Houston Astros: Spring Training Preview

When the Houston Astros found themselves playing baseball in October last season for the first time since their World Series campaign in 2005, when they were a member of the National League, fans could not have really cared less on how the team got there. All they knew is that the years of losing were over. After squandering their first place lead of 51 days that was held from...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

The HOVG Podcast: Lew Temple (Part One)

This week, Shawn Anderson and Lou Olsen talk to actor (and former Houston Astros scout!) Lew Temple. In the first part of what ends up being a spectacular baseball discussion, Lew tells the boys about his days as a Houston Astros scout, the team drafting Craig Biggio, passing on Derek Jeter and shares his thoughts on steroids. Also, Lew drops some nuggets about his friendship with...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

The Astros Are in a Sweet Spot

As of Wednesday night, there were 57 position players projected via our depth charts to produce three wins or more. The Astros had four of them: Jose Altuve, Carlos Correa, Carlos Gomez and George Springer. That they had four of these 57 players isn’t especially unique. Houston is one of five teams to have at least four such players. But what is interesting is just how much room...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Astros designated hitter Gattis has sports hernia surgery

HOUSTON (AP) Houston designated hitter Evan Gattis underwent surgery to repair a sports hernia. Gattis had the surgery on Tuesday and will be out four to six weeks. He will join the Astros on time for spring training and rehabilitate with the team's medical staff in Florida. In his first year with the Astros last season, he led the team with 27 homers and 88 RBIs, both career...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Astros' Evan Gattis reportedly sidelined 4-6 weeks after hernia surgery

Houston Astros DH Evan Gattis will be sidelined for four to six weeks after recent hernia surgery, reports.After his condition worsened a week ago, Gattis had an MRI exam that revealed the problem. He told that he is optimistic he will he be ready by the start of the regular season or shortly afterward.Gattis slugged 27 homers in his first season with the Astros in...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Teams get first arbitration win as Astros beat Jason Castro

PHOENIX -- Houston Astros catcher Jason Castro became the first player to lose in salary arbitration this year.Castro was awarded $5 million on Tuesday by arbitrators Matt Goldberg, Gary Kendellen and James Oldham, who heard arguments a day earlier. Castro had asked for a raise from $4 million to $5.25 million.The 28-year-old was an All-Star in 2013. He hit .211 last season, his...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Catcher Jason Castro, Astros argue salary arbitration case

PHOENIX (AP) Catcher Jason Castro and the Houston Astros argued their salary arbitration case despite a difference of only $250,000. Castro asked arbitrators Matt Goldberg, Gary Kendellen and James Oldham for a raise from $4 million to $5.25 million during Monday's hearing, and the Astros argued for $5 million. A decision is expected Tuesday. The 28-year-old was an All-Star in...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

2016 Houston Astros Preview & Fantasy Baseball Draft Prep

The Houston Astros weren't expected to grow up so fast, but a few young stars burst onto the scene and helped the Astros jump out to a hot start. After taking the eventual champs to five games in the ALDS, Houston will look to ride their young bats and quality pitching staff to an even deeper postseason run. (Note: When a player's fantasy draft status is mentioned - e.g., "he's...
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Houston Astros: 2016 Offseason Report Card

After three consecutive years of finishing 40.0 or more games out of their division from 2011 to 2013 (moving from the National League Central to the American League West after 2012), the Houston Astros showed signs of life in 2014. They won 70 games for the first time since 2010, but still finished fourth in the AL West, 28.0 games behind the division champion Los Angeles Angels...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

Houston Astros Projected 2016 Lineup + Rotation

Houston Astros Lineup and Rotation Projection Batting Order: 1- Jose Altuve 2-George Springer 3- Carlos Correa 4-Evan Gattis 5-Carlos Gomez 6- Marwin Gonzalez 7- Colby Rasmus 8-Jason Castro 9-AJ Reed or Jon Singleton For the most part, this starting lineup remains the same because it worked for the Astros last year. However, there are two main differences in that Marwin Gonzalez...
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12 days ago  |  Discuss

Houston Astros’ Very Early Season Preview

There are 64 days and about 20 minutes as of the publication of this article until the MLB season begins. So does that mean that it’s too early to do a 2016 season preview for the Houston Astros? Please, of course not. Nobody has been this excited about the team since the 2005 World Series when the team faced off the Chicago White Sox. After the sweep, the Astros grew worse and...
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Doug Fister Signs One-Year Deal With Houston Astros

After what seemed like an eternity, one right handed pitcher has finally found a new home. According to, former Detroit Tiger and Washington National Doug Fister has signed a one year deal with the Houston Astros. Fister’s deal is worth $7 million, but can reach up to over $10 million if his performance bonuses. Throughout the last few seasons, baseball analysts and fans...
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15 days ago  |  Discuss

Astros address huge back-end rotation need with Doug Fister signing

Houston Astros starting pitching was a huge plus in 2015. Dallas Keuchel continued to be a revelation, posting his best season to date with a 20-8 record, 1.02 WHIP, and 2.48 ERA, earning his first career Cy Young. Behind him was Collin McHugh, a waiver claim turned perfect number two. The 28-year-old won 19 games, threw over 200 innings, and had a 3.89 ERA. Behind the duo was...
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15 days ago  |  Discuss

George Springer, In Progress

Last September, at one point, the Astros staged an improbable ninth-inning comeback against the Angels. I don’t remember a whole lot of the details anymore, but there is still one play that sticks out in my mind, because it stuck out in my mind back then. George Springer neither started the rally nor ended it, but he did keep it alive with the bases empty and the Astros down to...
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17 days ago  |  Discuss

Missouri suspends QB Maty Mauk indefinitely after alleged cocaine snorting video surfaces

Missouri has suspended quarterback Maty Mauk from the football program indefinitely as they investigate a video that allegedly shows the Tigers QB snorting cocaine. The video below was circulated on social media, and it shows a man snorting a white powder substance off a table: Matty Mauk missing the line, just like he misses his receivers. #Mizzou #Rocktober #MattyIce @TMAFanpage...
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18 days ago  |  Discuss

FG on Fox: The Precedent for Evan Gattis’ Triples

Evan Gattis was probably never fast. That is, he wasn’t fast in comparison to many baseball players he was around while coming up through the minors. He certainly isn’t fast now, and at this point, we can confidently say that he probably never will be. And that’s fine, because speed isn’t really his game: coming into the 2015 season, he had zero stolen bases and one triple...
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19 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Carlos Correa plays 'baseball' during NY blizzard

Parts of the East Coast were battered by blizzard on Saturday that dumped over 20 inches of snow in some areas. Among those in the northeast was Houston Astros shortstop Carlos Correa, who had a little fun in the snow. Correa was in New York for a Baseball Writers Association of America event that was ultimately cancelled due to the weather. During the day, the 21-year-old played...
Via Larry Brown Sports
20 days ago  |  Discuss reporter tweets Astros told her they had real Tina Turner at gala, then changed their tune

Things got a little weird at the Houston Astros’ Diamond Dreams gala Friday, at least according to national correspondent Alyson Footer. The charitable event to benefit the Astros’ Foundation and New Hope Housing was billed as featuring singer/songwriter James Taylor, along with numerous Astros’ players and manager A.J. Hinch, but Footer tweeted that things got very...
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21 days ago  |  Discuss

Colby Rasmus doesn't ever want to leave the Astros

Colby Rasmus is only 29 years old, but he's already thinking about the end of his career. The outfielder recently re-signed with the Houston Astros with a one-year deal (becoming the first player to accept a qualifying offer in MLB history). Coming off a season in which he hit 25 home runs, collected 61 RBIs and was a postseason hero for Houston, Rasmus opted to stay in town on...
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23 days ago  |  Discuss

Former Cardinals scouting director pleads guilty in Astros hacking case

This past June, reports surfaced that the FBI was investigating the St. Louis Cardinals for allegedly hacking data from the Houston Astros, who had previously been a fellow NL Central team before moving to the AL West.In July, the Cardinals fired Christopher Correa, their former scouting director who was at the center of these allegations. Those allegations included reports that...
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January 08, 2016  |  Discuss

Federal indictment: Cardinals hacked Astros’ email, accessed database during draft, trade deadline

The full federal indictment against former Cardinals scouting director Chris Correa has been made public, and it contains several bombshells. The indictment claims that Correa accessed the Houston Astros player information database, known as “Ground Control,” during the 2013 MLB Draft, as well as the day of the 2013 trade deadline. It is also alleged that, after an in-depth...
Via Larry Brown Sports
January 08, 2016  |  Discuss

Ex-Cardinals scouting director to plead guilty to hacking Astros

After initially denying any wrongdoing, Chris Correa, the former scouting director of the St. Louis Cardinals, will reportedly plead guilty to hacking the Houston Astros. The Wall Street Journal reports Correa has tentatively agreed to plead guilty to five of the 12 charges levied against him connected to an alleged unauthorized breach of the Houston Astros’ computer network...
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January 08, 2016  |  Discuss

Dallas Keuchel’s agent says he won’t sign a long-term deal this offseason

Dallas Keuchel and his representatives have told the Houston Astros they will not engage in contract discussions this offseason reports Reid Laymance of the Houston Chronicle. “At this point, we have not engaged the club in any sort of long-term discussions,” Braunecker said on the show. “It’s common knowledge that we had some discussion during the season last year and...
Via The Outside Corner
January 05, 2016  |  Discuss

Jed Lowrie returning to Oakland after A's-Astros trade

Ask any Oakland Athletics fans, and they’ll probably tell you that they have become accustom to not getting too attached to players on the team. That’s just how the A’s tend to operate—players don’t typically stick around.So it probably came as a bit of a shock to the fan base to wake up and hear that a familiar face was returning to the Bay Area ball club.Such is the case...
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November 25, 2015  |  Discuss

Colby Rasmus makes baseball history, accepts qualifying offer

Earlier this week I gave you a list of players I thought most likely to accept the qualifying offer–a one year contract worth $15.8 million. As is the way of things, that list did not include Colby Rasmus. I looked at his offensive numbers and assumed even in this robust outfield market that he could secure a 3 year deal. Until today that would have been enough for a player to...
Via The Outside Corner
November 12, 2015  |  Discuss

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