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Indians win to close within half-game of wild card

The Houston Astros have lost a major league-high 102 games. The last two have been especially painful to manager Bo Porter. Matt Carson's two-out, bases-loaded single off Rhiner Cruz in the 11th inning Thursday gave the Cleveland Indians a 2-1 victory over Houston. It was the Astros' second extra-inning defeat in two nights - following a 6-5 loss to Cincinnati in 13 innings...
Via AP on Fox
September 20, 2013  |  Discuss

Indians beat Astros 2-1, close within half-game

Matt Carson hit a winning single with two outs in the 11th inning, and the Cleveland Indians beat the Houston Astros 2-1 Thursday night to close within a half-game in the AL wild-card race. Yan Gomes singled with one out off Rhiner Cruz (0-2), and Asdrubal Cabrera reached on an infield single, beating the throw after third baseman Marwin Gonzalez charged and barehanded his slow...
Via AP on Fox
September 19, 2013  |  Discuss

Athletics 4, Astros 3

Josh Donaldson's eighth-inning triple drove in Josh Reddick for the winning run and Oakland Athletics overcame starter A.J. Griffin's early struggles for a 4-3 victory over the Houston Astros on Tuesday night. Reddick drew a two-out walk off reliever Rhiner Cruz (0-1) and took off for second just before Donaldson's hit down the right field line landed just fair. Houston...
Via Fox Sports
April 17, 2013  |  Discuss

2013 Fantasy Baseball Relief Pitcher Guide

Photo Credit: Keith Allison I’ve updated the 2013 Relief Pitcher Guide and made it free to everyone via the Fantasy Fix. I have improved on the Trevor Rosenthal, Derek Lowe and Jenrry Mejia sections. You’ll get about 42,000 words on mostly relievers and how they might fit into saves, holds, K/9 and other types of leagues. For cliff notes, check out here and here, which focused...
Via The Fantasy Fix
March 07, 2013  |  Discuss

Gaby Sanchez leads Pirates to win over Spain

Gaby Sanchez went 3 for 3 with a double, home run and two RBIs on Tuesday, leading the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 10-0 rout of Spain's World Baseball Classic team. Rhiner Cruz, a Houston Astros reliever and one of just two players with major league experience on the Spanish roster, allowed three runs in one inning. The right-handed hitting Sanchez will likely platoon at first...
Via Fox Sports
March 05, 2013  |  Discuss

2013 Updated Relief Pitcher Guide

Photo Credit: Brule Laker I’ve updated the 2013 Relief Pitcher Guide and made it free to everyone via the Fantasy Fix. You’ll get about 42,000 words on mostly relievers and how they might fit into saves, holds, K/9 and other types of leagues. For cliff notes, check out here and here, which focused on some sleeper candidates  including Rhiner Cruz, Kelvin Herrera, Carter...
Via The Fantasy Fix
March 04, 2013  |  Discuss

Deeper League Relief Finds for Fantasy Baseball, American League

Photo Credit: BeGreen90 For players in deeper leagues that find it useful to have a reliever with 70+ K upside or a real outside shot at saves, the below represent some of the best options out there. Rhiner Cruz, Houston Astros: To say the Astros’ pen is light on potential is an understatement. There is enough with Jose Veras to see him being a solid or even above average reliever...
Via The Fantasy Fix
January 31, 2013  |  Discuss

2013 Minor League Preview: Houston Astros

Organizational Talent Rankings via Baseball America 2012 (17) | 2011 (26) | 2010 (30) | 2009 (30) | 2008 (29) 2012 Affiliate Records MLB: [55-107] NL Central (AL West beginning 2013) AAA: [78-65] Pacific Coast League – Oklahoma City AA: [81-59] Texas League — Corpus Christi A+: [74-66] California League – Lancaster A: [69-69] South Atlantic League – Lexington (Quad Cities...
Via Razzball
January 09, 2013  |  Discuss

Astros blow early lead, get swept by Giants

HOUSTON (AP) --As if the Houston Astros needed any confirmation, on Thursday night they found themselves reaching the same old conclusion: No lead is safe with their bullpen. Right-handers Fernando Rodriguez and Rhiner Cruz combined to give up five runs in the final three innings, and the Astros blew a four-run lead in an 8-4 loss to the San Francisco Giants. "When the game...
Via Fox Sports Houston
August 30, 2012  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest - a team of destiny?

I'm not someone who believes in factors outside of baseball, like curses, mythos, or some sort of higher being. But watching this Pirates team...there's something special going on here. The team was stuck in an early 3-0 deficit last night, and they battled back over the next four innings, tying the game at four going into the bottom of the seventh. Of course, Houston...
Via The Outside Corner
July 28, 2012  |  Discuss

Painting the Black: Who Are These Guys? by R.J. Anderson

It happens every spring. You enjoy opening weekend, taking in as much baseball as possible, but find yourself wondering who some of these guys are. Not every player with a new role on Opening Day is a former top prospect or an established veteran. Some never even made Kevin Goldstein’s top-20 rankings. To fill in some blanks, here are 12 pitchers and players who may have flown...
Via Baseball Prospectus
April 10, 2012  |  Discuss

Surprises dot Astros' Opening Day lineup

The Astros will open the 2012 Major League baseball season on Friday against the Coloriado Rockies with a roster that may have some surprises for fans. For one thing it turned out that Wesley Wright and Fernando Abad were not competing with each other for the left-handed bullpen spot. Both made the club as the team elected to go with only four outfielders and thirteen pitchers....
Via Fox Sports Houston
April 05, 2012  |  Discuss

Surprises dot Astros' Opening Day roster

The Astros will open the 2012 Major League baseball season on Friday against the Coloriado Rockies with a roster that may have some surprises for fans. For one thing it turned out that Wesley Wright and Fernando Abad were not competing with each other for the left-handed bullpen spot. Both made the club as the team elected to go with only four outfielders and thirteen pitchers....
Via Fox Sports Houston
April 05, 2012  |  Discuss

Luhnow ready to see how his roster performs

HOUSTON Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow seemed duty bound to mention the long haul that is spring training, the extended stay in Kissimmee, Fla., that commenced on Valentine's Day and concluded last weekend when the club departed for an exhibition in Corpus Christi. Six weeks away from home is a stern test to the constitution, even with the Sunshine State serving as the...
Via Fox Sports Houston
April 04, 2012  |  Discuss

Rhiner Cruz? 1st Pick? Seriously?

In seeing Rhiner Cruz‘ name as the top pick in this year’s rule 5 draft, my first thought was this would be the last time I ever spent a tangible amount of time prepping for it. In a moment of clarity, the Houston Astros helped me understand just how important the rule 5 draft is NOT. Even after reading Adam Foster’s piece breaking down Rule 5 draft picks between 2007-2010...
Via Fangraphs
December 09, 2011  |  Discuss
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