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Astros #4 Prospect Kyle Tucker Continues To Improve

Astros Class-A Report: Quad Cities River Bandits (April 24-30) Astros prospect Kyle Tucker is off to a good start at Class-A Quad Cities. Through twenty-one games, the younger brother of Astros outfielder/DH Preston Tucker is hitting .263/.353/.382. He leads the River Bandits in hits, total bases, and walks (20, 29, 11), has two doubles, two […] Astros #4 Prospect Kyle Tucker Continues...
Via Climbing Tal's Hill
6 hours ago

Looking forward, Astros 'ready to turn the page'

Chris Devenski delivered an effective outing in his first Major League start, though the Astros' offense continued to struggle. Houston found itself on the wrong side of a 2-0 decision against the A's on Saturday at the Coliseum. With that, manager A.J. Hinch was ready to give April the heave-ho.
Via Astros.com
18 hours ago

Astros, Fister look to start May on high note

The A's will look to complete a sweep of the Astros as they wrap up a three-game series on Sunday afternoon, with Houston righty Doug Fister opposing Oakland left-hander Rich Hill.
Via Astros.com
19 hours ago

Astros Live Game Feed: Astros Find a New Way to Lose

The Houston Astros are down, but hopefully, they are not out. Last night, it was looking like the tide was starting to turn for the Astros. The Houston scored some early runs to gain a lead and brought in their offseason prized addition reliever Ken Giles to hold the two-run lead. The flame-throwing reliever gave up […] Astros Live Game Feed: Astros Find a New Way to Lose - Climbing...
Via Climbing Tal's Hill
22 hours ago

Gomez out with sore left rib cage

Astros outfielder Carlos Gomez will miss the rest of the series against the A's with a sore left rib cage suffered while diving for a ball in left-center during Friday night's 7-4 loss.
Via Astros.com
23 hours ago

Astros: Digesting the Base Running Woes

The 2016 Astros have been a mess pretty much everywhere in 2016. Hitting, or lack thereof, with runners in scoring position, stands out. Allowing runs left and right early in a game is another. And don’t forget the bullpen meltdowns. All of these miscues have been troubling. But some of these issues can be chalked up […] Astros: Digesting the Base Running Woes - Climbing Tal...
Via Climbing Tal's Hill
1 day ago

The HOVG Podcast: Rachel Balkovec

This week, Shawn Anderson and Lou Olsen talk with the Houston Astros Latin American Strength and Conditioning Coordinator Rachel Balkovec. Rachel tells the boys how she got her start as Major League Baseball’s first female strength and conditioning coach, what exactly her job is, whether or not she misses playing softball and, for whatever reason, boy bands. (Download The Hall...
Via Hall of Very Good
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Altuve paces Astros past Mariners, 7-4

SEATTLE (AP) Jose Altuve is convinced the struggling Houston Astros are about to get as hot as he is. Altuve opened the game with his third leadoff homer of the season, doubled twice and scored three runs to help the Astros avoid a sweep with a 7-4 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Wednesday night. ''Winning is always important to get your confidence up,'' said Altuve, who has...
Via Associated Press
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Franco, Schoop, McHugh selling future earnings for cash now

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Philadelphia third baseman Maikel Franco has agreed to sell 10 percent of his future earnings for $4.35 million to a company called Fantex, which plans to sell securities to investors. Baltimore second Jonathan Schoop struck a deal to sell 10 percent of his future earnings for $4.91 million and Houston pitcher Collin McHugh struck an agreement to sell 10 percent...
Via Associated Press
3 days ago  |  Discuss

The Astros Are In Trouble

Let’s take a look at what we’re dealing with, here. This is a simple plot of AL West division playoff odds over time, beginning with the start of the season, through, I don’t know, right now? About an hour ago, I guess. The calendar on my wall tells me it’s still April, and the much smaller calendar on my computer agrees, so this early you don’t expect many big huge shifts...
Via Fangraphs
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Astros catcher Erik Kratz pitched, threw knuckleballs

We love to see a position player take the mound in an MLB game whenever we can get the chance, and Tuesday night was the first chance we were able to get in the 2016 season. Houston Astros backup catcher Erik Kratz was the lucky position player to take his talents to the mound after his team fell down 9-1 to the Seattle Mariners. Typically, we see these guys throw nothing but fastballs...
Via The Comeback
4 days ago  |  Discuss

White Hot And Underappreciated

Sure, we have all heard of the legend of Trevor Story hitting seven home runs in six games. But what if I told you there was a rookie who hit a home run three straight days during his first week up in The Show and currently gets on base every other at bat on average? This is the case of Tyler White, Houston Astros first basemen rookie extraordinaire.White had a ho-hum opening...
Via The Sports Quotient
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Angry Carlos Gomez smashes bat over leg (VIDEO)

Carlos Gomez really does not like to strike out when the game is being viewed by a national audience. We know this because he absolutely destroyed a bat after striking out in the third inning of Sunday night’s Astros-Red Sox game. He broke the bat over his leg and you almost have to feel bad for the poor wooden object. Carlos Gomez aka Bruce Banner "You Wouldn't Like Me When...
Via The Sports Daily
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Astros’ Faithful Takes a Hammock After Slow Start

“Take a knee!” my bonehead junior high football coach volcano-belched at my teammates and me. We’d have endured some sadistic workout they designed and inflicted; or perhaps we were at the end of another frustrating practice following a demoralizing 2 – 1 start. But we dropped one on the grass and looked up, feeling the soothing caress from the fingertips of the god of restfulness...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Houston, We Have a Problem: Not On Craig’s Watch

I dig me some Jose Altuve.  A hitting machine.  A spark splug.  He spins up maximum performance from a tiny frame to the point of the supernatural.  But tonight against Boston, when Houston was down one in a three game series and my mighty mighty Stros were sucking like a Kirby vacuum cleaner, he failed. And it’s not about win or lose; it’s about team culture.  The home...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Jose Altuve: Power Hitter

He’s listed at a generous 5-foot-6, and he’s never hit more than 15 homers, so when you look up and see that Jose Altuve has hit five home runs already this year, you really just want to shrug and sing a song of sample size. But if you’ve been watching for longer, you’ll have noticed that this has been a long time coming, and that under the hood we find reasons to believe...
Via Fangraphs
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Jose Altuve Is Steadily Developing A Sustainable Power Stroke

The Houston Astros finished the 2015 season with 230 home runs, good for second in the Major Leagues and just two long balls behind the Toronto Blue Jays. With 22 home runs as a team so far in 2016, tying them for third in the Majors, the 'Stros are picking up right where they left off last season. In 15 games, two players are tied for the team's leader in homers at five. One...
Via The Sports Quotient
9 days ago  |  Discuss

DraftKings: Hitting to the Astro-sphere

Everyone knows the Houston Astros can hit. The top three in their order is probably the best top three in all of baseball, featuring Jose Altuve, George Springer, and Carlos Correa. No one will be mistaking them for the Oakland A's anytime soon; admittedly, Oakland and Houston are not the same place, so that would be a difficult thing to do. Regardless, Thursday's matchup pits them...
Via Razzball
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Domingo Santana Is Making the George Springer Adjustment

If George Springer‘s rookie season was like a breath of fresh air, then last year represented a sigh of relief. The breath of fresh air, because Springer was not only great, but great in such a unique way. The sigh of relief because Springer’s uncommon profile made him an outlier in some potentially worrisome areas, and last year, he patched up his most glaring weaknesses. Namely...
Via Fangraphs
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Is Houston Astros’ Tyler White for real?

How about we just ignore Houston Astros’ slow start for now? I mean, it’s only 13 games into a 162 game season, no need to panic, right? Not when you’ve got Tyler White on your team. What was considered the one liability on the team has become their greatest asset. The original starter at first baseman was Jon Singleton. He played horribly in the majors the past two years,...
Via isportsweb.com
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Carlos Gomez does karate kick in battle with bullpen door, loses fight

When we last checked in with Carlos Gomez on Monday night, he was caught with his pants around his ankles after producing an epic bat flip on a deep fly ball that Alex Gordon snagged with ease. Tuesday’s game featured an even more animated Gomez, who went to war with the door leading to the Royals’ bullpen—and lost. The padding on the door was coming off, so Gomez tried to...
Via The Sports Daily
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Hot pick Houston Astros off to cold start

When the Astros blasted off in the AL West last year, ultimately winning the AL Wild Card game before falling to the Royals in five games in the ALDS, it surprised many who didn’t think they would be a contender until 2017. This didn’t keep the expectations of the Astros from exploding heading into 2016 as they became the safe pick for AL West champion after just one solid season...
Via The Outside Corner
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Erik Kratz takes tumble during Astros pregame intros (Video)

Houston Astros backup catcher Erik Kratz took a hilarious tumble during pregame introductions at Minute Maid Park prior to Monday's home opener against Kansas City.The Astros players were lining up along the first base line one by one to be greeted by the home crowd. When it came to Kratz, he lost his footing just after he reached the top of the dugout steps and found himself doing...
Via Holdout Sports
19 days ago  |  Discuss
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