Astros don't need HRs to jump on D-backs

The Astros have had the reputation for the past few years as an offense that relies on the home run, and that's largely true. They showed Monday afternoon, though, that they can do some damage without hitting the ball out of the park.
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McHugh goes the distance for first career CG

There was no activity in the Astros' bullpen Monday afternoon until there was one out in the ninth inning, when Michael Feliz began to get loose. It didn't matter, though. Collin McHugh wasn't about to let anyone else step on the mound.
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Astros rack up 13 hits in 8-3 win over Arizona

PHOENIX (AP) Collin McHugh struck out eight in his first career complete game, Jason Castro had three RBIs and the Houston Astros continued their recent surge with an 8-3 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday. The Astros jumped on Edwin Escobar (0-1) in his first big league start, scoring eight runs off the left-hander in 3 1/3 innings. Castro hit a two-run double off Escobar...
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Astros’ 2B Jose Altuve records 2,000th triple in franchise history

Despite the club’s struggles to start the 2016 regular season, Astros’ second baseman Jose Altuve has remained the lone bright spot in Houston thus far.  Continuing that trend on Monday against the Arizona Diamondbacks, Altuve registered the 2,000th triple in franchise history. The first triple of the season for the veteran middle infielder, Altuve entered the contest with 14...
Via Today's Knuckleball
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Astros to activate Gomez on Tuesday

Center fielder Carlos Gomez will be activated from the disabled list and return to the Astros' starting lineup for Tuesday afternoon's game against the D-backs. Gomez has been on the 15-day DL for two weeks with a bruised left rib cage.
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Astros in Fantasy: Fantasy Players of the Week- Week 9

A Look at Fantasy Baseball Through the Lens of an Astros’ Fan Here is how I did in Week 8: Week 8 Hitter: George Springer– 10/27 H/AB, 3 R, 2 HR, 3 RBI, 0 SB, .370 BA The Astros have been very successful with Springer in the lead off spot, winning five out of those […] Astros in Fantasy: Fantasy Players of the Week- Week 9 - Climbing Tal's Hill - Climbing Tal's Hill - A Houston...
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Astros Live Game Feed: Game 51-Diamondbacks

Winners of five of the last six, the Astros look to continue their recent winning trend on Memorial Day. The Astros needed 13 innings to win their second series in a row. Carlos Correa was given the day off, but was called upon to pinch hit for Tony Kemp in the 13th inning. Correa delivered […] Astros Live Game Feed: Game 51-Diamondbacks - Climbing Tal's Hill - Climbing Tal's Hill...
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Angels slowed by Keuchel, fall 4-2 to Astros

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Things started promisingly for the Angels. Mike Trout and Albert Pujols each hit solo home runs in the first inning. Jered Weaver's offspeed stuff frustrated the Astros. Los Angeles couldn't capitalize, though, flailing away against Cy Young Award winner Dallas Keuchel the rest of the night and ending up with a 4-2 loss to the Houston Astros on Saturday. Keuchel...
Via Associated Press
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Houston Astros: Jose Altuve’s power surge is no fluke

Jose Altuve often gets overlooked. No, not because he is the shortest player in the big leagues standing at a diminutive 5-foot-6, but rather he’s been victimized by the Houston Astros’ losing culture throughout his career. It’s a shame, really, considering Altuve has been just as valuable to his team than anyone else (except for Mike Trout, obviously) the last couple of years...
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Waiting For Bregman, And Some More Urias Analysis

As the weeks go by, all of you will notice that these posts will be increasingly more influenced by your questions, and the players you the readers and commenters show interest in. In the same way, all that attended a New Kids On The Block concert in 1990, were dubbed honorary "Newest Kids", you are all my Shitz Stiks, and will be such forevermore. So it is with great excitement...
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Cy Young winner Keuchel looks to rebound after tough start

HOUSTON (AP) AL Cy Young Award winner Dallas Keuchel is getting plenty of advice as he goes through his worst stretch since breaking into the majors in 2012. Houston's ace listens to all of it but knows what he must do. ''I've got to be better at commanding the baseball,'' he said simply. Keuchel has followed up his 20-win season with a difficult start. He's dropped five straight...
Via Associated Press
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Astros, Keuchel Not Able to Stop Bleeding Against Rangers

Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports After the Houston Astros emerged from a tough seven game road trip with a 3-4 record against two of the best teams in the American League in the Boston Red Sox and Chicago White Sox, the team was headed back home for the start of six game home stand and were looking to gain some ground in the AL West. Unfortunately for the Astros, the one team...
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George Springer catches footballs while wearing a T-Rex costume

The Houston Astros are finding ways to keep things fun during a long and grueling 162-game baseball season. Before their game Saturday against the Texas Rangers, outfielder George Springer really went in a different direction. Springer wore one of those T-Rex costumes that you probably have seen more often in the past year. They’re often donned in silly viral videos of people...
Via The Comeback
9 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: George Springer’s strong vertical leap helps rob Jose Abreu of home run

Most everything this season has been going the way of the Chicago White Sox. And most everything has been going against the Houston Astros. But for one play on Thursday, the ‘Stros had the upper hand — thanks to some major hops from George Springer. With two outs and none on in the bottom of the first inning in Chicago, Jose Abreu sent a deep fly ball to right field ...
Via The Sports Daily
11 days ago  |  Discuss

White Sox turned their second triple play of the season

Triple plays are a rare bird in Major League Baseball. Grand slams and perfect games may be rare, but the triple play is something that usually only comes along a handful of times every year. It’s May 18 and the Chicago White Sox are just 39 games into the 2016 season. As of tonight, they already have two triple plays on the year after turning their second one against the Houston...
Via The Comeback
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Can the Astros Bounce Back in an Improved AL West?

The Houston Astros are floundering in the AL West cellar following a tremendous breakout season in 2015. Forty games into 2016, the Astros sit at 16-24 after dropping last night’s game to the Chicago White Sox. Though only a quarter of the way through the season, the Stros’ have some ground to cover on the division leading Seattle Mariners. The question that remains is what...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Houston Astros call up prospects Colin Moran, Tony Kemp

At 15-24 and plummeting to dead last in the AL West, the Houston Astros have made an array of roster moves in hopes to salvage the 2016 season. Let’s take a look at the fresh faces that will be joining the club for Tuesday night’s game against the Chicago White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field. Gomez to the DL, Moran called up The Astros placed struggling outfielder Carlos Gomez on...
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Scout for Blue Jays, Expos Discovered Terry Puhl for Astros

Wayne Morgan, right, poses with Pat Gillick and Paul Beeston. When school was out at Saskatchewan’s Melville high, Terry Puhl came home, walked through the door of his parents’ home to find his father Frank and his mother Margaret sitting at the kitchen table with Wayne Morgan. The date was Sept. 19, 1973. Puhl was relieved and excited to see the Houston Astros’ scout there...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Tony Kemp and the Inevitable Jose Altuve Comparison

Two months ago, the Houston Astros looked like the obvious favorites in the AL West, but things haven’t exactly gone according to plan. Houston’s off to a disappointing 15-24 start, due in part to some terrible performances in the outfield. While George Springer and Colby Rasmus have hit well, Carlos Gomez, Preston Tucker and Jake Marisnick have a combined 252 plate appearances...
Via Fangraphs
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Sunday Notes: Manaea-Giles Adversity, Astros, M’s Future SS, more

Sean Manaea got shelled at Fenway Park on Tuesday night. Making just his third big-league appearance, the Oakland A’s southpaw allowed eight runs on 10 hits in just two-and-two-third innings. The following day, I asked the promising young hurler what it feels like to stand on the mound in front of 35,000 people and get hit as hard as he did. “It’s… I’ve never been in this...
Via Fangraphs
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Did a columnist twist Carlos Gomez' words? You decide

Houston Astros’ center fielder Carlos Gomez is still upset about the way Houston Chronicle columnist Brian T. Smith quoted him in a piece last week. In that column, which largely finds Smith alluding to Gomez not producing the way fans had expected, also includes lines like “We’ve witnessed the dabs, team-first taunts and me-first prancing all across the field.” Smith also...
Via Awful Announcing
16 days ago  |  Discuss

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