Villar, McHugh help Astros edge Mariners 2-1

SEATTLE (AP) Jonathan Villar hit a tiebreaking single in the ninth inning to lift Collin McHugh and the Houston Astros over the Seattle Mariners 2-1 on Tuesday night. Logan Morrison homered off McHugh in the eighth to tie it, but the Mariners fell a half-game out in the race for the second AL wild card. With two outs in the ninth, Yoervis Medina (4-3) walked Jon Singleton and he...
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12 days ago  |  Discuss

2014 Fantasy Baseball: Real Offensive Value — Shortstops, Part II

Source: Cooper Neill/Getty Images North America The trade deadline is rapidly approaching. One could go to MLB Trade Rumors every 15 minutes to check out the rumors, but most of the deadline deals are about common sense. Which teams are in the playoff hunt and which teams are clearly out of the playoff hunt. From there you look at teams needs and places of surplus for the sellers...
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July 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Astros place Dexter Fowler on disabled list

Astros center fielder Dexter Fowler has been placed on the 15-day disabled list, retrocative to June 27, amid a flurry of roster moves. Fowler has an intercostal (ribcage) strain. Also, the Astros designated pitcher Jerome Williams for assignment and optioned shortstop Jonathan Villar to Triple-A. As corresponding moves, pitcher Kevin Chapman, infielder **** Hernandez and outfielder...
Via Pro Sports Daily
July 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Astros Release Statement On Leaked Information

6:00 PM Below is the official statement issued by the Houston Astros. “Last month, we were made aware that proprietary information held on Astros’ servers and in Astros’ applications had been illegally obtained. Upon learning of the security breach, we immediately notified MLB security who, in turn, notified the FBI.  Since that time, we have been working closely with MLB...
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June 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Leaked Information Has Dialogue Between Mets and Astros Regarding Murphy

Over the last hour or so, Twitter has essentially blown up in reference to a leak on the site “Deadspin” regarding discussions the Houston Astros have had with other teams about possible trades.  It covers a span of over 10 months with some real interesting information on it. One entry that is dated December 16, 2013 shows dialogue between Paul DePodesta and Jeff Luchnow speaking...
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June 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Astros' Springer and Villar show off dugout dance routine (VIDEO)

George Springer and Jonathan Villar showed off their moves with a choreographed dance in the dugout Thursday night.This pair's impressive hip and shoulder shakes might make them the best dugout dancers in baseball.Could this be Houston's version of Dancing With The Lone Stars?Your browser does not support iframes.
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June 20, 2014  |  Discuss

GIF: George Springer and Jonathan Villar Get Their Grove on in the Dugout

The Houston Astros are still not very good, but some of the team's young talent is really starting to show some promise. So while they still aren't very good they have played some good ball at times this season and are on track to not lose 100+ games this season!So is that reason enough to dance? via Cut4Yes. Yes it is. Loading...
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June 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Astros Injury Update: Jonathan Villar, Jesse Crain

Houston Astros shortstop Jonathan Villar remains listed as day-to-day as he sat out Friday night for the third straight game because of a bruised right elbow. He did pinch run Thursday, but he was unable to complete all drills prior to Friday's game. Manager Bo Porter hopes to have Villar back at shortstop on Saturday. Marwin Gonzalez has played shortstop in Villar's place...
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June 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Astros Injury Update: Jonathan Villar out of lineup with sore arm

Houston Astros shortstop Jonathan Villar was held out of Wednesday night's loss to the Los Angeles Angels after he was hit by a pitch near his right elbow on Tuesday. Evan Drellich of the Houston Chronicle reports that Villar had his right arm taped up before the game, but manager Bo Porter was not too concerned:“Obviously he’s going to be a little sore,” manager Bo...
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June 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Villar breaks out of slump as Astros claim seventh straight with win over Orioles

When the Astros can make not one, but two base running mistakes in one inning; when they can take the lead in that same inning and suffer none for their errors later, you have as sure a sign yet that this club’s fortunes have changed. Even the best teams need a little luck, an occasional reprieve, and this is a franchise that’s been starving for some breaks — even deserving...
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May 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Streaking Astros make it seven wins in a row VIdeo The Houston Astros defeated the Baltimore Orioles at home on Friday night with a final score of 2-1. The win extends their streak to seven straight games, the longest win streak for Houston since July 2010. Astros starting pitcher Brett Obelholtzer earned his second win of the season. He threw seven strong innings and allowed just four hits for one run. It was...
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May 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Astro lose Villar in win over White Sox due to injured hand

Astros shortstop Jonathan Villar left the game in the bottom of the fifth inning with a right hand contusion. He jammed the area near his thumb on his single to left field in the fourth inning. “I just hurt it a bit on the swing,” Villar said. “I could have played more, but (Bo Porter) took me out so I could rest it. I’m fine, though. I’ll be ready to play tomorrow....
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May 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Astros' Jonathan Villar exits w/ hand contusion

According to Jose de Jesus Ortiz of the Houston Chronicle, Astros shortstop Jonathan Villar left the game in the bottom of the fifth inning with a right hand contusion. Ortiz says he jammed his the area near his thumb when he single to left field in the fourth inning.Scott Halleran/Getty ImagesThe Astros ended up taking the game against the White Sox in Houston as they now sit 16...
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May 18, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 Fantasy Baseball: Separated at Birth — Shortstop Edition

Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images In today’s separated at birth, we aren’t necessarily looking at similar players. As much as I would love to do that, there are some positions where there aren’t compelling comparisons on that level. Instead, we are looking at two young shortstops from different parts of the jungle. Xander Bogearts is about as highly touted as they come...
Via The Fantasy Fix
May 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Foul Paul! 69 Crucial Early Season Facts

Facts are cool but sometimes misleading. Today I’m going to mislead you with some that I found. Here I have cherry picked 69 facts from throughout baseball in an attempt to get you to believe that I know basebally-things. I hope it works. HEY! Follow me on twitter @alcohpaulism Robinson Cano is 14th in the league in GB/FB ratio, hitting 2.75 ground balls for every fly ball. Allen...
Via Baseball Professor
May 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Astros hit 3 home runs, beat Blue Jays 6-4

TORONTO (AP) Robbie Grossman and Jonathan Villar homered off R.A. Dickey and the Houston Astros avoided a three-game sweep, beating the Toronto Blue Jays 6-4 Thursday night.
April 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Boxscore Breakdown Game #6: Quit pulling my Weave – Astros 7, Angels 4

We should’ve known better than to think the Angels could sweep the mighty Astros or have their ace (if that is still what you want to call him) actually pitch well against one of the worst lineups in baseball. Run Expectancy Rundown Kole Calhoun has really had some bad RE24 performances in this series. At the same time, I don’t know how much you can punish him when he saw 28...
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April 07, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 Fantasy Baseball: Potential Late-Round Speed Targets

Photo Credit: NJNetFan In the draft, many of your oppo­nents will be spending big on elite speedsters like Jacoby Ellsbury. Remember how some reached for Dee Gordon in 2012? Well, in 2014, Billy Hamilton’s ADP will only rise. When players such as these start flying off the shelves for too high a price, you must have a backup plan to keep up in the steals column. The best thing...
Via The Fantasy Fix
March 26, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 Minor League Preview: Houston Astros

Organizational Talent Rankings via Baseball America 2013 (9) | 2012 (17) | 2011 (26) | 2010 (30) | 2009 (30) 2013 Affiliate Records MLB: [51-111] AL West AAA: [82-62] Pacific Coast League – Oklahoma City AA: [83-57] Texas League — Corpus Christi A+: [82-58] California League – Lancaster A: [81-57] Midwest League – Quad Cities A(ss): [44-32] New York-Penn League — Tri-City...
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February 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Deep League Thoughts – Jonathan Villar

[Pssst! Keep it down but this isn't even an editor's note. I'm interrupting myself. Or at least one of myselves. Wanna play Fantasy Baseball with all these goons you see in the comments? Well Go be a Commissioner. We can't promise your safety but we can promise you'll have fun. We all know dangerous = fun. That's why all the bad boys get the hot chicks...
Via Razzball
February 17, 2014  |  Discuss

2013 Offseason Primer: Houston Astros

The Houston Astros got decimated by fans and members of the media who didn't grasp their rebuilding strategy. SPEND MONEY, they cried, apparently ignorant to the fact that the Astros would be in a worse spot spending $80 million on payroll and losing 90 games than they would be if they spent $20 million and lost 110. Houston's strategy started to bear some fruit last year...
Via The Outside Corner
October 28, 2013  |  Discuss

Yankees Game 162: Win the marathon 2013 finale

New York Yankees 5 — Houston Astros 1 (14 innings)   It took 14 innings, but the Yankees won today’s game by a score of 5-1 over the Houston Astros to end the 2013 regular season. In the first inning, the Yankees got a double but they also had three strikeouts to end that quickly. For the Yankees, lefty David Huff got the opportunity to start. Shortstop Jonathan Villar opened...
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September 29, 2013  |  Discuss

Villar gives us another classic

You gotta admit, Jonathan Villar and his Houston Astros may not be very good, but they sure are fun. Villar, a .249-hitting rookie shortstop already gave us perhaps the highlight of the year with his butt-slide earlier this month against the Reds. And on Tuesday, he gave us another beauty. But what do we call perhaps the worst bunt attempt in baseball history? You can also see the...
Via Fox Sports
September 26, 2013  |  Discuss

RotoWire MLB Depth Charts Analysis 092513

Well we finally made it to the season's final week. Rather than discuss the various outfield platoons or which former minor league players will steal at-bats in the middle infield, the final version of In Some Depth will instead recognize the players who emerged from the depths of the league's depth charts to become meaningful contributors in 2013. They did not begin the...
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September 25, 2013  |  Discuss

Dude, Nice Try But You Don’t Bunt By Throwing The Bat At The Ball

Of course it was the Astros.  Short stop Jonathan Villar squared to bunt Tuesday against the Rangers by dropping the bat at the ball.  you heard the announcers, he was trying to “dead it.”  Apparently it’s something that’s been done before.  Oh wait!  Villar tried it and failed just over a month ago.  Keep at it, buddy, you’ll get there. Poor Villar, who is on his...
Via Next Impulse Sports
September 25, 2013  |  Discuss
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