Astros: Trade scenario brought up on MLB Network

DeRosa suggests that the Astros trade for Hosmer and then trade Bregman for Archer. As June winds to a close, the July trade speculation begins across baseball. Everyone is an expert and have their own ideas of trades that need to be made. That goes for Astros fans, bloggers, and the front office. Unfortunately, only one […] Astros: Trade scenario brought up on MLB Network - Climbing...
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Keuchel likely won't return until after ASG

Astros manager A.J. Hinch said Sunday it's growing more likely that ace left-handed pitcher Dallas Keuchel, who is on the disabled list retroactive to June 5 with neck discomfort, won't return to game action until after the All-Star break.
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Three numbers and the Astros match 2013 win total

The 2017 edition of the Astros are making the rebuilding years seem like a distant, far away memory. As the Astros were in the midst of their rebuild, it constantly seem like the losses were flooding in with no sign of slowing down. After all, a rebuild can be botched with a single wrong decision […] Three numbers and the Astros match 2013 win total - Climbing Tal's Hill - Climbing...
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7 hours ago

Houston Astros trade rumors: Alex Bregman edition

Earlier this week, Dallas Keuchel played catch for the first time since he returned to the disabled list for neck discomfort. As manager A.J. Hinch put it, “Playing catch is just playing catch”. There is still no estimated return for the left-handed pitcher, and with the Houston Astros pitching struggling as of late, it’s obvious what they will be targeting in the coming weeks...
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Statcast of the Day: Reddick rules in left

No matter how much Astros manager A.J. Hinch praises Josh Reddick for his stellar play in left field, the veteran isn't afraid to remind the skipper that he's a right fielder. Reddick continues to prove he's a steady hand anywhere Hinch puts him in the field and at the plate.
16 hours ago

Lance McCullers solid in return as Astros top Mariners 5-2

By JIM HOEHN Associated Press SEATTLE (AP) – Josh Reddick homered, Brian McCann added a three-run double and Lance McCullers pitched into the sixth inning in his return from the disabled list to lift the Houston Astros to a 5-2 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Saturday night. McCullers (7-1), who had been sidelined with lower back discomfort, allowed one run on four hits in...
16 hours ago

Reddick, McCullers help Astros handle Seattle

Josh Reddick launched a two-run home run and Brian McCann hit a bases-clearing double as the Astros snapped the Mariners' six-game win streak with a 5-2 victory in the second game of a three-game series on Saturday night at Safeco Field.
17 hours ago

Astros roster update: Lance McCullers activated from the DL

Finally, there is good news on the starting rotation front for the Astros. In case you haven’t noticed, the Astros have been without the services of Lance McCullers for a few weeks. Due to lower back discomfort, McCullers was placed on the disabled list earlier this month. McCullers’ sudden trip to the disabled list unfortunately placed more […] Astros roster update: Lance...
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23 hours ago

Mike Fiers steps up at the perfect time for the Houston Astros

As many in the baseball world, both fans and employees, are aware, the Houston Astros are without their top two pitchers in Dallas Keuchel and Lance McCullers. In their absence, Houston has asked the pitching staff to step up and help keep the team at the top of league. Due to his early season struggles, Mike Fiers was transferred to the bullpen in favor of Brad Peacock. However...
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Mark Buehrle admits he had a few drinks before World Series save

Game 3 of the 2005 World Series is one of the more memorable in recent memory. The Chicago White Sox defeated the Houston Astros in 14 innings. The pitching staff’s were stretched so thin that Mark Buehrle — who had started Game 2 in Chicago two days earlier, picked up the save.In the years that have passed, a rumor has persisted that Buehrle might have had a few drinks. Ahead...
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WATCH: George Springer exits game after HBP

The Houston Astros game against the Oakland Athletics got off to a bad start for Houston. Star outfielder George Springer was hit by a pitch from Oakland’s Jesse Hahn and left the game. Fortunately, there is a bit of good news for Springer and the Astros.Springer’s left shoulder appeared to take the brunt of the impact. It’s never fun to get hit. Still, a meaty part of the...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

The Astros’ Grand Fastball Experiment

No team’s batters have ever seen fewer four-seam fastballs than the Houston Astros this year. Few teams’ pitchers, meanwhile, have thrown fewer four-seam fastballs than the Houston Astros this year. This all has something to do with changes in baseball, yes, and also with the personnel on this current team. But there’s also a wrinkle to the thing that tells us a little more...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Brad Peacock Has Become a Strikeout God

There are two types of stories you might be growing tired of reading. This guy figured out how to hit home runs. Well, there are home runs everywhere. And, this guy figured out how to get more strikeouts. Well, there are also strikeouts everywhere. Home runs. Strikeouts. Home runs. Strikeouts. It can feel sometimes like the game is nothing but home runs and strikeouts. It’s not...
Via Fangraphs
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Houston Astros trade rumors: pitching edition

The Houston Astros are flying high with the best record in the league right now. Who should they consider trading that will propel them to be one step closer to postseason glory? The trade deadline is July 31 giving the Astros a good amount of time to choose who they will target in a potential trade. Last season the Astros traded pitcher Scott Feldman to the Blue Jays for an 18-year...
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Astros, A's have mutual interest in Sonny Gray trade

The Houston Astros’ hunt for rotation help may lead them to the doorstep of a division rival.According to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe, the Astros and Oakland Athletics have mutual interest in a deal centering around Oakland’s Sonny Gray. The 27-year-old right-hander has long been a target for the Astros, and the Athletics have spent time recently scouting Houston’s minor...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

George Springer on skipping Home Run Derby: 'I'm just not a fan of it'

Houston Astros outfielder George Springer entered this weekend’s action with 18 homers and 43 RBI. He’s been among the most-prolific power hitters in the game. So it stands to reason that Springer would be invited to take part in the 2017 Home Run Derby. Unfortunately, it’s not something he’s terribly interested in.“I’m just not a fan of it. I don’t like it. I’m not...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

Who is baseball’s best young shortstop? There’s no shortage of choices

Here’s a list of the shortstops who have accumulated the most FanGraphs WAR since the beginning of 2016: Corey Seager, age 23 Francisco Lindor, age 23 Carlos Correa, age 22 Xander Bogaerts, age 24 Not much further down the list, you’ll find 23-year-olds Trea Turner and Addison Russell. The point is, there are a whole lot of incredible young shortstops in the Major Leagues right...
Via The Comeback
16 days ago  |  Discuss

How the Houston Astros became the best team in baseball

It was three short years ago that the June 30, 2014 cover of Sports Illustrated proclaimed the Houston Astros as “your 2017 World Series champs.” Widely mocked at the time — to put it politely — that cover is looking quite clairvoyant now.The team presently sits at 42-18 and is comfortably pacing the entire league. Their dominance is thanks to the best offense and pitching...
Via Larry Brown Sports
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Astros manager A.J. Hinch once decided to bench Alex Bregman by picking his name out of a hat

Unless you haven’t been following baseball over the first two months of the season, you know that the Houston Astros are quite good. At 42-17, they have the best record in baseball and already have a 13 game lead in the AL West.One of the team’s major strengths is its offensive depth – all but one of their offensive starters and bench players (outfielder Nori Aoki) has a wRC...
Via The Comeback
18 days ago  |  Discuss

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