Gattis, Astros rally in 9th, sweep 3-game set from Athletics

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Evan Gattis hit a two-run double in the ninth inning and the AL West-leading Houston Astros completed their first sweep of the Oakland Athletics with a 7-6 win Sunday. Gattis matched a career high with four RBIs. His go-ahead double with one out came after the A's intentionally walked Jed Lowrie to load the bases. Gattis lined a 1-2 pitch from Tyler Clippard...
Via AP on Fox
1 hour ago  |  Discuss

Aaron Harang gets the call against his former team as Phillies host Braves

Tonight at 7:05pm, the Phillies (5-11) look to bounce back from their disappointing series loss to the last-place Marlins. For the first time this season, the Phils will match up against the new-look Braves (8-7), who have performed pretty well considering the circumstances of their offseason moves. Without Evan Gattis,...
Via Philliedelphia
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Understanding the Houston Astros

The Houston Astros are currently in 1st place in the American League West, with a record of 8 wins and 6 losses.  This despite the fact that as a team, they are hitting just .210, last in the MLB and lead the league in strikeouts.  However, they are 5th in the MLB in walks and 2nd in stolen bases.  Their 18 home runs is tied for 4th in baseball, yet they have a -1 run differential...
Via We Talk Fantasy Sports
4 days ago  |  Discuss

McHugh fans 11 in Astros' victory over Athletics

  Collin McHugh struck out 11, and Jed Lowrie hit one of the Houston Astros' three homers in a 6-1 win over the Oakland Athletics on Wednesday night. Luis Valbuena and Evan Gattis also homered for the Astros, who matched their season high in scoring. Houston's bats are finally starting to show signs of life after being held to two runs or less in six of their first eight games....
Via AP on Fox
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Rolling out the early-season MLB ‘jump to conclusions’ mat

Yes, it’s early. We’re just into the second week of the 2015 MLB season, and most teams have 155 games left to play. But after five months without meaningful baseball, it’s easy to react to what we’ve seen early on and form early impressions based on that. It takes a bit of time to reacquaint ourselves with baseball’s long marathon. Personally, I think it takes a little...
Via The Outside Corner
12 days ago  |  Discuss

2015 Fantasy Baseball: Who Can You Trust?

View image | gettyimages.com One of the things baseball fans (and especially fantasy baseball players) love to do during the first week of the season is freak out over various performances. Whether it’s someone struggling or hitting for more power than ever before, the first week is ripe with overreactions to extremely small sample sizes; and 2015 is no different. Below are...
Via The Fantasy Fix
13 days ago  |  Discuss

George Springer's catch saves game in 10th, then Astros win in 14

  Hank Conger hit a two-run homer in the 14th inning following George Springer's game-saving catch in the 10th, and the Houston Astros beat the Texas Rangers 6-4 Sunday. Conger homered after Evan Gattis reached base for the first time this season -- on a walk in his 21st plate appearance of the year. Robbie Grossman ran for Gattis, but it didn't matter when Conger pulled a pitch...
Via AP on Fox
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Hank Conger's homer in 14th sends Astros past Rangers 6-4

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Hank Conger hit a two-run homer in the 14th inning following George Springer's game-saving catch in the 10th, and the Houston Astros beat the Texas Rangers 6-4 Sunday. Conger homered after Evan Gattis reached base for the first time this season - on a walk in his 21st at-bat of the year. Robbie Grossman ran for Gattis, but it didn't matter when Conger pulled...
Via AP on Fox
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Watch: Andrelton Simmons Steals Hit From Travis d’Arnaud

Since the end of the 2014 campaign, the Atlanta Braves have traded away key players in Jason Heyward, Justin Upton, Craig Kimbrel and Evan Gattis. What they didn’t part with, however, was Andrelton Simmons—the best defensive shortstop in the MLB. And Friday night showed a perfect example of why the Braves kept him around. New York Mets catcher Travis d’Arnaud smacked a grounder...
Via Sportsnaut
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Braves Get Off To Fast Start

After an offseason full of trades and the losses of Justin Upton, Jason Heyward, Evan Gattis, and Craig Kimbrel, the Braves aren’t expected to have much success in 2015. However, if Atlanta’s first series against the Miami Marlins is any indication, this is far from the truth. The Braves swept the Marlins while showing the world that Atlanta baseball is still relevant. The Braves...
Via TopSportsReport
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Astros’ Evan Gattis Scratched With Wrist Discomfort

Evan Gattis did not play in Sunday’s game against the Washington Nationals as originally scheduled. He was scratched at the last-minute from the lineup due to a right wrist strain. Gattis was slated to start in left field to get more reps at the position. “He’s fine, as far as I know,” A.J. Hinch said of Gattis. “He has a little bit of wrist discomfort. I was debating whether...
Via Baseball Essential
March 15, 2015  |  Discuss

Houston Astros: historic power or potential for blackout?

Spring Training games have begun throughout baseball. Some of the new faces for the Houston Astros have made their spring debut. The offense has been reconstructed this offseason with the additions of Evan Gattis, Colby Rasmus, Jed Lowrie, and Luis Valbuena. They also have the reigning batting champion Jose Altuve. The roster looks to have some firepower this season. There can easily...
Via isportsweb.com
March 07, 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...
Via The Outside Corner
March 03, 2015  |  Discuss

Astros newcomer Gattis learning more and more about outfield

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) Evan Gattis is quickly becoming at ease in the clubhouse with his new Houston teammates. Adapting to his new spot on the field might take a little more time. ''I want to play as many positions as I can, but I'm not as comfortable in left field as I am catching,'' Gattis said Sunday at the Astros' camp. ''But my job is to be as prepared as possible to play anywhere...
Via AP on Fox
March 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Former Brave Gattis comfortable in new home, role in Houston

KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- The phone call came in at 8 a.m. It was mid-January, a month away from spring training, and by 10 a.m. Evan Gattis was boarding a plane bound for Houston, back to his home state and, eventually, to a new franchise. The 28-year-old passed his physical and in the span of 13 hours became an Astro. The Atlanta Braves' final offseason blockbuster was complete, their...
Via Fox Sports South
February 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Rookie Foltynewicz ready to roll with Braves after Gattis swap

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Michael Foltynewicz could win 250 games at the major-league level and flirt with a sub-3.10 ERA for the next 15 years. And yet, he might not have enough juice to live up to this mythological, almost absurd scouting report from the Web: Catching up to a Mike Foltynewicz fastball is a nightmare for professional hitters. Pitchers don't throw 95-plus with late...
Via Fox Sports South
February 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Can the Houston Astros make the playoff in 2015?

In December, the Houston Astros announced that Taylor Swift would be performing at Minute Maid Park on October 13, 2015, and stated that the concert would be rescheduled if the Astros are playing a home playoff game that day. Yahoo posted a short article that the team sent out an overly optimistic tweet. Yahoo’s writer does not see the potential in this young team and does not...
Via isportsweb.com
February 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Report: Braves pursuing Gomes for LF

Last week's trade of Evan Gattis to the Astros created some uncertainty as to who will be in left field for the Braves this season, but they reportedly are chasing down a partial answer. MLB.com's Mark Bowman reported Tuesday that Atlanta is pursuing veteran outfielder Jonny Gomes for a platoon role with Zolio Almonte. Gomes, 34, spent last season with the Red Sox and A's, hitting...
Via Fox Sports South
January 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Gattis excited about returning to Texas with Astros

HOUSTON (AP) Evan Gattis is returning to his home state to play for the Houston Astros after a trade from Atlanta, and the slugger is thrilled about the move. Gattis, who grew up in Dallas, says: ''I'm home. I feel more at home here.'' The 28-year-old, who can play catcher and left field, was acquired on Wednesday with right-hander James Hoyt for three Houston minor leaguers. He...
Via AP on Fox
January 15, 2015  |  Discuss

After trades, Braves need rebound seasons to fuel offense

According to the Georgia Wildlife Resources Division, the state's bear population sits around 5,100, but after Wednesday, that figure it down one. Evan Gattis, aka El Oso Blanco became a baseball folk hero in Atlanta with the long, winding, backstory where reality was better than fiction. The Turner Field crowd was regularly dotted with fuzzy white bear-shaped hats and T-shirts with...
Via Fox Sports South
January 15, 2015  |  Discuss

The Braves Look To 2017

Neil Mehta Sports Journalist  The Atlanta Braves have traded catcher/left fielder Evan Gattis to the Houston Astros. A right-handed pitcher in the Braves farm system, James Hoyt, was also traded to the Astros. Evan Gattis is 28-year-old and made his major league debut on April 3rd, 2013. The named rookie of the month twice in 2013. In his 2 major league seasons, he has played in...
Via TopSportsReport
January 15, 2015  |  Discuss

Trading Craig Kimbrel isn’t that easy for the Braves

Following Wednesday’s trade of Evan Gattis to the Houston Astros, the Atlanta Braves have one real commodity left to trade – closer Craig Kimbrel. Kimbrel is the best closer in baseball (though I guess you could make an argument for Aroldis Chapman or Kenley Jansen), and is signed for $34.75 million over the next three seasons (a total that can rise to $46.75 million if a 2018...
Via The Outside Corner
January 15, 2015  |  Discuss

Gattis traded to Astros, exodus out of ATL continues

If any question remained what Atanta’s offseason plan was, it was made perfectly clear Wednesday when the Braves traded fan favorite Evan Gattis to the Houston Astros for a package of three prospects. The Braves are undoubtedly rebuilding for the 2017 debut of their new stadium, Sun Trust Park. Evan Gattis will move to a hitter friendly park in a pitching dominant AL West in his...
Via BravesWire
January 14, 2015  |  Discuss

Braves Deal Evan Gattis to the Astros

The Houston Astros have acquired catcher/outfielder Evan Gattis from the Atlanta Braves according to David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Gattis swatted 22 home runs despite playing only 93 games last season, and can absolutely mash. In his career against the Mets, Gattis batted .236 with 3 homers and 6 RBI in 21 games. In return, the Braves receive pitching prospects Michael Fo...
Via Mets Merized Online
January 14, 2015  |  Discuss

Astros Acquire Evan Gattis

The Houston Astros acquired C/OF Evan Gattis from the Atlanta Braves for 3B Rio Ruiz, P Michael Foltynewicz, and P Andrew Thurman on Wednesday. The trade was reported by David O’Brien of the AJC.  It is currently only pending the results of Gattis’ physical. Gattis is the centerpiece of the deal, and figures to fill in at different places that the Astros need him. He could see...
Via Baseball Essential
January 14, 2015  |  Discuss
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