Posted September 21, 2012 on
The reeling Pirates open a three-game series in Houston on Friday night. Lefty Jeff Locke gets the start for the Bucs. The Astros will toss right-hander Edgar Gonzalez.

Altuve flips ball over his head for the out

Astros second baseman Jose Altuve dives up the middle and makes an unbelievable flip from his stomach to get the forceout. Your browser does not support iframes. Houston beat the Pirates,... Full story at Bob's Blitz ~

Brandon Barnes lays out for superb diving catch

Houston Astros center fielder Brandon Barnes sprints full speed and dives to rob the Cardinals Jon Jay with a superb catch in the first inning last night. Your browser does not support... Full story at Bob's Blitz ~

Astros could name new manager next week

The search for the next manager of the Houston Astros appears to be nearing an end. Owner Jim Crane has said that the team hopes to have wrapped up a search by the end of next week, but Jeff Luhnow added Friday that they are closing in. "We will see (Monday) if we're ready to make a decision or if there are any next steps," he said, leaving open the chance for a second...

Humiliated in Houston

Awful. The Pirates were blown away by the Astros – the 102-loss Astros – on Friday night. Jeff Locke gave up a 3-run bomb in the first inning. A slew of no-name Houston pitchers shut down the Bucs (starter Edgar Gonzalez had to leave in the 2nd with an injury). The Pirates struck out 12 times. Locke pitched pretty well after the homer, and Garrett Jones hit a solo homer in the...

Aurelio Lopez was Senor Smoke before 1986 NLCS

When I remember watching Aurelio Lopez, I think of the Houston Astros pitcher who gave up what could have been the go-ahead run in the 14th inning of the 1986 NLCS. Of course, Billy Hatcher’s HR off Jesse Orosco ties the game. Lopez stayed on until the 16th inning, where he allowed the first two Mets to reach base as the Mets scored three runs. As we all remember, Orosco gave...

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...

Astros 7, Pirates 1

Jed Lowrie hit a three-run homer and Justin Maxwell and Brett Wallace added solo shots to help the Houston Astros coast to a 7-1 win over Pittsburgh on Friday night, further dampening the Pirates already dim postseason hopes. The Pirates couldn't find much offense as they lost their fourth straight game to fall to six games back for the second NL wild card spot. They've...

Jose Altuve Makes Behind The Head Flip For Out

Video: Amazing play by the Astros 2B

Astros talk with another Red Sox bench coach

When the Houston Astros last searched for a manager, they hired the Boston Red Sox's bench coach. Could they go in that direction again? As expected, Red Sox bench coach Tim Bogar interviewed Wednesday for Houston's vacant managerial position. He met with Astros owner Jim Crane and general manager Jeff Luhnow in the Tampa area for nearly 2 1/2 hours. Out of respect...

GAMEDAY: Pirates at Astros

Pirates (74-75) at Astros (48-102) 8:05 PM EST–Minute Maid Park, Houston Here is the Gameday TV: ROOT Sports The Pirates, now looking up at the .500 mark, will have a chance to rattle off some wins on this road trip if they can figure out how to play somewhat-decent baseball. They’ve got seven games against the Astros (102 losses) and Mets (dreadful in the 2nd half)....

Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Houston Astros – Game 151

Is there really even anything to say about last night?  Pathetic. First Pitch:  7:05 PM EST Where To Watch:  Root Sports, MLB.TV Dallas Keuchel, LHP (24) Keuchel has not had a good season. Tm W L ERA G GS IP H R ER HR BB SO ERA+ WHIP H/9 HR/9 BB/9 SO/9 SO/BB HOU 2 [...]

Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Houston Astros – Game 150

If you think the precipitous fall of the Pirates in the second half is insane I hope you read this email from Kyle Stark. Stunning. First Pitch:  8:05 PM EST Where To Watch:  Root Sports, MLB.TV, FS-H Edgar Gonzalez, RHP (29) Yup. That Edgar Gonzalez. Don’t feel too bad though, he actually pitched better against [...]

Pirates Notebook: Bucs Struggle to Find a Spark

The Pittsburgh Pirates continue to struggle to find a way to create a spark. The lineup hasn’t been able to provide offense, while the bullpen, which was once a strength, has become a recent weakness. With 12 games remaining in the regular season, the collapse has pushed the club not only out of playoff reach, but possibly out of their first winning season in two decades. “It...
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