Found February 19, 2013 on
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Jose Altuve is his name and speed is his game. At 5-5, 170 pounds he is one of the few professional athletes I can say I “look down” on (in a height sense, of course…I’m 5-7), but his game has big potential.For one, his batted ball profile suggests he should perennially have a BABIP in the .330-.350 range because he almost always puts the ball in play (90.7% contact rate, 11.7% strikeout rate) and doesn’t hit a lot of fly balls (27.1%). It would take a lot of bad luck for a guy like that to not hit at least .280.When he does get on base, Altuve can steal a base like the best of them. Last year, he stole 33 bases, while getting caught 11 times (75% success) and, at 23 years old, you can only expect him to get smarter and better at picking his spots. He posted a .340 OBP last year despite walking just 6.3% of the time so his OBP will likely rise and fall with his batting average unless he starts being more patient at the plate.At a GlanceStrengths: BA, SB, KNeutral: OBP, RWeaknesses:...
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The Houston Astros knew that 2012 would be a rebuilding season, but, even knowing that, it was a disappointing season for Astros fans. The team changed managers mid-season firing Brad Mills and bringing in Tony DeFrancesco on their way to a last place 55-107 finish, 42 games behind the division winning Cincinnati Reds. With a loss on the final day of the season, the Astros finished...
The relationship between Roger Clemens and the Houston Astros continues to be a close one. Clemens did spend three seasons pitching for the Astros (2004-2006), but he remains tied to his hometown MLB team with his role as special assistant to general manager Jeff Luhnow.
Clemens showed up at Astros camp in Kissimmee, Fla. on Tuesday, and while he did say that he intends to throw...
The Houston Astro embark on a new journey in the AL. Many years ago (not that many, but more than some) the Milwaukee Brewers left the AL Central and ventured into the NL Central giving the NL 16 teams to the AL’s 14. In order to rectify this great inequity, the Astros are being moved to the AL. It’s not too tragic. They were an expansion team, have never won the World...
Before you start reading this remember that the title of the article states that the Kansas City Royals “should” win the A.L. Central. I know many of you chuckled when you read it and many more probably threw out a “WTF”. Believe me, I get that. After following an organization for over 30 years [...]
Imagine a team with Brad Peacock, Bud Norris and Carlos Corporan - yes, the C-Corp himself. Add former Yankee legends Jose Veras and Justin Maxwell. Now, move this team's esteemed pitching staff from the NL - where Pavanos hit - to the AL, where the Travis Hafners and Big Papis win restraining orders against their mitts. Hey, congratulations! you've just visualized the...
How ridiculous are the Houston Astros after coming off a 55-107 season? Someone on this team requested Alicia Keys’ hit “No One” should be played during batting practice, according to this photo tweeted by Houston Chronicle reporter Brian Smith (@ChronAstros).
Shall we take a look at the lyrics to this song that’ll make you want to cry and think of road beef in Arizona?...
It’s official: according to Ryan Lawrence, Cole Hamels will start the Grapefruit League opener against the Houston Astros this Saturday, with speculation running rampant that Hamels will also be pegged the Opening Day starter. Pitching coach Rich Dubee believes he will use Hamels, Roy Halladay, and Cliff Lee in the opening series against Atlanta, with a preference to splitting...
KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) -- Roger Clemens said little publicly in the immediate aftermath of the Hall of Fame vote.
Over a month later, he's willing to share his thoughts -- but the 354-game winner is not about to start a lobbying campaign.
"I'm not going to lose any sleep over it," Clemens said. "If those guys feel I deserve to be there, then I deserve to be...