With 16 K's, Astros relievers tie club record

The way the Astros' bullpen has been throwing lately, you knew Houston was well equipped to pitch deep into Tuesday's game against the Orioles. The Astros rode 7 1/3 scoreless innings -- and a franchise-tying 16 strikeouts -- from their relief corps to beat the Orioles, 3-2, in 13 innings at Minute Maid Park.
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Kemp's triple in 13th gives Astros needed jolt

Tony Kemp, the 5-foot-6 left fielder making his fourth career start, ignited a game-winning rally in the 13th inning when he led off with a triple and scored on a Carlos Correa single in the Astros' 3-2 walk-off win over the Orioles on Tuesday night at Minute Maid Park.
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Making sense of Evan Gattis’ new patience

There’s a lot of cause and effects fantasy baseball owners search for when diving into a baseball player’s analytic numbers. For instance, if all the sudden one player is hitting for a higher average than normal, maybe he’s also seen a huge increase in BABIP or hard contact rate. Perhaps he’s swinging and missing less and his overall contact rate is up. In the case of a...
Via Today's Knuckleball
7 hours ago

Is It Time To Fire A.J. Hinch?

If the Houston Astros don’t turn it around and climb back towards the top of the A.L. West, will Astros manager A. J. Hinch lose his job? The Houston Astros and Manager A.J. Hinch are losing with alarming regularity. The team that exceeded expectations in 2015, and was expected to continue that level of excellence […] Houston Astros: Is It Time To Fire A.J. Hinch? - Climbing...
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Astros Live Game Feed: Game 46 Preview – Orioles

The Houston Astros got swept by their in-state rivals once again and are now ten games back from the first-place Seattle. It’s a new low point as it looked like the Astros might be starting to turn things around after a successful road series against the White Sox, but losing the first two games by […] Astros Live Game Feed: Game 46 Preview – Orioles - Climbing Tal's Hill ...
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Astros Minors: The Hooks’ J.D. Davis and Bregman Lead the Way

Houston Astros’ Double-A Hooks Win 11 Straight Games Some say all good things must come to an end. Unfortunately for the Corpus Christi Hooks, their winning streak that began on May 9th ended Saturday night in Midland. Fortunately, it wasn’t before the Hooks had won their 11th consecutive contest the night before, setting an all-time […] Astros Minors: The Hooks’ J.D. Davis...
Via Climbing Tal's Hill
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Cy Young winner Keuchel looks to rebound after tough start

HOUSTON (AP) AL Cy Young Award winner Dallas Keuchel is getting plenty of advice as he goes through his worst stretch since breaking into the majors in 2012. Houston's ace listens to all of it but knows what he must do. ''I've got to be better at commanding the baseball,'' he said simply. Keuchel has followed up his 20-win season with a difficult start. He's dropped five straight...
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Rangers complete sweep of Astros

HOUSTON (AP) -- Cole Hamels fanned a season-high 11 in eight sparkling innings and the Texas Rangers jumped on Dallas Keuchel early, cruising to an easy 9-2 win over the Houston Astros to complete a three-game sweep Sunday. The Rangers have taken six in row from Houston and 14 of 16. The Astros have lost four straight overall. Hamels (5-0) has won a career-best 12 straight decisions...
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Video: Astros RF George Springer dresses as dinosaur, fails at playing catch

The Houston Astros decided to have a little fun ahead of their game with the Texas Rangers on Saturday. Rightfielder George Springer wanted to play a game of catch with a football, but he added an extra twist by dressing up in a giant dinosaur costume. The video was certainly a sight to behold as Springer squeezed his arms into the tiny arms of the Tyrannosaurus Rex. He was barely...
Via Campus Sports Net
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George Springer catches footballs while wearing a T-Rex costume

The Houston Astros are finding ways to keep things fun during a long and grueling 162-game baseball season. Before their game Saturday against the Texas Rangers, outfielder George Springer really went in a different direction. Springer wore one of those T-Rex costumes that you probably have seen more often in the past year. They’re often donned in silly viral videos of people...
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WATCH: George Springer’s strong vertical leap helps rob Jose Abreu of home run

Most everything this season has been going the way of the Chicago White Sox. And most everything has been going against the Houston Astros. But for one play on Thursday, the ‘Stros had the upper hand — thanks to some major hops from George Springer. With two outs and none on in the bottom of the first inning in Chicago, Jose Abreu sent a deep fly ball to right field ...
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White Sox turned their second triple play of the season

Triple plays are a rare bird in Major League Baseball. Grand slams and perfect games may be rare, but the triple play is something that usually only comes along a handful of times every year. It’s May 18 and the Chicago White Sox are just 39 games into the 2016 season. As of tonight, they already have two triple plays on the year after turning their second one against the Houston...
Via The Comeback
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Can the Astros Bounce Back in an Improved AL West?

The Houston Astros are floundering in the AL West cellar following a tremendous breakout season in 2015. Forty games into 2016, the Astros sit at 16-24 after dropping last night’s game to the Chicago White Sox. Though only a quarter of the way through the season, the Stros’ have some ground to cover on the division leading Seattle Mariners. The question that remains is what...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
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Astros Place Gomez on Disabled List; Promote Moran from Triple-A

On Tuesday, the Houston Astros placed struggling center fielder Carlos Gomez on the 15-day disabled list with a bruised left rib cage. Gomez sustained the injury while diving for a sinking line drive off the bat of Stephen Vogt during the game on April 29. Gomez had an X-ray following the conclusion of the game that came back negative, but, regardless of the test results, Gomez was...
Via Baseball Essential
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Houston Astros call up prospects Colin Moran, Tony Kemp

At 15-24 and plummeting to dead last in the AL West, the Houston Astros have made an array of roster moves in hopes to salvage the 2016 season. Let’s take a look at the fresh faces that will be joining the club for Tuesday night’s game against the Chicago White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field. Gomez to the DL, Moran called up The Astros placed struggling outfielder Carlos Gomez on...
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Scout for Blue Jays, Expos Discovered Terry Puhl for Astros

Wayne Morgan, right, poses with Pat Gillick and Paul Beeston. When school was out at Saskatchewan’s Melville high, Terry Puhl came home, walked through the door of his parents’ home to find his father Frank and his mother Margaret sitting at the kitchen table with Wayne Morgan. The date was Sept. 19, 1973. Puhl was relieved and excited to see the Houston Astros’ scout there...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
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Tony Kemp and the Inevitable Jose Altuve Comparison

Two months ago, the Houston Astros looked like the obvious favorites in the AL West, but things haven’t exactly gone according to plan. Houston’s off to a disappointing 15-24 start, due in part to some terrible performances in the outfield. While George Springer and Colby Rasmus have hit well, Carlos Gomez, Preston Tucker and Jake Marisnick have a combined 252 plate appearances...
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Sunday Notes: Manaea-Giles Adversity, Astros, M’s Future SS, more

Sean Manaea got shelled at Fenway Park on Tuesday night. Making just his third big-league appearance, the Oakland A’s southpaw allowed eight runs on 10 hits in just two-and-two-third innings. The following day, I asked the promising young hurler what it feels like to stand on the mound in front of 35,000 people and get hit as hard as he did. “It’s… I’ve never been in this...
Via Fangraphs
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Did a columnist twist Carlos Gomez' words? You decide

Houston Astros’ center fielder Carlos Gomez is still upset about the way Houston Chronicle columnist Brian T. Smith quoted him in a piece last week. In that column, which largely finds Smith alluding to Gomez not producing the way fans had expected, also includes lines like “We’ve witnessed the dabs, team-first taunts and me-first prancing all across the field.” Smith also...
Via Awful Announcing
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Carlos Gomez: Critical column ‘intentionally’ ridiculed him

Carlos Gomez doubled-down by again slamming a column about him written last week that some have suggested misused a quote from the struggling Houston Astros slugger to portray him in an unflattering light. Gomez argued during an appearance Thursday on ESPN Radio’s Max y Marly — a show conducted in Spanish — that the column, written last week by the Houston Chronicle’s...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Carlos Correa's Sophomore Slump Isn't Much Of A Slump (Yet)

The Houston Astros are not off to the start they had hoped for, or indeed, the start that anyone expected. Prior to the beginning of the 2016 season, the overarching opinion seemed to be that the Astros were a shoo-in for the playoffs and the likely winner of the AL West. So far, things aren't going exactly according to plan.It's early yet, and the season is long. However, one cannot...
Via The Sports Quotient
14 days ago  |  Discuss

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