Have You Noticed What Carlos Correa Is Doing?

At the end of May, Carlos Correa possessed a .253/.348/.414 line that didn’t much resemble the numbers from his Rookie of the Year debut. The walks were there, the strikeout rate was about the same, but the defense was down and the power was out. Hey look at him now! He’s got a .268/.366/.477 and is approaching last year’s weighted-offense mark. Let’s look at what happened...
Via Fangraphs
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Astros: A Fan’s Journey from 1975

Week after week, I receive grief for my love of the Astros. I live in an area that seems to be populated by Rangers fans, at least they’ve become Rangers fans over the past few years. They just don’t understand my affection for this team, the Astros, down south. They haven’t walked my journey. They […] Astros: A Fan’s Journey from 1975 - Climbing Tal's Hill - Climbing Tal...
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Astros: Jose Altuve, the next Craig Biggio?

Astros second baseman, Jose Altuve is on track to have some Craig Biggio-like career numbers. Jose Altuve is nearing the midway point of his 26-year-old season and by most opinions it has been his best season yet.  He has even been in some American League MVP conversations throughout the year.  If Altuve continues to put up the […] Astros: Jose Altuve, the next Craig Biggio...
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Fresno trounces Salt Lake 23-3 in Pacific Coast League tilt

The Fresno Grizzlies put on a clinic at the plate on Thursday, pounding out 21 hits in a 23-3 Pacific Coast League victory over the Salt Lake Bees. Eleven of Fresno’s hits went for extra bases, as the club recorded five doubles, five home runs and one triple in the most lopsided win in franchise history. The team’s largest margin of victory prior to Thursday was 17 runs, by which...
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13 hours ago

Astros: Can the Upgrades Come from Within for the Astros?

Will the Astros make a trade or build from within? With the trade deadline approaching, clubs are evaluating where they are, and people will speculate whether they are buyers or sellers. The cell phones of GM’s are ringing and dinging as they test the waters and see if there is a “fit” for a trade. […] Astros: Can the Upgrades Come from Within for the Astros? - Climbing Tal...
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18 hours ago

Springer impresses with Gold Glove-caliber 'D'

Gary Pettis, the Astros' third-base coach and outfielder instructor, won five Gold Glove Awards for three teams and was a mainstay on the nightly highlight reels in the 1980s with his athletic and acrobatic catches. These days, he has a front-row seat nightly to watch another outfielder who's emerging as one of the best in the game, George Springer.
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Astros rookie league farmhand MacDonald records cycle

The Houston Astros may have a potent bat in their farm system as Connor MacDonald hit the first cycle in franchise history for Greeneville in their 14-3 Appalachian League victory over Princeton on Wednesday. Signed by Houston as a free agent in 2012, MacDonald went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts in his debut with Greeneville on Saturday before clicking on all cylinders against Princeton...
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1 day ago

Astros interested in moving affiliate to Fayetteville

The Astros' ongoing efforts to streamline their Minor League operations could see them put a Minor League team in Fayetteville, N.C., by the end of the decade.
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Altuve's 4 hits, 4 runs lead Astros over Angels 10-4

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Jose Altuve went 4 for 5 and scored four runs to help the Houston Astros beat the Los Angeles Angels 10-4 on Wednesday and complete the sweep of the three-game series. It was the second time Houston has swept Los Angeles in the last two weeks. The Astros finished the six games with 37 runs. It was also Houston's eighth straight win over their AL West rivals...
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TKB’s Biggest Disappointments of 2016 No. 3: Dallas Keuchel

Throughout the week, Today’s Knuckleball will look at — and rank — the top-five disappointments in the major leagues this season. Coming in at No. 3 is Houston Astros pitcher Dallas Keuchel. If you missed #5, Astros reliever Ken Giles, catch up here. If you missed #4, Tigers outfielder Justin Upton, catch up here. Dallas Keuchel, in all fairness, had almost nowhere to go but...
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2 days ago

Mike Trout trips after mocking Jose Altuve for doing same

Mike Trout was trying to leg out a triple against the Houston Astros on Monday night, but he tripped around second base and ended up having to retreat. In a way, the Los Angeles Angels star got what he deserved. Here’s the video: Over the weekend, Astros infielder Jose Altuve literally fell 90 feet short of hitting for the cycle when he lost his balance rounding second on a...
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Correa breaks tie in 9th, Astros hold off Angels 4-2

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Carlos Correa snapped a ninth-inning tie with a sacrifice fly, and Will Harris pitched out of a major jam moments later to preserve the Houston Astros' 4-2 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Monday night. After the Angels loaded the bases with nobody out in the bottom of the ninth, Harris struck out Jett Bandy and snagged Andrelton Simmons' comebacker to...
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Houston Astros: Carlos Correa named American League Player of the Week

Carlos Correa is starting to heat up. The Houston Astros shortstop was named the American League’s player of the week on Monday for the first time in his budding career. At 21 years old, Correa is the youngest player in Astros history to garner league player of the week honors. Andujar Cedeno, 22, was the previous youngest when he won the award in 1991. In six games last week,...
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Projecting Astros Rookie Slugger A.J. Reed

The Astros have gotten painfully little production from the first-base position this season. Spring-training hero Tyler White stopped hitting in April, and Marwin Gonzalez hasn’t exactly stepped up to pick up the slack. Houston’s lack of offense from first is a big reason why they’ve underperformed their preseason expectations. In an effort to fill the void, the Astros have...
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The Astros Have Gotten Themselves Back in It

No matter where you get your information, the Houston Astros entered the season as consensus favorites to win the American League West. Our preseason projections gave them a better than 50% chance to take the division. Forty-six of 55 FanGraphs staff members chose them to win the division. In case you think a pro-Astros bias exists on the site, whether being informed by our projections...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

A triple short of the cycle, Jose Altuve falls rounding second base (VIDEO)

No Houston Astro has completed the cycle since 2013. Jose Altuve was on his way to accomplishing the feat Saturday night in Kansas City. Through five innings, he had already racked up a single, a double, and a three-run homer. In the sixth, he laced a ball into the right-center field gap. The speedy All-Star raced past first — headed for a sure-fire triple. Then, as he approached...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

Houston Astros promote top prospect A.J. Reed

The Houston Astros announced yesterday that first baseman A.J. Reed, the team’s No. 1 prospect per Baseball America, would be called up to make his Major League debut today against the Kansas City Royals. The Astros optioned outfielder Tony Kemp to Triple-A to make room for Reed, who will serve as the designated hitter in his debut. Reed signed for $1.35 million as a second-round...
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Houston Astros Promote A.J. Reed

RUN to your fantasy baseball waiver wire - the Houston Astros have called up first baseman A.J. Reed. The 23-year old should be the everyday first baseman for the Astros with occasional rest against lefties.The 6'4, 275 pound first baseman hit .266 in Triple-A with 11 home runs in 59 games.  However, this past week, he hit .372 with five doubles and three home runs in 43 ABs.Reed...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Bear Or Bull: Is Correa A Star Or An Astro To Jett-i-son?

Carlos Correa is a star. A heavenly body. Out of this world. I know what you must be thinking. No, I don't have an unhealthy obsession with him. It just says so right on his uniform. According to the internet (so it must be true), the term astro is defined as a prefix that means "star," "celestial body," or "outer space." The city of Houston decided to make a noun out of this prefix...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

Call To The Bullpen: Who Should Be The Astros' Closer?

Last season, the Houston Astros earned their first playoff berth since 2005 as they finished second in the AL West division with a record of 86 wins and 76 losses. So far this season, they have failed to perform at the same level they did a year ago. Houston’s offense hasn’t been as potent this season, as they’re scoring less runs per game than last year. Their starting...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

Fister throws 7 strong, Astros hit 3 homers in 10-7 win

HOUSTON (AP) Doug Fister threw seven solid innings and Jose Altuve, Jason Castro and Carlos Correa each hit home runs to help the Houston Astros beat the Los Angeles Angels 10-7 on Monday night. Fister (8-3) gave up two runs on four hits and struck out five in earning his seventh straight win. The Astros have won Fister's last 10 starts, and in those games, Fister has gone at least...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

VIDEO: Billy Hamilton ran really far to make a catch

  Billy Hamilton turned a sure double in the gap into a catch at the wall during the second inning of Cincinnati’s game against Houston on Saturday, making a grab that will no doubt you leave you awestruck. Batting with two outs and a runner on third in the bottom of the second, the Astros’ Jake Marisnick belted a ball to right center. Hamilton seemed to be playing Marisnick...
Via Larry Brown Sports
12 days ago  |  Discuss

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