Altuve, Fister carry Astros past A's in finale

The Astros only needed Colby Rasmus' RBI sacrifice fly, and two hits, including Jose Altuve's leadoff solo home run, to dodge a three-game series sweep and down the A's, 2-1, on Sunday at the Coliseum.
7 hours ago

Altuve homers to back Fister in Astros' 2-1 win over A's

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Jose Altuve homered leading off a game for the fourth time this season - one of just two hits by Houston - and the Astros beat the Oakland Athletics 2-1 Sunday to avoid a series sweep. Doug Fister (2-3) gave up one run over 6 2/3 innings to end his three-game losing streak. Fister walked one, struck out five and pitched out of a pair of early jams to win in...
Via Associated Press
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Astros: State of the Team

Shoddy. Substandard. Crummy. Dreadful. Inferior. Each of these adjectives, and many more, accurately describe the Astros thus far in 2016. Needless to say, the Astros are hoping the rest of the season is not quite as abysmal as their 7-17 start to the month of April. And us, the fans, hope so as well. So where […] Astros: State of the Team - Climbing Tal's Hill - Climbing Tal...
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8 hours ago

Five Ways the Astros Can Improve in May

The Houston Astros are glad that April is over. The Houston Astros now sit at seven and seventeen for the season, which puts them tied for second to last in baseball with the Twins, who are both behind the rebuilding Braves. While it is understandable why Astros’ fans are freaking out right now, the hometown […] Houston Astros: Five Ways the Astros Can Improve in May - Climbing...
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9 hours ago

Gomez still out of lineup, hopes to avoid DL

Astros outfielder Carlos Gomez will miss Monday's home series opener against the Minnesota Twins with a sore left rib cage suffered while diving for a ball in left center during Friday night's game against the Athletics.
10 hours ago

Astros #4 Prospect Kyle Tucker Continues To Improve

Astros Class-A Report: Quad Cities River Bandits (April 24-30) Astros prospect Kyle Tucker is off to a good start at Class-A Quad Cities. Through twenty-one games, the younger brother of Astros outfielder/DH Preston Tucker is hitting .263/.353/.382. He leads the River Bandits in hits, total bases, and walks (20, 29, 11), has two doubles, two […] Astros #4 Prospect Kyle Tucker Continues...
Via Climbing Tal's Hill
17 hours ago

Astros to change Ken Giles’ role within bullpen

Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle reports that the Astros are going to change the role of Ken Giles within their bullpen due to the reliever’s struggles this season. Giles had begun the season as Houston’s primary eighth-inning pitcher, with veteran Luke Gregerson assuming the role of ninth-inning closer. Now, Kaplan reports that Houston manager A.J. Hinch is going to ...
Via Today's Knuckleball
1 day ago

Carlos Gomez to miss a few days with injury

Carlos Gomez is going to miss a few days after diving for a baseball in the ninth inning of a game on Friday. According to reports, the player will not be put on the disabled list, and simply needs some time to mend the soreness in his ribs. Signed by the New York Mets as an amateur free agent in 2002, the centerfielder has been with the Houston Astros since the start of last season...
Via Today's Knuckleball
1 day ago

The HOVG Podcast: Rachel Balkovec

This week, Shawn Anderson and Lou Olsen talk with the Houston Astros Latin American Strength and Conditioning Coordinator Rachel Balkovec. Rachel tells the boys how she got her start as Major League Baseball’s first female strength and conditioning coach, what exactly her job is, whether or not she misses playing softball and, for whatever reason, boy bands. (Download The Hall...
Via Hall of Very Good
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Altuve paces Astros past Mariners, 7-4

SEATTLE (AP) Jose Altuve is convinced the struggling Houston Astros are about to get as hot as he is. Altuve opened the game with his third leadoff homer of the season, doubled twice and scored three runs to help the Astros avoid a sweep with a 7-4 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Wednesday night. ''Winning is always important to get your confidence up,'' said Altuve, who has...
Via Associated Press
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Franco, Schoop, McHugh selling future earnings for cash now

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Philadelphia third baseman Maikel Franco has agreed to sell 10 percent of his future earnings for $4.35 million to a company called Fantex, which plans to sell securities to investors. Baltimore second Jonathan Schoop struck a deal to sell 10 percent of his future earnings for $4.91 million and Houston pitcher Collin McHugh struck an agreement to sell 10 percent...
Via Associated Press
4 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
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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
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White Hot And Underappreciated

Sure, we have all heard of the legend of Trevor Story hitting seven home runs in six games. But what if I told you there was a rookie who hit a home run three straight days during his first week up in The Show and currently gets on base every other at bat on average? This is the case of Tyler White, Houston Astros first basemen rookie extraordinaire.White had a ho-hum opening...
Via The Sports Quotient
6 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
7 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
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Houston, We Have a Problem: Not On Craig’s Watch

I dig me some Jose Altuve.  A hitting machine.  A spark splug.  He spins up maximum performance from a tiny frame to the point of the supernatural.  But tonight against Boston, when Houston was down one in a three game series and my mighty mighty Stros were sucking like a Kirby vacuum cleaner, he failed. And it’s not about win or lose; it’s about team culture.  The home...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Jose Altuve Is Steadily Developing A Sustainable Power Stroke

The Houston Astros finished the 2015 season with 230 home runs, good for second in the Major Leagues and just two long balls behind the Toronto Blue Jays. With 22 home runs as a team so far in 2016, tying them for third in the Majors, the 'Stros are picking up right where they left off last season. In 15 games, two players are tied for the team's leader in homers at five. One...
Via The Sports Quotient
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Domingo Santana Is Making the George Springer Adjustment

If George Springer‘s rookie season was like a breath of fresh air, then last year represented a sigh of relief. The breath of fresh air, because Springer was not only great, but great in such a unique way. The sigh of relief because Springer’s uncommon profile made him an outlier in some potentially worrisome areas, and last year, he patched up his most glaring weaknesses. Namely...
Via Fangraphs
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Is Houston Astros’ Tyler White for real?

How about we just ignore Houston Astros’ slow start for now? I mean, it’s only 13 games into a 162 game season, no need to panic, right? Not when you’ve got Tyler White on your team. What was considered the one liability on the team has become their greatest asset. The original starter at first baseman was Jon Singleton. He played horribly in the majors the past two years,...
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Carlos Gomez does karate kick in battle with bullpen door, loses fight

When we last checked in with Carlos Gomez on Monday night, he was caught with his pants around his ankles after producing an epic bat flip on a deep fly ball that Alex Gordon snagged with ease. Tuesday’s game featured an even more animated Gomez, who went to war with the door leading to the Royals’ bullpen—and lost. The padding on the door was coming off, so Gomez tried to...
Via The Sports Daily
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Hot pick Houston Astros off to cold start

When the Astros blasted off in the AL West last year, ultimately winning the AL Wild Card game before falling to the Royals in five games in the ALDS, it surprised many who didn’t think they would be a contender until 2017. This didn’t keep the expectations of the Astros from exploding heading into 2016 as they became the safe pick for AL West champion after just one solid season...
Via The Outside Corner
19 days ago  |  Discuss

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