McCullers' first live BP session goes smoothly

Astros right-hander Lance McCullers Jr. faced hitters for the first time this spring when he threw live batting practice on a back field Friday morning at the Ballpark of the Palm Beaches.
10 hours ago

Photos: Canelo Alvarez vs. Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. Houston presser

Canelo Álvarez (48-1-1, 34 KOs) and Julio César Chávez, Jr. (50-2-1, 32 KOs)  hosted a press conference in Houston, the third stop on their four-city press tour. Thousands of Texas fans came out to Minute Maid Park, home of the Houston Astros, to see and cheer for their favorite Mexican fighters. With fan hysteria and swelling crowds, fire marshals shut down the fan entrance...
Via Pro Boxing Fans
12 hours ago

Breaking down the Astros' Top 30 list

The Astros are hoping to return to the playoffs and make a deeper run than they did two years ago, and once again their farm system should be able to help.
13 hours ago

Astros, Nats share new park, same expectations

They have everything. But do they have enough? The question pervades the state-of-the-art scene where the Astros and Nationals -- two win-now teams with new facilities but one obvious source of roster uncertainty apiece -- get ready for 2017.
15 hours ago

Projecting the Astros Opening Day Roster

Spring Training has only just begun for the Astros. But we can still attempt to project the team’s Opening Day roster. The depth on this year’s Astros squad is arguably the best in franchise history. In fact, the wealth of talent could arguably be the team’s greatest asset. This development also presents a problem for […] Projecting the Astros Opening Day Roster - Climbing...
Via Climbing Tal's Hill
1 day ago

Launching space-age pitching roles in Houston

Why the Astros are best positioned to break from the gravity of traditional pitcher usage. I don’t know how much rummaging around in baseball leaderboards you do. I do quite a bit of it. I ran into a recurring problem, of sorts, while mining 2016’s best pitching performances for fun facts. This guy named Christopher Devenski threw more than 100 innings, so he got lumped in with...
Via Beyond The Box Score
1 day ago

Astros Rotation Notes: Oswalt, McCullers, and Morton

Astros pitchers won’t have to waste their energy to throw four high pitches anymore during intentional walks anymore. This Saturday, you will be hearing an umpire scream ‘Play Ball’ as the 2017 Spring schedule kicks off. The Astros open their Spring schedule versus the Detroit Tigers at Joker Merchant Stadium in Lakeland. It was announced […] Astros Rotation Notes: Oswalt...
Via Climbing Tal's Hill
2 days ago

Astros face a classic baseball question: Who's on 1st?

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) The Houston Astros haven't been set at first base since Lance Berkman was traded in 2010. With eyes on a pennant, they know they'll have to do something about that. The problem: There's no clear answer. ''This is my third year here and we've never really felt like we've been very stable at first,'' manager A.J. Hinch said. The best candidate this season...
Via Associated Press
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Astros: It’s time for an Astros centered talk show on AM radio!

With the potential of the 2017 Houston Astros, it’s time for a baseball centered talk show in Houston! The Houston Astros are at the least, playoff contenders in 2017. At most, they will be World Series Champions like Sports Illustrated predicted. There was some hype after the 2015 playoff run before the 2016 season. However, […] Astros: It’s time for an Astros centered talk...
Via Climbing Tal's Hill
3 days ago

Astros looking for Bregman to take next step in 2017

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) Alex Bregman doesn't regret the difficult start to his major league career, when he went hitless in his first five games with the Houston Astros last July. ''I'm happy it happened,'' he said. Huh? The second overall pick in the 2015 draft explains that he can now look back and appreciate what happened because he was able to work his way out of it....
Via Associated Press
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Beltran returns to Houston in very different role

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) The last time Carlos Beltran shared a team with Houston Astros manager A.J. Hinch they were playing together with the Royals in 2002. And when the 39-year-old Beltran arrived at spring training and ran into Adam Everett, his teammate from his brief stint with Houston in 2004, he learned Everett was now a coach in the team's minor league system. Back...
Via Associated Press
5 days ago  |  Discuss

The Most Interesting New Houston Astro

The Astros’ 2015 season ended because of a total bullpen meltdown. Before that, the bullpen had been fairly steady, but the Astros made damn sure there wouldn’t be a repeat. And so, last year, the Astros led all of major-league baseball in bullpen WAR. They finished fourth in bullpen WPA, and they project to be strong as a unit once again. There’s Michael Feliz, coming off...
Via Fangraphs
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Houston Astros’ Ace Dallas Keuchel primed for bounce back season

Houston Astros starting pitcher Dallas Keuchel flipped the proverbial switch back in 2014. After beginning his career in the major leagues with two lackluster seasons, he posted a 2.93 earned run average, 3.21 fielding independent pitching, and 5.0 wins above replacement. He then improved upon those numbers in 2015 by pitching to the tune of a 2.48 earned run average and a 2.91 fielding...
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: L.J. Hoes suspended 50 games after second positive test for drug abuse

According to Eduardo A. Encina of the Baltimore Sun, former Orioles outfielder L.J. Hoes has been suspended for 50 games following a second positive test for drug of abuse.Hoes is currently a free agent and will serve the suspension once he is signed.The 26-year-old served a 50-game suspension in 2014 after testing positive for the performance-enhancing drug methandienone.The Orioles...
Via Sportsnaut
9 days ago  |  Discuss

How the Houston Astros won the offseason

The 2016-17 offseason has been a resounding success for the Houston Astros. General Manager Jeff Luhnow, owner Jim Crane, and the Astros’ front office worked together to address many of their team’s weaknesses. With Spring Training right around the corner, Astros fans don’t have to wait long before their potentially playoff-bound team is back in action. The first major move...
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Did the Houston Astros receive fair payment for the St. Louis Cardinals hacking?

The first reports that the St. Louis Cardinals hacked Houston Astros player personnel data surfaced over two years ago, in June 2014. Now, the Astros are finally getting recompense for Cardinals employee Chris Correa’s illegal breach of their information. MLB commissioner Rob Manfred has awarded to the Astros the Cardinals’ first two selections in the 2017 rookie draft – numbers...
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Mike Elias on Drafting and Developing Astros Pitchers

In November 2014, we ran an interview with Mike Elias, who was then Houston’s director of amateur scouting. Two-plus years later, he has a new title and more responsibilities. The 34-year-old Yale University product now has the title of Assistant General Manager, Scouting and Player Development. Elias addressed several subjects in the earlier interview, but very little of the conversation...
Via Fangraphs
21 days ago  |  Discuss

The Astros Have a Completely New Look

To whatever extent the Astros are going to have issues, they probably won’t have to worry too much about the lineup. As Mike Petriello recently wrote, said lineup looks to be incredibly deep. Based just on Steamer and our present depth charts, the Astros project to have easily the best-hitting lineup in the American League. The Red Sox come in second, but they trail by more than...
Via Fangraphs
24 days ago  |  Discuss

Former MLB pitcher Anthony Young reportedly has inoperable brain tumor

In an unfortunate piece of news, reports are surfacing that former New York Mets pitcher Anthony Young has been diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor. Young, who pitched with the Mets from 1991-93, disclosed his condition at the Mets’ fantasy camp this past week. According to the NY Daily News, doctors are unsure if the tumor is malignant. They simply know it’s in an area...
Via Sportsnaut
25 days ago  |  Discuss

MLB rules Cardinals must send two draft picks to Astros

Major League Baseball ruled on Monday that the St. Louis Cardinals must send their first two picks in the 2017 MLB Draft to the Houston Astros as a result of the team’s hacking scandal. It’s a major ruling that will help offset what the league views to be a competitive disadvantage that impacted the Astros when they were rivals of the Cardinals in the National League Central...
Via Sportsnaut
25 days ago  |  Discuss

Unsealed court docs offer new insights into Cardinals-Astros hacking scandal

Sanctions against the St. Louis Cardinals for former executive Chris Correa’s illicit hacking into the Houston Astros databases could be handed out as early as this week, according to the Houston Chronicle.Correa pled guilty to five counts of unauthorized access of a protected computer last January and was sentenced to 46 months in prison back in July. Now, a federal judge is unsealing...
Via The Comeback
26 days ago  |  Discuss

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