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Astros stifle A's, keep pace in Wild Card race

The Astros kept pace in the American League Wild Card race Tuesday night by getting six scoreless innings from starter Collin McHugh and homers by Colby Rasmus and Evan Gattis to beat the A's, 3-1, at Minute Maid Park.
Via Astros.com
1 hour ago

Rasmus homers, turns DP in return to Astros

The Astros activated outfielder Colby Rasmus from the 15-day disabled list before Tuesday's game against the A's at Minute Maid Park. Rasmus was in the starting lineup, playing left field and batting sixth.
Via Astros.com
3 hours ago

Astros reshape front office, name Elias assistant GM

In the start of what general manager Jeff Luhnow described as a "comprehensive look across the whole organization," the Astros on Tuesday began restructuring their front office by announcing three promotions, including Mike Elias becoming assistant general manager.
Via Astros.com
3 hours ago

Top Comeback Players of Year: No. 5 Doug Fister and Julio Teheran

Throughout the week, Today’s Knuckleball will look at — and rank — the top five candidates for the 2016 Comeback Player of the Year Awards. Coming in at No. 5 are Houston Astros right-hander Doug Fister in the American League and Atlanta Braves right-hander Julio Teheran in the National League. Doug Fister did not enter […] The post Top Comeback Players of Year: No. 5 Doug...
Via Today's Knuckleball
8 hours ago

Hooks Coming Into Form Down the Stretch

After an up and down second half for the Houston Astros Double-A affiliate, the Corpus Christi Hooks, they look to use a 5-1 week as a catalyst with the playoffs looming. Only two more regular season games left at Whataburger Field. First pitch tonight is at 6:05. #IMHOOKED pic.twitter.com/k2YW3tPTPD — Corpus Christi Hooks (@cchooks) August 28, […] Houston Astros: Hooks Coming...
Via Climbing Tal's Hill
10 hours ago

Astros restructuring player development department

The Houston Astros told three minor league staff members Monday that the club will not be renewing their contracts at the end of the season, according to MLB.com. Most notably, Allen Rowin, who has spent 10 years in the Astros organization and served as director of minor league operations this past season, will not be back […] The post Astros restructuring player development department...
Via Today's Knuckleball
11 hours ago

Astros in Fantasy: Fantasy Players of the Week – Week 23

A Look at Fantasy Baseball Through the Lens’ of an Houston Astros Fan Week 22 Hitter: Yulieski Gurriel– 4/12 H/AB, 0 R, 0 HR, 2 RBI, 0 SB, .333 BA After struggling through a right hamstring injury after he made his debut last Sunday, Gurriel has already become a fixture in this Astros lineup. In […] Astros in Fantasy: Fantasy Players of the Week – Week 23 - Climbing Tal's...
Via Climbing Tal's Hill
12 hours ago

Houston Astros’ Joe Musgrove Is Right at Home in MMP

The Houston Astros have a new king of MMP. His name is Joe Musgrove. He’s part of the New Kids on the Block. Last season, Minute Maid Park was home for Dallas Keuchel with a 15-0 record with a 1.46 ERA. Keuchel’s success at home was part of the reasons why he won the AL Cy […] Houston Astros’ Joe Musgrove Is Right at Home in MMP - Climbing Tal's Hill - Climbing Tal's Hill...
Via Climbing Tal's Hill
14 hours ago

Astros' Musgrove, relievers combine to 4-hit A's in 6-0 win

HOUSTON (AP) Jose Altuve homered, Joe Musgrove and three relievers combined on a four-hitter and the Houston Astros beat the Oakland Athletics 6-0 on Monday night. Musgrove (2-2) struck out seven, walked three and allowed three hits over 5 1/3 innings, and then Luke Gregerson, Pat Neshek and Brad Peacock closed things out. Musgrove had allowed 13 runs over his last two starts....
Via Associated Press
1 day ago  |  Discuss

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...
Via Associated Press
4 days ago  |  Discuss

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...
Via The Sports Daily
4 days ago  |  Discuss

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...
Via Fangraphs
7 days ago  |  Discuss

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...
Via Stack
8 days ago  |  Discuss

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...
Via The Sports Journal
9 days ago  |  Discuss

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...
Via Larry Brown Sports
10 days ago  |  Discuss

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...
Via Larry Brown Sports
12 days ago  |  Discuss

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. ...
Via The Comeback
13 days ago  |  Discuss

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...
Via Larry Brown Sports
18 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...
Via Fangraphs
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Astros designate struggling Gomez for assignment

Carlos Gomez’s time with the Houston Astros is reportedly over. Brian McTaggart of MLB.com 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...
Via The Outside Corner
20 days ago  |  Discuss
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