Why Would A Pitcher Pitch Against The Shift?

On April 10 in an outing against the Toronto Blue Jays, Dallas Keuchel was pitching Jose Bautista outside in the fourth inning. That much isn’t really surprising, because since September of 2009, Bautista has done the bulk of his damage by pulling the ball. What was curious to me, however, was that Keuchel was pitching […]
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Series Preview: Royals at Houston Astros, April 15-17

The Kansas City Royals, coming off one of the worst weekends they've had in awhile, head to Houston to take on the Astros who are improved, but still not good. Offensively, they can look good at times, but that's only because they do have some home run power on their squad, though a lot of that can be attributed to their ballpark. I do like the trio of Jason Castro, Jose...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

Astros avert series sweep with win over Blue Jays in finale

Jeff Luhnow didn’t color the offense with empty praise. “Underperforming, for sure,” the Astros general manager said Thursday afternoon. “I think we’ve got a couple guys in the lineup that haven’t got going yet. (Marc) Krauss, (Robbie) Grossman had great springs and we were counting for them to come out and get us going. They haven’t.” “(Jason) Castro has not...
Via Pro Sports Daily
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Series Preview: Angels vs. Astros vs. Redemption

It was only a short few months ago that I pointed out how much better the Angels’ 2013 season would’ve looked if only they had been able to dominate the Astros like everyone else. Now, the Angels get a chance to right that wrong. They also get a chance to right their metaphorical ship that is their 2014 season after getting swept out of the Big A by the Mariners. There is very...
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15 days ago  |  Discuss

Giancarlo Stanton blasts long home run as Marlins top Astros

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) -- Giancarlo Stanton hit a three-run homer in the first inning that bounced on the roof of Miami's clubhouse beyond the left-field wall during the Marlins' 8-1 win over the Houston Astros on Tuesday. "I've only seen one other guy, Mark McGwire, hit a ball that far, especially in this ballpark," Marlins manager Mike Redmond said. "He&...
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March 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Astros set record with 108th loss, 7-3 at Texas

Houston Astros manager Bo Porter will have to go through a lot of losses when he sits down this offseason and re-watches every game his team played. The Astros set a franchise record with their 108th defeat by dropping their 12th in a row Wednesday night, 7-3 to the playoff-chasing Texas Rangers. ''It's one of those things where we want to win, but we have to take account...
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September 26, 2013  |  Discuss

Rangers keep pace in wild card

Leonys Martin hit a three-run double, Ian Kinsler homered and the Texas Rangers kept pace in the AL wild-card chase, beating Houston 7-3 Wednesday night and handing the Astros their team-record 108th loss of the season. The Astros lost their 12th in a row. Texas completed a three-game sweep and finished 17-2 with 11 straight wins against their instate rival. The Rangers remained...
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September 25, 2013  |  Discuss

Indians defeat Astros, 2-1, in 7 innings; move into Wild Card spot

For the second consecutive night the Indians were thankful they played the Houston Astros. The Tribe taking advantage of a leaky Houston defense scored two unearned runs and prevailed 2-1 in seven innings at soggy Progressive Field. The game was delayed by rain for 1 hour 9 minutes at the outset of the bottom of the seventh before being called. It is the 10th weather-shortened game...
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September 20, 2013  |  Discuss

Series Preview: Astros at Indians

A series win against Kansas City would have placed the Indians in one of the two Wild Card spots, but the feisty Royals have stuck around for a little while longer. The Indians will come back home now, where they will face an easier and less familiar foe. Finally, the Houston Astros have come back to Cleveland. It may be a common occurrence in the future with the Astros now in...
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September 18, 2013  |  Discuss

Dominguez's grand slam leads Astros past Angels 9-7

Cody Clark gets his first hit Matty D opens it up with a grand slam and the bullpen doesn't slam the door but does get it shut. The Astros continued their quest to avoid 100 losses on Friday night by winning their fourth in a row and again beating up on the high-powered Anaheim Angels. Dallas Keuchel's second rough outing in a row was basically the only hard part of this...
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September 14, 2013  |  Discuss

Series Preview: Angels vs. Astros vs. Getting back in the race

         vs.  MATCH-UP MOTTOS FRIDAY, 9/13: Jason Vargas vs. Dallas Keuchel: Kicking them while they're down. Dallas Keuchel is coming off one of his worst starts this season while Vargas is starting to hit a nice streak since coming off the DL. Vargas just killed Texas, so I'm guessing he can keep that magic alive against the city of Houston. Dallas&...
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September 13, 2013  |  Discuss

Angels-Astros Preview

While they likely won't avoid finishing with triple-digit losses again, the Houston Astros have tried their best to begin wrapping up this season in positive fashion. Dallas Keuchel will try to lead his club to its first four-game win streak in three months by ending his recent struggles in Friday night's series opener against the red-hot Los Angeles Angels. Houston (50...
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September 13, 2013  |  Discuss

Keuchel struggles as Houston loses 7-5 to Oakland

It looks as if the Oakland Athletics are quite familiar with Dallas Keuchel at this point in the season. Keuchel was knocked out in the fourth inning and the Houston Astros went on to a 7-5 loss on Friday night. ''I felt the slider was keeping them in check early in the count because they like to hack,'' Keuchel said. ''I can't live on the outside corner...
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September 07, 2013  |  Discuss

Oakland A’s vs. Houston Astros Pregame Notes 9/6

The Oakland A’s look to even the series with the Houston Astros after dropping game one 3-2 as the offense was shutdown by former Oakland farmhand Brad Peacock. “That’s as good as I’ve seen him pitch,” said manager Bob Melvin. “He was a true four-pitch pitcher last night.” In game two of series, the A’s send out A.J. Griffin (12-9, 3.84). The right-hander will be...
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September 06, 2013  |  Discuss

Astros fall short in 3-1 loss to Mariners

Houston Astros left-hander Dallas Keuchel held the Seattle Mariners without an extra-base hit in seven innings. And he took the loss. Keuchel got off to a rough start, and the Astros couldn't recover en route to a 3-1 loss against the Mariners on Saturday night. Seattle jumped on Keuchel for three runs in the first inning. Kendrys Morales had a run-scoring infield hit before...
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September 01, 2013  |  Discuss

Buehrle sharp as Jays rally past Astros in 9th

Houston starter Dallas Keuchel put the Houston Astros in a position to sweep their first series at home this season. The Houston bullpen, however, close it out again. Mark Buehrle allowed one run over eight innings and the Toronto Blue Jays rallied for two runs in the ninth inning to snap a seven-game losing streak with a 2-1 win over the Houston Astros Sunday. Buehrle (10-7)...
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August 25, 2013  |  Discuss

Peacock to start for Astros on Sunday

The Houston Astros will recall right-hander Brad Peacock from Triple-A Oklahoma City to start Sunday's series finale with the Minnesota Twins. Peacock is 6-2 with a 2.73 ERA in the minors. The Astros need him after Dallas Keuchel, Sunday's originally scheduled starter, pitched in a 13-inning loss to Minnesota on Saturday night. Manager Bo Porter could have started Lucas...
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August 03, 2013  |  Discuss

Astros get slight revenge with 8-6 win over Blue Jays

A four-run first inning and three home runs temporarily covered up the holes in the Astros’ bullpen powering a team that won for just the third time since July 7 to an 8-6 victory against the Toronto Blue Jays on Saturday at Rogers Centre Matt Dominguez went 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBIs for the Astros (35-68) who are 2-7 since the All-Star break. Astros starting lefthander...
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July 28, 2013  |  Discuss

Astros 8, Blue Jays 6

All too often this season, the Houston Astros have seen potential victories slip through their fingers. On Saturday, they held on to one. Chris Carter hit a three-run homer, Justin Maxwell and Matt Dominguez added consecutive shots and the Astros beat the Toronto Blue Jays 8-6 to snap a three-game losing streak. ''It's always good to get a win and get that positive...
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July 27, 2013  |  Discuss

2013 Fantasy Baseball Daily Fix: July 13th 2013

  Today I will be playing the Daily Dollar (great for beginners) If you are new to @DraftKings Daily Fantasy Baseball, you can claim your Deposit Bonus here! Today is quite a risky day to play. With the All-Star Game on the horizon many excellent players, and even more role players will be randomly getting a day off either today (Saturday) or tomorrow (Sunday). That said, given...
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July 13, 2013  |  Discuss

Rays-Astros Preview

Matt Moore has been having some control issues, but what's more important is that he's back in the win column. The Tampa Bay Rays left-hander will try to win a third straight start Monday night when the Rays and Houston Astros begin a four-game set at Minute Maid Park. In part due to his 8-0 start, Moore (10-3, 3.95 ERA) is already one victory shy of a career high. However...
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June 30, 2013  |  Discuss

Astros-Cubs Preview

The Houston Astros and Chicago Cubs spent the past few seasons rounding out the bottom of NL Central. Their poor play is spread over two divisions now. In the first interleague matchup between these former division rivals, Dallas Keuchel will seek to help Houston beat the Cubs on Friday at Wrigley Field. The Astros (28-46) are in last place in the AL West and own the league'...
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June 21, 2013  |  Discuss

MLB Game Picks - Sunday: June 16, 2013 with special guests!

This is a very cool day. First, the sun is shining and golf should be fun for a change. Secondly, I finally had a good night last night after having the worst picking week of my career. And lastly, and most importantly, I have special guests to challenge me for the picks. Let me set up how this came about. It is no secret that I have been on an alarming bender with the picks...
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June 16, 2013  |  Discuss

Fantasy Baseball 2013: June’s Helping Hands

Here are eight players who–if available–could provide much-needed help to your struggling fantasy baseball team this month. League availability is based upon Yahoo, ESPN and CBS Sports leagues. 1B/OF Kyle Blanks, Padres Likely the hottest commodity available on your waiver wire, Blanks is owned in just 25% of leagues. Hitting .325 the past two weeks, he’s managed a hit in...
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June 13, 2013  |  Discuss

2013 Fantasy Baseball, The Daily Fix: June 5th, 2013

It’s been a down time for your’s truly on the Daily Fix. Those that follow me on twitter (@sbarzilla) know I’ve had weather issues several times during my prescribed days to play. In the last one, a Brandon McCarthy start was rained out. Judging by his performance the next day, it was a good thing I was spared the embarassment. As the ol’ adage goes, when you fall off the...
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June 05, 2013  |  Discuss

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