Found March 01, 2012 on
PLAYERS: Jose Altuve
TEAMS: Houston Astros
The 2011 version of the Houston Astros finished dead last. Not just in the NL Central, but in all of baseball. Their 56-106 record was 7 full wins less than the next worst team (Minnesota). To say that there is reason for optimism in 2012 would be misleading. Jose Altuve If nothing else, the Astros did give fans a peak at the future. Brian Bogusevic, J.D. Martinez, Jose Altuve, Jimmy Paredes, and Jordan Lyles all spent a bunch of time with the big club and showed plenty of upside. They’ll get a full year to show what they can do this time around. The Astros made a potentially nice move in the offseason. They shipped closer Mark Melancon back to Boston for Jed Lowrie, who is slated to play every day at shortstop. And don’t forget that they also brought Jordan Schafer over from the Braves in the Michael Bourn deal late last year to see if he can regenerate his once promising career. [2012 MLB Preview Central] When a team is down and out it’s always nice to check in on the farm system ...

Crane building relationship with Astros fans

One of the early encouraging signs of the new Astros administration (owner Jim Crane, CEO George Postolos and GM Jeff Luhnow) is that when it comes to the club's place in the Houston landscape, they get it. Since 2005, attendance at Minute Maid Park has declined 26 percent from a 34,744 average to 25,519 in 2011. And with the Texans now a playoff team, the Astros no longer...

Duke looks to catch on with Astros

By Mark Mitchell Special to Spring training is about renewal and hope, or at least that is what Zach Duke is seeking. Signed to a minor league contract, the former All-Star is looking to regain his prior form and experience another unlikly playoff run. Spring dreaming? Yes, but it could happen. Really, it has before. True, the Astros finished 40 games out of...

Cust, Ruggiano get new chance with Astros

By Mark Mitchell Jack Cust wants to be a complete baseball player. After spending the last five years as a designated hitter in the American League, he looks forward to "throwing leather" and running around with his teammates. "It is exciting for me to play both sides of the ball," said Cust. "Sometimes when you are just hitting, you...

Hernandez settles in with the Astros

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) -- Livan Hernandez, baseball's active leader in games started and innings pitched, looks a little out of place in the spring training locker room of the young Houston Astros. It is nothing unusual for the 37-year-old Hernandez, who will be pitching in his 17th season for his eighth different team. "I played in Arizona with a young team. Washington...

Astros' Wallace gets new opportunity

By Mark Mitchell Brett Wallace discovered last year how humbling baseball can be. The opening day starting first baseman was demoted to the minor leagues in July and now finds himself at a new position. With Carlos Lee moving from the outfield to first base, Wallace will compete with Chris Johnson and Jimmy Paredes for playing time at third base. Johnson started...

Schafer working to secure center field job

Jordan Schafer understands the opportunity he has in Houston. It's a young team that's rebuilding and provides fertile ground for young players like Schafer to show what they can do.

Lyles hopes curveball takes him to next level

Astros right-hander Jordan Lyles has been tinkering with a new grip on his curveball and has been thrilled with the results so far, both during his bullpen sessions early in camp and his two live batting practice appearances.

The Roster Report – February 29, 2012

Hey there, hardball fans. Welcome to another edition of the Roster Report. With most of the off-season roster movement finished, it’s time to take a long look at a few recent decisions (and an injury) that will affect roster composition for a few squads. If you’re the fan of the Athletics, the Astros, or the Yankees, you may want to keep reading. The Houston Astros name SP/RP...

Astros Announce Closer

Maybe we should add QR Codes to our articles.  Then, when information changes and what we’ve already written is no longer accurate, fans could scan the QR Code and get the latest information! REDNECK: Brett Myers, Astros closer On Tuesday, the Houston Astros announced that their closer will not be $5.5 million man Brandon Lyon, but veteran starter Brett Myers.  Myers is no stranger...

More tests coming for ailing Escalona

Astros left-handed relief pitcher Sergio Escalona, who injured his elbow swinging a bat early in camp, was examined by team doctors Thursday and was scheduled to undergo an MRI, manager Brad Mills said.

Rotation may be heavy on southpaws

It's possible the Astros could begin the regular season with three left-handers in their starting rotation. Wandy Rodriguez is a lock to be in the rotation if he's not traded, and J.A. Happ has an inside track for another rotation spot. Non-roster invitee Zach Duke will be used in relief and a starter this spring and could crack the rotation.

Wandy favorite for Opening Day start

The Astros have yet to name an Opening Day starter, but all signs point towards veteran left-hander Wandy Rodriguez being on the mound when Houston faces the Colorado Rockies on April 6 at Minute Maid Park. Houston hasn't had a lefty start on Opening Day since Dave Roberts in 1974.
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