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.

NFL Network’s Taylor Bisciotti; Astros-Red Sox set for ALCS

The NFL Network’s Taylor Bisciotti makes her return to the podcast to discuss the wild NFL season. With overtime games on a weekly basis and concern over NFL rule changes, has this season lived up to the hype? Then, Taylor discusses her surprise teams, rookies that have impressed, and the top young QBs in the game.

The show opens as Austin discusses the Astros’ sweep of the Indians and a brief preview of the ALCS against the Red Sox.

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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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.

Rockets/Golden State Warriors with MK Bower; Cy Young winner Doug Drabek; Boston Herald’s Evan Drellich on Astros & Red Sox

Welcome to this very strong 39th episode of The Weekly Brew podcast. This week, MK Bower of The SportsXchange joins us to talk Rockets & Warriors, Cy Young winner Doug Drabek talks UH Cougar baseball and MLB, and The Boston Herald’s Evan Drellich discusses the Red Sox and Astros headed into this week’s series at Minute Maid Park.

It’s official – Dolores Lozano, of ESPN Deportes and the Houston Super Bowl Committee, is The Weekly Brew’s new cohost. A Baylor alum and former track and field athlete, Dolores is a terrific and welcome addition to the lineup and has hit the ground running. Welcome aboard, Dolores!

MoiseKapenda Bower, a longtime Houston sports media legend, joins us to break down the NBA Playoffs and especially the Rockets’ (slim) chances against the NBA’s all-time regular season winningest team, the Golden State Warriors, in the first round. Bower puts into context star guard James Harden’s spectacular, underrated season, averaging better than 29 points, 7 assists and 6 rebounds on the year, one of only four players (including Michael Jordan, Oscar Robertson and LeBron James) to do so. Bower also assesses the performance of interim head coach J.B. Bickerstaff and talks about the coaching direction in which the Rockets might head during the offseason this year. Bower is also certain that general manager Daryl Morey will be back next year, per owner Leslie Alexander.

Then 1990 Cy Young Award winner Doug Drabek, a University of Houston alum, former Houston Astros standout and current pitching coach for the Mobile BayBears, joins the podcast to discuss what playing in the strike-shortened 1994 season, playing alongside Barry Bonds and what he enjoyed most about his college experience (spoiler alert: it was watching Hakeem Olajuwon, Clyde Drexler and the rest of the Phi Slama Jama crew). Drabek also discusses the experience of watching, as a father, the difficult two surgeries his son Kyle Drabek had to fight through before being called up by the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Finally, Evan Drellich, former Houston Chronicle Astros beat writer and the Boston Herald’s latest addition, covering the Red Sox, calls in to talk about his impressions of the ‘Stros during spring training, the upcoming Boston/Houston series at Minute Maid Park and some of his Red Sox coverage, including an amusing story about Pablo Sandoval’s inability to say ‘no’ to food, at one point gaining 21 pounds in 21 days during the offseason.

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