MLB Week in Review: AL West

Excellence is going to be a necessity to claim the AL West. The Oakland Athletics have dominated baseball thus far, and with recent additions to further bolster the squad’s pitching staff, this division is all but wrapped up. The Los Angeles Angels continue to trail the A’s closely, while the Seattle Mariners have made a case for the playoffs. The Houston Astros and Texas Rangers...
Via Grandstand University
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Attention Royals: The All-Star Break is Over!!!!

Unfortunately for all the fans of the Kansas City Royals, someone played a terrible joke on them and forgot to tell the Royals that the All-Star Break ended on Friday!  Because of this extended vacation, they have officially fallen out of contention and into 3rd in the Central, and 3.5 out of the Wild-Card, all while dropping under .500 for the season at 48-49. But wait.  We were...
Via Royals Blue
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Why the Cubs and Astros Will Rule Someday

If you were to choose the worst team in baseball today, you would probably pick either the Cubs or the Astros. But, what if I told you that they could both be perennial powers in the near future? You probably think I’m crazy right now. Well, think again. As outrageous as this sounds, the Cubs and Astros will rule Major League Baseball someday and here is why: An influx of young...
Via TopSportsReport
4 days ago  |  Discuss

White Sox Kick Off Second Half Against Astros

The White Sox kick off the unofficial second half with a six game homestand, starting with a three game weekend series against the Houston Astros.  The Sox come in at 45-51 on the year but are 24-21 at home.  The Sox limped into the All-Star break losing four of their last five. The Astros come in at 40-56 on the year in fourth place in the AL West.  They are 19-28 on the road...
Via Grab Some Bench
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Altuve sets MLB record for hits, stolen bases mark before break

Jose Altuve went 2-for-2 with two doubles and two runs in Saturday’s win over the Red Sox. He leads the majors with 130 hits and 40 multi-hit games. He also leads the American League with 29 doubles. Altuve became just the third player to have 130 hits before the All-Star break since 2004, joining Miguel Cabrera (132 in 2013) and Ian Kinsler (134 in 2008).
Via Pro Sports Daily
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Astros play long ball in win over Rangers

Tuesday’s 8-3 Astros win over the Rangers wasn’t smooth or particularly fine baseball, a condition neither of these teams should care about given their respective states. Jose Altuve collected a pair of hits, both hard, and notched two steals to bring his season total to 41, but he was also picked off third in the first inning by catcher Chris Gimenez. Fill-in center fielder...
Via Pro Sports Daily
15 days ago  |  Discuss

2014 Fantasy Baseball: Real Offensive Value — Second Basemen, Part I

We continue the yo-yoing through positions when we move to second base. We saw how different first base was from catcher and now we move to the other extreme with second basemen. For those that haven’t checked out this series before today, we are chiefly concerned with a statistic called real offensive value. It is calculated by splitting the difference between batting average...
Via The Fantasy Fix
16 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Jose Altuve Breaks Houston Astros Record for Hits Prior to All-Star Break

The Houston Astros are still not very good, but there is reason to believe in a brighter future with some of the young talent on the roster--guys like second baseman Jose Altuve who set a new team record against the Texas Rangers Monday night.@MLBFanCave/TwitterWith two hits on the night the all-star has 124 on the season--a new record for hits before the all-star break for Houston...
Via FatManWriting
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Keep Your Lefties Away From These Guys

When talking about lefty/righty splits in baseball, there are a lot of fans who believe it doesn't make a difference who a hitter is facing. However anyone who follows the sport closely, knows that is not the case. There are certain players who just either feel more comfortable facing a lefty or just see the ball better coming out of their hand. In result, those certain players...
Via We Talk Fantasy Sports
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Jose Altuve should be an All-Star

Jose Altuve of the Houston Astros is currently fourth amongst American League second basemen in All-Star voting.  He trails Dustin Pedroia of the Boston Red Sox, Ian Kinsler of the Detroit Tigers and votes leader Robinson Cano of the Seattle Mariners.  This is one of the downsides of fan voting.  The 5-foot-6 Venezuelan is the current Major League Baseball hits leader, having...
Via Sports-Glory
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Jose Altuve Might Actually Be Good Now

Is that an inflammatory headline? It feels like it might be. It’s not like Jose Altuve was bad before, of course. But this is the Internet, where it’s important to entice people to click on stories, and if you’re reading this, then I’ve already won. Success! Anyway, maybe this is more of a “me” thing […]
Via Fangraphs
22 days ago  |  Discuss

Astros Injury Update: Jose Altuve not concerned about swollen elbow

Houston Astros All-Star second baseman Jose Altuve went went 0-3 in Monday's 10-4 loss to the Seattle Mariners but he was hit in the left elbow by a Taijuan Walker 94 mph fastball in the fifth inning, after which Altuve stole his league-leading 37th base, reports Although his elbow is swollen, Altuve said he's "ready to play tomorrow [Tuesday]."...
Via MLB Injury News
23 days ago  |  Discuss

#ProfStats, Week 14: Awesome Altuve

While June seemingly went by as fast as it came, there were quite a few records set in the past month that won’t vanish nearly as quickly, and you’re about to find out what they were in this week’s edition of #ProfStats. As a reminder, if you would like to join in on the declaration of new records, tweet any interesting baseball stats or facts that you come across during the...
Via Baseball Professor
23 days ago  |  Discuss

Jose Altuve is Miguel Cabrera’s mini-me

Via Guyism
24 days ago  |  Discuss

Miguel Cabrera greets Jose Altuve by lifting him up - literally (Video)

Your browser does not support iframes.Detroit Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera greeted Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve by literally picking him up before Sunday's game at Minute Maid Park.After shaking hands before the game, Altuve went in for the man-hug while Cabrera wrapped his arms around him and lifted him up over his shoulder before putting him back down. It was...
Via Holdout Sports
24 days ago  |  Discuss

One More Reminder: Jose Altuve is Small

Miguel Cabrera is on a roll. Not from an offensive standpoint (although you can make the case for that). But I’m talking about from the standpoint of “Giving us entertaining clips of him messing with his fellow athletes”. First, we got the always amazing sight of Cabrera trying to touch Adrian Beltre’s head after Beltre’s 2,500th hit: Your browser does not support iframes...
Via Reading Between The Seams
24 days ago  |  Discuss

Castro’s walkoff homer lifts Astros past Tigers in 11 innings

Baseball’s blur and a sardine-sized star, Jose Altuve gave Justin Verlander and the Tigers the runaround all night Friday. Jason Castro, the Astros’ struggling catcher who had been dropped in the lineup, finished it off with a trot in the 11th inning. Castro stroked a line drive to right field with one out, drilling a low fastball from Tigers lefty Blaine Hardy for his first...
Via Pro Sports Daily
26 days ago  |  Discuss

Baseball’s Hidden Gem

Being 5’5 and playing in Houston may get you overlooked but its time to start paying attention to Jose Altuve. The Astro’s second basemen is having a breakout year in his 3rd full MLB season. He may not be your prototype 2B like Cano, Utley, or Kipnis, but he is not short on talent. This year he’s on pace for more than 200 hits, 40+ doubles, 50+ steals, and only 60 strikeouts...
Via The Front Office News
27 days ago  |  Discuss

Young Astros fan gets slapped by sister after licking baseball (video)

There’s not really much to add to this video that highlights how a young Houston Astros fan, for some bizarre reason known only to him, made the decision to lick a baseball he managed to track down in the seats after second baseman Jose Altuve fouled it off into the stands Wednesday night at Minute […] The post Young Astros fan gets slapped by sister after licking baseball (video...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
28 days ago  |  Discuss

Daily DraftStreet Picks: Wednesday, Jun 25

We moved in the right direction yesterday but not quite enough as our entry finished 149th-of-220 in the $400 guaranteed contest (I played almost exclusively double-ups yesterday and this was my only cheap-o GPP entry). We scored 43.91 points without any significant pitching contributions in what was a semi-bizarre (and definitely low) day of scoring. Our three hidden players were...
Via Baseball Professor
29 days ago  |  Discuss

Houston Astros at Tampa Bay Rays game preview

TV: Sun Sports Time: Pregame coverage begins at 1 p.m. The Tampa Bay Rays got another strong outing from a starting pitcher, and this time they put together enough offense to make it stand up. The Houston Astros hope Dallas Keuchel can pick up their scuffling lineup after he was roughed up his last time out. Tampa Bay seeks its second series victory over Houston in the span of a...
Via Fox Sports Florida
June 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Houston Astros at Tampa Bay Rays game preview

TV: Sun Sports Time: Pregame coverage begins at 3:30 p.m. The Houston Astros' latest skid is in the past, and also for the moment are their struggles against the Tampa Bay Rays. After evening this four-game set, the Astros try to build on a much-needed victory Saturday at Tropicana Field. Houston (33-42) was shut out in its previous two games at Tampa Bay and dropped four in...
Via Fox Sports Florida
June 21, 2014  |  Discuss

GIF: Astros Jose Altuve Has to Feel Real Stupid After This Play

The Houston Astros have a good players in young Jose Altuve. Barring injury and the Astros trading him away (because they do silly things like get rid of good players for tons of minor leaguers) he will be a key member of the team for years to come.For now--he's got some learning to do. Wednesday night the teacher was Jayson Werth of the Washington Nationals.via Cut4You couldn...
Via FatManWriting
June 19, 2014  |  Discuss

This Jayson Werth Stop-Slide Is Absolutely Magical

Jayson Werth pulled off this amazing stop-slide while attempting to steal second during yesterday’s 6-5 Nationals win over the Astros. As soon as he realizes the throw has beaten him and he’s likely going to get tagged out he throws on the emergency brake and comes to a full stop in front of Jose Altuve’s swipe tag before elegantly popping up and stepping on the bag with his...
Via Next Impulse Sports
June 19, 2014  |  Discuss

WATCH: Jayson Werth’s Fancy Footwork to steal second base

In last night’s Nationals’ win over Houston, Jayson Werth showed off some true skill in stealing second base. The throw from Houston catcher Jason Castro beat Werth to the bag. Second baseman Jose Altuve got the tag down in plenty of time. But… Werth’s ability to nimbly stop short of the bag, elude the tag, then tap the bag with his right foot. It all happened in an instant...
Via DC Sports-Kings
June 19, 2014  |  Discuss
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