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Astros Injury Update: George Springer, Matt Albers, Josh Zeid

The Houston Astros (43-64) have been struggling all season with various injuries and their luck does not look like it will be getting better anytime soon.  Rookie outfielder George Springer took batting practice for the first time on Tuesday, according to Brian McTaggart of MLB.com.  Pitchers Matt Albers and Josh Zeid will continue to be on the disabled list indefinitely, but...
Via Sports Injury Alert
11 hours ago  |  Discuss

A's score six in ninth, stun Astros 7-4

Distributing the offense evenly across nine innings is apparently overrated as far as the A’s are concerned. Trailing by three runs Tuesday against the Astros, they broke out for six runs and batted around in the top of the ninth and stunned Houston 7-4 at Minute Maid Park. Oakland scored three times off Astros closer Chad Qualls – a pitcher they also rallied against in the...
Via Pro Sports Daily
14 hours ago  |  Discuss

FG on Fox: Dallas Keuchel’s Changing Repertoire

At different points in his career, Dallas Keuchel has thrown a slurve and a spike curve. Due to ineffectiveness and injury, he’s had to step down his usage of either breaking ball over his short career. But they’ll be back. The first breaking ball Keuchel ever threw was a slurve back in high school. But […]
Via Fangraphs
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Astros players irked by special treatment of prospect

Top Houston Astros prospect Mark Appel has been fast tracked in the minors since being selected No. 1 overall in the 2013 MLB draft. The 24-year-old righty was just promoted to Double-A Corpus Christi despite putting up a 9.74 ERA in high Single-A ball.  That may or may not be the issue that some current Astros have with the way Houston is treating Appel at this point. The youngster...
Via Sportsnaut
2 days ago  |  1 Comment

Astros players resent Mark Appel’s promotion to Double-A

Having a 9.74 ERA in the minor leagues would usually result in a pitcher being released. In Mark Appel’s case, it led to a promotion. And that has members of the Houston Astros peeved. Appel, who was the No. 1 overall pick in the 2013 draft, was promoted from High-A Lancaster where he was struggling, […]
Via Larry Brown Sports
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Astros Injury Update: Josh Zeid placed on DL

The Houston Astros fell to the Miami Marlins on Saturday by the score of 7-3, dropping the Astros to 42-62 on the season. Although 22 1/2 games back in the American League West, the Astros have improved somewhat over their 51-win season a year ago. The pitching staff has struggled, though, to an ERA of 4.46. Injuries have not helped and now a fourth reliever is on the disabled list...
Via Sports Injury Alert
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Dallas Keuchel zings heckler with ball that reads ‘Thanks for paying my salary’ (pic)

Houston Astros pitcher Dallas Keuchel had the last laugh in response to a heckler’s taunts during an off-day as his teammates faced the Oakland Athletics at O.co Coliseum on Thursday night. Apparently tired of the heckler but nevertheless engaging him — we’re assuming it was a man, although it could have been a woman (doubtful) […] The post Dallas Keuchel zings heckler with...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Astros Rumors: Houston unlikely to trade Chad Qualls

The Houston Astros lost in a blowout to the Oakland A's yesterday by the score of 13-1. The loss dropped the Astros to 42-60, fourth in the American League West. Although 21 1/2 games behind the A's, the Astros are not looking to be as active being "sellers" as in previous seasons. The Astros have improved since last season, when they won only 51 games. Some moves...
Via Sports Rumor Alert
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Astros Keuchel sends message to heckler with baseball

Houston Astros pitcher Dallas Keuchel had an excellent idea to get the final word in with a heckler during a game against the Athletics in Oakland on Wednesday night. The ball states: "Thanks for helping pay may salary for today - Keuchel, who is becoming a rising star after pitching well for the Astros this season, even got in his shot without rewarding the A's fan with...
Via Fox Sports Southwest
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Astros pitcher gives souvenir ball to heckler with funny note

It wasn’t a good day on Thursday for Houston Astros pitching against the Oakland A’s, as they suffered a 13-1 drubbing at the hands of MLB’s best team.  Wednesday wasn’t much better with 9 runs against the struggling Astros arms.   On Wednesday, one Oakland A’s fan was giving it to the tattered remains of the Astros hurlers, in particular #60 Dallas Keuchel.  Keuchel...
Via Reading Between The Seams
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Astros reluctant to trade young starters, listening on Qualls, Sipp

If anyone's looking for the Astros to make up for their well-documented misstep at the amateur signing deadline by making a big splash at the trade deadline, well, it's probably not happening. Veteran starter Scott Feldman's $30 million, three-year contract probably precludes him from being seen as a key piece (as he was a key ago), and rival executives say the Astros...
Via Pro Sports Daily
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Houston Astros Need To Make Up Their Mind

The Houston Astros change uniforms like I change socks.  I started following the team religiously in 1985.  They’ve been through what, seven different unis since then?   Some good, some bad; the infamous “rainbow” jerseys were more costumes than uniforms.  Call me old fashion but it was much too clownish for baseball, a Technicolor assault on the eyes.  Admittedly, I...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Houston Astros fail to sign number one overall pick

The 5:00 p.m. EDT deadline came and went without a deal, and 17-year-old LHP Brady Aiken, the number one overall pick in the 2014 June amateur draft was not signed by the Houston Astros, meaning he will not be eligible to play professionally this season.  While no official announcement has been made (as of 5:20 p.m. EDT), Jim Callis, Senior Writer for MLB.com, tweeted a “confirmation”...
Via Reading Between The Seams
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Astros may cost furniture store $4 million on promotion

The Houston Astros may cost a local furniture store $4 million on promotion.
Via Gamedayr
13 days ago  |  Discuss

PHOTOS: Minor league park engulfed by Mississippi River

The San Francisco Giants and Pittsburgh Pirates have shaped the identity of their ballpark based on its proximity to water. The Quad City River Bandits think that’s adorable. You see, the single-A affiliate of the Houston Astros play their home games at Modern Woodmen Park in Davenport, Iowa, which just happens to be a stones throw from the Mississippi River. And because of its...
Via Hall of Very Good
22 days ago  |  Discuss
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