Offense Struggles Early, Mike Trout Takes Over as Angels Best Astros

HOUSTON: There wasn’t a whole lot of offense to go around for much of this game as we only had three total hits through the first four innings. But we did have a run. Kole Calhoun led off the fourth with a triple to deep center field, just out of the reach of Jake Marisnick. Mike Trout came up next and struck out on a 2-2 fastball high and in, and Albert Pujols walked on five pitches...
Via Baseball Essential
1 day ago  |  Discuss

2015 Fantasy Baseball: Plate Discipline –Second Basemen

View image | As we continue our plate discipline series we will pause for a station break so that those that are just joining us can catch up. I do this series once a year because it helps identify some sleepers you can add on the waiver wire. It also helps identify which of the studs might be headed off a cliff. In our look at plate discipline, we will look at...
Via The Fantasy Fix
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Another potential pitching duel on tap in Houston

The Houston Astros and Cleveland Indians played baseball's lowest-scoring game on opening day. Offense could be difficult to come by again Wednesday night with two pitchers coming off impressive finishes to 2014 squaring off as Houston starts Scott Feldman against Cleveland's Carlos Carrasco. Each team had three hits with none for extra bases in the Astros' 2-0 home win Monday as...
Via AP on Fox
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Three Snap Judgments on Houston’s Opening Day Win Over Indians

The Houston Astros seem to be the kings of Opening Day. With a 2-0 win over the Cleveland Indians tonight, Houston has now won 3 straight openers. Dallas Keuchel looked very good on the mound in his first Opening Day start pitching 7.0 innings and giving up no runs on three hits and four strikeouts. Jose Altuve and Jed Lowrie provided the only scoring in the game with Altuve scoring...
Via Baseball Essential
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Astros Terminate Klubot on Opening Day; Astros 2, Indians 0

Did the Tribe Win Last Night? No they did not. On opening night, the crowd was entertained with a pitcher’s duel between two of the best pitchers from 2014: Corey Kluber, the reigning Cy Young winner, and Houston Astros ace Dallas Keuchel. Kluber was almost perfect through seven innings, but a few misplaced pitches were just enough for the Astros to scrape a couple runs across...
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12 days ago  |  Discuss

Five Bold Predictions for the 2015 Houston Astros

After three seasons of 100 loss baseball, and one, 90 loss season in 2014, the light at the end of the tunnel may be coming soon. Will 2015 be the ‘Stros first winning season since the Bush administration? Probably not. But, will the Astros play better, and perhaps meaningful, baseball in late August and early September? Absolutely. With Dallas Keuchel and Collin McHugh headlining...
Via Baseball Essential
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Astros put Springer in key No. 2 batting spot behind Altuve

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) The Houston Astros are looking for a link between the leadoff excellence of Jose Altuve and the business of scoring enough runs to win. George Springer, the free-spirited, free-swinging outfielder who hit 20 home runs in 78 games as a rookie, welcomes the assignment. ''First of all, you're hitting behind the batting champ, and he's always on base,'' Springer...
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22 days ago  |  Discuss

Hoping to stay on the move, Astros look to take next step

HOUSTON (AP) The Houston Astros moved out of the major league basement last season. Now the question is whether Jose Altuve and his teammates are ready to contend this year or if they still need a couple of seasons to complete their rebuild and get back to the postseason. Owner Jim Crane is confident the time is now. ''This is our year,'' he said, adding that their goal is to make...
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23 days ago  |  Discuss

Texas Rangers Second Baseman Rougned Odor Leans on Veteran Presence to Succeed

Jose Altuve #27 of the Houston Astros steals second base against Rougned Odor #12 of the Texas Rangers in the sixth inning at Globe Life Park in Arlington on September 24, 2014 in Arlington, Texas. (Mandatory Credit: Ronald Martinez/Getty Images) The 21-year old Rougned Odor has done nothing but display his premier talent on the baseball field so far in spring training. Since being...
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24 days ago  |  Discuss

Houston Astros: Four big, bold predictions for 2015

With opening day just around the corner, I have some bold predictions for the 2015 Houston Astros. The team’s front office was very active this offseason and they made some moves that can change the Astros recent history. I have four big. bold predictions that I try to explain, and some small bold predictions. 1. This offense will hit at least 250 home runs With the power on...
24 days ago  |  Discuss

Houston Astros 2015 Preview: 3 Up and 3 Down

The 2014 Houston Astros showed some great improvements and broke the 3-year streak with 100+ losses season. Although, they have six straight losing seasons and seven losing seasons out of the last eight years. The Astros do have a few holes, but they have made some changes in an effort to fill those in. GM Jeff Luhnow has formed a team that should compete in the upcoming season....
March 18, 2015  |  Discuss

Houston Astros To Have Much Improved Offense In 2015

Houston we have a problem. To put it mildly, the last few seasons have not been kind to the Houston Astros. They have had to endure multiple last place finishes, the worst record in all of baseball, a league change, and even the failure to sign a number one overall draft pick. But on the field in 2014, it was the first time in the last four seasons that the Astros finished with...
Via Baseball Essential
March 18, 2015  |  Discuss

Altuve has 2 hits as Astros tie Braves' split squad 2-2

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) Jose Altuve had two hits and Dallas Keuchel allowed two runs, three hits and two walks in three innings for the Houston Astros in a 2-2 tie against an Atlanta Braves' split squad on Monday. L.J. Hoes also had two hits for Houston and scored on a double by Gregorio Petit. John Buck hit a leadoff homer in the third off Keuchel, who gave up all his runs and hits...
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March 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Altuve gets 3 hits, helps Astros top Tigers' split squad 4-3

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) AL batting champion Jose Altuve had three hits and drove in a run Thursday, helping the Houston Astros beat a Detroit Tigers' split squad 4-3 in 10 innings. Jake Marisnick had two hits and scored two runs for Houston, and Gregorio Petit hit a game-ending single off Johan Belisario. Anthony Gose drove in two runs with a double and triple for the Tigers. Acquired...
Via AP on Fox
March 12, 2015  |  Discuss

2015 Fantasy Baseball – Bust Candidates

Masahiro Tanaka Tanaka will make his Spring debut on March 12th, yet enters 2015 after partially tearing a UCL in his right elbow last July. Eight months removed from this issue, Tanaka is a very volatile play this season as he decided for rehabilitation rather than Tommy John Surgery. In 2014, he totaled 13 Wins, […]
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March 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Altuve, Keuchel start off well for Astros in loss to Yankees

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) Jose Altuve and Dallas Keuchel got off to neat spring starts for the Houston Astros in a 9-4 loss to the New York Yankees on Saturday. Altuve, the major league batting champion, made his exhibition debut and hit a leadoff single that began a three-run first inning against Scott Baker. Chris Carter drove in two runs with a bases-loaded double. Keuchel, who went...
Via AP on Fox
March 07, 2015  |  Discuss

Astros' star Altuve searching for more in 2015

KISSIMMEE, Florida (AP) Jose Altuve hit .341, became the first Houston player to win a batting title and set a team record with 225 hits in 2014. What do the Astros like best about all that? The second baseman is intent on being even better this year. ''I want to improve my hitting, my defense, improve my baserunning - everything,'' Altuve said. ''If you improve as a player, you...
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March 02, 2015  |  Discuss

The Houston Astros: What about A.J Hinch?

The Houston Astros signed A.J Hinch to be their manager September 29, 2014. He is only 40 years old and this is his only second opportunity as a manager. He was head of player development before he managed the Arizona Diamondbacks from May 2009 to July 2010 in 212 games with a .420 winning percentage. Hinch was 34 at the time of his signing only a week before he turned 35; he was...
February 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Player Profile #33: Jose Altuve | 2B | HOU

The 2015 Fantasy Baseball Draft Guide is here! Get your copy for FREE! Well, that was an unexpected surprise. Entering 2014 we thought we had Jose Altuve pegged. A short, high-contact hitter with a little pop and good speed, Altuve figued to be a near-.300 player with 30-40 SB speed and 90-run potential hitting at the top of an all-or-nothing Astros offense. Instead he stole...
Via Baseball Professor
February 27, 2015  |  Discuss

2015 TOC top ten: second basemen

The state of second base in baseball right now is interesting. You’ve got some fantastic second basemen (Robinson Cano), some budding young second basemen (Jose Altuve), and some second basemen that are clearly talented, but still have some questions surrounding them (Neil Walker, Jason Kipnis). And that doesn’t even begin to deal with the tier of second baseman that are on the...
Via The Outside Corner
February 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Astros’ Jose Altuve Promotion Fails on Twitter

The Houston Astros Twitter feed was feeling quite generous on this beautiful Thursday, offering up a chance to win a baseball autographed by National League batting champion Jose Altuve. The only catch being the promo tweet had to reach 1,000 retweets: Seemed simple enough, right? Fans go nuts for free crap all the time, and this particular free item even holds some value—so...
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January 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Houston Astros: Top 10 Prospects for 2015

The Astros made a leap forward in 2014.  Jose Altuve stepped up as an offensive leader and George Springer showed he has potential.  The Astros still aren’t a winning team, but they’re certainly making steps towards it, with plenty of promising prospects closer to helping. Houston has addressed their bullpen this offseason, and despite Singleton and Springer graduating off...
Via Baseball Essential
December 18, 2014  |  Discuss

How the Houston Astros Astros Cost Jon a Championship

Just when you think you have the matchup locked up, things turn for the worse. You want to tell someone, but who? No one cares, especially the guys in your league.”Quit whining, loser.” We care. We can’t offer much — not even a pat on the back or an empathetic nod, but we can give you a voice. This submission came from Jon. It’s short and painful but ends on a hopeful note...
Via Baseball Professor
October 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Where Did Jose Altuve’s 2014 Come From?

We’re not always right. In fact, we’re wrong a lot. We’re even doing a whole offseason series about all the times we were right and wrong. But whether we’re right or wrong, it’s always great to look back at why you were right or wrong so you can be more right and less wrong in the future, right? To that end, our friends at numberFire have decided to look back at Jose Altuve’s...
Via Baseball Professor
October 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Astros new manager A.J. Hinch: ‘Goal is to win championships’

The Houston Astros announced Monday that A.J. Hinch will be their next manager. “The goal is to win championships,” Hinch said. “The arrow is turning toward success in talking about winning a little bit and talking about the ultimate goal. I’m proud to be here. To wear this orange and blue is something I cherish, and to put this uniform on and be called the ‘Skipper’...
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September 29, 2014  |  Discuss
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