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Delino DeShields Jr.
Last year at this time, I previewed each team leading until the opening day of the season. My formula was using over/ unders to figure out what I thought teams looked like and order them 1-30 based on my projected finish. And I published the previews in inverse order based on said projected finish. I took some chances, and was wrong on some and right on others. My biggest blunder was picking the Oakland Athletics to finish with the worst record in MLB. How I overlooked that juggernaut is beyond me. It is amazing that everybody else had them winning the AL West except for me.
The countdown starts us out with the Houston Astros. The Astros have a new manager, Bo Porter, and after playing 51 years in the National League, they move to the AL West starting this season. The Astros have some good young players who can surprise, but it will be very tough for them to compete in a very good AL West. The issue with the Astros is they have no identity. After moving a couple veterans last s...
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Houston Astros pitcher Philip Humber recently told a story that explained how an experience during his youth caused him to not be the biggest fan of dolphins.
The Astros have worked hard to rebuild this system; multiple trades, a strong draft, and a few guys really moving forward.
Note: Avg ranking takes the average of any site I could find that had team rankings (sum of ranks divided by total sites). Comp ranking is the composite for the organization; it basically is a ranking of the averages.
Brandon Laird hit a grand slam and Rick Ankiel hit his first home run of the spring, leading the Houston Astros to a 7-6 victory over a split squad of New York Yankees on Thursday.
Laird's grand slam came in the sixth inning off loser Shane Greene.
Ankiel, trying to make the Astros as a 33-year-old outfielder, has six hits in nine spring at-bats. His homer off Mike O'Brien...
KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) -- Carlos Pena hit his first home run for the Houston Astros in a 6-5 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Saturday.
Pena, who hit 181 homers over the past six seasons with Tampa Bay and the Chicago Cubs, signed a 2.9 million, one-year contract with the Astros this offseason. He is one of Houston's few veterans and is expected be the club's primary designated...
Key Offseason Additions- Chris Carter, Carlos Pena, Erik Bedard, Jose Veras, Rick Ankiel, Phillip Humber Key Offseason Losses-Jed Lowrie The Astros will have their work cut out for them in 2013 trying to avoid finishing another season with the worst record in baseball. Bo Porter takes over a club that finished with a dismal .340 … Continue reading »
With the Astros joining the AL West this year, they are introducing a new look team; unfortunately for those in Houston, it resembles more of a minor league team than a major league one. Let’s look at what is in store for the Astros.
Jed Lowrie, SS (Athletics, Trade)
Rick Ankiel, OF (Nationals, Minor League Free Agent)
Erik Bedard, LHP (Pirates, Minor...
Carlos Pena hit his first home run for the Houston Astros in a 6-5 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Saturday.
Pena, who hit 181 homers over the past six seasons with Tampa Bay and the Chicago Cubs, signed a $2.9 million, one-year contract with the Astros this offseason. He is one of Houston's few veterans and is expected be the club's primary designated hitter during its...
St. Louis manager Mike Matheny will be back in the dugout for Saturday's game against Washington, one day after dealing with food poisoning and a herniated disk.
He missed a trip to play the Houston Astros in Kissimmee on Friday.
''If I didn't have the food poisoning, I probably would have made trip,'' Matheny said. ''But between the two, it would...