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Astros regain lead in AL West with 6-3 win over Angels

HOUSTON The Houston Astros are back in first place in the American League West — the first time they have led their division this late in the season in 12 years. Rookie Lance McCullers pitched seven solid innings and Preston Tucker and Jon Singleton homered to help the Astros to a 6-3 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday night that regained the division lead for them...
Via AP on Fox
3 hours ago  |  Discuss

Houston Astros Offense Propels Them to Victory

HOUSTON, TX – JULY 28: Jose Altuve #27 of the Houston Astros watches his two-run double in the sixth inning of their game against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Minute Maid Park on July 28, 2015 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images) Although Houston Astros starting pitcher Collin McHugh wasn’t great in this game, he didn’t need to be perfect because...
Via The Sports Journal
13 hours ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Houston Astros SS Carlos Correa Now Leads All AL Short Stops With Ninth Home Run of the Season

When Carlos Correa hit his ninth home run of the season in the first inning against the Los Angeles Angels Tuesday night he took over the AL lead for home runs by a short stop. Big deal, right? Well--when you consider that he has only played in 42 games and the two guys now tied for second have played in 93 and 99 games it becomes a lot more impressive.Oh--and he's only 20. The future...
Via FatManWriting
1 day ago  |  Discuss

More Ratings: Houston Astros, MLB on ESPN, NASCAR Xfinity

Local ratings for the Houston Astros are building by the month. In other news, ESPN scored its second-largest Wednesday Night Baseball audience of the season, and NBC tied the season’s third-highest Xfinity Series overnight. Astros Ratings Rising By the Month Through Thursday, Root Sports Houston has averaged a 2.4 rating for Astros Major League Baseball [...]
Via Sports Media Watch
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Houston Astros cancel Taylor Swift on would-be playoff date; "in thick" of Cole Hamels talks

View image | In the 2008 World Series, Taylor Swift sang the national anthem at Citizens Bank Park before her hometown team and Cole Hamels. The Houston Astros in 2015 find themselves in the thick of Taylor Swift, Cole Hamels, and the playoffs. That is because the Astros are...
Via Philliedelphia
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Taylor Swift concert date changed in case Astros make playoffs

Today, I offer a mea culpa to the Houston Astros. Roughly two months after the 2014 MLB season ended, I found it downright hilarious that the Astros had booked a Taylor Swift concert at Minute Maid Park on a date that would fall in the middle of the MLB playoffs. The tentative date for the...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Astros’ playoff push prompts rescheduling of Taylor Swift

The Houston Astros have not only surprised the rest of the baseball world with their arguably improbable run to the playoffs this season: They may have even surprised themselves. How else can it be explained that the team allowed a Taylor Swift concert to be scheduled at Minute Maid Park on Oct. 13, smack dab...Read More The post Astros’ playoffs push prompts rescheduling of Taylor...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Johnson, Martinez, Smoltz, Biggio enter Hall of Fame

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) -- Three pitchers who became dominant after trades and a rock-solid catcher-turned-second baseman have a new moniker -- Hall of Famer. Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez, John Smoltz and Craig Biggio were inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame on Sunday and basked in the spotlight one more time with at least 40,000 fans cheering from the sun-drenched field beyond...
Via Fox Sports San Diego
2 days ago  |  Discuss

The Astros actually rescheduled that Taylor Swift concert

Remember back in December, when everyone had a good laugh about the Astros saying that an October Taylor Swift concert could be rescheduled in the event of a playoff game? Note: the date of the Taylor Swift 1989 tour show at #MMP is subject to change if it conflicts with an #Astros postseason home game. — Houston Astros (@astros) December 11, 2014 On Monday, the Astros announced...
Via The Outside Corner
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Astros great Biggio inducted into Hall of Fame

Twenty seasons with the Houston Astros brought Craig Biggio the ultimate honor Sunday afternoon as he was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.  With 45,000 fans attending the ceremony in Cooperstown, New York - many of whom were wearing No. 7 Astros jerseys - Biggio became the first Houston major-leaguer to achieve baseball's top honor, entering the Hall along with pitching...
Via Fox Sports Southwest
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Houston Astros SS Carlos Correa Makes Incredible Play to Send Game to Extra Innings

The Houston Astros have a good one in short stop Carlos Correa. They know it, the players know it, the fans know it, and whenever it comes time to negotiate a contract extension there are bound to be plenty of teams willing to show how much they know it (if the Astros don't). He showed off his value to the team with another tremendous play Saturday night against the Royals.With the...
Via FatManWriting
4 days ago  |  Discuss

The Houston Astros’ streaky season still in full flow

The Houston Astros limped into the all-star break on a six-game losing skid, having lost eight of their last nine overall.  They had fallen behind the surging Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the American League West.  Some were wondering if their season could be in jeopardy. But the team has come out of the break on a high, going 6-1 after Friday’s 4-0 win on the road against...
Via OutsidePitchMLB
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Scott Kazmir Pitches Well in Debut With Houston Astros

When it comes to the Houston Astros most would say that for the team to be truly competitive down the stretch they needed to improve their starting pitching rotation. The team must have thought so as well so it acquired Scott Kazmir from the Oakland Athletics for a pair of prospects, catcher Jacob Nottingham and right-handed pitcher Daniel Mengden. So--was it worth it?That question...
Via FatManWriting
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Too Hot to Handle: Royals Drop Opener to Astros and Dominant Kazmir

In Friday’s series opener with the surprising Houston Astros, there was really only one main story: the debut of Scott Kazmir. The newly acquired Astros pitcher was brilliant, throwing seven strong innings, giving up only three singles along the way. The Royals simply could not get anything going against the veteran left-hander, as he lowered his ERA to a sterling 2.24 on the...
Via Royals Blue
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Craig Biggio compares himself to Mike Trout

Craig Biggio thinks pretty highly of himself, even for a guy who’s about to be a Hall of Famer. The longtime Houston Astros and 7-time All-Star is being inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame Sunday. He was asked some questions on Twitter Friday as part of MLB’s “HOF Lounge,” including one from a person...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Analysis: A’s, Astros open market with Scott Kazmir trade

The A’s figured 2015 would be a competitive year, and though there have been plenty of encouraging signs, at some point there’s just not enough time left to expect bad luck to reverse itself. The Astros, meanwhile, figured 2015 would be a competitive year, but maybe not this much of a competitive year, so they […]
Via Fangraphs
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Athletics trade Scott Kazmir to Astros

Oakland Athletics general manager Billy Beane isn’t afraid to make some bold moves. In some cases, these moves have included sending a star player to a division rival. That’s exactly what happened on Thursday. Seemingly out of contention in the American League West, the A’s have traded starting pitcher Scott Kazmir to the Houston Astros for two minor league prospects. ...
Via Sportsnaut
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Dallas Keuchel And His Improved Pitch Sequencing

The playoff race in the AL West is heating up, with the Houston Astros currently sitting only two games back of the first place Los Angeles Angels. A large part of the Astros' surprising success lies with their ace, Dallas Keuchel, and the development of his pitch sequencing.If we compare the 2012-2013 Dallas Keuchel with the 2014-Present version of himself, you might...
Via The Sports Quotient
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Houston Astros show little contact but major pop

The Houston Astros have found a way to remedy bad hitting. They use good hitting. The Astros have a team batting average of .242 this season, that is 24th in the Major Leagues this year, just .007 points away from the New York Mets (.235) who sit in last place in the MLB in the category. Not only is the team batting average low, but the Astros also lead the Major Leagues in strikeouts...
Via OutsidePitchMLB
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Astros GM: Name of David Price’s dog could be ‘a sign of things to come’

Houston Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow made an interesting observation when he coyly hinted during a radio interview that the team may not only pursue David Price, but that the team may have an inside track on the superstar starting pitcher. Reports indicate that the Detroit Tigers, after reading the writing on the wall, have...Read More The post Astros GM: Name of David Price’s...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Lance McCullers Jr. is Making a Name for Himself

HOUSTON, TX – JUNE 29: Lance McCullers #43 of the Houston Astros throws in the second inning against the Kansas City Royals at Minute Maid Park on June 29, 2015 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images) Whenever there is a player who is the son of a former major leaguer, it is always tough for them to get out from underneath the shadow of their father, no matter how...
Via The Sports Journal
8 days ago  |  Discuss

The Astros’ biggest needs at the trade deadline

Raise your hand if you pegged the Houston Astros as playoff contenders before the season started. Liar! No one could have seen this coming but the Astros are in a tie for the top Wild Card spot as of this writing. They’re just two games back of the division leading Angels and seven games ahead of the third place Rangers. This puts the Astros in a position they’ve not been...
Via The Outside Corner
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Dallas Keuchel after striking out Delino DeShields: “Sit down!” (Video)

Houston Astros ace Dallas Keuchel is carrying himself with a bit of extra braggadocio these days. Just five days after starting the 2015 All-Star Game for the American League, the 27-year-old lefty picked up right where he left off with an exquisite outing on Sunday against Texas. Kid Keuchy blanked the Rangers over seven dominant...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
10 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Jake Marisnick makes fantastic running catch

Houston Astros outfielder Jake Marisnick made a wonderful catch on Sunday to rob Brock Holt of extra bases, and earned himself a face full of Green Monster (phrasing…) for his troubles. This was actually the second great defensive play of the game by Marisnick, following a laser beam throw to third base in the second inning. Houston took the lead in the top of the seventh...
Via The Outside Corner
24 days ago  |  Discuss

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