How To Fix the Hole in the Bottom of the Lineup

The core pieces for the supposed Houston Astros dynasty are beginning to arrive. With big names at the top of the lineup, such as Carlos Correa, George Springer, and Jose Altuve, the rest of the lineup should be able to feed off of the offensive potential that the Houston “Big Three” has. However, that does […] Houston Astros: How To Fix the Hole in the Bottom of the Lineup...
Via Climbing Tal's Hill
35 minutes ago

Astros Live Game Feed: Game 30 Preview

Let’s see if the Astros can start the weekend on a winning note! GAME 2: Taijuan Walker (2-1, 1.80) vs. Doug Fister (2-3, 4.60) Walker completely dominated the Astros in their matchup in Seattle earlier. He struck out 11 Astros in seven innings, and on the year, he has 29 strikeouts and only three walks in […] Astros Live Game Feed: Game 30 Preview - Climbing Tal's Hill - Climbing...
Via Climbing Tal's Hill
1 hour ago

Five Stat Friday: Week Five

1. The reigning AL CY Young winner, Dallas Keuchel, is off to a not-so-great start. He is currently 2-4 with a 5.11 ERA through six starts. His slow start can be attributed to his inability to find the strike zone this season. He has thrown the most balls — 255 — among all qualified pitchers in 2016. He has thrown a total of 627 pitches this season, which means that 40.7 percent...
Via Baseball Essential
6 hours ago  |  Discuss

Carlos Gomez calls out reporter for printing embarrassing quote

Carlos Gomez is unhappy with a Houston-based reporter who recently published a story that makes the Astros outfielder look bad in more ways than one. Earlier this week, Brian T. Smith of the Houston Chronicle put out a feature about how much Gomez has struggled since the Astros acquired him at the trade deadline last summer. While harsh, the assessment of Gomez’s play is accurate...
Via Larry Brown Sports
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Astros Are Now Contenders for the Playoffs, No longer Favorites

The Astros Will Have an Uphill Battle to Return to Contention The Houston Astros are now sitting near the cellar of not just the AL West, but also in the American League and MLB. The Astros now have a 10-19 record, but people around baseball are not writing the Astros off quite yet. These opinions might […] Astros Are Now Contenders for the Playoffs, No longer Favorites - Climbing...
Via Climbing Tal's Hill
7 hours ago

Astro Of Nominal Height Flashing Astronomical Might

Jose Altuve is on pace for 60 homers.  He can't even reach the cereal in the morning!  If an opposing manager were to ask to see Altuve's bat, they would crack it open to reveal gumballs because he's the leader of the lollipop guild.  If the major leagues were to institute a Daffy Duck 'You Have To Be This Tall' sign before getting to the batter's box, Altuve would need his...
Via Razzball
15 hours ago  |  Discuss

Hinch happy Marisnick is back, starts him right away

When the Astros sent down outfielder Jake Marisnick to Triple-A Fresno in April so they could get a fresh arm to the pitching staff, manager A.J. Hinch made it clear Marisnick didn't deserve be in the Minors and hinted he could be back soon.
22 hours ago

Dallas Keuchel’s Attempts to Adjust Back

Just a couple weeks back, Dave Cameron examined the things that should worry us about Dallas Keuchel. He was more nuanced, but we could break it down into three components: lower velocity, fewer calls on the black, and fewer swings. For a guy that had the third-lowest zone percentage in baseball last year, the latter two seem hugely important for his success. So I asked the Astros’...
Via Fangraphs
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Astros call up Jake Marisnick, send down Michael Feliz

The Houston Astros have announced a switch at the back end of their roster, sending 23-year-old pitcher Michael Feliz down to the Triple-A Fresno Grizzlies, and calling up outfielder Jake Marisnick in his place. Feliz has struggled during his brief appearances out of Houston’s bullpen in both 2015 and 2016, pitching to an 8.31 ERA and 6.21 FIP across 17.1 relief innings. Despite...
Via Today's Knuckleball
1 day ago

White's mother always a positive voice

Whether he goes 0-for-4 with three strikeouts or hits a pair of home runs, Astros rookie first baseman Tyler White can always count on his mother, Heather, to tell him how great he did. That was true growing up, and it's still true today.
1 day ago

Houston Astros: What A Difference A Year Makes

Photo by: Gabe Rodriguez On May 5, 2015, the Houston Astros were 18-9 and leading the American League West by six games. Exactly one year later they are 10-18 and 6.5 games out of first in the AL West Cellar. What a difference a year makes. The Astros opened the season with a win against the Yankees and then lost the next three games, losing the series.  From that point on the...
Via Legends On Deck
1 day ago

Astros Begin to Gain Momentum

After a slow start to the 2016 season, the Houston Astros have finally picked up some momentum. On Wednesday night, the Astros collected back to back victories for the first time this season as they beat the Minnesota Twins in the rubber game of the series by a score of 14-6, improving their season record to 10-18. In what was only their second series victory of the season, the Astros...
Via Hot Stove MLB
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Hughes chased after two innings, Twins routed by Astros

HOUSTON -- Jason Castro homered and drove in four runs, and Jose Altuve and Carlos Correa both homered and knocked in three as the Houston Astros won consecutive games for the first time this season with a 16-4 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Wednesday night.The Astros built a 6-0 lead after two innings and didn't let up in setting a season high for runs. Altuve hit his fifth...
Via Associated Press
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Job Posting: Houston Astros Senior Baseball Systems Developer

Position: Houston Astros Senior Baseball Systems Developer Location: Houston Description: The Houston Astros are seeking a Senior Baseball Systems Developer for the team’s Baseball Research and Development group. The Senior Baseball Systems Developer will collaborate with the analytics team to build infrastructure and design systems that encourage the effective understanding...
Via Fangraphs
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Dallas Keuchel: Houston, we have a problem

The Houston Astros entered the season on a short list of favorites in the American League, so their 9-18 start is raising more than a few eyebrows. The same can be said for their star pitcher, Dallas Keuchel. Whether we’re comparing his 2016 season to the entire 2015 campaign or just 2015’s first six games, the reigning American League Cy Young Award winner’s 2016 stats just...
Via Sportsnaut
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Twins fall 6-4 to Astros in Meyer's first MLB start

HOUSTON -- Jason Castro and George Springer hit homers and the Houston Astros held on for a 6-4 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday night.Castro hit his first homer of the year to lead off the three-run third inning, and Springer hit a shot that bounced off the railroad tracks in left field and out of the stadium to cap the three-run fourth.Castro's home run was knocked down...
Via Associated Press
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Breaking Down Jose Berrios Start in Houston

Embed from Getty Images Hey everyone! As an intrigued owner of Jose Berrios, I decided to watch his 2nd start of the season in Houston and jot down what I saw as the game progressed. Scouting pitching is my favorite part of fantasy baseball and it's even more exciting when you're watching a top prospect trying to find his groove in the big leagues. This is my first time doing...
Via We Talk Fantasy Sports
3 days ago  |  Discuss

The Astros Are In Trouble

Let’s take a look at what we’re dealing with, here. This is a simple plot of AL West division playoff odds over time, beginning with the start of the season, through, I don’t know, right now? About an hour ago, I guess. The calendar on my wall tells me it’s still April, and the much smaller calendar on my computer agrees, so this early you don’t expect many big huge shifts...
Via Fangraphs
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Astros catcher Erik Kratz pitched, threw knuckleballs

We love to see a position player take the mound in an MLB game whenever we can get the chance, and Tuesday night was the first chance we were able to get in the 2016 season. Houston Astros backup catcher Erik Kratz was the lucky position player to take his talents to the mound after his team fell down 9-1 to the Seattle Mariners. Typically, we see these guys throw nothing but fastballs...
Via The Comeback
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Angry Carlos Gomez smashes bat over leg (VIDEO)

Carlos Gomez really does not like to strike out when the game is being viewed by a national audience. We know this because he absolutely destroyed a bat after striking out in the third inning of Sunday night’s Astros-Red Sox game. He broke the bat over his leg and you almost have to feel bad for the poor wooden object. Carlos Gomez aka Bruce Banner "You Wouldn't Like Me When...
Via The Sports Daily
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Astros’ Faithful Takes a Hammock After Slow Start

“Take a knee!” my bonehead junior high football coach volcano-belched at my teammates and me. We’d have endured some sadistic workout they designed and inflicted; or perhaps we were at the end of another frustrating practice following a demoralizing 2 – 1 start. But we dropped one on the grass and looked up, feeling the soothing caress from the fingertips of the god of restfulness...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
12 days ago  |  Discuss

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