Despite inconsistent returns, Luhnow doesn't regret Astros' deals

The Houston Astros made a few big-time trades earlier in the summer in order to solidify their roster for a second-half postseason run, but things haven't gone perfectly.Lefty Scott Kazmir has had a difficult month or so after getting off to a strong start with his new club, while outfielder Carlos Gomez has been both plagued by injuries and mostly ineffective when able to play....
Via Fox Sports
22 hours ago  |  Discuss

Scott Kazmir's struggling down the stretch. Again.

We're not much for scapegoating in these here parts, and I'm not going to put the horns on anybody now. I will mention that Scott Kazmir seems to have hit a wall at the worst time, and for the second year in a row. Last season with the A's, Kazmir entered his 26th start with nifty numbers: 14-5, 2.73 ERA. He finished the season at 15-9, 3.55; the A's went 3-4 in his last seven starts...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Daily Pitcher Duels: Sep. 30

With 18 games on today’s slate, this is one last chance to get all baseballed out before the postseason begins. And quite frankly, there are some awesome matchups today. Check ’em out: Michael Wacha (STL) vs. Gerrit Cole (PIT) 1:35 p.m. ET With a massive storm front passing over the East Coast and weathering out a handful of games a night ago, this matchup is borne more out...
Via The Sports Post
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Kazmir 'very disappointed' with results since joining Astros

When the Houston Astros picked up lefty Scott Kazmir from the Oakland Athletics back in July, they were trying to bolster their rotation with a proven veteran that could assist Dallas Keuchel in anchoring the staff.It worked for a while, as Kazmir pitched well enough to be named AL Pitcher of the Month for July. However, as Evan Drellich of the Houston Chronicle points out, Kazmir...
Via Fox Sports
4 days ago  |  Discuss

3 Takeaways: The new king in the NL East

This week we focus on AL wild-card drama and the new king in the NL East. Houston Astros: 82-74 The Astros recent run has dropped 20 percentage points off of their playoff odds. That, as the kids say, is not good. That they did much of their losing to division-rival/leader Texas isn'€™t helping matters either. The Astros hold a half-game lead over the Angels for the final wild...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Rangers take commanding control as Astros continue to crumble

As the Houston Astros continue their slow, downward spiral in the final month of the regular season; the Texas Rangers continue pick up the slack en route to a 4 1/2 game lead in the American League West after Friday's 6-3 win at Minute Maid Park.  With just two games left between the two teams from Texas vying for the division crown, the Rangers are well in the driver's seat, certainly...
Via Fox Sports Southwest
8 days ago  |  Discuss

'A big disappointment' on deck if Astros miss playoffs, says owner Crane

The Houston Astros are no longer in first place in the AL West, as everybody knows. Earlier in the season there was a surprising aspect to their successful turnaround, so much so that owner Jim Crane gave GM Jeff Luhnow and his staff the go-ahead to improve the club. They brought in outfielder Carlos Gomez and pitcher Scott Kazmir but failed to put together trades for Cole Hamels...
Via Fox Sports
10 days ago  |  Discuss

What The Pope’s Visit To The United Nations Means for Major League Baseball

This week around Major League Baseball, there will be many events that shape the way the pennant race shakes out. A Scott Kazmir vs. Cole Hamels battle is set for Friday, the Philadelphia Phillies look to play spoiler in a series vs. the Washington Nationals and the Matt Harvey innings watch continues during his scheduled Sunday start. The Chicago White Sox are set to...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Astros Snap Skid in win Over A’s

The Oakland Athletics were in Houston to take on the Astros at Minute Maid park. The game should have been a pitcher’s duel, as Scott Kazmir faced off against his old teammate, Sonny Gray. However, this game was anything but a pitcher’s duel. Kazmir allowed three earned runs, three walks, and just two strikeouts in 3.2 innings. Gray allowed three runs in the first inning, and...
Via Baseball Essential
14 days ago  |  Discuss

AL Wild Card Race: Welcome To The Race Houston!

Houston Astros’ Jose Altuve Unlike the New York Yankees, who continue showing no signs of shifting from their Wild Card spot in the American League Wild Card race, the Texas Rangers have left the race after conquering the American League West division over the Houston Astros. This occurred following their 4-game sweep over the Astros last week, which consequently pushed Houston...
14 days ago  |  Discuss

NERD Game Scores for Saturday, September 19, 2015

Devised originally in response to a challenge issued by viscount of the internet Rob Neyer, and expanded at the request of nobody, NERD scores represent an attempt to summarize in one number (and on a scale of 0-10) the likely aesthetic appeal or watchability, for the learned fan, of a player or team or game. Read more about the components of and formulae for NERD scores here. *...
Via Fangraphs
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Subtraction by Addition, the Houston Astros

Trade-deadline winners and losers. There's never any shortage of columns and television segments about who won and who lost at the deadline. The truth is we can't really assess the winner or loser of a trade for at three or four years after the deal, as we wait to see how the young players exchanged pan out. What we can do in the short term is evaluate how contenders fared with their...
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18 days ago  |  Discuss

Rangers win series opener against Astros in dramatic fashion

The heart of the Texas Rangers order came to play when they needed to in the American League West showdown against Houston Monday night. Mitch Moreland's sixth-inning home run brought the Texas offense to life and then Prince Fielder's homer to centerfield in the eighth inning proved to be the difference in a 5-3 victory. The big hits proved to be the difference for Texas, which...
Via Fox Sports Southwest
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Daily Pitcher Duels: Sep. 14

Even with a couple teams getting a well deserved mid-September break, this MLB slate has plenty of great action to keep you engaged. Check ’em out: Scott Kazmir (HOU) vs. Cole Hamels (TEX) 12:10 p.m. ET Kazmir’s early mojo with Houston has worn off a bit, as the Astros have lost three in a row and six of his last seven starts. Kazmir hasn’t been horrible in that stretch...
Via The Sports Post
20 days ago  |  Discuss

NERD Game Scores for Monday, September 14, 2015

Devised originally in response to a challenge issued by viscount of the internet Rob Neyer, and expanded at the request of nobody, NERD scores represent an attempt to summarize in one number (and on a scale of 0-10) the likely aesthetic appeal or watchability, for the learned fan, of a player or team or game. Read more about the components of and formulae for NERD scores here. *...
Via Fangraphs
20 days ago  |  Discuss

The Houston Astros are trekking uncharted territory

The Houston Astros will begin their most important series of the season September 14-17th against the Texas Rangers. Entering Saturday, they hold a 1.5 games lead over the Rangers, but the Astros are trekking through uncharted territory and they will face some dangerous areas. The biggest area of concern for the Houston Astros would be their starting pitching because four of their...
22 days ago  |  Discuss

The Astros Secret Is Revealed: Gummy Bears!

The Houston Astros were not supposed to be this good this fast. Between 2011-2013, they won 162 games … total! They’ve undergone a makeover that has them at 76-64 this season which is two and a half games better than the Texas Rangers. Now, it would be prudent to credit the progression of superstar Jose Altuve, the starting pitching of Dallas Keuchel and Colin McHugh, shrewd...
Via Food and Sports
23 days ago  |  Discuss

Making sense of J.A. Happ

One of my favorite parts of the trade deadline happened right at the deadline itself. As the deadline passed, a Mariners writer or two tweeted out that no trades had been made. Then, a few minutes later, it was announced that J.A. Happ had been traded to the Pirates. It happened suddenly, and it arguably only happened because A.J. Burnett had gotten injured. There were never any...
Via Fangraphs
23 days ago  |  Discuss

Buying and selling MLB teams on the playoff bubble

Like the last leg of the Kentucky Derby, the AL playoff race is coming down to the final moments. While the National League playoff teams are pretty much set in stone, the AL playoff picture is pretty much a “pick em” at this point. The Yankees, Astros, Rangers and Twins are all vying for Wild Card spots, but which teams are we buying as legitimate contenders, and which teams...
Via Sportsnaut
24 days ago  |  Discuss

Gray outpitches buddy Kazmir; A's beat Astros 4-0

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Sonny Gray outpitched close friend Scott Kazmir, and the Athletics spoiled the former Oakland lefty's return to the Coliseum mound with a 4-0 win against the AL West-leading Houston Astros on Tuesday night. Mark Canha hit a three-run homer in the fifth inning after Billy Burns' earlier solo shot to back Gray (13-7). The All-Star right-hander ended a four-start...
Via AP on Fox
25 days ago  |  Discuss

A's Gray, Astros' Kazmir exchange spirited jabs ahead of Tuesday matchup

On Tuesday night, Houston Astros left-hander Scott Kazmir will toe the rubber at Coliseum for the first time since the Oakland Athletics traded him to Houston before the July 31 deadline.  Opposing him will be A's ace Sonny Gray. The two pitchers, who spent roughly a season and a half on the same starting staff in Oakland, are good friends - so naturally they've exchanged some...
Via Fox Sports
26 days ago  |  Discuss

Angels Fan Rooting Guide: September 7-13

The Angels did the bare minimum to stay alive in the race, taking two of three from Texas over the weekend to inch to within two and a half games of a playoff berth. Problem is, the Halos only have 26 games remaining to make up that difference. And this week is going to suck; the Astros and Dodgers come to town for six games. You may recall the last time the Angels played these two...
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27 days ago  |  Discuss

NERD Game Scores for Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Devised originally in response to a challenge issued by viscount of the internet Rob Neyer, and expanded at the request of nobody, NERD scores represent an attempt to summarize in one number (and on a scale of 0-10) the likely aesthetic appeal or watchability, for the learned fan, of a player or team or game. Read more about the components of and formulae for NERD scores here. *...
Via Fangraphs
September 02, 2015  |  Discuss

Why the Houston Astros will not clinch the division early

There are 32 games left in the season for the Houston Astros, and they continue to lead the AL West with a four game lead over the Texas Rangers. However, the Rangers currently lead the Lone Star series 8-4 and there are seven games to go. The Astros will play four in Arlington in the middle of September and they will host the Rangers the last weekend of September. If the Astros...
August 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Twins vs. Astros preview

A lethal combination of power and speed has helped the Houston Astros to what could be their best season in over a decade. It's their starting pitching, however, that is most responsible for their run of success lately. Scott Kazmir will try to continue an impressive run by Houston's starters Friday night when the AL West leaders open a three-game series against the Minnesota Twins...
Via Fox Sports North
August 28, 2015  |  Discuss
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