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Scott Feldman on Scuffed Balls, Lopsided Balls, and Pitching Up

Scott Feldman knows a lot about pitching — the 31-year-old Houston Astros righthander just completed his tenth big-league season – which means he knows a lot about baseballs. When he gets a new one on the mound, Feldman immediately recognizes its specific shape and texture. Not every baseball feels exactly the same. Feldman is likewise […]
Via Fangraphs
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Astros Rumors: Mark Appel's stock is rising

During 2014 Houston Astros' prospect Mark Appel got a lot of attention for the wrong reasons.  He although he was pitching poorly, he was promoted throughout levels of the minor league system because of what many felt was simply because he was a former number one overall pick.  But this fall while pitching against the best prospects the league has to offer in the Arizona Fall...
Via Sports Rumor Alert
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Astros have 90 days to find spring training site in West Palm Beach area

The Astros and Nationals received an encouraging vote on funding for a new spring training facility in the West Palm Beach, Fla., area, but are now on the clock to find a site to build a new complex for the two teams. The Palm Beach County Commissioners voted 5-2 to approve $108 million in hotel bed tax revenue to help build a stadium for the Astros and Nationals. Other “It...
Via Pro Sports Daily
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Mark Appel thriving in AFL, has tossed 12 scoreless frames

Houston Astros prospect Mark Appel has thrown 12 scoreless innings in his three starts in the Arizona Fall League. After struggling to open the season at High-A Lancaster the 23-year-old picked it up upon a promotion to Double-A Corpus Christi. ON Monday Appel threw five scoreless innings. Overall he has allowe djust four hits and owns a 12/3 K/BB ratio over his three starts. “I...
Via Tireball.com
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Astros Name Dave Hudgens New Hitting Coach

According to beat writer Brian McTaggart, the Houston Astros have hired Dave Hudgens as the team’s hitting coach, joining Gary Pettis as third base coach, and Rich Dauer as first base coach as part of new manager A.J. Hinch’s coaching staff. Hudgens was fired as the Mets’ hitting coach in the middle of this season and was replaced by Lamar Johnson, who was also relieved of...
Via Mets Merized Online
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Astros Injury Update: Carlos Correa should be fully recovered by spring training

Although the Houston Astros finished the 2014 season with a record of 70-92 and 28 games out in the American League West, there was marked improvement of the 51-win team of 2013. This off season the Astros look for ways to improve an offense that was 21st in runs scored and a staff that was 25th in ERA. One promising prospect who could help the Astros in the not too distant future...
Via MLB Injury News
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Furntiture mogul makes good on $4M Astros promotion gamble

When Jim McIngvale, known in Texas as “Mattress Mack,” gave the okay on a promotion for his Gallery Furniture store that was tied to the number of games the Houston Astros would win this past season, he understood it came with some semblance of risk. But in the end, McIngvale is more than happy with […] The post Furntiture store mogul makes good on $4M promotion gamble on...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Astros Rumors: Increased payroll could lead to free-agent pursuits

For years, the Houston Astros have been built around a young core of players. Veterans have been traded off for groups of young prospects.  But the time may have finally arrived where they could possibly add a Major League free agent or two to their roster.#485860263 / gettyimages.comJeff Todd of MLBtraderumors, is reporting that Astros General Manager, Jim Crane could increase...
Via Sports Rumor Alert
15 days ago  |  Discuss

How the Houston Astros Astros Cost Jon a Championship

Just when you think you have the matchup locked up, things turn for the worse. You want to tell someone, but who? No one cares, especially the guys in your league.”Quit whining, loser.” We care. We can’t offer much — not even a pat on the back or an empathetic nod, but we can give you a voice. This submission came from Jon. It’s short and painful but ends on a hopeful note...
Via Baseball Professor
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Astros new manager A.J. Hinch: ‘Goal is to win championships’

The Houston Astros announced Monday that A.J. Hinch will be their next manager. “The goal is to win championships,” Hinch said. “The arrow is turning toward success in talking about winning a little bit and talking about the ultimate goal. I’m proud to be here. To wear this orange and blue is something I cherish, and to put this uniform on and be called the ‘Skipper’...
Via Sports-Glory
25 days ago  |  Discuss

Craig Biggio vs Derek Jeter: who’s better?

Craig Biggio is one of the best second baseman in MLB history, and his stats prove that Derek Jeter has been the talk of baseball for the past few weeks as his career starts to wind down. There’s no doubt that Jeter will be a Hall of Famer, but really, in my opinion, if Craig Biggio has not gotten in yet, then Jeter should have to wait as well. That being said, there is no chance...
Via isportsweb.com
28 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Jose Altuve jumped to try and hit a pitch

In case you weren’t aware, Jose Altuve is short. How short? Well…. Can you blame him for trying? The guy hits EVERYTHING. http://t.co/mImMfuOzgO — MLB GIFS (@MLBGIFs) September 23, 2014 That’s absurdity at its most absurd. The soon to be AL batting champion finished with just one hit in Houston’s 4-3 loss to Texas on Monday night. The post Jose Altuve jumped trying to...
Via The Outside Corner
September 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Astros' 63rd win costs Houston furniture dealer $4 million

All things considered, the Houston Astros have had a successful season.  After losing 106, 107, then 113 games the past few years, they are guaranteed not to lose 100 in 2014, as the team won their 63rd of 2014 and we’re still just one week into September.  Legendary Houston furniture tycoon Jim “Mattress Mack” McIngvale (of Gallery Furniture) promised to refund full purchase...
Via Reading Between The Seams
September 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Houston Astros relieve manager Bo Porter of his duties

According to a team press release, the Houston Astros have fired their manager Bo Porter. The team additionally relieved Bench Coach Dave Trembley of his duties. Tom Lawless will be the team’s interim manager for the remainder of the 2014 season. This move may not come as a surprise to many, as earlier in the […]
Via On-Base Talk
September 01, 2014  |  Discuss

WATCH: Fan at Astros game has terrible first pitch

One lucky Astros fan was invited to throw out the first pitch before Tuesday night's Athletics-Astros game. And after watching her fail as badly as 50 Cent did, the team may want to consider vetting their choices next time...
Via The Sports Daily
August 27, 2014  |  Discuss
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