Found August 15, 2013 on More Hardball:
The Minnesota Twins Andrew Albers is the new kid on the block making the most noise.  The rookie has made 2 MLB starts, going 17.1 innings without allowing a run.  To go along with his 0.00 ERA, he's also rocking a 0.40 WHIP.  Nice!Chia-Jen Lo/Astros, Rob Wooten/Brewers, Luis Coleman/Royals, and Tanner Roark/Nationals have also acclimated well to the MLB uniform, allowing no runs in any or their appearances thus far.  In fact, Coleman has pitched in 15 games without surrendering a run.  Let's see how this crew of newbies finish out the 2013 season.

Astros 5, Athletics 4

Bartolo Colon's velocity was up but so was his fastball. After four months of dominant outings and even talk of a possible run at another Cy Young Award, the 40-year-old Colon has looked extremely average in his last two outings. Even the Houston Astros are knocking Oakland's All-Star right-hander around at this point. Colon, who had defeated Houston three times already...

Road To The Show: 2013 Draft Picks Progress Report

Here is a look at 15 of the 2013 first round selections and how they are stacking up in their first taste of professional baseball. Even though the stat lines are a small sample size they give you a quick indication on how the players are making the transition to life away from home on the road to the show. Mark Appel- Houston Astros: The #1 pick in the draft has started 8 games...

Brett Oberholtzer: Two Pitches, One Grip

Brett Oberholtzer‘s best pitch is his changeup. Well, that’s the one that gets the whiffs and has been his signature pitch. But it might be the curveball that best describes his approach on the mound. Because the curveball is two pitches. Brett Oberholtzer has a slider. You might not see the slider in some of […]

Astros beat A's 2-1 in 11 innings

Stunned and somewhat upset A’s center fielder Chris Young waited for Robbie Grossman near second base late Wednesday night. The Bellaire High graduate wanted proof after the Astros’ rookie left fielder made a leaping grab at the wall to deny him a walk-off homer in the 10th inning. Grossman was more than happy to oblige. He opened up his glove showed Young the ball and smiled...

WATCH: Chris Young asks to see ball after being robbed of walk-off home run

Chris Young (and the Oakland A’s) had a rough week against the Major League Baseball worst Houston Astros.  For Young, two nights in a row, he was denied what was inches away from a walk-off home run.  On Tuesday night, his potential 2-run game winning home run was just foul (he struck out to end it).  Then on Wednesday night, Astros OF Robbie Grossman sized up the wall and...

Astros trade reliever Travis Blackley to Rangers

The Astros have traded left-handed pitcher Travis Blackley to the Texas Rangers for a player to be named later and cash considerations the club announced in a news release today. At the time of the transaction Blackley was on the Triple A Oklahoma City roster. He had been with the Astros since the start of the regular season before being designated for assignment on Aug. 8. Blackley...

Week 20 Closer Report: Jim Johnson, Dane De La Rosa

Keith Allison We have a new #1 overall and a new member of the Top 10 as well. The Mets have solved their closer role for the time being and the Angels have finally taken the keys away from Ernesto Frieri. Biggest movers... Kenley Jansen moves up 6 spots to #9 Ernesto Frieri drops out of the rankings  1. Aroldis Chapman (+1) 2. Craig Kimbrel (+1) 3. Mariano Rivera...

Buy or Sell: Jason Castro and Yan Gomes

Catcher can be a tough position to find production behind the plate. There are only so many Buster Poseys and Yadier Molinas available out there. Let's take a look at couple of young catchers that could be great finds. Jason Castro, Houston's lone All-Star, should be on most owners' peripheral. Yan Gomes is not a household name, but he could be real soon. Jason...

A’s Robbed of Walk-Off Home Run, Fall to Astros in 11

The A’s could not take advantage of Jarrod Parker going the deepest he’s gone into a baseball game in his career Wednesday night, as they lost their second straight game to the Astros. In what turned out to be a pitcher’s duel between Parker and his newly-found near-namesake rival Jarred Cosart, Oakland could not come up with the big hit in a 2-1 11-inning loss that dropped...

Buy or Sell: Yan Gomes, Jason Castro

Eric Enfermero Catcher can be a tough position to find production in your line-up. There are only so many Buster Poseys and Yadier Molinas available out there. Let's take a look at couple of young catchers that could be great finds. Jason Castro, Houston's lone All-Star, should be on most owners' peripheral. Yan Gomes is not a household name, but he could be real soon...

A’s Battle Late, But Can’t Overcome Astros Early Lead

The Oakland A’s offense battled late, but it wasn’t enough to overcome a tough start by Bartolo Colon, as the Athletics fell to the Houston Astros 5-4 in Game one of a three-game series. The Houston offense didn’t hesitate to jump all over Colon, despite his All-Star season so far. Jason Castro walked to lead off the second inning, and after Matt Dominquez doubled, Brandon...

Astros 8, Angels 2

Chris Carter hit a three-run homer and drove in a career-high five runs, and Brad Peacock didn't allow an earned run while pitching into the seventh inning of the Houston Astros' 8-2 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Friday night. Robbie Grossman drove in a run and scored during a three-run fifth for the major league-worst Astros (40-81), who have won three of four...

Oakland Athletics vs. Houston Astros Game Three Preview

With the club looking to a avoid a three-game sweep at the hands of the Houston Astros, Sonny Gray (0-1, 1.80 ERA) gets the call for the Oakland A’s. The rookie right-hander took the loss on Saturday in his starting debut as the team fell 5-4 to the Toronto Blue Jays. The 2011 first-round pick went six innings allowing four runs, of which just two were earned as he gave up four...
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