Astros: Three Players Trending Down – Spring Training

Earlier this morning, this author discussed the three Astros who are trending up following the first eight games of spring training. Like I previously remarked in my earlier post, spring training statistics do not matter for the most part. There are exceptions, though. These exceptions...
Via Climbing Tal's Hill
1 hour ago

Astros: Three Players Trending Up – Spring Training

The first week of spring training has come and gone for the Astros. Spring training statistics rarely mean much in the grand scheme of things. While it is cool in theory to see your favorite Astros post shiny batting averages or OPS totals, the numbers don’t always translate into the...
Via Climbing Tal's Hill
4 hours ago

Morton rides adrenaline in strong spring debut

For the first time since he closed out Game 7 of the World Series with four innings, veteran right-hander Charlie Morton returned to the mound and threw two scoreless innings in the Astros' 10-5 win Thursday over the Red Sox in his first Grapefruit League start of 2018.
19 hours ago

Astros: What to make of Collin McHugh’s Situation

Where does Collin McHugh fit in the Astros’ pitching staff? The Astros made a splash last August when the acquired Justin Verlander in the last seconds before the deadline passed. They continued to bolster their rotation by trading for Gerrit Cole last month. The Astros enter 2018...
Via Climbing Tal's Hill
23 hours ago

Paulino among top prospect performers

David Paulino was among those to impress in Spring Training games on Wednesday.
1 day ago

No trademark curves for McCullers in debut

Astros pitcher Lance McCullers Jr. has enough confidence in his curveball that he threw 24 of them in a row to close out the American League Championship Series last year against the Yankees. In his first Grapefruit League start of 2018, McCullers still had his curveball in mothballs.
1 day ago

Yuli Gurriel to undergo hamate surgery

Astros first baseman Yuli Gurriel is undergoing surgery today to remove the hook of his left hamate bone, skipper A.J. Hinch told reporters including’s Brian McTaggart (Twitter link).Houston GM Jeff Luhnow says the team expects to be without Gurriel for about five to six weeks, per Jake Kaplan of The Athletic (Twitter links). Clearly, then, the rehab period will delay Gurriel...
Via MLB Trade Rumors
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Car gets stuck on field in middle of spring training game

Even Nostradamus himself couldn’t have predicted what interrupted Sunday’s Grapefruit League game between the Astros and Cardinals.The exhibition matchup, which took place in Jupiter, Fla., was halted when a car got stuck on the outfield. The car was driving around the field for a promotion during the middle of an inning, but unfortunately, it got stuck trying to exit through the...
Via The Sports Daily
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Houston Astros: What the recent comments say about the team

The Houston Astros have let the league know, this is their time. With the comments recently, the reigning champs are showing many things. Confidence of a champion The Astros are the defending champions, so any talk of favorites should start and end with them. The was Justin Verlander and Jose Altuve responded to media speculation shows the amount of confidence this team has. It...
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Tigers to sign Francisco Liriano

The Tigers have agreed to a one-year, $4MM contract with lefty Francisco Liriano, reports FanRag’s Robert Murray (Twitter link). The deal also contains another $1MM in available incentives. Murray had recently tweeted that the market for Liriano, a client of the Legacy Agency, was picking up some steam.Liriano, 34, enjoyed a resurgence as a key member of the Pirates from 2013-15...
Via MLB Trade Rumors
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Astros prospect Forrest Whitley suspended 50 games

Astros pitching prospect Forrest Whitley has been suspended for fifty games, according to Buster Olney of (Twitter link). The ban is drug-related, per the report, though it is not clear just what improper substance Whitley was deemed to have used.Typically, fifty-game bans are handed out for drugs of abuse or amphetamines rather than performance-enhancing substances. In...
Via MLB Trade Rumors
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Marlins add OF Maybin on one-year deal

Stop the presses! The Miami Marlins have actually added an outfielder! Tuesday afternoon, the Marlins would ink outfielder Cameron Maybin to a one-year deal. I know, it’s hard for us to believe, too.This offseason, the new ownership group of the Marlins–led by Derek Jeter–hasn’t been shy about their goal. It’s to slash payroll. It’s to rebuild. But in short, as has been the case...
Via The Sports Post
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Charlie Morton has hilarious take on MLB rule changes

MLB’s rule changes have clearly struck a nerve with the Houston Astros. Justin Verlander commented on the issues with them on Monday. Later in the day, teammate Charlie Morton did the same thing — only in a slightly different way.Verlander’s issues were about the practical issues of limiting the mound visits.Morton’s concerns were more long term. Quite honestly, this would certainly...
Via Sportsnaut
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Verlander speaks out against MLB rule change

In hopes of picking up the pace of play, Major League Baseball made some strong rule changes on Monday. Houston Astros pitcher Justin Verlander is not pleased with one of the amendments.One of the rules states that teams will only be allowed six mound visits per nine inning games. This includes managers/pitching coaches going to the mound, and also teammates. The latter of which...
Via Sportsnaut
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Aaron Boone: Verlander right about AL going through Houston

Aaron Boone, the newest manager of the New York Yankees, agrees with Houston’s Justin Verlander. Last week, the Astros’ postseason hero wouldn’t mince words about the AL favorites.“Everybody’s gotta say stuff to get views, or get likes, or get whatever. Obviously I think we’re the team to beat, but I don’t really care whose opinion, especially people that don’t play.”But he wouldn...
Via The Sports Post
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Do the Houston Astros have the best rotation in baseball?

Entering the 2018 season, the Houston Astros are one of the very few teams that did not have to make many moves this offseason to compete again. However, they had one key move that turned their already superb rotation, into the best rotation in baseball. That acquisition you ask, trading for the Pittsburgh Pirates’ ace, Gerrit Cole. At just 27, Gerrit Cole has not even hit the prime...
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Sabathia reacts to Verlander’s thoughts on Yankees hype

CC Sabathia opted to more or less agree with how Justin Verlander took issue with how the New York Yankees are being hailed as front-runners in 2018, not the reigning World Series champion Houston Astros. “He is not lying,” Sabathia said of Verlander’s take, via the New York Post.Verlander started things off by reacting to comments made by MLB Network talking head Chris Russo in...
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14 days ago  |  Discuss

Justin Verlander: Yankees aren’t the team to beat

Justin Verlander and the Houston Astros are World Series champions. But plenty of people seem to think that the New York Yankees are the team to beat. Just don’t say that to Verlander himself. Because he has plenty to say.It would start with a tweet. About that… But he explains. After all, these are the defending champions we’re talking about.“Everybody’s gotta say stuff to get views...
Via The Sports Post
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Is J.T. Realmuto a better fit for Astros or Nationals?

It’s been quite an offseason for the Miami Marlins, don’t you think? As if heading into their first winter with new ownership wasn’t enough, they’ll also be suiting up on Opening Day with the entirety of last year’s talented outfield (among some others) in different uniforms.One of the few guys that’s currently still in Miami — although he’d rather not be — is catcher J.T. Realmuto...
Via The Sports Daily
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Astros have talked with Marlins about JT Realmuto

The Miami Marlins have gotten rid of nearly all of their top players, but one remains: JT Realmuto. Since the Marlins have cleaned house this offseason, it makes sense that teams have been asking about Realmuto. According to one report, the Houston Astros are among the teams to inquire about Realmuto.SiriusXM MLB Network Radio’s Craig Mish reported on Saturday that the Astros have...
Via Larry Brown Sports
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Team USA gets meme treatment for gloves at Opening Ceremony

The 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang are officially underway, and we already have our first meme of the Games courtesy of the good ol’ US of A.The United States Olympic team arrived for Friday’s Opening Ceremony ready for the elements, as evidenced by some giant suede gloves that they all wore as they marched out as a collective unit in front of the South Korean crowd. The ridiculous...
Via Larry Brown Sports
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Carlos Beltran skipping Astros’ White House visit, but not due to Donald Trump

Carlos Beltran on Tuesday indicated he will not be joining his former Houston Astros teammates for their upcoming White House visit to celebrate their World Series win. But the retired ballplayer said it’s not because of President Donald Trump.“I’m retired,” Beltran said at a charity event in Manhattan, via “I feel like I don’t belong to any team. I feel like I belong to...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
23 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates fan starts petition requesting MLB to force owner to sell team

The Pittsburgh Pirates may or may not be in the midst of a total tear-down and rebuild — general manager Neal Huntington insists they are not — but the moves made by the team in recent days have left fans feeling disappointed in the organization’s direction.That’s why a disgruntled Pirates fan — identified as J K — has started a petition in which it is requested that Major League...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
January 17, 2018  |  Discuss

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