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Astros Injury Update: George Springer still trying to return this season

Were it not for injuries, the Houston Astros' star rookie outfielder, George Springer would be in consideration for rookie of the year. Evan Drellich of the Houston Chronicle has reported that Springer has run the bases recently and is hopeful for a return.He attempted a comeback earlier in the season from his left quad injury, only to be halted by a setback on August 6th.When...
Via MLB Injury News
3 hours ago  |  Discuss

Series Preview #48: Cleveland Indians (76-72) at Houston Astros (66-83)

The Cleveland Indians dropped a big opportunity over the weekend with a chance to gain significant ground in the divisional and Wild Card races when they were swept by the Detroit Tigers. If any of their playoff hopes are to remain, they will need a big series in the state where everything is bigger as they take on the Houston Astros in Texas for four straight at Minute Maid Park...
Via Did The Tribe Win Last Night?
4 hours ago  |  Discuss

Is There a MVP-Case for Jose Altuve?

There’s no question that Jose Altuve is having an amazing season. What’s amazing, though, is how little attention it is receiving. Although he plays in a larger-sized market in Houston, his publicity is really suffering from being on one of the worst teams in baseball. But is there a case for Altuve to be the MVP? It might not be as wild as you think. Batting .339/.376/.450 is...
Via Batting Leadoff
6 hours ago  |  Discuss

Boxscore Breakdown #149: It was fun while it lasted – Astros 6, Angels 1

The winning streak is no more. The Angels were on one of the most impressive and dominant rolls of the 2014 season, so it is only fitting that they end the streak by laying a total egg. It isn’t a big deal, they were going to lose eventually, but I don’t think anyone saw it ending with Dallas Keuchel just laying waste to them. Oh well, it was fun while it lasted. Run Expectancy...
Via Monkey with a Halo
9 hours ago  |  Discuss

End of season post-mortem: Houston Astros

Yes, the Astros are finishing under .500 again. For those keeping score at home, this was the sixth straight season where the Astros didn’t sniff 81 wins. However, the team also didn’t lose 100 games for the first time since 2010, and could even avoid 90 this year. They’re still a bad team, but they’re nowhere near as bad as they have been. Whenever a team increases their...
Via Bloguin Best
10 hours ago  |  Discuss

End of season post-mortem: Houston Astros

Yes, the Astros are finishing under .500 again. For those keeping score at home, this was the sixth straight season where the Astros didn’t sniff 81 wins. However, the team also didn’t lose 100 games for the first time since 2010, and could even avoid 90 this year. They’re still a bad team, but they’re nowhere near as bad as they have been. Whenever a team increases their...
Via The Outside Corner
10 hours ago  |  Discuss

Let’s Watch Dallas Keuchel Face Mike Trout Three Times

Saturday night, Mike Trout kicked the living crap out of Scott Feldman and the Houston Astros. His first time up, Trout went deep. His second time up, Trout went deep. His third time up, Trout went less deep, but he went deep enough for a double. All of that’s to say Trout had 10 total bases […]
Via Fangraphs
11 hours ago  |  Discuss

Astros Injury Update: Brad Peacock scratched from start

Jason Martinez is reporting that Houston Astros starting pitcher Brad Peacock will miss his start today against the Cleveland Indians due to lower back tightness. Collin McHugh will start in his absence.#Astros SP Brad Peacock (lower back tightness) scratched from Monday's start. Updated rotation match-ups here ... http://t.co/nr4h4FXV8b— Jason Martinez (@mlbdepthcharts...
Via Sports Injury Alert
13 hours ago  |  Discuss

Boxscore Breakdown #148: Bringing the heat – Angels 5, Astros 2

Ladies and gentlemen, Jered Weaver is once again bringing the heat. Well, by his standards. In last night’s game, we saw something from Jered that we haven’t seen in quite some time: fastballs “blazing” in at 91 MPH. Not just one, but like several. SEVERAL! This is a huge development. All we’ve heard about the last few years is Jered’s steadily declining velocity, but...
Via Monkey with a Halo
20 hours ago  |  Discuss

Indians-Astros Preview

After getting swept by AL Central-leading Detroit, the Cleveland Indians are running out of time in their bid to reach back-to-back postseasons for the first time in 15 years. It doesn't appear to be getting easier as they face red-hot Collin McHugh and the Houston Astros. The Indians hope to put an end to their longest losing streak since early August while denying the Astros...
Via AP on Fox
23 hours ago  |  Discuss

Keuchel flirts with no-no, Astros end Angels' 10-game win streak

  Dallas Keuchel took a no-hit bid into the seventh inning, and the Houston Astros ended the Los Angeles Angels' 10-game winning streak with a 6-1 victory Sunday. Keuchel (11-9) faced the minimum 21 batters from the major league-leading Angels through seven innings on a scorching day at the Big A, overpowering a lineup that has scored a big league-best 728 runs. The left-hander...
Via AP on Fox
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Keuchel, Astros end Angels' 10-game win streak 6-1

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Dallas Keuchel took a no-hit bid into the seventh inning, and the Houston Astros ended the Los Angeles Angels' 10-game winning streak with a 6-1 victory Sunday. Keuchel (11-9) faced the minimum 21 batters from the major league-leading Angels through seven innings on a scorching day at the Big A, overpowering a lineup that has scored a big league-best 728...
Via AP on Fox
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Qualls reports improvement; Springer holds out hope for a 2014 return

Closer Chad Qualls (right hip) said he was feeling better Saturday but wasn’t sure in the early afternoon, before throwing if, he was quite ready to return. George Springer (left quad) is continuing to do his work, interim manager Tom Lawless said. Springer’s window for a return is naturally shrinking, although he’s not likely to be the type to give up on the possibility...
Via Pro Sports Daily
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Jered Weaver, Mike Trout lead Angels to win over Astros

Angels starter Jered Weaver retired Houston Astros leadoff hitter Robbie Grossman on a grounder to start Saturday night’s game at Angel Stadium. He struck out Jose Altuve and then Chris Carter to end a very impressive first inning. Thirteen pitches, thirteen strikes. Weaver then got a two-strike count to the Astros’ Jason Castro to start the second inning before throwing his...
Via Pro Sports Daily
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Astros Injury Update: Chad Qualls, Jesse Crain, Matt Albers

The Houston Astros hope to have closer Chad Qualls back by the end of the season, according to Evan Drellich of the Houston Chronicle.Qualls has been unavailable since Tuesday with a mysterious right hip injury. He describes it as a warm sensation, which leads him to believe that it may be a nerve injury. “I always thought it would kind of go away,” Qualls said to Drellich...
Via Sports Injury Alert
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Angels clobber Houston Astros, trim magic number to five

David Freese hit a two-run homer and Mike Trout had an RBI triple during Los Angeles’ seven-run fifth inning, and the Angels beat the Houston Astros 11-3 Friday night for their ninth consecutive victory. Kole Calhoun had a tiebreaking, two-run single in the fifth for the major league-leading Angels (92-55), who began their final homestand by reducing their magic number to five...
Via Pro Sports Daily
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Angels pound on the Astros; drop magic number to 5

After a lengthy 10-game road-trip, where they finished 8-2, the Angels returned to Anaheim to start a three-game series against the Astros; with Oakland losing tonight, six wins away from winning the AL West. C.J. Wilson (11-9, 4.64 ERA) and Brett Oberholtzer (5-10, 4.38 ERA) were the starters in Game One.The Astros got to Wilson early, as they loaded up the bases in the first...
Via In The Neutral Zone
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Astros closer Chad Qualls dealing with hip ailment

The Astros hope to see their closer Chad Qualls again some time in the final two weeks of the season. The 36-year-old righty has been dealing with an ailment in the area of his right hip that he said he’s never had before. He feels a warm sensation, which leads him to believe that there’s a nerve involved. “I always thought it would kind of go away,” Qualls said Wednesday...
Via Pro Sports Daily
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Bud Selig Concerned About Lack of Minority Managers in MLB

With the firing of Bo Porter by the Houston Astros and the resignation of Ron Washington from the Texas Rangers last week, Lloyd McClendon of the Seattle Mariners is now the lone black manager in the MLB, and commissioner Bud Selig is concerned about it. Selig spoke to the Houston Chronicle on Wednesday voicing his issues: “Well, both teams are looking for ‘em,” the commissioner...
Via BlackSportsOnline
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Jose Altuve joins Craig Biggio as Astros in 200-hit club

Jose Altuve has proven 200 times that the bat doesn’t matter nearly as much as the batsman. Altuve became just the second Astros player in franchise history to reach 200 hits in a season Wednesday, when a sharp seventh-inning single through into the hole on the left side jumped off his bat in a 5-2 Astros win over the Mariners. “We win this game and get 200 hits and the moment...
Via Pro Sports Daily
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Astros take series, Tropeano his first win as Altuve reaches milestone

Nick Tropeano couldn’t have had a better backdrop for his major league debut at Safeco Field. The 24-year-old righthander got to witness Jose Altuve’s 200th hit. He had family and friends in the stands who traveled all the way from New York, and he’s now part of an Astros team that, unlike last September, is playing very well. Wednesday’s 5-2 win made for eight wins in the...
Via Pro Sports Daily
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Altuve helps Astros beat Mariners, 5-2

SEATTLE (AP) Jose Altuve had two hits and an RBI and the Houston Astros damaged the Seattle Mariners post-season hopes with a 5-2 victory Wednesday. Altuve had a RBI double in the fifth and a single in the seventh for his league-leading 200th hit. He is the second Astros player to accomplish the feat, joining Craig Biggio - who set the franchise record of 210 in 1998. Altuve leads...
Via AP on Fox
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Houston Astros, a team on the rise

George Springer is one of the main reasons for optimism among Astros fans The Houston Astros have the lowest payroll in the the majors, one of the youngest teams, and have had the worst record in baseball multiple years in a row. Safe to say, it has been a rough couple of years for the once competitive franchise. The Astros were perennial playoff contenders up until just a few years...
Via isportsweb.com
5 days ago  |  1 Comment

First year starters are a crap shoot

Tonight, Nick Tropeano will be the 45th pitcher this season to make his Major League debut as a pitcher (and start at least one game). Last year, 57 pitchers did the same and there were 48 who did so in 2012. The data from those pitchers in their very first year and starting at least once in that first year shows that Tropeano and the Houston Astros are hoping for the best in what...
Via The Flagrant Fan
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Villar, McHugh help Astros edge Mariners 2-1

SEATTLE (AP) Jonathan Villar hit a tiebreaking single in the ninth inning to lift Collin McHugh and the Houston Astros over the Seattle Mariners 2-1 on Tuesday night. Logan Morrison homered off McHugh in the eighth to tie it, but the Mariners fell a half-game out in the race for the second AL wild card. With two outs in the ninth, Yoervis Medina (4-3) walked Jon Singleton and he...
Via AP on Fox
5 days ago  |  Discuss
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