Previewing the ALCS between Houston and Boston

The ALCS is here! The Chron’s Hunter Atkins joins Austin on the phone line to breakdown this historic series between the Astros and Red Sox. How historic is it? This is the first postseason series since World War II that features to teams that won more than 103 regular season games.

The guys discuss the key matchups on the mound and why the Astros’ hitters will work to extend at-bats in order to jump into a Boston bullpen that has played “Naked and Afraid” this postseason. Then, Hunter offers his take that David Price is “teetering on the edge of a sunk cost” and why he matches up poorly against Gerrit Cole.

The show closes by analyzing the offense and x-factors in the series, and why the Astros should refuse to pitch to MVP-candidate J. D. Martinez.

Chron’s Hunter Atkins and SportsRadio 610’s Derek Fogel preview the MLB postseason

The Braintrust, Hunter Atkins and Derek Fogel, join Austin Staton on The Weekly Brew for the annual MLB postseason preview. The guys discuss the extra-inning thriller between the Rockies and Cubs that opened the postseason and the initial implications that the game has on the playoffs — over managing and MLB replays.

Then, the guys discuss the local series as the defending World Series champs open the playoffs at home against the Cleveland Indians. With the teams nearly mirroring each other strength for strength, what will be the difference maker? Who will make the bullpen cut on the roster, and how will AJ Hinch utilize his arms in the five-game series?

The show closes by breaking down the starting rotation and the inconsistent play of both offenses. Who wins it all? We make our predictions.

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Chron’s Hunter Atkins on the Astros’ Pennant Race; NFL Highlights; SCOTUS

Hunter Atkins makes his return to the podcast to discuss the Astros pursuit of a second-straight AL West Crown. Entering the final week of the season with a all-but-certain playoff date with the Indians on the horizon, Hunter and Austin discuss the x-factors heading into postseason play. Will the offense find consistency in the playoffs? Will Keuchel’s early-inning struggles continue? How will the postseason roster shape up, and will Josh James have an impact in October?

The show opens with a recap of Week 3 of the NFL season and the Texans’ 0-3 start, and the latest news on SCOTUS. 

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Texans struggle out of the gates; Astros locking in on October

Austin and Jeremy are joined alongside fantasy football expert Jordan Wathen as the guys breakdown the NFL season to date, and the struggles out of the gate by the Houston Texans. Historically, only 12.1 percent of teams that begin the season 0-2 make the playoffs. Can the Texans buck the trend in the now-competitive AFC South?

Then, the guys discuss the hunt for October as the Astros close in on their second-straight AL West Crown. The show closes as insane news breaks of the retirement of Bills CB Vontae Davis retiring at halftime on Sunday.

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Trump meets Kim Jong-un; Astros 11-game streak; The best week in sports

Jeremy returns to the podcast to discuss his recent engagement before he dives into a conversation with Austin on the recent summit between President Trump and Kim Jong-un in Singapore. Then, the duo discusses the Astros 11-game winning streak including the offensive outburst led by DH Evan Gattis.

The show wraps by dissecting the best week in sports including thoughts on the World Cup, Landon Donovan, and the U.S. Open.

Magic + Mayhem with Ben Jackson; Barbara Bush + Avicii remembered; Astros streaking

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Ben Jackson is international award-winning magician who has been featured on NBC’s TODAY alongside David Copperfield, and has consulted for the Hollywood film Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, staring Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Ben joins The Weekly Brew (15:53) to breakdown his career, his influences, and his Magic, Music & Mayhem show at Houston’s La Colombe d’Or, one of the world’s smallest luxury hotels.

The show opens as Austin and Jeremy discuss the legacy of Barbara Bush, who passed away last week at the age of 28, and the death of Swedish musician, Avicii. The guys then pivot to discuss the streaking Astros and the Rockets playoff series against the Minnesota Timberwolves.

The Athletic’s Jake Kaplan on the Astros + NBA Playoffs

Jake Kaplan is no stranger to the podcast and has covered the Houston Astros for the past season. However, in 2018, Kaplan has a new affiliate — The Athletic.

Kaplan sits down with the podcast to discuss the new journalistic platform that should excite Astros fans, breaks down the first few of the 2018 season, and why the pitching staff is locked and loaded with Verlander and Cole on the hill. Kaplan closes out the interview with a few nuggets featuring Spring Training with Hunter Atkins, and even makes a friendly NBA Playoffs wager.

NFLPA President Eric Winston addresses the state of the NFL; Astros + Rockets

Eric Winston is a 12-year NFL veteran and was just elected to his third term as the president of the NFL Players Association earlier this month. Winston joins The Weekly Brew to discuss the state of the NFL, player safety, the CBA and guaranteed contracts, the NFLPA’s study on the potential use of marijuana as a pain management tool for players, and his plans for the 2018 season. Winston also discusses the cloud surrounding Texans owner Bob McNair and whether his questionable remarks could impact player personnel for the Texans in 2018 and beyond.

The show opens with Austin, Hunter and Jeremy discussing opening week in Major League Baseball, Jose Altuve’s giant contract extension, the Rockets pursuit of the top seed in the Western Conference playoffs, and the NCAA Final Four.

Hunter returns from Florida to offer his insights into the 2018 Astros; Golden Era of Houston Sports

Hunter Atkins is back in Houston and joins Austin Staton to share his first-hand insights from covering the Houston Astros in West Palm Beach, Florida. What are the biggest areas of need for the defending champs, and is the club built for longterm success, or a year of complacency?

The show opens as Austin discusses Jose Altuve’s $151 million contract extension with the Astros, the Rockets push toward the postseason, and the Texans acquiring all-Pro safety, Tyrann Mathieu.

Astros spring training prospectus, the starting rotation, and bullpen concerns

Hunter joins Austin to breakdown the Astros through week one of spring training in Florida. What can the club expect from a full season of Justin Verlander at the top of the rotation, and how will he mentor the younger pitchers on the staff? Also, Hunter discusses Gerrit Cole’s debut in an Astros uniform and why his cerebral approach on the mound might pay dividends for the organization in 2018.

Editor’s Note: Read the latest Astros coverage from Hunter Atkins as he covers spring training in West Palm Beach, Florida.