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Fantasy Baseball Week 4 Studs and Duds in 2015

Studs Evan Gattis, HOU - 8-for-24, .333 5 HR, 13 RBIHe was a dud for the first three weeks of the season, but boy did he wake up in a big way. Gattis is still hitting below the Mendoza line on the season, but the power is back. It's probably not a coincidence that Houston's winning streak coincided with Gattis finally providing big power in the middle of the lineup.  Stephen Vogt...
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Delino DeShields Jr. Wrecked the Astros’ Cinco De Mayo Piñata

You know who wasn’t in a celebratory Cinco de Mayo mood on Tuesday? Rangers second baseman Delino DeShields Jr. And with a slash line of .143/.217/.238, who could blame him? Fortunately, he was able to take out some frustration on his former team’s (Astros) mascot, Orbit. As you can see below, Orbit was all about celebrating Mexican pride: No one celebrates #CincoDeMayo quite...
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6 hours ago  |  Discuss

How Is Dallas Keuchel Succeeding?

Don’t look now, folks, but your formerly bottom-dwelling Houston Astros are now leading the AL West with a record of 18-9. If you were wondering, this record is good enough to be the best in the entire American League and trails only the St. Louis Cardinals for the best record in all of baseball. We all expected a step forward, but none of us expected this. A big reason as to why...
Via Baseball Professor
7 hours ago  |  Discuss

George Springer makes another insane catch, gets 'banged up' in the process

George Springer is a human highlight reel. The high-energy Houston Astros outfielder has already made a number of ridiculous defensive plays since emerging onto the scene last season, and the one he made on Tuesday night might top them all.  With the Astros trailing their state rival Texas Rangers 7-1, Springer didn't seem to care much about the right field wall approaching rapidly...
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9 hours ago  |  Discuss

Whatever happened to Astros’ Jon Singleton?

Whatever happened to Jon Singleton? Remember Jon Singleton’s historic $10 million dollar deal last year that was in the development stage around this time, that was made before he even made his Major League debut? The deal guaranteed Singleton $10 million and could be worth as much as over $30 million over eight years, with three team options on the back end, including a $13 million...
Via Baseball Essential
13 hours ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Houston Astros OF George Springer Makes Early Candidate for Catch of the Year

It has been a long time since the Houston Astros have been considered a good team, but with the way guys like Jose Altuve and George Springer are playing the team may be close turning a corner and becoming respectable. When you have guys like Springer going all out to make a catch like he did in Monday night's game against the Rangers it is not hard to see why.This game did not completely...
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Dallas Keuchel: Weekly Pitcher’s Spotlight

This week’s spotlight is on the Houston Astros‘ Dallas Keuchel. To the surprise of some, the Astros are the hottest team in baseball right now, currently riding a ten-game winning streak. At the moment, the Astros have the best record in the American League and are just a half-game back of the best mark in baseball. During the streak, and on the year as a whole, Keuchel has been...
Via Baseball Essential
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Houston Astros: Contenders or Pretenders

Almost a year ago, Sports Illustrated baseball writer Ben Reiter declared that the Houston Astros would be the 2017 World Series Champions. The issue’s cover featured the Astros’ top prospect at the time, George Springer, who is now one of the team’s main pieces. Most readers looked at this as just another journalist making an educated opinion on a certain topic, but it may...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Houston, We Don’t Have a Problem

Perhaps one of the most alluring characteristics of the game of baseball is its humility and and parity. A player can go on a weeks tear, absolutely scorching anything that nears the plate. Then follow that up by being stifled for a month, failing trying to barrel up the baseball. Or a team that boasts the smallest payroll in baseball, and had lost over 300 games over the last three...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

JABO: George Springer, Fastballs, and Effort

It takes a lot of muscle to square up a big fastball. In the case of George Springer, it might also take some relaxation. Heading into the series that had the Astros in town, I asked hitting consultant and FanGraphs author Dan Farnsworth about a few of the Astros hitters as part of my research […]
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Houston Astros are Serious Contenders

The Houston Astros own baseball’s second best record at 18-7. Only the St. Louis Cardinals, who own 18 wins against six losses, have a better mark. Houston enjoys a seven game lead on the Los Angeles Angels, who occupy second place in the American League West. Their odds of making the playoffs have surpassed the 50 percent mark and of the five teams in the West, they possess...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Low Attendance for American League’s best, Houston Astros

By Anthony Weber The Houston Astros have just completed a four game series sweep against the Seattle Mariners to extend their season long win streak to ten games.  The Astros have begun their 2015 season winning 18 of their first 25 games.  The Astros’ 18-7 record is the best of any team in the American League and second only to the St. Louis Cardinals in the MLB. During the...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Be Afraid: Alien Pod People Have Landed In Houston

All right, I’m settling into my well-worn couch with a beer and a couple of slices of pizza to watch Collin McHugh own some Mariner ass. I am fully invested now (See Pulled into the Astros Vortex . . . Again). Bought and paid for, all in, and willing to put up my car as collateral. Yet I remain realistic; I know that this could be a game that my Stros lose. McHugh could stink...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Gattis Might Pips The Mariners

Yesterday, Evan Gattis went 2-for-4, 3 runs, 4 RBIs with his 5th and 6th homers, while hitting four homers in the last three days. After the game, Gattis likened this streak to the five red lights in a row where the first car to stop had broken windshield wipers and Gattis had a squeegee. Adding, "Right now, I'm swinging the squeegee as good as ever. There was one guy, Non-Tall...
Via Razzball
2 days ago  |  Discuss

The Wind Up: Houston, We (Don’t) Have a Problem

​ One month is in the books, folks! Have you enjoyed it? Have you laughed or cried? Regardless of your reactions, take solace in the fact that many months of this wonderful sport remain. Here’s what’s going on. We Have Lift Off? Allow me a chance at redemption from that easy header with this apt follow-up: Guys and gals, the Houston Astros have won nine games in...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Jake Marisnick scales Tal’s Hill to make wild catch

The Houston Astros are on fire, and not even a damn hill in center field can get in their way. In the sixth inning of Saturday’s game with the Mariners, center field Jake Marisnick climbed Tal’s Hill to rob Logan Morrison of extra bases. Houston would go on to win the game 11-4, with Marisnick adding a couple more hits to his tally, increasing his season line to a ridiculous...
Via The Outside Corner
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Just who are these red-hot Houston Astros?

The Houston Astros are 16-7, are in first place in the AL West, and tied with the Kansas City Royals for the best record in the AL. The start is tied for the best the Astros have ever had after 23 games.  Their pitching has been phenomenal all season, and their offense is starting to get hot. The team’s pitchers have a combined ERA of 3.04, second in the AL behind the Royals....
4 days ago  |  Discuss

AL West Top 10 Prospects Round-Up

The 2015 season is well underway and that means the minor-leagues are abuzz with activity. All the way from Single A to the majors, below is our weekly round-up of the top 10 prospects in the AL West. 1. Carlos Correa SS – Astros: The game’s top prospect hit his 5th home run of 2015 this week and now has 22 RBIs to go with them in just 20 games. With a .370 average, Correa...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Astros are taking off, looking like an early contender

One of the more exciting aspects of the 2015 MLB season was the number of teams that looked capable of becoming new contenders. The Cubs, Mets, White Sox, Marlins and Padres all appeared ready to make significant improvements, due to offseason acquisitions, young players developing into stars — or both, in some cases. Another club that seemed poised to take a step forward...
Via The Outside Corner
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Pulled Into the Astros Vortex . . . Again

Like some unfortunate astronaut that escaped the comfortable grasp of Earth’s gravity and was drifting helplessly through interstellar space, I’ve passed too close to a baseball black hole and it is pulling me into oblivion. Having been victimized by the same cash and life-sucking force time and again, my brain signals impending doom. But my heart, that lying scum, tells me...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Jed Lowrie set for thumb surgery today

Houston Astros shortstop Jed Lowrie will go under the knife later today due to the torn thumb ligament he sustained in a win over San Diego on Monday night. Manager A.J. Hinch provided the update to's Chris Abshire prior to the Astros' game on Thursday night. Prior to his injury, which will keep him out of duty until at least July (perhaps after the All-Star break), Lowrie...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

JABO: Jose Altuve Was Always Good, But a Few Tweaks Helped

Sure, he’s the shortest regular of this century, but Jose Altuve has managed big things. Last year, he put up the second-best batting average of a second baseman in the free agency era, broke the Astros’ single-season record for hits, and showed the best pop of his career. A few changes to his game helped […]
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Chris Carter is whiffing at a lot of strikes

A lot has been made of Evan Gattis’ ineptness at the plate, but what about Chris Carter’s? Carter has always been labeled as a “hacker.” He’s notoriously known for being an all-or-nothing type player, meaning he either hits the ball a mile or doesn’t hit it at all. The Astros’ slugger had a breakout year in 2014, posting a career high 1.8 WAR, which would have been...
Via The Outside Corner
9 days ago  |  Discuss

The Houston Astros pitching staff has been outstanding

The Houston Astros are 10-7, their best start since 2007 and they are in first place in the AL West. They have their pitching staff to thank for the good start. They have been one of the surprise stories early on this season. The Astros pitching staff is tied with the New York Mets for the third best ERA in baseball at 3.02. They have allowed the third fewest hits and earned runs...
10 days ago  |  Discuss

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