Astros AM: Walk-Off Home Runs Are Fun

The Friday night fireworks at Minute Maid Park came early last night courtesy of a pair of solo home runs that altered the outcome of a game. The Houston Astros appeared done Friday night as the team entered the bottom half of the ninth. Sure, the lead that the Tampa Bay Rays held was just […] Astros AM: Walk-Off Home Runs Are Fun - Climbing Tal's Hill - Climbing Tal's Hill - A...
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1 hour ago

HRs by Correa, Gattis give Houston 5-4 win over Rays

HOUSTON (AP) Carlos Correa and Evan Gattis hit back-to-back homers in the ninth inning to lift the Houston Astros to a 5-4 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday night. Mikie Mahtook's first homer this season, a towering shot with two outs in the ninth inning, had put the Rays on top before Houston's dramatic comeback. Correa connected on the first pitch in the ninth inning...
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Astros get Gurriel back as DH against Rays

Hampered by a hamstring injury during his first road trip as a Major Leaguer, Yulieski Gurriel returned to the Astros' lineup on Friday for his home debut against the Rays.
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Astros Minors: Fresno Spotlight Player- Cesar Valdez

Will Cesar Valdez ever get another major league callup with the Astros? Some players get to the major league level from the minor leagues easier than others. For some, it takes a lot of hard work to stay at the Triple-A level.  However, for 31-year-old right-handed pitcher Cesar Valdez, the road has been very long. […] Astros Minors: Fresno Spotlight Player- Cesar Valdez - Climbing...
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21 hours ago

Astros AM: What to do about Collin McHugh?

Obvious statement of the year: good starting pitching is better than bad starting pitching. A strength of the Houston Astros the past few seasons was the surprise emergence of two starting pitchers: Dallas Keuchel and Collin McHugh. Keuchel is the more well-known Houston starter due to his 2015 AL Cy Young award and his magnificent […] Astros AM: What to do about Collin McHugh...
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23 hours ago

WATCH: Carlos Gomez homers in first at-bat with Rangers

Carlos Gomez seemed to be really happy that he left Houston, judging by what he did in his first at-bat as a new member of the Texas Rangers. With two on, facing a 1-0 count, Gomez got a hanging breaking ball, and he did not miss it. It was a softball pitch, and he sent it into the stands with ease. First at-bat as a Ranger for @RealCarlosGomez ? How 'bout a 3-run homer.#Rangers...
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Heyman: No-trade clauses flat excuse for Astros

Someone with the Houston Astros suggested one of their issues has been players turning down proposed deals (i.e, Cole Hamels turning down the Astros trade a year ago and even Jonathan Lucroy turning down the Indians to go to the rival Rangers). That may be one of their issues. But as an excuse, it mostly […] The post Heyman: No-trade clauses flat excuse for Astros appeared first...
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2 days ago

Gattis, Correa lead McHugh, Astros over Pirates

PITTSBURGH (AP) Evan Gattis hit a two-run homer and Carlos Correa got two hits and scored twice, leading Collin McHugh and the Houston Astros over the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-4 Wednesday. The Astros won the interleague matchup between wild-card contenders for their fifth victory in six games. Pittsburgh has lost five of six. McHugh (8-10) gave up three runs in five innings, ending...
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Joe Musgrove’s Weird One-Seam Sinker

We first encountered Joe Musgrove‘s one-seam sinker around the All-Star break, when he was kind enough to show us the grip before his appearance in the Futures Game. I’d never seen a one-seam grip before, unless you count the one Zach Britton showed us. While we could spot glimpses of the sinker in the Futures Game and in his minor-league games, it wasn’t until Musgrove came...
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The Houston Astros Spend 4-Hour Rain Delay Devouring Junk Food, Win Game Anyway

What is a baseball player to do when he's faced with four continuous hours of rain delay and nothing to do but sit around and wait for it to end? It's a question the Houston Astros had to answer Sunday afternoon in Baltimore as they waited the length of an entire game to take the field against the Orioles. RELATED: The New Type of Bat Propelling Carlos Correa and Dustin Pedroia...
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Houston Sings, “And I Gurriel Always Love Yulieski”

When I was fresh out of college, I worked at a web company (everyone did in the 90s).  There was four of us.  The other three had real job titles; I was the gofer/do-whatever.  It was about a month before I was going back to school for my Master's.  I had no intention of keeping the job.  Honestly, I doubt they would've kept me for that full month if I weren't leaving. ...
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Houston Astros’ Alex Bregman Settling in at MLB Level

It may have been a slow start for the Houston Astros’ No. 1 prospect Alex Bregman, but the 22-year-old out of LSU seems to be hitting his stride. After being drafted by the Astros with the second overall pick in the 2015 MLB Draft, Bregman played just 146 games in the minors before being called-up by the Astros. After starting the season going 0-for-17, and 1-for-32, Bregman has...
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Houston Offense Deserves Humble Bregman

The Astros offense had some fun with the Orioles pitching staff Friday and Saturday night, collecting a total of 32 hits and scoring 27 runs. Solar plexus! Now those are some rockets that would make NASA proud. George Springer lead the way going 7-for-9, with 2 home runs (24), 6 runs and 4 RBI. Jose Altuve was 5-for-10 with a home run (20),  Evan Gattis was 5-for-9 with a homer...
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Astros' Valbuena has setback, could be out for season

BALTIMORE (AP) Astros third baseman Luis Valbuena could be lost for the season after experiencing a setback in his quest to return from a right leg injury. Valbuena has been on the disabled list retroactive to July 27 with a strained right hamstring. He was inching closer to a rehab assignment before hurting himself again Friday during a workout in Baltimore. He has been sent...
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Rangers reportedly close to deal with Carlos Gomez

Despite his awful season, Carlos Gomez continues to attract a number of suitors, and he’s reportedly nearing a destination. According to MLB Network’s Jon Heyman, the Texas Rangers are close to signing Gomez, who was recently released by the Astros. sources: rangers are close to a deal with carlos gomez — Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) August 20, 2016 With Shin-Soo Choo recently...
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Astros GM bemoans role of no-trade clauses in hindering trades

The Houston Astros have struggled to close out trades for some of baseball’s best players while rivals strengthen, and their general manager is sick of the role no-trade clauses have had in that. Astros GM Jeff Luhnow told Bob Nightengale of USA Today that no-trade clauses have hindered the Astros and helped their closest division rivals, the Texas Rangers. Last year, Cole Hamels...
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Astros prospect Danry Vasquez arrested after video shows him striking girlfriend in stadium

Houston Astros prospect Danry Vasquez was arrested on a warrant earlier this month on suspicion of assault family violence. A day after video footage was reviewed by the Corpus Christi Hooks of a Hooks player being shown slapping a woman inside a Whataburger Field stairwell, the minor league affiliate of the Houston Astros contacted the police to handle the situation as needed. ...
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Cardinals reportedly considering Carlos Gomez trade

Could a return to the NL Central be in the cards for Carlos Gomez? According to a report by Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch on Thursday, the Cardinals will explore the situation of the exiled Astros outfielder to see if he might be a good fit for them. #Cardinals will explore Carlos Gomez's situation and whether he's a fit, can help. No indication they'll make a...
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14 days ago  |  Discuss

The Astros’ Chris Devenski and Large Velocity Gaps

In the second half of the double-header between the Twins and Astros today, Chris Devenski will take the mound for the Astros. He owns an 80 mph changeup and a 92 mph fastball, give or take some ticks, and that differential is the fourth-biggest one among starting pitchers since 2014. That fact alone should make his changeup a great one when it comes to whiffs. We’ve known for...
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15 days ago  |  Discuss

Astros designate struggling Gomez for assignment

Carlos Gomez’s time with the Houston Astros is reportedly over. Brian McTaggart of reports the Astros have designated Gomez for assignment on Wednesday. Source: Astros have designated OF Carlos Gomez for assignment. — Brian McTaggart (@brianmctaggart) August 10, 2016 The Astros acquired Gomez during last season’s trade deadline with Mike Fiers in a package for...
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16 days ago  |  Discuss

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