Astros Bullpen: Saving the lead with Chris Devenski

Here’s hoping Chris Devenski is an Astros’ reliever in 2017. You can almost smell the baseballs being fouled off by Houston Astros hitters in the air. The Astros played their first Spring game Saturday, but they will not be led out of the gate by Dallas Keuchel. Instead, Brad Peacock got the nod versus the […] Astros Bullpen: Saving the lead with Chris Devenski - Climbing Tal...
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Hinch admires Aoki's 'meticulous nature'

Astros manager A.J. Hinch wasn't quite able to let outfielder Norichika Aoki play a full nine innings -- pulling him from Sunday's game against the Braves after he was grazed on the shoulder by a pitch -- but the veteran squeezed in enough work to make him feel comfortable as he leaves camp for the World Baseball Classic.
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Correa 'felt comfortable' in spring debut

After missing the first few days of camp because he had all four wisdom teeth removed, Astros shortstop Carlos Correa made his Grapefruit League debut Sunday against the Braves at ESPN Wild World of Sports, going 1-for-3 with a walk in the Astros' 3-2 win.
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Gattis, Stassi ignite Astros in win over Braves

Freddie Freeman recorded two hits and his former Atlanta teammate Evan Gattis enjoyed his return to ESPN's Wide World of Sports complex on Sunday, as the Astros used Max Stassi's two-run homer in the eighth inning to claim a 3-2 win over the Braves.
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Astros to Host Aggies, Others at Shriner’s College Classic

The Astros will lend Minute Maid Park to Texas A&M and five other nearby universities for the annual tournament to take place March 3-5. The 2017 Shriner’s College Classic promises to be a treat for collegiate and pro baseball fans alike. Local Texas teams from Baylor, No. 16 Texas A&M, No. 11 Texas Tech, and […] Astros to Host Aggies, Others at Shriner’s College Classic...
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7 hours ago

Altuve's addition provides much-needed balance

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) Last year's American League batting champion has a secret weapon entering the 2017 season. Melanie is tiny, adorable and smiles every time her father, Jose Altuve, enters the room. ''I think she's going to help me to become a better player,'' Houston's star second baseman said. ''Because you need some time off from baseball. Like when you have a bad...
Via Associated Press
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Longtime Houston Astros executive Jamie Hildreth dies at 72

HOUSTON (AP) Longtime Houston Astros executive Jamie Hildreth has died at 72. The Astros announced his death Saturday but did not provide details. Hildreth spent more than three decades with the team, holding several front-office positions. He was the senior vice president of broadcasting and alumni relations. He joined the Astros in 1987 as director of broadcasting. Astros...
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Astros Prospects: MLB Pipeline releases the new Top-30 list.

The rising and falling prospects of MLB Pipeline’s Houston Astros Top-30 prospects list. This Spring, the Houston Astros will see some of their top prospects in action. Some of them are in major league camp with some former Stros top prospects. Some of the names to highlight these lists over the years have been Jarred […] Astros Prospects: MLB Pipeline releases the new Top-30...
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1 day ago

Launching space-age pitching roles in Houston

Why the Astros are best positioned to break from the gravity of traditional pitcher usage. I don’t know how much rummaging around in baseball leaderboards you do. I do quite a bit of it. I ran into a recurring problem, of sorts, while mining 2016’s best pitching performances for fun facts. This guy named Christopher Devenski threw more than 100 innings, so he got lumped in with...
Via Beyond The Box Score
3 days ago

Beltran returns to Houston in very different role

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) The last time Carlos Beltran shared a team with Houston Astros manager A.J. Hinch they were playing together with the Royals in 2002. And when the 39-year-old Beltran arrived at spring training and ran into Adam Everett, his teammate from his brief stint with Houston in 2004, he learned Everett was now a coach in the team's minor league system. Back...
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The Most Interesting New Houston Astro

The Astros’ 2015 season ended because of a total bullpen meltdown. Before that, the bullpen had been fairly steady, but the Astros made damn sure there wouldn’t be a repeat. And so, last year, the Astros led all of major-league baseball in bullpen WAR. They finished fourth in bullpen WPA, and they project to be strong as a unit once again. There’s Michael Feliz, coming off...
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Houston Astros’ Ace Dallas Keuchel primed for bounce back season

Houston Astros starting pitcher Dallas Keuchel flipped the proverbial switch back in 2014. After beginning his career in the major leagues with two lackluster seasons, he posted a 2.93 earned run average, 3.21 fielding independent pitching, and 5.0 wins above replacement. He then improved upon those numbers in 2015 by pitching to the tune of a 2.48 earned run average and a 2.91 fielding...
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Report: L.J. Hoes suspended 50 games after second positive test for drug abuse

According to Eduardo A. Encina of the Baltimore Sun, former Orioles outfielder L.J. Hoes has been suspended for 50 games following a second positive test for drug of abuse.Hoes is currently a free agent and will serve the suspension once he is signed.The 26-year-old served a 50-game suspension in 2014 after testing positive for the performance-enhancing drug methandienone.The Orioles...
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How the Houston Astros won the offseason

The 2016-17 offseason has been a resounding success for the Houston Astros. General Manager Jeff Luhnow, owner Jim Crane, and the Astros’ front office worked together to address many of their team’s weaknesses. With Spring Training right around the corner, Astros fans don’t have to wait long before their potentially playoff-bound team is back in action. The first major move...
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Mike Elias on Drafting and Developing Astros Pitchers

In November 2014, we ran an interview with Mike Elias, who was then Houston’s director of amateur scouting. Two-plus years later, he has a new title and more responsibilities. The 34-year-old Yale University product now has the title of Assistant General Manager, Scouting and Player Development. Elias addressed several subjects in the earlier interview, but very little of the conversation...
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23 days ago  |  Discuss

The Astros Have a Completely New Look

To whatever extent the Astros are going to have issues, they probably won’t have to worry too much about the lineup. As Mike Petriello recently wrote, said lineup looks to be incredibly deep. Based just on Steamer and our present depth charts, the Astros project to have easily the best-hitting lineup in the American League. The Red Sox come in second, but they trail by more than...
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Former MLB pitcher Anthony Young reportedly has inoperable brain tumor

In an unfortunate piece of news, reports are surfacing that former New York Mets pitcher Anthony Young has been diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor. Young, who pitched with the Mets from 1991-93, disclosed his condition at the Mets’ fantasy camp this past week. According to the NY Daily News, doctors are unsure if the tumor is malignant. They simply know it’s in an area...
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MLB rules Cardinals must send two draft picks to Astros

Major League Baseball ruled on Monday that the St. Louis Cardinals must send their first two picks in the 2017 MLB Draft to the Houston Astros as a result of the team’s hacking scandal. It’s a major ruling that will help offset what the league views to be a competitive disadvantage that impacted the Astros when they were rivals of the Cardinals in the National League Central...
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27 days ago  |  Discuss

Unsealed court docs offer new insights into Cardinals-Astros hacking scandal

Sanctions against the St. Louis Cardinals for former executive Chris Correa’s illicit hacking into the Houston Astros databases could be handed out as early as this week, according to the Houston Chronicle.Correa pled guilty to five counts of unauthorized access of a protected computer last January and was sentenced to 46 months in prison back in July. Now, a federal judge is unsealing...
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28 days ago  |  Discuss

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