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Astros First Half Roundtable: All Star Break Awards

Astros First Half Highlight - MAY 01: Mauricio Dubon #14 of the Houston Astros reacts to hitting an RBI double during the seventh inning against the San Francisco Giants at Minute Maid Park on May 01, 2023 in Houston, Texas.
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The All-Star Break reset.

You needed it, I needed it, the boys needed it.

Don’t believe me? Go check out your favorite players IG Story because they are on a jet home or on a quick vacation to Mexico. I truly think the internet blurs our perception on how much of a grind 162 is over a season, and with the Houston Astros looking to be the first team to repeat as a champion since the VHS highlights Yankees, this is the perfect reset. This first half of the season has been nothing short of a rollercoaster that could be described as the Tower of Terror to some and to others the thrill of the Texas Cyclone.

Perception vs. Reality

Yes, it is okay as a fan to demand excellence from your favorite ball club and feel that expectations have not been met to your standards as a fan. You also have to realize that Yordan Alvarez and Jose Altuve have only appeared in the lineup together like 13 times this season out of 91 games. You also have to realize that this rotation lost a Justin Verlander plus 60 percent of the starting rotation to injuries. The reality of a division rival spending a billion dollars to field a competitive team that will just be a pace horse. Sitting at 50-41, 2 games back of the division and that the first half was held together by bubblegum, duct tape and a dream. Let’s jump into the first inaugural annual Apollo First Half Roundtable Award Show.

Astros First Half MVP

Dez – Obliques aside, My son Yordan Alvarez was on pursuit of a monster franchise historic season. Even with missing a month, he will be able to flirt with that possibility.

Tony – Yordan

Stoney – Yordan

Astros Future – Framber

Garrett – Tucker

Joshstros – Yordan

Dalton – Yordan

JP – Yordan

Astros Fans UK – Yordan

Yordan Alvarez is your Apollo First Half MVP.

Astros First Half Cy-Young

Dez – The Framchise

Tony – Framber Valdez

Stoney – Framber

Astros Future – Valdez

Garrett – Framber

Joshstros – The Framchise

Dalton – Framber

JP – Valdez

Astros Fans UK – Framber

Clean sweep for The Framchise.

Astros First Half Defensive MVP

Dez – Yanier Diaz, Rocket Arm and has some pretty good play calling metrics.

Tony – Dubon. But Diaz deserves mention. He has a great arm (thrown out 7 of 17).

Stoney – JP3

Astros Future – Dubon

Garrett – Chazzy Fizz

Joshstros – JP3

Dalton – Dubon

JP – JP3

Astros Fans UK – Dubon

Mauricio Dubon adds a piece of hardware to his collection with his very first Apollo First Half Defensive MVP.

First Half Surprise

Dez – Brown, France, Blanco and Bielak stepping up and taking the ball and holding serve.

Tony – J.P. France

Stoney – Corey Julks

Astros Future – Julks

Garrett – J.P. France

Joshstros – France

Dalton – France

JP – Julksy

Astros Fans UK – Dubon

In a tight race, J.P. France takes his very first, Apollo First Half Surprise award.

Favorite Moment

Dez – Putting that shiny gold 22 flag out in LF.

Tony – Comeback against the Rangers

Stoney – 12-11 Astros/ Arlington July 3rd game

Astros Future – May 17th walk-off win against the Cubs.

Garrett – Comeback win vs. The Cardinals

Joshstros – Yordan against the Braves

Dalton – Comeback win vs. the Cubs

JP – Comeback win vs. the Cubs

Astros Fans UK – Jose Abreu’s sprint around the bases and slide into the dugout after his hugely-belated 1st Astros homer.

The winner of Favorite Moment of the First Half goes to KING TUCKS WALKOFF vs. The Cubs.

Astros First Half Rookie of the Year

Dez – J.P France he’s got that DAWG in him

Tony – Hunter Brown

Stoney – Hunter Brown (Honorable Mention J.P. France)

Astros Future – Brown but France right behind him.

Garrett – Yanier Diaz

Joshstros – Yanier Diaz

Dalton – Hunter Brown

JP – J.P. France

Astros Fans UK – J.P. France

Our first ever Co-Apollo First Half Rookie of the Year Award is split between Hunter “The Ace who was promised” Brown and J.P. France!

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