Found July 25, 2012 on Fangraphs:
The Houston Astros continue to shed veteran players and General Manager Jeff Luhnow made one of his better trades in terms of prospect value, although none of the three players are A-level young stars. The additions of pitchers Rudy Owens and Colton Cain, as well as outfielder Robbie Grossman add...

Luhnow: Rebuilding Astros looking for value

HOUSTON Too often the simple math gets lost in the transactions, misplaced in the numerous names coming and going, in the research of prospects commissioned to help the Astros restock their farm system. The most basic numbers can be obscured by walk rate and FIP and WAR, leaving the door ajar for second-guessing that is more paralysis by analysis than anything substantive. Sometimes...

Astros GM defends deadline deals

The Miami Marlins aren't the only team alarming the industry with their shift in direction. The Houston Astros, who are awful now, will be even worse next season, their first in the powerful AL West. They're trading veterans, including cash in deals and still getting mediocre prospects in return. "They're going way overboard," one rival executive said Wednesday...

Exploring the Arsenal – Dallas Keuchel

Exploring the Arsenal will run prior to each game, providing you with a brief scouting report on the starting pitcher expected to oppose the Pirates. The chart below shows the horizontal and vertical movement of every pitch thrown by that particular pitcher in 2012. This chart is from the catcher’s point of view. Click here for a general guide to pitch types and classifications...

Cordero blows save in first chance with Astros

HOUSTON (AP) -- Drew Stubbs isn't where he wants to be despite returning from the disabled list almost a month ago. The Cincinnati center fielder hopes Tuesday night's performance is an indication that things are starting to come together for him. Stubbs hit a go-ahead homer and the Reds rallied for three runs in the ninth inning against former teammate Francisco Cordero...

Pirates Acquire Wandy Rodriguez from Astros

According to Jon Heyman, the Pittsburgh Pirates have acquired Wandy Rodriguez from the Houston Astros. Tom Singer of originally reported that the deal was close to terms. There is no word yet on who the Pirates have given up in the deal. Heyman said the Astros will send money to the Pirates. Rodriguez is owed $30 million for the remainder of this season and in 2013. Rodriguez...

The Departed – Grossman, Owens, Cain

In yet another paradigm shift in this bizarro-world Pirate universe we now live in, the Pirates acquired Wandy Rodriguez on Tuesday night from the Astros for three Pirate prospects — Rudy Owens, Robbie Grossman, and Colton Cain.  In our recent mid-season update, we had those three ranked 7th, 9th, and 20th, respectively. For Tim’s “First Pitch” piece tonight, he will be...

Reds pick up 6th straight win, rally past Astros

HOUSTON (AP) -- Drew Stubbs hit a go-ahead homer and the Cincinnati Reds rallied for three runs in the ninth inning against former teammate Francisco Cordero, beating the Houston Astros 4-2 Tuesday night and tying their longest winning streak of the year at six. The NL Central-leading Reds sent Houston to its eighth straight loss. Cordero got his first save chance since being acquired...

MLB Insiders: Houston Astros

The Pirates open a four-game series in Houston on Thursday night. Right-hander A. J. Burnett will be on the mound for the Bucs. Houston will start lefty Dallas Keuchel.

Pirates acquire Rodriguez in trade with Astros

The Pittsburgh Pirates are in the position of being buyers rather than sellers this season, and that was demonstrated on Tuesday when the Pirates acquired 33-year-old starting pitcher Wandy Rodriguez for three prospects. In recent years, the Pirates have been hopelessly out of the race by the time the trading deadline approached, but they entered Tuesday's action 1 1/2 games...

Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Houston Astros – Game 98

I can’t believe the Pirates lost a series to the Cubs.  I know it happens to the best teams but it was pathetic. Recap. Starling Marte has been promoted. Four games, count em four games at Houston.  The Pirates need them all. The Astros were a bad team to begin with.  At this point they [...]

Minor League Schedule: 7/26/12

With the trade of Colton Cain and Rudy Owens, there will be changes in the minor league rotations, possibly for all four of the top teams depending on who fills the empty spots. As of right now, there are no starters listed for Indianapolis or Bradenton for tomorrow. We will update this post after they are announced. A full recap of yesterday’s games can be found here. Irwin has...

Prospect Trends — Week Ending 7/22

The Pirates continue to get more good hitting and less good pitching than expected in their farm system. TRENDING UP Brock Holt, SS (AA):  Holt continues to hit, and continues to be marooned in Altoona.  In the past week he went 9-23 (.391), leaving him at 319/384/440 on the season. Robbie Grossman, OF (AA):  Grossman’s turnaround continues.  In the last week he went 12-28...
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