McHugh matches up with Cole in finale vs. Bucs

Pirates starter Gerrit Cole will pitch against the Astros for the first time in his career in Wednesday afternoon's series finale between the clubs at PNC Park. Houston will counter with right-hander Collin McHugh.
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Valbuena will have season-ending hamstring surgery

Astros third baseman Luis Valbuena will be out for the rest of the season, manager A.J. Hinch said on Tuesday. Hinch said Valbuena will have surgery on his injured right hamstring within the next few days.
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Astros’ Hooks: J.D. Davis and Ramon Laureano Carry Offense

The Astros Double-A Hooks continue to tread water in the division race and find themselves nine games back with just 14 games remaining. Seven home games remain in the regular season, then playoffs. @cchooks back home a week from Tuesday. #ImHooked — Matt Rogers (@mattyboygoblue) August 15, 2016 Outfielder Danry Vasquez was released this […] Astros’...
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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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Astros AM: Let the Good Times Roll

Just when the Houston Astros looked down and out, the team manages to climb its way back into the playoff race. Even though the AL West appears to be out of reach as the Texas Rangers maintain an eight game lead over the Astros, the AL Wild Card is still very much in play. Entering today […] Astros AM: Let the Good Times Roll - Climbing Tal's Hill - Climbing Tal's Hill - A Houston...
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Astros rookie Hernandez playing like veteran

Teoscar Hernandez is giving Alex Bregman a run for his money in terms of which Astros rookie has been the most fun to watch.
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Deep dive into pitching efficiency stats

After Dallas Keuchel’s strong eight-inning performance in Houston’s victory over the Orioles Sunday, the Astros are now 64-60 on the season in third place in the AL West. Last year at this point in the season, Houston was 68-56, in first place up by 4.0 games. Keuchel, on his way to the Cy Young Award, […] The post Deep dive into pitching efficiency stats appeared first on...
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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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Cuban star Gurriel singles in big league debut for Astros

BALTIMORE (AP) Houston Astros manager A.J. Hinch has already described Yulieski Gurriel as an international star. Now, the 32-year-old Cuban is getting a chance to make his mark in the majors. Gurriel singled in his first big league at-bat Sunday after being called up from Triple-A Fresno earlier in the day. Gurriel was the designated hitter against Baltimore, and he came to...
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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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Cuban star Gurriel set to make big league debut for Astros

BALTIMORE (AP) Houston Astros manager A.J. Hinch has already described Yulieski Gurriel as an international star. Now, the 32-year-old Cuban will get a chance to make his mark at the major league level. Gurriel was called up Sunday by Houston from Triple-A Fresno and set to make his debut as the designated hitter against Baltimore. He had to wait a little longer to bat - the start...
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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...
Via Larry Brown Sports
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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...
Via Larry Brown Sports
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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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So You Want to Try to Salvage Carlos Gomez

Just about one year ago, the Houston Astros were trying to get to the playoffs, and they decided Carlos Gomez was worth a bushel of pretty good prospects. In the present day, the Astros are again trying to get to the playoffs, and they decided Carlos Gomez isn’t worth much of anything. Wednesday, Gomez was designated for assignment, and that’s a tough break for someone coming...
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12 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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