Delino DeShields Jr. shows off swollen face after taking 90 MPH pitch

Houston Astros prospect Delino DeShields Jr. has some serious face damage after taking a 90 MPH pitch to his face. He isn’t shy to show it off to the public either! Those of you that would like to know exactly what the injury was, should read the following tweet. DeShields has a fracture of his cheekbone, which is not displaced. “Gonna be a very uncomfortable road back,” manager...
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19 hours ago  |  Discuss

Unwritten rules lead to hard feelings in Astros-A’s game

As you’ve probably heard, the A’s racked up seven runs in the first inning of their 11-3 win over the Astros on Friday night, knocking starter Jarred Cosart out of the game. That frame only ended when Jed Lowrie, batting for the second time in the inning with a man on, aimed for a bunt single against the shift and was thrown out at first. Even though the bunt didn’t work and...
Via Pro Sports Daily
22 hours 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...
Via Pine Tar Press
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Astros top Rangers in 10th inning

Maybe this is a penance for all the lousy games these two teams played last year. For a second straight night at Globe Life Park, the Astros and Rangers went to extra innings Saturday night. Jose Altuve’s deep fly to right brought home pinch-runner Marwin Gonzalez with the tie-breaking run in a 6-5 win that took 10 innings. Jason Castro tripled with one out to right field off...
Via Pro Sports Daily
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Castro's triple in 10th sparks Astros to win

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Jason Castro tripled with one out in the 10th and Jose Altuve had a tiebreaking sacrifice fly, helping the Houston Astros beat the Texas Rangers 6-5 Saturday night to end a 12-game skid against their state rival.
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Garrett Richards holds back Astros' bats in 11-1 win

KEY MOMENT: Angels starter Garrett Richards wobbled in the fifth when he walked Jose Altuve with the bases loaded and two outs, trimming the Angels' lead to 5-1. Richards caught a huge break when a hanging 0-and-2 curve was lined a few feet foul by cleanup batter Mark Krauss. Richards then struck out Krauss looking at a curve to end a grueling 10-pitch at-bat. AT THE PLATE:...
Via Pro Sports Daily
14 days ago  |  Discuss

A Review of the Houston Series

In addition to our series previews, we’ll be doing series reviews all season long. We’ll look back at the preview, and comment on our three forecasts (Yankee to watch, opposing player to watch, and series prediction), as well as hand out an MVP of the series (a Yankee MVP, that is), and some analysis. Check back after each series for the full review! Results: Yankees...
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Yankees Game 3: Yangervis not nervous in first win

(Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images) New York Yankees 4 — Houston Astros 2 In the third game of the season, Ivan Nova was tabbed with stopping the losing streak already and get the Yankees on the left side of the standings. The first inning had a difficult start that could make a few Yankees fans nervous. A pair of singles and a hit batter loaded the bases with no one out. Jose Altuve...
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16 days ago  |  Discuss

Yankees vs Astros Recap

Bill Smith/Getty Images The New York Yankees and the Houston Astros opened their 2014 baseball season on Tuesday, April 1st in Houston’s Minute Maid Park, in front of 42,117 fans. It was almost perfect. The weather was 78 and cloudy. The roof was open. The teams lined up along the first and third base lines. Then it became cloudy for the Yankees and C.C. Sabathia. Houston scored...
Via TopSportsReport
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Knowing the competition: Houston Astros

Jose Altuve is only 5’6, but he does have a .285 career batting average. (Photo courtesy of Threat Level: 1 If the Astros win 60 games this season, they will deem it a success. When a team has those kind of standards, it makes everything that happens subjective. The lineup and the pitching staff will likely be in constant flux, as they continue to find and groom...
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25 days ago  |  Discuss

Houston Astros: 2014 Season Preview

Standing O Sports is previewing all 30 Major League teams seasons, division by division, team by team. Up next is the American League West and the Houston Astros. What Happened Last Season The Houston Astros first season in the American League was a forgetful one. For the 3rd consecutive season, Houston set a franchise record for losses in a season, this time with 111. Astros...
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28 days ago  |  Discuss

Houston, We Have A Planet

Japhet Amador is a giant man, standing at 6-foot-4, weighing in at 315 pounds. In the Mexican League, where he's played for the last four years, they called him El Gran Burrito. Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto once remarked that Amador is welcome at the Presidential Palace anytime, as long as Amador brings his own snacks. When Jose Altuve heard the Astros signed Amador...
Via Razzball
March 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Altuve has been bright spot during tough seasons

(Eds: APNewsNow. Will be updated. With AP Photos.) By KRISTIE RIEKEN AP Sports Writer Astros second baseman Jose Altuve has already established himself as one of Houston's top players and he won't turn 24 until May. He has been one of the few bright spots for Houston in the last two seasons. This year he's hoping his contributions finally help the Astros win. He says...
Via AP on Fox
February 25, 2014  |  Discuss

The four horsemen of the Houston Astros

Today, I've touched on some of Houston's brightest and most important young stars - Jose Altuve, Jason Castro, Dexter Fowler, and Jarred Cosart have all had numerous words typed about them by me today. Typically when discussing the four horsemen of each club, we talk about the four players that will have the most significant impact on the club's success or failure in...
Via The Outside Corner
February 17, 2014  |  Discuss

The two biggest weaknesses of the Houston Astros

How do you identify weaknesses for a team that lost 111 games the prior season? Well, the Houston Astros obviously have plenty of weaknesses. But in reality, the team isn't going to compete for much of anything in 2014, so how viable are these weaknesses? Does it matter if the team's starting pitching stinks, when only one or two members of the rotation are parts of their...
Via The Outside Corner
February 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Player Profile #70: Jose Altuve | 2B | HOU

Like Elvis Andrus before him, I wasn’t sure Jose Altuve would ever become a legitimate fantasy weapon. Maybe it was his 5’5 stature, maybe it was the organization he plays for, or maybe it was a combination of a lot of things, but I two years ago I really didn’t think I’d be writing profile number 70 about Altuve. Despite first, second, or third in all 672 PA last season...
Via Baseball Professor
February 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Jose Altuve won’t play in Venezuelan Winter League

Astros second baseman Jose Altuve, one of Venezuela’s most popular ballplayers, will not play in the Venezuelan Winter League this year, a person with knowledge of Altuve’s plans said. Altuve has been a regular on the roster of popular Venezuelan club Magallanes, but the young former All-Star will instead return to Houston in January to begin preparations for the 2014 season...
Via Pro Sports Daily
November 27, 2013  |  Discuss

Jose Altuve’s Strike Zone

When I was in middle school, my favorite joke was: “Three guys walk into a bar. The fourth one ducks.” It scored well with my friends. I enjoyed the twist, the simplicity and the imagery. Unlike most of the other things I liked when I was in middle school, I’m not ashamed of this one today. My tastes, though, have changed. If I had to pick my favorite joke now, for example...
Via Fangraphs
September 25, 2013  |  Discuss

Dominguez hits grand slam, Astros beat Angels 9-7

Jose Altuve hit a three-run homer and Matt Dominguez's grand slam powered a big fifth inning to give the Houston Astros their fourth straight win, a 9-7 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Friday night. The Astros trailed by 1 entering the fifth before Trevor Crowe singled in two runs to put Houston up 5-4. Dominguez then hit his 20th homer off the wall in left field to extend...
Via AP on Fox
September 14, 2013  |  Discuss

Dominguez hits grand slam, Astros beat Angels

HOUSTON (AP) -- Jose Altuve hit a three-run homer and Matt Dominguez's grand slam powered a big fifth inning to give the Houston Astros their fourth straight win, a 9-7 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Friday night. The Astros trailed by 1 entering the fifth before Trevor Crowe singled in two runs to put Houston up 5-4. Dominguez then hit his 20th homer off the wall in...
Via Fox Sports West
September 13, 2013  |  Discuss

Astros’ offense explodes on Mariners in 13-2 rout

If only the Astros faced Seattle pitching every night. Jose Altuve Brandon Laird and L.J. Hoes accounted for 3 RBI apiece in an offensive outburst that plated six runs over the first three innings and chased Seattle lefty Joe Saunders (11-14) from the game. The effort helped secure a 13-2 win over the Mariners and Houston’s first series victory since Aug. 23-25 against Toronto...
Via Pro Sports Daily
September 11, 2013  |  Discuss

Jose Altuve Gets Dwarfed By Nate Freiman

Here’s a hilarious picture of Jose Altuve standing next to Nate Freiman during a recent Astros-Athletics game in Oakland. Altuve is 5’5, Freiman is 6’8. Maybe Freiman should consider playing for the Giants, I think he’d be a good fit. [Reddit] Article found on: Next Impulse Sports
Via Next Impulse Sports
September 07, 2013  |  Discuss

Tallest and shortest position players in Majors stand next to each other

Major league baseball players come in all shapes and all sizes.  Including height.  The shortest (errr, most diminutive) player in the Major Leagues (Jose Altuve of the Houston) stood next to the tallest batter in the league (Nate Freiman of the Oakland Athletics), the disparity is about 15 inches!  Thanks for the tweet from @baseball_lifee (no camera tricks): Jose Altuve (5...
Via Reading Between The Seams
September 07, 2013  |  Discuss

Peacock sharp in Astros' 3-2 win over A's

Jose Altuve had two hits and drove in a run to back a stellar outing by Brad Peacock, and the Houston Astros beat Oakland 3-2 on Thursday night to knock the Athletics out of first place in the AL West. Trevor Crowe singled, doubled and scored to help the Astros to their third win in the last four games against their division rivals. Oakland had won 11 of the first 12 meetings between...
Via AP on Fox
September 06, 2013  |  Discuss

Jose Altuve, Jason Castro return to Astros' lineup

The Houston Astros got a pair of regulars back last night for their series opener against the Oakland Athletics, as second baseman Jose Altuve and catcher Jason Castro returned from injury. Castro was sidelined the previous two games with a bruised hip, while Altuve has been dealing with a sore left quadriceps, according to Brian McTaggart of Prior to yesterday'...
Via MLB Injury News
August 14, 2013  |  Discuss

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