Marisnick reveals story behind 'Big Fudge'

When it came time to choose what to put on the back of his jersey for the Aug. 25-27 Players Weekend, Astros outfielder Jake Marisnick went with "Big Fudge." MLB and the MLB Players' Association are introducing the inaugural Players Weekend and all players will wear colorful, non-traditional uniforms featuring alternate designs.
2 hours ago

Astros' hit-and-miss 'O' hopes to get healthy

MLB hits leader Jose Altuve is wondering what's off with his Astros over the past week. While scoring nine runs in back-to-back games against the D-backs, they were also shut out twice by Arizona -- including a 4-0 loss Thursday at Minute Maid Park -- and scored a total of 20 runs in their past five games, below their 5.71 runs per game this season.
3 hours ago

Whitley leads Astros prospects on fast track

In an ideal player development world, every prospect earns, and gets, an in-season promotion up a level. That prospect Shangri-La doesn't happen very often, but in the Astros farm system in 2017, it's been pretty close. The most recent example of this was the movement of two talented young arms up to Double-A Corpus Christi, No. 2 prospect Forrest Whitley and No. 10 Cionel Perez...
8 hours ago

The Astros’ Unsung Hero

The Astros’ best player this year has been Jose Altuve, and it isn’t particularly close. The second baseman is one of the leading candidates for the American League’s Most Valuable Player award. After Altuve, the best players on the team are probably George Springer and Carlos Correa, though Springer spent some time on the disabled list recently and Correa remains there now...
Via Fangraphs
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Luhnow: “Expectations Very Low” For Astros To Add Starter

Astros GM Jeff Luhnow suggested today that he doesn’t anticipate making another significant acquisition this month. In an appearance on the Josh Innes Show on SportsTalk 790, the Houston executive said in particular that the team isn’t likely to add a starter. “Right now I would set expectations very low that anything happens between now and the end of the month,” Luhnow...
Via MLB Trade Rumors
1 day ago

Reddick, Morton lead Houston past Arizona 9-5

HOUSTON (AP) — Josh Reddick hit a two-run homer in a four-run eighth, Charlie Morton threw 6 1/3 solid innings as the Houston Astros defeated the Arizona Diamondbacks 9-5 Wednesday night. After Arizona closed within 5-4 in the top of the eighth, Juan Centeno scored on a wild pitch by David Hernandez, and Derek Fisher scored on a Jose Altuve sacrifice fly before Reddick capped the...
1 day ago

Astros Place Brian McCann On DL, Designate Jordan Jankowski

The Astros have placed catcher Brian McCann on the 10-day DL and designated righty Jordan Jankowski for assignment, Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle reports (Twitter links). Jankowski will lose his 40-man spot to allow the club to select the contract of Max Stassi, who is needed to fill in for McCann. It isn’t yet known what kind of absence McCann is facing, though it doesn’t...
Via MLB Trade Rumors
3 days ago

Astros looking for more bullpen help even after landing Tyler Clippard

The Houston Astros are interested in making more moves even after adding Tyler Clippard to their bullpen.Houston acquired Clippard from the White Sox on Sunday for a player to be named later. The 32-year-old reliever is bouncing around a bit this season, as he went to Chicago in a deal with the Yankees, and now is heading to Houston.Clippard struggled with the Yankees, posting a...
Via Larry Brown Sports
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Houston Astros players “down in the dumps” after deadline

It is no secret that the Houston Astros left many fans disappointed with how the trade deadline ended. Report after report would have Houston rumored to be in serious talks about acquiring top-shelf talent to strengthen their roster for the play offs. In the end all we walked away with was Francisco Liriano. General Manager Jeff Luhnow stated very early on that they would not part...
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Struggling Houston Astros held together by unlikely hero

It has been exactly one month since the All Star Game, and since returning from Miami, the Houston Astros have looked like an entirely different team. In the 25 games that they have played since then, they have gone a disappointing 11-14. It feels like just yesterday on the eve of summer, when the Astros were hailed as the best team in baseball. Now they still have a big lead on...
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Reddick: Astros players ‘down in the dumps’ over trade deadline inactivity

The Houston Astros surprised many observers by not making a big impact move at the trade deadline, and the team has lost seven of nine games since. According to outfielder Josh Reddick, those two factors may be related.Reddick told SiriusXM’s MLB Network Radio on Thursday that Houston players had expected the team to be aggressive at the deadline, but they were left deflated after...
Via Larry Brown Sports
6 days ago  |  Discuss

The era of the super team is upon Major League Baseball

The Los Angeles Dodgers are on a collision course with immortality this year, flirting with a pace that could see them reach rarefied air in Major League Baseball history. In the process, they have done more than just become the hottest team of the summer — they have begun to reclassify expectations of what an MLB roster can become.During a time in professional sports when regular...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

Jose Altuve’s Historic July and His MVP Momentum

Jose Altuve is a conventional contender for the MVP award, but at the same time, he really isn’t. As the best player on the best team in the American League — by a fairly large margin — Altuve checks off the two biggest boxes some voters use when filling out the ballot. He’s also a bit non-traditional, as he doesn’t hit a whole lot of homers or drive a ton of runners in...
Via Fangraphs
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Chris Archer-Orbit ‘feud’ escalates with water balloon ambush

The “feud” between Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Chris Archer and Houston Astros mascot Orbit was kicked up a notch on Wednesday night thanks to a well-executed water balloon ambush.And this time around — unlike Orbit’s thwarted gastrointestinal sabotage earlier this week — the Astros mascot was on the receiving end of the silly skullduggery.Before we get to the water balloon...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Astros mascot Orbit escalates ‘war’ with Chris Archer

In case anyone is wondering, the “war” currently being waged between Houston Astros mascot Orbit and Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Chris Archer is still on like Donkey Kong.Orbit attempted to sabotage Archer’s start Tuesday night by leaving the pitcher a “pregame snack.” Only said snack, which also featured a chocolate bar, included a bottle touted as containing an “electrolyte...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Houston Astros legend Jeff Bagwell inducted to the Hall of Fame

Jeff Bagwell brought joy to the city of Houston for many years. He will go down as one of the best players in Houston Astros’ history, and his career stats back that up. From the “Killer B’s” to the 2005 World Series, Bagwell has had an illustrious career. Bagwell played with the Astros his entire career at first base, which spanned over 14 years. Throughout the years, he...
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Dallas Keuchel unhappy with Astros' quiet trade deadline

While some of baseball’s best teams got aggressive at the trade deadline, the Houston Astros were relatively quiet. Aside from acquiring struggling pitcher Francisco Liriano, Houston stood pat. Their ace pitcher Dallas Keuchel was unhappy about that and made his feelings known.“I’m not going to lie. Disappointment is a little bit of an understatement,” Keuchel said, via Brian...
Via Sportsnaut
16 days ago  |  Discuss

The Astros Have a Lance McCullers Problem

With a 17 game lead in the AL West, the Astros are almost certainly going to the postseason. But as they figure out what to do before tomorrow’s trade deadline, and weigh the costs of potential upgrades, it is becoming pretty clear that they should have some concerns about Lance McCullers. Their #2 starter was lights out to begin the year, but on June 12th, the Astros put him...
Via Fangraphs
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Can Lance McCullers Shake What’s Been Ailing Him?

Things continue to heat up as we are just over 24 hours away from the trading deadline. We’re also keeping things fairly hot, with a couple of aces in isolation and a really nice secondary duel worth your time. Check ’em out! Aces in Isolation RHP Lance McCullers (HOU) versus Detroit RHP Justin Verlander McCullers has hit the skids of late, allowing 15 earned runs over his...
Via The Sports Post
18 days ago  |  Discuss

The Astros are going from really good to possibly great

The Houston Astros own the American League’s best record. That’s a sentence you’re going to see a lot in coming years. While the Astros are having a great amount of success today, they are poised to keep improving. There are a multitude of factors that make teams successful: high draft-picks panning out, strong player development in the minor leagues, free-agent signings, smart...
Via The Sports Fan Journal
22 days ago  |  Discuss

Astros post hilarious MS Paint tweet

The Houston Astros are one with the memes and the memes are with them.Amid rumors this week of Microsoft killing off their popular Paint app after over three decades, the Astros had a show of solidarity of sorts by tweeting out a Paint-style image of their lineup for Tuesday’s game against the Phillies. Fortunately, it appears that MS Paint isn’t actually going anywhere after...
Via Larry Brown Sports
23 days ago  |  Discuss

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