Bullpen of the Week: Houston Astros

They finished the week with another win on the road and extended their division lead, so it's no secret that the loaded Astros are off to a great start as one of the best teams in baseball in the early part of 2017. As is often the case in today's game, a terrific bullpen is a large part of the reason.
5 hours ago

Gritty performance from Musgrove pays off

Astros starter Joe Musgrove looked like he was in for a disastrous day against the Rays before he even recorded his first out.
9 hours ago

Correa, McCann help cap comeback vs. Rays

Veteran Astros catcher Brian McCann opened Houston's three-game series Friday against the Rays by scoring what turned out to be the winning run. On Sunday, he came through again -- this time with the bat.
12 hours ago

2-run, 10th inning leads Astros past Rays 6-4

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Brian McCann and Yuli Gurriel both had RBI singles in the 10th inning, and the Houston Astros rallied from an early four-run deficit to beat the Tampa Bay Rays 6-4 on Sunday. Carlos Beltran opened the 10th by drawing a walk from Ryan Garton (0-1) and went to second on Jose Altuve’s single. After reaching third on Carlos Correa’s fly to center, Beltran...
1 day ago

Logan Morrison curses out umpire CB Bucknor mid at-bat

The hits just keep on coming for umpire CB Bucknor.Bucknor was working home plate during the Tampa Bay Rays-Houston Astros game on Saturday and got loudly cursed out by Rays first baseman Logan Morrison in the sixth inning for a questionable high strike call.In the video, which can be seen here, Morrison can be heard cursing after a pitch that was up and in was called for a strike...
Via Larry Brown Sports
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Astros: Is Chris Devenski changing the game for relievers?

The success of Astros reliever Chris Devenski could have a lasting impact across Major League Baseball. For the past 20-plus years, major league bullpens have often followed a general formula. You have your closer, who always pitches the ninth inning of a close game, and your setup man who pitches the eighth. If you’re lucky, you […] Astros: Is Chris Devenski changing the game...
Via Climbing Tal's Hill
1 day ago

Astros Minor League Spotlight: Corpus Christi Hooks Pitcher Dean Deetz

The Corpus Christi Hooks are rolling to begin the year and pitching has been a large part of it. The Hooks have many high-level prospects on their team, but one who is not even in the top 30 yet contributing greatly is Dean Deetz. This starting pitcher has been nothing short of dominant at the […] Astros Minor League Spotlight: Corpus Christi Hooks Pitcher Dean Deetz - Climbing...
Via Climbing Tal's Hill
1 day ago

Astros: Should Jake Marisnick Receive More At-Bats?

Is it time to consider handing the Astros current fourth outfielder more regular at-bats? Hear me out before you almost assuredly shut me down, but the Astros should consider giving Jake Marisinick more at-bats. Yes, I feel somewhat strange typing that sentence myself. But I like to believe that I have a good reason to think this […] Astros: Should Jake Marisnick Receive More...
Via Climbing Tal's Hill
2 days ago

Mike Trout victimized in prank by Astros mascot Orbit

Mike Trout became a victim of shenanigans courtesy of Orbit, the mascot of the Houston Astros, ahead of Tuesday’s game at Minute Maid Park.And to the Los Angeles Angels slugger’s credit, he had a great sense of humor about it, laughing with Orbit upon learning he’d been played as a victim to a funny prank.Orbit approached Trout on the field before the game and under the auspices...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Dallas Keuchel Is Going Full Ziegler

The Houston rotation is more than one man, but no one man is more important for the rotation than Dallas Keuchel. Peripherals aside, Keuchel didn’t have the year he wanted to have in 2016, having to fight most of the way through shoulder discomfort. Related to that, Keuchel saw his ERA jump from 2.48 to 4.55. There were downs, and there were ups, but Keuchel and the Astros came...
Via Fangraphs
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Astros finish game with pitcher batting cleanup, forfeit designated hitter position

For a moment Saturday, it was like the Houston Astros were back in the National League, at least when it came to the designated hitter. The Astros moved to the American League in 2013 and embraced the DH as a result, but they ran out of position players in their game against the Oakland Athletics Saturday. That lead to manager A.J. Hinch making the rare decision to forfeit the DH...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

Carlos Correa willing to listen to Astros contract offer

The Houston Astros would like to lock down shortstop Carlos Correa for the long haul, and the player is willing to listen to offers under the right circumstances.While Correa’s agent ruled out a long-term deal, the player himself was at least a little more open to listening.“I’m not shutting the door,” Correa said, via Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle. “The price has...
Via Larry Brown Sports
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Star Astros SS Carlos Correa will not discuss contract extension

The Houston Astros have one of MLB’s best young players in shortstop Carlos Correa. So, it would stand to reason that they’d want to lock him up with a long-term extension.The only problem? Per his agent, Greg Genske, Correa is not remotely interested in doing that.“Carlos is never going to do an (early) multiyear contract,” Genske said, per Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports.From...
Via Sportsnaut
10 days ago  |  Discuss

The Astros broadcast crew are the latest to try Safeco Field’s toasted grasshoppers

The latest craze sweeping America’s pastime? Grilled grasshoppers. Crazy ballpark food is all the rage as teams and stadiums try to get more and more creative in the hopes that you’ll fork over an extra $20 to try some outrageous combination that you’ve never seen before in your life or imagined ever eating at the ballpark. Maybe the craziest of all is the toasted grasshoppers...
Via Awful Announcing
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Springer hits leadoff HR for record fourth time in nine games

The Houston Astros have played nine games in 2017, and George Springer has now homered to lead off the game four times. He’s the first player in MLB history to homer four times in a team’s first nine games of the season: The 27-year-old’s latest leadoff blast came on the first pitch of Houston’s game against the Mariners on Tuesday night at Safeco Field: The record for leadoff...
Via The Comeback
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Top 21 Prospects: Houston Astros

Below is an analysis of the prospects in the Houston Astros farm system. Scouting reports are compiled with information provided by industry sources as well as from my own observations. The KATOH statistical projections, probable-outcome graphs, and (further down) Mahalanobis comps have been provided by Chris Mitchell. For more information on the 20-80 scouting scale by which all...
Via Fangraphs
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Astros SP Collin McHugh shut down for six weeks with elbow injury

The Houston Astros may have a somewhat deep pitching staff, but the team will surely miss top-end starter Collin McHugh here over the short term. It was announced on Saturday that Houston will shut McHugh down for the next six weeks with an elbow injury. The 29-year-old starter has earned a team-high 43 wins over the past three seasons, pitching to a solid 3.71 ERA with 505 strikeouts...
Via Sportsnaut
15 days ago  |  Discuss

The Houston Astros are off to a strong start to the 2017 season

A new season of baseball, and all the thrills that accompany it, has dawned. The seemingly endless months of the offseason have finally yielded to a thrilling new season of America’s national pastime. One team in particular that has shone in the first stretch of the season has been the Houston Astros, who have won three consecutive games against their division rival the Seattle...
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Four Reasons Why Houston’s Pitching Is in Excellent Shape

It’s not a question of whether the Astros are good. There’s near-unanimous agreement that the Astros are good, and the only people who disagree haven’t been paying attention. It’s more a question of how good the Astros really are. Are they as good as a wild-card contender? Are they as good as a runaway division favorite? I don’t know! Nobody does. But like any team, the...
Via Fangraphs
17 days ago  |  Discuss

OOTP Previews: Houston Rises Atop the AL West

MLB’s Opening Day is right around the corner, baseball fans. And remember, we’ve got three games going Sunday, April 2. So we thought we’d wrap up the week with some division previews. You got the AL/NL East on Tuesday and the AL Central on Thursday. And, you got the NL Central on Friday. Saturday brings us the AL/NL West. Then before the action kicks off Sunday, our World...
Via The Sports Post
22 days ago  |  Discuss

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