Preston Tucker: The Astros’ Silent X-factor

Houston Astros Preston Tucker, left, Colby Rasmus, center, and George Springer celebrate the team’s 6-5 win over the Toronto Blue Jays in a baseball game Saturday, May 16, 2015, in Houston. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan) He hasn’t set the world on fire, but he has helped the Astros’ winning ways scorching along through key contributions and timely hitting. Preston Tucker, a 2012...
Via The Sports Journal
2 days ago  |  Discuss

The Triad of Houston Astros Success

Houston Astros Colby Rasmus (28), Jose Altuve (27) and Marwin Gonzalez celebrate their 6-1 win over the Oakland Athletics in a baseball game Wednesday, May 20, 2015, in Houston. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan) The Houston Astros stand atop the American League West four and a half games in front of a powerhouse Angels team, an unprecedented position given the collective performance over...
Via The Sports Journal
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Carter, Rasmus homer to back Hernandez as Astros beat A's

HOUSTON (AP) Chris Carter and Colby Rasmus each hit two-run homers, Roberto Hernandez pitched six strong innings to help the Houston Astros beat the Oakland Athletics 6-4 on Tuesday night. Carter hit his homer off the facade in left in the second to give Houston a 2-0 lead, and Rasmus launched his homer to right in the eighth to extend the Astros' advantage to 5-2. Two batters after...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Athletics-Astros Preview

The upstart Houston Astros have not allowed youth to prevent them from racing towards the top of the AL. Looking to extend yet another winning streak, the Astros will get even younger Monday night when they turn to Lance McCullers, who will face the sputtering Oakland Athletics in his major league debut. Houston (25-13) became the first team to 25 wins and pushed its winning streak...
Via AP on Fox
9 days ago  |  Discuss

McHugh leads Astros to 4-2 win over Blue Jays

HOUSTON (AP) Collin McHugh pitched seven strong innings and Luis Valbuena and Colby Rasmus each homered, leading the Houston Astros over the Toronto Blue Jays 4-2 on Sunday for their fifth straight win. Rasmus hit a mammoth solo shot into the upper deck in right field in the sixth to give the Astros a 3-2 advantage. Valbuena connected for his team-leading 10th homer in the first...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

Rasmus prefers new setting in Houston to old one in Toronto

Outfielder Colby Rasmus is facing his former club, the Toronto Blue Jays, in a series this weekend. Before Thursday's series opener, the Houston Astros' free agent signee spoke a bit about how it feels to play against the Jays, with whom he spent 2011-2014.  As he told Chris Abshire of, Rasmus has mixed feelings about his tenure in Toronto. When asked about the difference...
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11 days ago  |  Discuss

RECAP: Angels fall to slugging Astros, 6-5

Chris Carter and Colby Rasmus hit two-run homers and Dallas Keuchel pitched into the seventh inning in the Houston Astros' 6-5 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Saturday night. Jose Altuve also hit an early homer off Matt Shoemaker (2-3) for the AL West-leading Astros, who won for just the second time in six games following their 10-game winning streak. Mike Trout homered and...
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16 days ago  |  Discuss

The Wind Up: Houston, We (Don’t) Have a Problem

​ One month is in the books, folks! Have you enjoyed it? Have you laughed or cried? Regardless of your reactions, take solace in the fact that many months of this wonderful sport remain. Here’s what’s going on. We Have Lift Off? Allow me a chance at redemption from that easy header with this apt follow-up: Guys and gals, the Houston Astros have won nine games in...
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23 days ago  |  Discuss

Astros go deep vs. Mariners to win 9th in row

  The surprising Houston Astros matched their longest winning streak in nine years by posting their ninth straight victory Saturday night, 11-4 over the Seattle Mariners behind Collin McHugh and a lot of home-run support. The Astros, who went 70-92 last year after three straight seasons of at least l06 losses, have their best winning string since a nine-game streak in 2006. This...
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23 days ago  |  Discuss

Astros are taking off, looking like an early contender

One of the more exciting aspects of the 2015 MLB season was the number of teams that looked capable of becoming new contenders. The Cubs, Mets, White Sox, Marlins and Padres all appeared ready to make significant improvements, due to offseason acquisitions, young players developing into stars — or both, in some cases. Another club that seemed poised to take a step forward going...
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25 days ago  |  Discuss

Altuve's RBI single in 10th lifts streaking Astros past Mariners

  Having found the kind of stride that eluded them for years, the Houston Astros are getting good at grinding out wins. Jose Altuve's RBI single in the 10th inning - his first career game-ending hit - lifted the Astros to their seventh straight victory, 3-2 over the Seattle Mariners on Thursday night. ''This game was very important for us because of the way we're playing,'' Altuve...
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25 days ago  |  Discuss

Keuchel, Rasmus power Astros to 6th straight win, 7-2

SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Dallas Keuchel held San Diego to three hits in eight innings and Colby Rasmus hit a two-run homer to power the Houston Astros to their sixth straight win, 7-2 against the slumping San Diego Padres on Wednesday. The AL West-leading Astros swept the Padres for the first time since May 8-10, 2009. First-year manager A.J. Hinch had worked in San Diego's front office...
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27 days ago  |  Discuss

Astros and Padres square off in middle game Tuesday night

Jose Altuve and Jake Marisnick may be the Houston Astros' top hitters, but it may be time to add Colby Rasmus to that list. Rasmus looks to continue his hot hitting and help the Astros to a ninth win in 10 games Tuesday night against the San Diego Padres. Houston (12-7) is unexpectedly atop the AL West, but Altuve's success at the plate isn't a surprise since he led the majors with...
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28 days ago  |  Discuss

Shields Ks 12 but slumping Padres lose 9-4 to surging Astros

SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Even a season-high 12 strikeouts by Padres ace James Shields were not enough to slow down the surprising Houston Astros. Colby Rasmus homered and drove in three runs as the Astros beat San Diego 9-4 Monday night for their fourth straight victory and ninth in 10 games. Shields matched his season high for strikeouts and allowed three runs -- one earned -- over six...
Via AP on Fox
28 days ago  |  Discuss

Rasmus drives in 3, Astros beat Padres 9-4 for 4th straight

SAN DIEGO (AP) Colby Rasmus homered and drove in three runs as the surprising Houston Astros beat the San Diego Padres 9-4 Monday night for their fourth straight victory. Jed Lowrie and Jason Castro also homered for the AL West leaders, who have won nine of 10. Jose Altuve had two hits and an RBI double against San Diego ace James Shields in the opener of a three-game interleague...
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28 days ago  |  Discuss

Astros edge A's in 11th, 5-4

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Robbie Grossman singled in two runs in the 11th inning, and the Houston Astros beat the Oakland Athletics 5-4 on Friday night to match their best start in eight years. Chris Carter and Colby Rasmus drew walks off Eric O'Flaherty (0-2) to begin Houston's rally. After Hang Conger's sacrifice moved the runners over, Grossman lined a 3-0 pitch to left. Grossman...
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April 25, 2015  |  Discuss

Rangers get banged up in home-opening loss to Astros

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- Jed Lowrie and Colby Rasmus homered for the Houston Astros, who beat the injury-plagued Rangers 5-1 on Friday to spoil the home debut of new Texas manager Jeff Banister. Rangers starter Derek Holland (0-1) left after only one inning because of tightness in left shoulder, and outfielders Shin-Soo Choo and Ryan Rua also made early exits because of injuries...
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April 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Astros beat ailing Rangers in home debut of Texas manager

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Jed Lowrie and Colby Rasmus homered for the Houston Astros, who beat the injury-plagued Rangers 5-1 on Friday to spoil the home debut of new Texas manager Jeff Banister. Rangers starter Derek Holland (0-1) left after only one inning because of tightness in left shoulder, and outfielders Shin-Soo Choo and Ryan Rua also made early exits because of injuries. Collin...
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April 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Lowrie, Rasmus homer for Astros in 8-5 win over Braves

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) Wandy Rodriguez made his latest bid to earn the final spot in Atlanta's rotation, pitching five innings for the Braves on Tuesday night in their 8-5 loss to the Houston Astros. Rodriguez yielded three runs against his former team. The diminutive lefty, a non-roster invitee to spring training, has a 3.13 ERA in six games. He struck out eight without issuing a...
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March 31, 2015  |  Discuss

2015 season preview: Houston Astros

The days of giving young players tryouts to see if they can develop into major leaguers are over in Houston. The likes of Jonathan Villar and Robbie Grossman had their chance, but the Astros could no longer wait. General manager Jeff Luhnow signed veterans like Jed Lowrie, Luke Gregerson, Pat Neshek and Colby Rasmus to help his team win more games and reach the next stage of progress...
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March 03, 2015  |  Discuss

Cory Rasmus and Grant Green Can’t Catch a Break

They’re major leaguers, getting to play games and getting paid a lot of money to do it. And yet part of me can’t help but feel just a little bad for Cory Rasmus and Grant Green. These are two players who seemingly have the skillset to help the Angels win a lot of games, and yet they’re relegated to back-up duty, non-key roles or even the dreaded assignment to AAA Salt Lake...
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February 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Dalton Pompey: Center Fielder of the Present?

Following the departures of free agents Melky Cabrera and Colby Rasmus, the Toronto Blue Jays were down two-thirds of last year’s opening day outfield. They filled one of these holes when they traded for Michael Saunders, but have opted to go the internal route in filling the other, turning to the inexperienced duo of Dalton Pompey […]
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February 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Wild Wednesdays: Craig 2.0 Key to Cardinals

The prospect game has always intrigued me. I’ll be honest, about a decade ago I was that guy who overvalued every next man up to a fault. Whether it was Brett Wallace (remember him) to Colby Rasmus or even Shelby Miller , there was honestly no trade that made sense when it meant dealing the St. Louis future. It is amazing [...]
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February 11, 2015  |  Discuss

2015 Fantasy Baseball: Colby Rasmus to the Astros

View image | On Tuesday Colby Rasmus signed a one-year deal with the Astros worth $8 million, and he’ll immediately be asked to fill the center field void created by dealing Dexter Fowler (colleague David Wiers covered the fantasy ramifications for Fowler here). Rasmus becomes yet another power hitter with high strikeout totals in an Astros lineup not lacking...
Via The Fantasy Fix
January 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Transaction Analysis: Colby Rasmus is the Astros by R.J. Anderson

Houston signs a guy who`ll strike out and hit some homers, the Rangers get a better backup catcher, and Kelly Johnson goes back to the other East.
Via Baseball Prospectus
January 22, 2015  |  Discuss
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