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D-backs again fall to playoff-seeking Astros

PHOENIX -- Collin McHugh earned his 19th victory, Colby Rasmus homered twice and the Houston Astros beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 6-2 on Saturday night to clinch at least a tie for the American League's second wild card. The Astros remained in contention for the AL West title as well as the league's first wild card. McHugh (19-7), pitching a night after teammate Dallas Keuchel won...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
8 hours ago  |  Discuss

Despite inconsistent returns, Luhnow doesn't regret Astros' deals

The Houston Astros made a few big-time trades earlier in the summer in order to solidify their roster for a second-half postseason run, but things haven't gone perfectly.Lefty Scott Kazmir has had a difficult month or so after getting off to a strong start with his new club, while outfielder Carlos Gomez has been both plagued by injuries and mostly ineffective when able to play....
Via Fox Sports
9 hours ago  |  Discuss

Keuchel wins 20th game; Cy Young next?

Dallas Keuchel became the AL's first 20-game winner and the Astros routed the Diamondbacks 21-5.
Via WholeHogSports
16 hours ago

Houston Astros Keep Playoff Hopes Alive And Set New Record In Blowout Win Over Diamondbacks

With the season on the line and the playoffs looming in the near future the Houston Astros needed to find some offense Friday night to make sure they remained alive in the playoff push--and find it they did. It started with a RBI single by Colby Rasmus that plated George Springer and ended 20 runs later when Matt Duffy hit a line drive to center that scored George Springer and Jonathan...
Via FatManWriting
22 hours ago  |  Discuss

Astros set runs record in rout of D-backs

PHOENIX -- Dallas Keuchel became the AL's first 20-game winner and the Houston Astros backed him with the highest-scoring game in team history, moving closer to a playoff berth by routing the Arizona Diamondbacks 21-5 Friday night. The Astros have won five of six and held their one-game edge over the Los Angeles Angels for the second AL wild-card spot. Minnesota fell two behind....
Via Fox Sports Arizona
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Carlos Correa Sets New Houston Astros Rookie Record With Home Run No. 22

Carlos Correa has proven time and time again since he received the call to come up to the big leagues that he is not only worthy, but he is going to be one of the best in the game for years to come. All season long he has dazzled fans and frustrated opponents with some tremendous catches and throws. He hasn't been too bad at hitting the long ball either.In fact, when he hit one over...
Via FatManWriting
1 day ago  |  Discuss

D-backs have chance to spoil Astros' playoff party

A milestone win for Dallas Keuchel would mean even more for the Houston Astros. Keuchel aims for his 20th victory while attempting to keep the Astros atop a tight race for the AL's second wild card Friday against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Houston (85-75) is clinging to a one-game lead over the Los Angeles Angels and Minnesota Twins as it enters Chase Field for the final three regular...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Evan Gattis and Major League Baseball need one set of rules

The Houston Astros have a crucial three-game series this weekend that will decide their playoff fate. Baseball’s biggest surprise team currently holds a tenuous grasp on the second American League Wild Card spot. They are just a half-game ahead of the Los Angeles Angels as they head to square off with the Arizona Diamondbacks in Phoenix. Unfortunately for the Astros, there is a...
Via Baseball Essential
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Bud Norris apologizes for culture clash comments

    Bud Norris apologized for his comments about wanting foreign players to adapt to the American style of baseball when it comes to respecting the game. Norris’ comments were published Wednesday in a USA Today article suggesting that most fights in baseball are due to a culture clash between players of different ethnic backgrounds. Norris said foreign players who are coming...
Via Larry Brown Sports
3 days ago  |  Discuss

The Player Who’s Most Hurt the Astros

Last night, the Astros lost, and for the first time since May 15, they find their playoff odds below 50%. They have but four remaining games to re-claim playoff position, and, I’m sure you’ve had a good sense of their struggles. A 10-16 September has dropped their playoff odds from 97% to 44%. It’s dropped their division-winning odds from 88% to 3%. It took so long to get used...
Via Fangraphs
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Kazmir 'very disappointed' with results since joining Astros

When the Houston Astros picked up lefty Scott Kazmir from the Oakland Athletics back in July, they were trying to bolster their rotation with a proven veteran that could assist Dallas Keuchel in anchoring the staff.It worked for a while, as Kazmir pitched well enough to be named AL Pitcher of the Month for July. However, as Evan Drellich of the Houston Chronicle points out, Kazmir...
Via Fox Sports
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Chris Carter’s Homerun Propels Houston Astros to Victory

SEATTLE, WA – SEPTEMBER 28: Chris Carter #23 of the Houston Astros rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run in the seventh inning against the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field on September 28, 2015 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images) Chris Carter has had a rough season overall, but lately he is finding his zone at the plate and on Monday night he...
Via The Sports Journal
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Carter getting hot at precisely the right time for Astros

For much of the season, Chris Carter has had a difficult time being a productive offensive threat for the Houston Astros. A season after clubbing 37 home runs and driving in 88 runs for Houston, Carter has had issues in 2015 hitting. Entering play Tuesday, he's hitting just .196/.308/.422, though he has connected on 23 homers so far this season. Manager A.J. Hinch has gone on record as...
Via Fox Sports
4 days ago  |  Discuss

The Wild Wild West: The Astros Look To Shoot Back To The Lead

Before the season began, the American League West was figured to be an afterthought. Experts across the spectrum were vocal in predicting the Los Angeles Angels or Seattle Mariners to win the division. Nobody picked or even considered the Texas Rangers or the Houston Astros as potential potential playoff teams. And yet, with a week left in the season, the two squads from the...
Via The Sports Quotient
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Rangers lead in AL West drops to 2.5 as Astros, Keuchel take series

Martin Perez did all he could trying to salvage the rubber game against the Houston Astros Sunday, but unfortunately Dallas Keuchel's start was better in the 4-2 Texas Rangers' loss.  Perez, who pitched six innings, gave up two runs with none being earned, while striking out six and walking one batter.  "I thought he had some really good competing moments through the ballgame to...
Via Fox Sports Southwest
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Houston Astros Ride Six Home Runs To Much Needed Win Over Texas

For much of the season the Houston Astros have been on top of the division. However, thanks to a recent slump the team is now 3.5 games behind the Texas Rangers for first in the division with the Los Angeles Angels nipping at their heals for the last wlld card spot.So--yeah, you could say they were in need of a win Saturday when they played the Rangers.Thanks to a nice team power...
Via FatManWriting
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Astros hit 6 homers in win over Rangers to close gap

HOUSTON (AP) -- Carlos Correa and Jose Altuve hit two homers apiece as the Houston Astros connected a season-high six times in a 9-7 win over the Rangers on Saturday, cutting Texas' lead in the AL West to 3 1/2 games. The victory breaks an eight-game losing streak to the Rangers and ends a three-game skid overall for Houston, which increased its lead for the second AL wild card spot...
Via Fox Sports Southwest
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Sneaking up on the competition with Carlos Correa

Astros shortstop Carlos Correa turned 21 years old just three days ago. That would have been a much more dramatic opening line if we weren’t living through the Mike Trout, Bryce Harper, and Manny Machado Era, but it’s a relatively dramatic opening nonetheless. Correa has looked like one of MLB’s premier players over his first 90 games and 390 plate appearances all while being...
Via Fangraphs
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Houston Astros Still Clinging to Postseason Chances

HOUSTON, TX – SEPTEMBER 23: Jose Altuve #27 of the Houston Astros receives congratulations from Carlos Correa #1 and Jake Marisnick #6 aftefr scoring on a triple by George Springer #4 in the seventh inning against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Minute Maid Park on September 23, 2015 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images) Houston we have a problem. The Astros...
Via The Sports Journal
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Carlos Correa is the key to the Astros’ playoff run

Rookie shortstop Carlos Correa is carrying the Houston Astros this season, and his teammates are well aware of this fact. After being called up in June, the No. 1 overall draft pick in 2012 has been nothing short of dominant — not to mention refreshingly flashy. Over the past weekend, Astros players were spotted wearing “Showrrea” Nike t-shirts. In July, closer Luke Gregerson...
Via Sportsnaut
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Josh Fields and the value of faith and positive thinking

Over the last calendar year, Houston righty Josh Fields has been a top-30 reliever. That may not be the type of lede that grabs you by your collar and shakes a click out of you, but the “how” might intrigue you. Because Fields has changed one thing — a new pitch has helped — but it’s something that he changed mentally that really made the difference. And his faith had everything...
Via Fangraphs
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Evan Gattis hit a one-handed homer

Houston Astros DH Evan Gattis has a *ton* of power – and that power was in full display during Houston’s blowout loss to the Ranger on Wednesday night. In the eighth inning, Gattis hit a one-handed homer off of Andrew Faulkner…while swinging with one hand. Gattis is setting career-highs across the board this season, in runs, hits, triples (incredibly), homers, walks, strikeouts...
Via The Outside Corner
16 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Evan Gattis hits HR with only one hand

Never trust a man who doesn’t wear batting gloves. Don’t believe us? Take a look at the home run Houston Astros catcher Evan Gattis hit Wednesday and you’ll understand why. After Gattis’ top hand slipped off the bat mid-swing, he somehow managed to complete his smooth stroke and launch a pitch from Texas Rangers reliever Andrew Faulkner into the stratosphere. See? Definitely...
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Astros owner Jim Crane snags foul ball (Video)

Houston Astros owner Jim Crane made a nice play to snag a foul ball during the third inning of Tuesday night's game against Texas. Crane was sitting in the second row behind the Astros dugout when Rangers batter Elvis Andrus hit a foul grounder in his direction. Crane was a pitcher at Central Missouri State back in his day, so he had no fear as he made a solid grab with his bare...
Via Holdout Sports
18 days ago  |  Discuss

How the Houston Astros went from garbage to gold

In case you have been living under a rock this season, the Houston Astros are a good great baseball team. They literally started from the bottom and are now four games ahead of the Texas Rangers atop the AL West. With a record of 73-59, the Astros have the third best record in the American League. It’s worth pointing out that they had 907 losses since their last playoff appearance...
Via Sportsnaut
September 02, 2015  |  Discuss

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