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.

Jake Kaplan + Derek Fogel on the Gerrit Cole acquisition; Rockets “melee” in LA

Hunter Atkins takes over a bonus episode of The Weekly Brew podcast and is joined by two of the best baseball minds in Houston — Jake Kaplan and Derek Fogel — to discuss the Astros acquisition of RHP Gerrit Cole.

Then, the guys briefly discuss the NFL playoffs before diving into Monday’s scuffle between the Rockets and Clippers. Is this the new rivalry that the NBA needs? How will it impact the Rockets heading into the stretch run for the postseason? Also, Clippers coach Doc Rivers stops by for his analysis on what happened inside the Staples Center Monday night.

The Atlantic’s David Graham on Trump v. Bannon; Rockets defensive woes; Art Briles

The Atlantic’s David Graham joins Austin and Jeremy to discuss Michael Wolff’s “Fire and Fury,” which profiles the Trump administration, and the schism between Donald Trump and his former chief strategist, Steve Bannon. Graham also offers his analysis on the reception from the American electorate on the latest tax legislation and foreign policy issues that could impact the U.S. in 2018.

To open the show, Hunter makes his triumphant return to breakdown the defensive woes facing the Houston Rockets as they’ve dropped seven of their last nine games, and what the team needs to do in order to contend with the Warriors in the Western Conference. Then, the guys discuss the NFL Playoffs, Monday’s showdown between Alabama and Georgia, Jon Gruden’s $100 million contract, the questionable hiring of Kendal Briles at U of H, and Art Briles resurfacing at the AFCA convention in Charlotte.

Astros are World Series Champions; Deshaun Watson’s ACL; Colin Kaepernick as a Texan

The Houston Astros won game seven of the World Series over the Los Angeles Dodgers to bring the City of Houston its first World Series title. Austin, Hunter, Derek and Jeremy recap the dramatic series, what a title means for the city following Hurricane Harvey, and whether or not the Astros are tabbed as favorites heading into the 2018 season.

Also, the guys breakdown the Texans 20-14 loss against the Colts in their first outing without all-Rookie QB Deshaun Watson. Can the Texans still salvage their season? Is Colin Kaepernick a viable option behind center?

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ESPN’s Tim Kurkjian joins to discuss the World Series

Tim Kurkjian is a Major League Baseball analyst on ESPN’s Baseball Tonight and SportsCenter, and joins Hunter Atkins and Austin Staton to discuss the epic World Series between the Astros and Dodgers.

Kurkjian breaks down the series to date and what fans can expect in game five and beyond. Also, Kurkjian offers his thoughts on bat flips in the postseason, the heroic efforts of Cody Bellinger and George Springer, Ken Giles’ struggles and more.

Astros drop the Yankees, head to LA; Lance Berkman breaks down the Fall Classic

The Astros clinched the AL Pennant on Saturday night with a 4-0 win over the New York Yankees, and Houston will now travel to Los Angeles to take on the Dodgers in the Fall Classic. Back by popular demand, Astros legend and 15-year MLB veteran Lance Berkman joins The Weekly Brew to recap the ALCS, provide insight into the World Series, and offers his thoughts on why this “could be the opening of a dynastic-type window” for the Houston Astros.

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Astros-Red Sox Preview: Chron’s Jake Kaplan + NBCS Boston’s Evan Drellich; Roundtable Discussion

October baseball is upon us and the Houston Astros are set to square off against the Boston Red Sox in a five-game series beginning Thursday at Minute Maid Park. The Houston Chronicle’s Jake Kaplan and NBC Sports Boston’s Evan Drellich join The Weekly Brew to offer their insight and analysis, and what fans should be looking for heading into the ALDS.

Then, Austin Staton is joined by the Chron’s Hunter Atkins, CBS Sports’ Derek Fogel, and Jeremy Paxton (sort of) for a lively roundtable discussion on the series. You won’t want to miss this.

Don Willett heads to the 5th Circuit; NFL and CFB recap

What a week it was for sports fan in the city of Houston. The Texans have their QB after a record-breaking performance and a 57-14 beatdown against the team from Tennessee, and the Astros are primed for an ALDS showdown against the Boston Red Sox. Austin and Jeremy break it all down and dive into some analysis from week five of the college football season. Also, Jeremy offers his hot take on a way to pay college football players and reduce concussions in the NFL. Will it work? Austin is skeptical.

College Football Recap; NFL Network’s Taylor Bisciotti’s Top Takeaways

Font2.jpgThe College Football season is in week two and the Baylor Bears are off to an 0-2 start. Austin and Jeremy analyze what has gone wrong for first-year head coach Matt Rhule, whether the team can rebound this season, and why fans in Waco should stop clamoring for Art Briles.

Then, Taylor Bisciotti from the NFL Network joins Austin to debut her new segment on the show called Taylor’s Top Takeaways. This week, Taylor discusses her biggest surprises from week one of the NFL season, teams that impressed, and why Texans fans should step back from the ledge following an opening week loss to Jacksonville. Taylor also offers insight into her new show called ICYMI: All 32, which can be found on the NFL Network.

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Hurricane Harvey dumps historic rain on Houston; CFB preview w/ Stewart Mandel

The City of Houston is currently experiencing catastrophic flooding in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. While Austin safely fled to Dallas on Friday night, Jeremy and Hunter are still in Houston and dial in to provide updates on a storm that has crippled the nation’s fourth largest city.

To provide some relief from the storm, Stewart Mandel, editor-in-chief of The All-American, previews the college football season as we prepare for a full slate of games during the Labor Day Weekend. Mandel has been a national college football writer for 18 years with Sports Illustrated and Fox Sports, and offers his thoughts on the elite QB’s out west, CFP contenders, the Big 12, and what fans can expect from first-year head coaches at Baylor and U of H.

Stay safe, Houston. We’re praying for you. #HoustonStrong