Astros AM: It’s Off, The 2016 Playoff Hopes Are on Life Support

This is the 2016 version of the tombstone article for the Houston Astros playoff chances. I never thought I would be writing an article saying that the Houston Astros season is over but it’s hard to deny it. The way the Astros have played the past three games, it’s hard to believe that they could […] Astros AM: It’s Off, The 2016 Playoff Hopes Are on Life Support - Climbing...
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2 hours ago

Astros need to avoid sweep to keep playoff hopes alive

HOUSTON -- This wasn't how the weekend seemed destined to play out, not with the Houston Astros in dogged pursuit of a postseason berth as an American League wild card and not with the lowly Los Angeles Angels playing out the string in a disappointing season. On Saturday night, the Angels set the stage for a series sweep on Sunday with a 10-4 victory over the fading Astros (81...
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7 hours ago

Astros look to Musgrove in Wild Card chase

The Angels, who had lost 11 in a row against Houston before winning the first three games of this series, have knocked the Astros to three games back for the second Wild Card spot.
11 hours ago

Correa to play through shoulder pain

With only eight games remaining in the regular season and the Astros left with little margin for error if they're going to reach the postseason, there was no way shortstop Carlos Correa wasn't going to be in the lineup Saturday.
16 hours ago

Astros RHP Giles injured by line drive in batting practice

HOUSTON (AP) Houston closer Ken Giles injured his right wrist when he was hit by a line drive during batting practice on Saturday. Manager A.J. Hinch said it was already starting to bruise minutes after Giles was struck. Trainers ran to the right-hander after he was hit and he remained on his knees on the field for a while before being carted off. It was too soon to know how...
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Carlos Correa injured in Astros’ loss to Angels

In addition to their game against the visiting Los Angeles Angels, the Houston Astros lost the services of Carlos Correa as the shortstop exited the 10-6 defeat with an apparent left shoulder injury. Correa was hurt during Los Angeles’ six-run rally in the ninth inning. He attempted a diving catch on a pop-up to shallow […] The post Carlos Correa injured in Astros’ loss to...
Via Today's Knuckleball
1 day ago

Astros: With So Much on the Line, Should Fister Start?

Astros fans do not want to see Fister on the mound, but he will be there tonight. With nine games left in the season, the Houston Astros cannot afford to lose too many games. If the goal is 89 wins, the Astros will have to win eight of the last nine games. With six of […] Astros: With So Much on the Line, Should Fister Start? - Climbing Tal's Hill - Climbing Tal's Hill - A Houston...
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2 days ago

Astros lose ground in wild card with 2-0 loss to Angels

HOUSTON (AP) The Houston Astros don't have enough time for their bats to go quiet like they did Thursday night. Albert Pujols hit a two-run homer in the first inning and Ricky Nolasco pitched seven solid innings, helping the Los Angeles Angels hinder the Astros' wild-card hopes with a 2-0 victory. The Angels ended an 11-game skid and pushed Houston 1 1/2 game behind the Tigers...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Long-time Astros broadcaster Bill Brown is retiring

There are big changes on the way for the Houston Astros’ TV broadcasts. Bill Brown has been their primary TV voice for the last 30 years since joining the team in 1987, but the team announced Thursday that he’ll be retiring at the end of the season: Thank you to longtime #Astros broadcaster @BrownieTw, who has announced his retirement. His final scheduled game is on Wednesday...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Astros TV announcer Bill Brown to retire at end of season

HOUSTON (AP) Longtime Houston Astros TV play-by-play announcer Bill Brown will retire this month. The 69-year-old Brown on Thursday announced he's retiring nearly 30 years after joining the Astros. Brown called his first Houston game on April 6, 1987, in an opening day win over the Dodgers in the Astrodome. His final scheduled broadcast is the last home game of the regular season...
Via Associated Press
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Astros AM: Hope is Suddenly Revived

Don’t look now but the Houston Astros are suddenly back in this AL Wild Card race. After stumbling throughout all of August and half of September, the Houston Astros appeared to be down-and-out in the playoff race. Barring an incredible run, the high hopes of 2016 were becoming a distant thought of the past. And […] Astros AM: Hope is Suddenly Revived - Climbing Tal's Hill -...
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3 days ago

Keuchel, McCullers will only return if Astros make playoffs

If the Houston Astros want to make the postseason, they’ll have to do it without top starters Dallas Keuchel and Lance McCullers. At 79-71, Houston sits 3.5 games back of the Toronto Blue Jays and Baltimore Orioles for an AL Wild Card spot. The Astros are 9.5 games back of Texas for the division lead. General Manager Jeff Luhnow spoke with Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Adrian Beltre cranks dinger No. 30 while on one knee

As he frequently does, Texas Rangers third baseman — and potential future Hall of Famer — Adrian Beltre paid tribute to the Boyz II Men classic “On Bended Knee” with a swing on Tuesday night against the Houston Astros. And as he has also (incredibly) done many times on such a swing (example of another), he went yard for his 30th homer of the season. To be able to turn on...
Via The Comeback
11 days ago  |  Discuss

The Dividends of Alex Bregman’s Non-Adjustment

While trolls and naysayers on Twitter were crying bust after Houston Astros’ top prospect Alex Bregman began his major league career by going 0-for his first 17 and 1-for his first 32, manager A.J. Hinch was moving him up to bat in the most important spot in his team’s lineup. At the time, Hinch cited his contact rate and exit velocity as indicators that Bregman’s at-bats were...
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15 days ago  |  Discuss

Projecting Astros Debutant David Paulino

The Houston Astros have summoned David Paulino from the minor leagues to make his big-league debut against the Indians today. Paulino was utterly dominant in the minors this year. Splitting time between Double-A and Triple-A, the 6-foot-7 righty whiffed 29% of batters faced on his way to a 2.00 ERA and 2.24 FIP. Somewhat quietly, Paulino put together one of the best seasons in...
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16 days ago  |  Discuss

NERD Game Scores: David Paulino Afternoon Debut Event

Devised originally in response to a challenge issued by sabermetric nobleman 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. *** Most...
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17 days ago  |  Discuss

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