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ASTROS RUMORS & GOSSIP

Comeback kid: Astros' Altuve overtakes Royals' Infante for All-Star start

In a back-and-forth race that went down to the wire, Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve vanquished the Kansas City Royals' Omar Infante to earn his first career start in the All-Star Game.  MLB announced the starters for both the AL and NL on Sunday, and Altuve wound up edging out Infante for the most American League votes at second base.  Halfway through last week, Altuve...
Via Fox Sports
5 hours ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Houston Astros OF Jake Marisnick Crashes into Green Monster As He Makes Awesome Catch to End Inning

The Houston Astros just activated outfielder Jake Marisnick off the DL, and on Sunday he did something that very well could have put him right back on it. With his team down by two in the sixth the Red Sox had two on and two outs he stole what would have been a multi-base hit for Brock Holt (and two more runs for the Red Sox) with a tremendous catch to end the inning.Jake Marisnick...
Via FatManWriting
12 hours ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Jake Marisnick makes fantastic running catch

Houston Astros outfielder Jake Marisnick made a wonderful catch on Sunday to rob Brock Holt of extra bases, and earned himself a face full of Green Monster (phrasing…) for his troubles. This was actually the second great defensive play of the game by Marisnick, following a laser beam throw to third base in the second inning. Houston took the lead in the top of the seventh...
Via The Outside Corner
13 hours ago  |  Discuss

Houston Astros SS Carlos Correa Named AL Rookie of the Month For June

The Houston Astros called up Carlos Correa on June 8th making him the youngest player in baseball at 20-years of age. He wasted little time making an impression recording his first hit and RBI in his first game and his first home run in his second. When the month was done and over with he had nine doubles, five home runs, and 15 RBIs.Not bad, right? Try good enough to be named AL...
Via FatManWriting
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Astros’ first base-DH surplus now helps cover George Springer injury

The Houston Astros have been the surprise of the 2015 season, building the best record in the AL and a five-game lead in their division. As we approach the All-Star break, the big question hovering over this team is whether or not they’re “for real,” can maintain this level of performance and get to their first postseason in 10 years. A significant reason for the Astros’...
Via The Outside Corner
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Houston Astros SS Carlos Correa Hits Home Run in First Game at Fenway

When the news broke that people from the Cardinals organization had hacked in to computers belonging to the Houston Astros we learned that the Astros had been in talks with the Miami Marlins superstar Giancarlo Stanton, but decided not to pull the trigger.Crazy, right? Well--the Marlins supposedly wanted George Springer and Carlos Corea. So they pretty much wanted the future of the...
Via FatManWriting
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Blind Resumes: A Fascinating Keuchel Comp

We all have biases about certain players whether we like to admit it or not. One way to combat this is to take a player’s name away from the numbers before you decide just how much fantasy value they have. I sat down and analyzed a pair of hitters and pitchers and summarized my findings. Player BABIP LD% HR/FB Hard% GB/FB Player A .294 25.2 14.7 32.6 0.61 Player B .285 23.1 8.5...
Via Baseball Professor
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Cardinals fire scouting director in hacking scandal fallout

Remember when the narrative surrounding the saga of St. Louis Cardinals staffers hacking a Houston Astros database was “well, it must have been a low level member of the front office”? Well, that narrative has been turned on its head – according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the Cardinals have fired scouting director Chris Correa in relation to the hacking incident. That’s...
Via The Outside Corner
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Continuing Their Miraculous Season, Astros Tickets Still Offering Tremendous Value Through July

The Houston Astros have been one of the more pleasant surprises thus far in the 2015 MLB season, as they’ve ascended the ranks of the AL West division and are in position to make it back to the playoffs for the first time since 2005. All of this, after everyone thought they were still another year or two away from simply being a contender. Houston has received excellent starting...
Via Baseball Essential
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Houston Astros’ George Springer likely heading to disabled list

The Houston Astros have the best record in the American League and are coming off a sweep of the Kansas City Royals, who currently lead the AL Central.  But an off-day on Thursday has the club worrying about the health of their leadoff hitter George Springer. Springer was forced to leave Wednesday night’s 6-5 win over the Royals after being hit on his right wrist by a Edinson...
Via OutsidePitchMLB
3 days ago  |  Discuss

The Houston Astros are officially the best team in the American League

For the past several seasons, the Houston Astros have been the definition of mediocrity. They haven’t finished with a winning record since 2008, when they were still apart of the NL Central. They have held the top draft pick 3 times this decade and have lost more than 100 games 3 times as well. It seems to have all finally and mercifully paid off. After finishing off a sweep of...
Via OutsidePitchMLB
4 days ago  |  Discuss

NERD Game Scores: Houston Astros Return Engagement

Devised originally in response to a challenge issued by viscount of the internet 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. […]
Via Fangraphs
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Is Houston Astros Jon Singleton a Four-A hitter?

Let me start off by explaining what I am talking about. A Four-A hitter is someone who hits well in Triple-A, but can’t seem to hit in the Majors. Jon Singleton seems to be sliding into this harsh definition. The Houston Astros’ young slugger saw his first action last season, and it didn’t fare too well for either side. Singleton played in 95 games for the Astros, and although...
Via OutsidePitchMLB
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Jameis Winston makes the day of a young baseball player at Astros game

Jameis Winston seems to be doing almost everything right both on and off the field since being drafted No. 1 in the 2015 NFL draft. While he's been getting rave reviews from coaches and teammates and focusing on his playbook away from the field, he apparently took in a Houston Astros game on Sunday. No big deal, right? Right. Well, according to Joe Kinsey of Busted Coverage, there...
Via Fox Sports
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Feldman takes another step forward in rehab work

On Saturday, Houston Astros right-hander Scott Feldman took another step toward coming back from recent medial meniscus surgery on his right knee.  He threw a bullpen session at Minute Maid Park with manager A.J. Hinch looking on, and afterwards the skipper described it as a good sign for Feldman's progress. As Hinch told David Barron of the Houston Chronicle, "He was throwing at...
Via Fox Sports
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Where the Astros have been at their best

It was almost cute when it started — there were the Astros, playing really competitive baseball, a year or two ahead of schedule. They stormed out of the gate and people everywhere wrote about the possibility of the Astros making the playoffs without really believing it would happen. And to this point the Astros still […]
Via Fangraphs
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Houston Astros trade rumors: Jeff Samardzija edition

The Houston Astros are looking to improve their pitching rotation and they are looking at Chicago White Sox’s RHP Jeff Samardzija. However, the White Sox have not yet made it clear that they willing to start selling. Samardzija, 30 years old, is 5-4 with a 4.53 ERA in 101.1 IP this season.  The White Sox have not been very good this season as they are 32-41 and 12 games back of...
Via isportsweb.com
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Astros wear ‘Yes Way, Jose’ shirts to boost Jose Altuve’s All-Star Game chances

The Royals are currently dominating the American League All-Star Game voting with seven players projected to start their respective positions at the most recent update. However, the Astros are doing their best to see to it one of their guys leap frogs one of the Royals for a starting spot. While Omar Infante is currently...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Jon Singleton Gets Another Chance with the Houston Astros

KISSIMMEE, FL – MARCH 10: Jon Singleton #21 of the Houston Astros waits for a pitch during the first inning of a spring training game against the St. Louis Cardinals at Osceola County Stadium on March 10, 2015 in Kissimmee, Florida. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images) With Chad Qualls suffering from chronic pain on the right side of his neck, Jon Singleton has been given another...
Via The Sports Journal
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Luhnow’s First Astros Draft Class Has Arrived

At a time not very long ago — actually, just a single month and a few days ago — viscount of the internet Rob Neyer wrote at Just A Bit Outside about how the Houston Astros, then as now a first-place team, had been winning games with negligible contribution from any players drafted by General […]
Via Fangraphs
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Houston Astros Sign top Draft Pick, Alex Bregman

Newly-signed Houston Astros shortstop Alex Bregman talks with reporters after a baseball news conference Thursday, June 25, 2015, in Houston. The Astros announced Thursday the signing of Bregman, who was selected with the second overall pick in the 2015 MLB First Year Player Draft. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip) Thursday afternoon the Houston Astros announced the signing of their top...
Via The Sports Journal
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Astros hackers reportedly tried to cover tracks, were too inept

As the FBI continues to try to build a case against the St. Louis Cardinals employees who allegedly stole information from the Houston Astros, one thing has become increasingly clear — these were not professionals. Michael S. Schmidt of the New York Times, who broke the story about the investigation, reports that the biggest break...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Cardinals began hacking Astros in 2012

One of the things the FBI needs to determine with its investigation into the St. Louis Cardinals allegedly stealing information from the Houston Astros is when the hacking began. According to one report, this has been going on for years. The story first surfaced in June 2014, when the Astros’ internal trade talks were posted...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Why the Houston Astros can proceed with cautious optimism

While the dawn of the new-look Houston Astros is upon us, be wary of regression. While first place is theirs at the moment, we saw them lose eight of nine entering Sunday’s rubber match against the Seattle Mariners. That’s fine; teams streak, good or bad. While 27-year-old Dallas Keuchel—a 2009 seventh-rounder—has slowly turned himself into an ace over the past season and...
Via The Sports Post
19 days ago  |  Discuss
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