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This is the first edition of Hope for the Hopeless, where we will take a look at the first ten teams in the league eliminated from playoff contention, and examine what their fans can be optimistic about after a disappointing 2013 season. First up: the Houston Astros.
It's OK Astros fans: it'll all be over season. The "it" I'm referring to here isn't the 2013 season (which does end soon), but instead Houston's run of futility over the last three seasons. After losing 106 games in 2011, 107 games in 2012, and probably somewhere around that many once 2013 is over, I can definitely understand the apathy and rage that Astros fans are feeling.
But as I outlined in this morning's Post-Mortem, there's hope for the Astros. Up the middle talent is typically the best core of a winning team, and Houston's got three good players in those positions: Jason Castro, Jonathan Villar, and Jose Altuve (2013 struggles not withstanding). When you add AAA ...
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This week started with some hullabaloo when a Forbes contributor published a column claiming that the Houston Astros were the most profitable team in MLB history. Contributor Dan Alexander did some pretty simple math in concluding that the Astros would clear $99 million in “operating revenue.” “They have become so profitable thanks to slashed payroll […]
Three minor league players in the Houston Astros' organization have been suspended because of drug violations.
The commissioner's office announced the 50-game penalties on Friday. All three players tested positive for an amphetamine.
First baseman Michael Martinez and outfielder D'Andre Toney are with Class A Tri-City of the New York-Penn League. Shortstop Jose Fernandez...
The Houston Astros may have met the inevitable by becoming the first team to be mathematically eliminated from postseason play this week, but a modicum of good news has trickled down from the injury front. Catchers Max Stassi and Carlos Corporan have both continued to make steady and tangible progress from their respective concussions.
Corporan out since August 19th after taking...
Here we are, folks: the first edition of the End of Season Post-Mortem series. If you're new here (which about 50% of our reader base is in comparison to last year), here's a brief explanation: after a team is eliminated from playoff contention, we're going to put their season under a microscope and look at just what the hell went wrong, what went right, and so on and...
Jarred Cosart was pumped to go up against one of the best starters in baseball.
Cosart's outing started slowly before he quickly bounced back to give the Astros six strong innings of one-run ball, but Houston's bullpen failed him in a 6-1 loss to the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday night.
''You got to be nervous before every game, but you know you're going up...
The Houston Astros pulled within one in the fifth inning, and that was as close as it would get.
Their lineup just stalled.
Brett Wallace homered, but the Astros failed to get a hit against three Seattle relievers and lost 3-2 to the Mariners on Thursday night.
''Their bullpen did a good job,'' Houston manager Bo Porter said. ''We had some opportunities...
Brad Peacock had been solid for the Houston Astros since returning from Triple-A early this month.
He couldn't continue that success on Friday night against Seattle and the Astros lost 7-1 to the Mariners.
Peacock (3-5) had a 2.88 ERA with 25 strikeouts in his previous four starts this month, but was tagged for seven hits and five runs in 4 2-3 innings.
''I felt like...
When Bo Porter was hired to lead the Houston Astros, one of his first moves was to add Dave Trembley to his coaching staff. The hiring was more than a young, first-year manager bringing on board a mentor. It was a case of loyalty rewarded. The 61-year-old Trembley and 41-year-old Porter go way back. And […]
It’s the final game in the series with the Houston Astros before a well deserved day off. Chris Sale is in the office and the boys are wearing the 1983 uniforms today.
Grab some bench and a drink and see you soon
*1 – 0 (Sox Lead)
Astros – (He gone)(He gone)(He gone)
Sox – Garcia,L(walk), Beckham(single,L.Garcia to second) Keppinger(single...
A fan in the stands at Minute Maid Park came up with such creative dance moves, the Houston Astros sideline reporter tries to mimic them later to no avail.
Mix in a little Voguing, a little Walk Like An Egyptian and a whole lot of attitude and you too could be dancing in your seat like this young woman.
The Astros could have used a few moves themselves. They lost to the Mariners...