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Finding The Next Dallas Keuchel

Prior to 2014, Dallas Keuchel was generally an ineffective pitcher. He made 16 starts in his 2012 debut season, producing an ERA and FIP over 5.00. 2013 came, and Keuchel was viewed as a hybrid long-reliever, meant to shuttle back and forth from the Minors. Dealing with injuries and ineffective starting pitching, the wallowing Astros again inserted Keuchel into the starting rotation...
Via The Sports Quotient
1 hour ago  |  Discuss

Astros' Keuchel has 'absolutely' thought about impending raise, possible extension

Oct 6, 2015; Bronx, NY, USA; Houston Astros starting pitcher Dallas Keuchel (60) looks for the sign against the New York Yankees during the first inning in the American League Wild Card playoff baseball game at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports Adam Hunger USA TODAY SportsFew pitchers have had as monumental a rise over the past two seasons as Houston...
Via Fox Sports
16 hours ago  |  Discuss

REPORT: Houston Astros “Hell-Bent” On Acquiring A Closer

Hell-bent. That’s a bit of a strong word to use, to describe a team’s pursuit of a player…no? Clubs talking to Astros say they seem “hell-bent to get a closer.” Checked in on Chapman, Miller, Giles, Boxberger, plus free-agent options — Jayson Stark (@jaysonst) November 21, 2015 Well, that’s the exact word that ESPN’s Jayson […]
Via Baseball Essential
21 hours ago  |  Discuss

Houston Astros Should Make Ken Giles Top Target

For much of the Philadelphia Phillies’ run to back-to-back World Series appearances in 2008 and 2009, the Houston Astros served as a de facto farm system for the City of Brotherly Love’s franchise. Brad Lidge, Roy Oswalt, and Hunter Pence all went from Houston to Philadelphia while the Phillies were tearing up the National League. […]
Via Baseball Essential
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Astros ‘hell-bent to get a closer’ this offseason

Holding a 2-1 series lead and up 6-2 on the Kansas City Royals in the eighth inning of a closeout Game 4 of the 2015 ALDS, the Houston Astros needed just six outs to advance to the ALCS. Instead they watched their bullpen quartet of Will Harris, Tony Sipp, Luke Gregerson, and Josh Fields totally...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Top 5 Free Agents the Houston Astros Should Sign

The Houston Astros have seen their struggles over the last few seasons, but the 2015 season was definitely a new direction for the ballclub. In his first season with the club, manager A.J. Hinch helped turn things around in a hurry, as the Astros posted a winning record this season for the first time since 2008, and ended […]
Via Baseball Essential
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Breaking down the nature of Dallas Keuchel's contact

Dallas Keuchel won a Cy Young last night, becoming the second pitcher in as many seasons to complete the two-year transition of “some guy with a 5.15 ERA” to “American League Cy Young Award winner.” Keuchel’s career turnaround, as was Corey Kluber‘s, is absolutely remarkable, though the similarities between the two elite hurlers mostly ends there. Kluber, of course,...
Via Fangraphs
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Astros' Correa on Rookie of the Year win: 'It's an unbelievable feeling'

Carlos Correa's standout rookie campaign came full circle on Monday.  Troy Taormina USA TODAY SportsHouston Astros shortstop Carlos Correa had a flashy introduction to the MLB this past season, and he was recognized on Monday by being named the American League Rookie of the Year. Congrats #Astros SS @TeamCJCorrea, the 2015 @officialBBWAA AL Rookie of the Year! #Represent #CorreaROY...
Via Fox Sports
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Houston Astros: Altuve and Keuchel win Gold Gloves

The 2015 Houston Astros were not just a power hitting team that had a lot of swing and misses, they were one of the top defensive teams in the league. Their outfielders were able to get on their horse and get outs, but their infield was recently recognized for their stalwart defense. Jose Altuve took home the Gold Glove for second base in the AL and his second Silver Slugger award...
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Altuve lands in rare Astros company after picking up Silver Slugger Award

Jun 25, 2015; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve (27) touches home plate as he scores a run during the fourth inning against the New York Yankees at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports Troy Taormina USA TODAY SportsEarlier this week, it was announced that Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve was the recipient of a Silver...
Via Fox Sports
9 days ago  |  Discuss

SQ Winter Blueprint: Houston Astros

2015 SummaryThis past season the Astros became what we knew they would become, but they did it a little bit faster than anticipated. After several years of major rebuilding through the draft, most expected that Houston would be a playoff team come 2016 or 2017. Instead, the Astros surged out of the gate to hold the AL West lead for the majority of the season before surrendering late...
Via The Sports Quotient
11 days ago  |  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
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Did the Houston Astros Have a Successful Season?

The Houston Astros were on top of the world in 2005 as they charged to the World Series before ultimately losing to the Chicago White Sox. Bagwell, Biggio, Berkman, Clemens, Pettitte, Oswalt… The old crew is a memory for today’s fans. The grand experiment started by Jeff Luhnow when he became GM in 2011 showed the first signs of promise in 2014 when the Astros broke out of three...
Via The Sports Post
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Is Colby Rasmus a potential fit for the Cleveland Indians?

The Cleveland Indians have an interesting offseason ahead. As World Series-winning GM Dayton Moore just mentioned, the team’s starting rotation is playoff-quality and “one of the best in the game.” After that? There certainly are some question marks. And they likely begin with the outfield. Heading into next season, the Indians have Michael Brantley penciled in at left...
Via Waiting For Next Year
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Young fan nails his Colby Rasmus Halloween costume

Game. Over. When I saw that Jose Bautista was holding a contest inviting his fans to dress like him for Halloween, I might have announced that he was the best at Halloweening. I was wrong. Very, very, very wrong. Whoever the parents are that dressed their kid up as post-Wild Card win Colby Rasmus win all the Halloween awards this year and next year. The Colby Rasmus Halloween...
Via Hall of Very Good
23 days ago  |  Discuss

Job Postings: Houston Astros Baseball Research and Development Analyst

Position: Houston Astros, Analyst, Baseball Research and Development Location: Houston Description: The Houston Astros are seeking an Analyst for the team’s Baseball Research and Development group. The Analyst will work closely with the Director of R&D and the analytics team to conduct research and develop methods that encourage the effective understanding and application...
Via Fangraphs
26 days ago  |  Discuss

Astros bullpen catcher demonstrates true class after Game 5 loss

The Houston Astros may have just saw their season end after losing Game 5 of their ALDS match-up with the Kansas City Royals, but that didn’t stop bullpen catcher Javier Bracamonte from going above and beyond to provide memories – – and much more — for some young Royals fans. Following the Astros’ 7-2 loss at Kauffman Stadium, Bracamonte was spotted by Royals fan David...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
October 15, 2015  |  Discuss

Astros, Rangers should be proud of their seasons

The Houston Astros and Texas Rangers saw their 2015 seasons end in the most cruel of ways. Houston was six outs away from the ALCS with a 6-2 lead in Game 4…and were outscored 14-2 in the final 11 innings of their ALDS matchup with the Royals. The Rangers took the first two games of their ALDS matchup with the Blue Jays *in Toronto*….and proceeded to lose three in a row, culminating...
Via The Outside Corner
October 15, 2015  |  Discuss

Baseball is cruel, baseball is beautiful

The Houston Astros lost 100-plus games for three consecutive seasons between 2011-2013. As their rebuild continued, the talent they were bringing in looked bright on paper—but as is typically the case with prospects, they needed more time. 2014 rolled around, marking the beginning of a new Astros franchise. They won 70 games; not an incredible feat for most organizations, but...
Via The Sports Post
October 15, 2015  |  Discuss

WATCH: Jonny Gomes knocks kid down while celebrating

The Kansas City Royals advanced to the ALCS with a 7-2 win over the Houston Astros on Wednesday night, and Jonny Gomes decided to celebrate with one of his daughters like any good dad would. But he may want to be a bit more careful when doing so next time, because you never know who may be in the vicinity. Gomes swung his daughter around the pitcher’s mound, and it looked like...
Via The Sports Daily
October 15, 2015  |  Discuss

Royals’ dramatic comeback win over Astros has a similar feel

Right after Carlos Correa and Colby Rasmus launched seventh inning home runs, the fans at Minute Maid Park were in a frenzy – and who could blame them. The Astros, who had averaged 104 losses over the past four seasons were suddenly up 6-2 in Game 4 of the American League Division Series. Just six defensive outs were left. The League Championship Series awaited. Most inside...
Via The Sports Daily
October 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Texas governor mistakenly congratulates Astros

Texas governor Greg Abbott is going to catch serious flack from Houston Astros fans for possibly jinxing the baseball team. Abbott’s Twitter account sent a tweet congratulating the Astros for advancing to the ALCS Monday and challenged the Texas Rangers to join them: There was only one problem: The Astros were only up 6-2 at...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
October 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Astros quieted the critics, but questions still remain

The Houston Astros are moving on after knocking off the New York Yankees 3-0 on Tuesday night in the AL Wild Card game. Houston looked impressive in victory, silencing the Yankees’ lineup while doing just enough on offense to succeed. But even though the Astros won, that doesn’t mean there aren’t questions still circulating around the team heading into their ALDS matchup...
Via The Outside Corner
October 07, 2015  |  Discuss

WATCH: Astros give Buster Olney champagne shower

Sometimes, reporters just want to bask in the moment and enjoy the fun, just ask ESPN’s Buster Olney. Olney was in the Astros locker room after the team defeated the Yankees in Tuesday night’s wild-card game, 3-0, and advanced to the ALDS. The team popped champagne to celebrate the big win, and Carlos Correa made sure Olney got in on the action as well. Olney then did...
Via The Sports Daily
October 07, 2015  |  Discuss

Carlos Correa’s rookie season hints at greatness

The 2015 season has been chock-full of high-profile rookie debuts. From Kris Bryant to Corey Seager to Noah Syndergaard, I’ve certainly had no shortage of players to write about. But the most impressive rookie campaign — at least on a per-game basis — might very well belong to Carlos Correa, who’s developing into a superstar right before our eyes. Although he’s completed...
Via Fangraphs
October 06, 2015  |  Discuss

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