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FG on Fox: Dallas Keuchel’s Changing Repertoire

At different points in his career, Dallas Keuchel has thrown a slurve and a spike curve. Due to ineffectiveness and injury, he’s had to step down his usage of either breaking ball over his short career. But they’ll be back. The first breaking ball Keuchel ever threw was a slurve back in high school. But […]
Via Fangraphs
10 hours ago  |  Discuss

Report: Astros players irked by special treatment of prospect

Top Houston Astros prospect Mark Appel has been fast tracked in the minors since being selected No. 1 overall in the 2013 MLB draft. The 24-year-old righty was just promoted to Double-A Corpus Christi despite putting up a 9.74 ERA in high Single-A ball.  That may or may not be the issue that some current Astros have with the way Houston is treating Appel at this point. The youngster...
Via Sportsnaut
16 hours ago  |  1 Comment

Astros players resent Mark Appel’s promotion to Double-A

Having a 9.74 ERA in the minor leagues would usually result in a pitcher being released. In Mark Appel’s case, it led to a promotion. And that has members of the Houston Astros peeved. Appel, who was the No. 1 overall pick in the 2013 draft, was promoted from High-A Lancaster where he was struggling, […]
Via Larry Brown Sports
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Coldest Hitter In July

Three batters who wish the month of July would just end already, are Gordon Beckham, Jay Bruce, and Jon Singleton. They all are hitting under .150.#451166584 / gettyimages.comAt this point, the Houston Astros get nervous when Matt Dominguez come up to bat with runners on base, because the third baseman has hit into 7 double plays in July.The Orioles Chris Davis might have 4...
Via We Talk Fantasy Sports
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Astros Injury Update: Josh Zeid placed on DL

The Houston Astros fell to the Miami Marlins on Saturday by the score of 7-3, dropping the Astros to 42-62 on the season. Although 22 1/2 games back in the American League West, the Astros have improved somewhat over their 51-win season a year ago. The pitching staff has struggled, though, to an ERA of 4.46. Injuries have not helped and now a fourth reliever is on the disabled list...
Via Sports Injury Alert
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Astros Injury Update: Collin McHugh, George Springer, Marwin Gonzalez

The Houston Astros have shortstop Marwin Gonzales back in the lineup after he missed Friday with a sore hamstring. They will soon also have starter Collin McHugh back, possibly Sunday. Right fielder George Springer, though, still needs more time to recover from his quad strain. Here are the latest updates on all three players via Houston Chronicle sports writer Jose De Jesus Ortiz...
Via Sports Injury Alert
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Astros Injury Update: Dexter Fowler, Matt Albers, Jesse Crain

The Houston Astros don’t expect to get center fielder Dexter Fowler, relief pitcher Matt Albers or relief pitcher Jesse Crain back off the disabled list anytime soon, reports Brian McTaggart of MLB.com:#451656120 / gettyimages.comFowler has been on the disabled list since June 27 with an intercostal strain in his right side. The Astros hoped Fowler would be fully recovered following...
Via Sports Injury Alert
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Dallas Keuchel Thanks Heckler For Paying His Salary On Signed Ball (Photo)

Houston Astros starting pitcher Dallas Keuchel had the day off Thursday night from everything but engaging with hecklers. Keuchel took a page out of Cincinnati Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips’ playbook, and sent a chatty fan home with a souvenir. With the Astros taking on the Athletics in Oakland last night, Keuchel had heard enough from one heckler during his team’s 13...
Via NESN.com
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Miami Marlins at Houston Astros series primer

Last season's two most futile clubs meet this weekend for a three-game series. In 2013, the Miami Marlins dropped 100 games for just the second time in franchise history. This year, the Marlins (48-53), winners of four of their last five, are fresh off their first four-game series win in Atlanta since 2007. Still, they find themselves eight back in the National League East behind...
Via Fox Sports Florida
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Dallas Keuchel zings heckler with ball that reads ‘Thanks for paying my salary’ (pic)

Houston Astros pitcher Dallas Keuchel had the last laugh in response to a heckler’s taunts during an off-day as his teammates faced the Oakland Athletics at O.co Coliseum on Thursday night. Apparently tired of the heckler but nevertheless engaging him — we’re assuming it was a man, although it could have been a woman (doubtful) […] The post Dallas Keuchel zings heckler with...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Astros Rumors: Houston unlikely to trade Chad Qualls

The Houston Astros lost in a blowout to the Oakland A's yesterday by the score of 13-1. The loss dropped the Astros to 42-60, fourth in the American League West. Although 21 1/2 games behind the A's, the Astros are not looking to be as active being "sellers" as in previous seasons. The Astros have improved since last season, when they won only 51 games. Some moves...
Via Sports Rumor Alert
3 days ago  |  Discuss

The Astros are hesitant to trade Chad Qualls

With a week remaining prior to the non-waiver Trade Deadline, the Astros are expected to be relatively inactive, which would be a change from the previous four years in which they made a handful of deals to ship off veterans for young players. The Astros could be looking for some outfield help, considering they have three outfielders on the shelf, but one player who won't be...
Via Pro Sports Daily
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Dallas Keuchel Shuts Up Heckler By Tossing Him Baseball With A Special Message

It’s not quite as hilarious as the baseball that Brandon Phillips gave to a couple of drunk hecklers last month, but Houston Astros pitcher Dallas Keuchel inscribed a note of his own on a ball and tossed it to a heckler during last night’s game against the A’s in Oakland. Keuchel had the night off but apparently that didn’t stop the loud A’s fan from sending some insults...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Dallas Keuchel thanks heckler with note on souvenir baseball

A ball @kidkeuchy tossed to a heckler sitting next to me #Astros #Athletics pic.twitter.com/rnZg5jRLwD — Nick Wong (@nickw888) July 24, 2014 Houston Astros lefty Dallas Keuchel took a (more passive-aggressive) page out of Brandon Phillips’ book. 
Via Bloguin Best
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Astros Keuchel sends message to heckler with baseball

Houston Astros pitcher Dallas Keuchel had an excellent idea to get the final word in with a heckler during a game against the Athletics in Oakland on Wednesday night. The ball states: "Thanks for helping pay may salary for today - Keuchel, who is becoming a rising star after pitching well for the Astros this season, even got in his shot without rewarding the A's fan with...
Via Fox Sports Southwest
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Dallas Keuchel writes clever message on baseball for heckler

Being taunted by hecklers comes with the territory of being a professional athlete. Often times they are ignored, but every now and then the heckler receives a response. Earlier this season, Brandon Phillips of the Cincinnati Reds encountered his heckler and took a selfie with him. Phillips also signed a baseball for the guy with […]
Via Larry Brown Sports
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Astros pitcher gives souvenir ball to heckler with funny note

It wasn’t a good day on Thursday for Houston Astros pitching against the Oakland A’s, as they suffered a 13-1 drubbing at the hands of MLB’s best team.  Wednesday wasn’t much better with 9 runs against the struggling Astros arms.   On Wednesday, one Oakland A’s fan was giving it to the tattered remains of the Astros hurlers, in particular #60 Dallas Keuchel.  Keuchel...
Via Reading Between The Seams
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Astros taking it slow with Fowler's recovery

Astros outfielder Dexter Fowler doesn't appear to be close to returning to action, and it's not a stretch to assume that he won't be available until after the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline. Fowler, who's been on the disabled list since June 27 with a right intercostal strain, still hasn't swung a bat or picked up a ball, which means he's got a long way...
Via Pro Sports Daily
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Biz Markie Throws Awful First Pitch At Athletics-Astros Game (Video)

Biz Markie visited O.co Coliseum for Wednesday’s game between the Houston Astros and Oakland Athletics, throwing out a first pitch that fans likely won’t forget. Marcel Theo Hall, better known by his stage name ‘Biz Markie,’ didn’t skip the ball to home plate, but the southpaw might have thrown the slowest first pitch do date. Your browser does not support iframes. The...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Quadriceps injury shuts down Astros rookie slugger George Springer

George Springer‘s fantastic rookie season is on hold thanks to a strained right quadriceps muscle that has sent the 24-year-old outfielder to the disabled list. Springer got off to a slow start following his mid-April call-up and his strikeout total leads the league, but he’s smacked 20 homers with a .900 OPS in 61 games since early May to rank as one of the league’s better...
Via Pro Sports Daily
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Astros Send George Springer to DL

Robbie Grossman will slide over to center field in Springers absence and L.H. Hoes with get time in right. The Astros are 42-58 and in fourth place in the American League West two game ahead of the Texas Rangers
Via Baseball News Source
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Astros reluctant to trade young starters, listening on Qualls, Sipp

If anyone's looking for the Astros to make up for their well-documented misstep at the amateur signing deadline by making a big splash at the trade deadline, well, it's probably not happening. Veteran starter Scott Feldman's $30 million, three-year contract probably precludes him from being seen as a key piece (as he was a key ago), and rival executives say the Astros...
Via Pro Sports Daily
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Chad Qualls hopes to remain an Astro as trade deadline approaches

Righthander Jose Veras knows what happened at the end of last season when the Astros lost 15 straight in a tailspin that punctuated the franchise’s drop. Veras had been long gone at that point, dealt midseason to the Detroit Tigers for minor league outfielder Danry Vasquez. The Astros signed Veras again in the middle of this season. “Oh yeah, of course,” Veras said when asked...
Via Pro Sports Daily
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Jarred Cosart (SP, HOU) – Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in Super Deep Leagues; Continue Scouting in Most ANALYSIS: Jarred Cosart is one of my favorite up-and-coming young pitchers in the game. The high school righty was drafted in the 38th round of the 2008 MLB Draft by the Phillies, and after a solid start to his minor league career, he wasshipped […]
Via RotoBaller
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Astros Injury Update: Collin McHugh rehab result

The Houston Astros entered Tuesday night's game against the Oakland A's with a record of 41-58, fourth in the American League West. Although 25th in the league in runs scored and 28th in ERA, the Astros have improved over a season ago, in which they won only 51 games. There was some good news on the injury front, as pitcher Collin McHugh pitched well in a rehab start at...
Via Sports Injury Alert
5 days ago  |  Discuss
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