidates for the #TXHD148SpecialElection:

Rob Block
Democratic
Firefighter

Kendra Yarbrough Camarena
Democrat
Teacher

Chris Carmona
Attorney

Carol Denson
Democratic
Teacher

Anna Eastman
Democrat
Education Consultant

Adrian Garcia
Democratic
Paralegal

Dr. Terah Isaacson
Democrat
Physician

Michele Leal
Democratic
Consultant

Ryan McConnico
Republican
Consultant

Mia Mundy
Democrat
Exec. Search Consultant

Luis La Rotta
Republican
Power Generation Engineering

Penny “Morales” Shaw
Democratic
Attorney

Alva Trevino
Democrat
Attorney

Chris Watt
Democrat
Attorney

At last night’s GLBT Caucus meeting, a decision was made to not endorse in the #TXHD148SpecialElection. They want to wait until the runoff. A logistical decision of sorts. They want to go on ahead and get the Caucus endorsement card printed for the current races and don’t want to wait on this race. Everyone seemed to be cool about this.

Chris Carmona has run before as a GOPer. Commentary has no idea why he didn’t list his party affiliation. Maybe he wants to draw support from Latinos because of his surname and hope GOP voters remember he is a GOPer. Maybe, the sneaky strategy. I really don’t think that is how it works though.

Camarena, Carmona, McConnico, Mundy, and Shaw have been on a ballot before for an elective office that isn’t a party precinct chair.

So has Eastman, who has won.

Adrian Garcia has been on the ballot 12 times I think, but not this Adrian Garcia.

Your guess is as good as mine as to why you have to put Morales in quotation marks.

In 2008, Carlos Lee finished the season with 106 RBIs and Lance Berkman with 100 of course.

We start an 8 game homie this evening. We have 4 with the Mariners and 4 with the A’s. Back-to-back 4 games series are a bit unusual.

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Filthy Mayoral Forum

We are at 90-50. How many of the remaining 22 games do we need to win to have our best record ever in franchise history?

Kuffer has a take today on the enthusiasm level of the upcoming mayoral race. Here are parts:

We’ve discussed this before, but as a reminder what drives turnout in city elections is a high profile referendum on the ballot. Contested Mayoral races are a factor too, but the addition of a referendum is the difference between 2003 (381K votes, Metro light rail referendum) or 2015 (286K votes, HERO repeal) and 2009 (181K, no referendum). Even without a contested Mayor’s race, a sufficiently hot ballot item can bring a lot of voters out – see, for example, 2005 (332K, anti-gay marriage Constitutional amendment). The Metro referendum this year isn’t nearly as controversial as the 2003 one was, and there may not be any astroturf opposition effort to it, but Metro will be pushing voters to the polls as well as the candidates are, and that should boost turnout a bit.

I would also push back against the notion that no one pays much attention to the Mayoral races before Labor Day, and I’d point to the last three open Mayoral elections as evidence. Bill White was running those white-background ads in 2003 early on in the year. Annise Parker, Gene Locke, and Peter Brown were releasing position papers and talking about ideas for traffic, crime, neighborhoods, economic development, and a whole lot of other things well before September. The pension issue, HERO, and the Adrian Garcia will-he-or-won’t-he tease dominated 2015. Maybe it was just the more engaged voters tuning in, but speaking as one of those engaged voters, there was a lot more happening in those past elections than there has been in this one.

And this:

I mean, you tell me why the excitement level has been set to “Meh”. I don’t see a whole lot changing from here, and it will be turned up to 11 in the runoff. Welcome to election season, y’all.

Here is all of today’s Kuffer: http://offthekuff.com/wp/?p=92060.

And here is from the Chron today on the mayoral forum that was held last night in Garden Oaks:

Mayor Sylvester Turner on Tuesday repeatedly accused his opponents of making “factually incorrect” allegations about his record as he came under fire at a candidate forum over the city’s budget, trash pickup and allegations of corruption.

The attacks, lobbed in front of a few hundred people at the Garden Oaks Montessori Magnet School, marked the first time Turner was forced to respond in real time to the criticism he has faced over the last several months from his challengers.

Turner’s opponents onstage — Kendall Baker, Dwight Boykins, Derrick Broze, Tony Buzbee, Naoufal Houjami, Bill King and Sue Lovell — each criticized him to varying degrees Tuesday for what they characterized as wasteful spending and inadequate work to mitigate flooding, an issue that has long plagued Houston.

Here is the entire Chron take: https://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/Turner-faces-persistent-criticism-at-first-14411922.php.

Commentary was there. The venue was the Garden Oaks Montessori gymnasium and there were a whole lot of folks there. A lot more than I expected.

Were they enthusiastic? No.

Were they attentive? Yes, most definitely.

Let me paraphrase my friend Sue Lovell from last night: By the size of this crowd, you are not happy.

She is talking about how the city is run.

Commentary mentioned a couple or so weeks ago that I have heard a lot of discussions with voters in recent months.  They are not happy.  We live in a kind of turbulent times.  We will see for sure.

I titled my take filthy mayoral forum today because they spent close to 45 minutes talking about the City of H-Town’s lousy job of recycling and trash pickup.  Look, trash pickup is a basic city service and we all know it has been messed up lately and don’t argue with me or I will have to post the photo of the three blue garbage trucks on my street at the same time a few weeks ago.

I don’t know why they allow the candidates who really aren’t running campaigns on the stage. It is kind of silly.

It looks like the pressure is on the GOP on this gun violence issue. Thoughts and prayers aren’t working. Select committees are in the works.

I got home last night and there was a message on my phone on an automated poll on the #TXHD148SpecialElection involving HCC Trustee Zeph Capo, HISD Trustee Elizabeth Santos, Penny Shaw, Kendra Camarena and Ryan McConnico. Interesting.

If we end up going 14-8 the rest of the way, we will end up at 104-58 for our best record ever of course.

Hope #SpringerDinger is doing better this morning.

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