How Altuve became an elite slugger

Jose Altuve will always be known for his height, but he's doing his best to change that by having the fourth-best slugging percentage in baseball this year. How did he manage that? By taking his natural ability and adding in a dash of improved plate approach.
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There's an adorable cat hiding under the bleachers at PNC Park

A cat snuck into a small hole between two seats at PNC Park in Pittsburgh prior to Wednesday's game against the Houston Astros, which the road team won 5-4. It even winked at the camera. 
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7 hours ago

Astros AM: Leave Evan Gattis at Catcher for Good

Catcher is not a simple job. Neither is designated hitter. Just ask a certain Houston Astros slugger. Though it appears simple on the surface, the designated hitter role in baseball has its own intricacies. The Houston Astros own Evan Gattis can probably attest to that notion. Unlike other positions on a baseball team, a designated […] Astros AM: Leave Evan Gattis at Catcher for...
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7 hours ago

Heyman: No-trade clauses flat excuse for Astros

Someone with the Houston Astros suggested one of their issues has been players turning down proposed deals (i.e, Cole Hamels turning down the Astros trade a year ago and even Jonathan Lucroy turning down the Indians to go to the rival Rangers). That may be one of their issues. But as an excuse, it mostly […] The post Heyman: No-trade clauses flat excuse for Astros appeared first...
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8 hours ago

Correa's dazzling diving grab helps seal win

Perhaps the biggest sigh of relief for Astros pitcher Ken Giles wasn't that the laser hit back up the middle by Matt Joyce in the ninth inning Wednesday didn't take his head off. It was that shortstop Carlos Correa was in just the right spot.
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Gattis, Correa lead McHugh, Astros over Pirates

PITTSBURGH (AP) Evan Gattis hit a two-run homer and Carlos Correa got two hits and scored twice, leading Collin McHugh and the Houston Astros over the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-4 Wednesday. The Astros won the interleague matchup between wild-card contenders for their fifth victory in six games. Pittsburgh has lost five of six. McHugh (8-10) gave up three runs in five innings, ending...
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Astros edge Bucs to cap strong road trip

Fighting to keep their spot in a crowded American League Wild Card picture, the Astros did exactly what they needed to during a seven-game swing through Baltimore and Pittsburgh. Coming off a series victory over the Orioles, the Astros claimed another over the Pirates with Wednesday's 5-4 win at PNC Park, their fifth win in six games.
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Astros: Who has 2017 Starting Rotation Job Security?

Are Mike Fiers and Collin McHugh the odd men out of the Astros rotation? Although there is plenty of baseball yet to be played in 2016, it is never too early to talk about job stability for 2017. With the amount of prospect movement to the major league level, some veterans may find themselves on […] Astros: Who has 2017 Starting Rotation Job Security? - Climbing Tal's Hill - Climbing...
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Astros’ Luis Valbuena ruled out for season

The Houston Astros are currently on the fringes of the American League playoff race, but they’ve just been dealt an injury blow. According to’s Brian McTaggart, manager A.J. Hinch announced that infielder Luis Valbuena will miss the remainder of the season due to a strained right hamstring. Hinch says Valbuena out for year — […] The post...
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Astros’ Hooks: J.D. Davis and Ramon Laureano Carry Offense

The Astros Double-A Hooks continue to tread water in the division race and find themselves nine games back with just 14 games remaining. Seven home games remain in the regular season, then playoffs. @cchooks back home a week from Tuesday. #ImHooked — Matt Rogers (@mattyboygoblue) August 15, 2016 Outfielder Danry Vasquez was released this […] Astros’...
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2 days ago

Joe Musgrove’s Weird One-Seam Sinker

We first encountered Joe Musgrove‘s one-seam sinker around the All-Star break, when he was kind enough to show us the grip before his appearance in the Futures Game. I’d never seen a one-seam grip before, unless you count the one Zach Britton showed us. While we could spot glimpses of the sinker in the Futures Game and in his minor-league games, it wasn’t until Musgrove came...
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The Houston Astros Spend 4-Hour Rain Delay Devouring Junk Food, Win Game Anyway

What is a baseball player to do when he's faced with four continuous hours of rain delay and nothing to do but sit around and wait for it to end? It's a question the Houston Astros had to answer Sunday afternoon in Baltimore as they waited the length of an entire game to take the field against the Orioles. RELATED: The New Type of Bat Propelling Carlos Correa and Dustin Pedroia...
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Houston Sings, “And I Gurriel Always Love Yulieski”

When I was fresh out of college, I worked at a web company (everyone did in the 90s).  There was four of us.  The other three had real job titles; I was the gofer/do-whatever.  It was about a month before I was going back to school for my Master's.  I had no intention of keeping the job.  Honestly, I doubt they would've kept me for that full month if I weren't leaving. ...
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Cuban star Gurriel singles in big league debut for Astros

BALTIMORE (AP) Houston Astros manager A.J. Hinch has already described Yulieski Gurriel as an international star. Now, the 32-year-old Cuban is getting a chance to make his mark in the majors. Gurriel singled in his first big league at-bat Sunday after being called up from Triple-A Fresno earlier in the day. Gurriel was the designated hitter against Baltimore, and he came to...
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Houston Astros’ Alex Bregman Settling in at MLB Level

It may have been a slow start for the Houston Astros’ No. 1 prospect Alex Bregman, but the 22-year-old out of LSU seems to be hitting his stride. After being drafted by the Astros with the second overall pick in the 2015 MLB Draft, Bregman played just 146 games in the minors before being called-up by the Astros. After starting the season going 0-for-17, and 1-for-32, Bregman has...
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Houston Offense Deserves Humble Bregman

The Astros offense had some fun with the Orioles pitching staff Friday and Saturday night, collecting a total of 32 hits and scoring 27 runs. Solar plexus! Now those are some rockets that would make NASA proud. George Springer lead the way going 7-for-9, with 2 home runs (24), 6 runs and 4 RBI. Jose Altuve was 5-for-10 with a home run (20),  Evan Gattis was 5-for-9 with a homer...
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Astros' Valbuena has setback, could be out for season

BALTIMORE (AP) Astros third baseman Luis Valbuena could be lost for the season after experiencing a setback in his quest to return from a right leg injury. Valbuena has been on the disabled list retroactive to July 27 with a strained right hamstring. He was inching closer to a rehab assignment before hurting himself again Friday during a workout in Baltimore. He has been sent...
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Rangers reportedly close to deal with Carlos Gomez

Despite his awful season, Carlos Gomez continues to attract a number of suitors, and he’s reportedly nearing a destination. According to MLB Network’s Jon Heyman, the Texas Rangers are close to signing Gomez, who was recently released by the Astros. sources: rangers are close to a deal with carlos gomez — Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) August 20, 2016 With Shin-Soo Choo recently...
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Astros GM bemoans role of no-trade clauses in hindering trades

The Houston Astros have struggled to close out trades for some of baseball’s best players while rivals strengthen, and their general manager is sick of the role no-trade clauses have had in that. Astros GM Jeff Luhnow told Bob Nightengale of USA Today that no-trade clauses have hindered the Astros and helped their closest division rivals, the Texas Rangers. Last year, Cole Hamels...
Via Larry Brown Sports
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Astros prospect Danry Vasquez arrested after video shows him striking girlfriend in stadium

Houston Astros prospect Danry Vasquez was arrested on a warrant earlier this month on suspicion of assault family violence. A day after video footage was reviewed by the Corpus Christi Hooks of a Hooks player being shown slapping a woman inside a Whataburger Field stairwell, the minor league affiliate of the Houston Astros contacted the police to handle the situation as needed. ...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

Cardinals reportedly considering Carlos Gomez trade

Could a return to the NL Central be in the cards for Carlos Gomez? According to a report by Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch on Thursday, the Cardinals will explore the situation of the exiled Astros outfielder to see if he might be a good fit for them. #Cardinals will explore Carlos Gomez's situation and whether he's a fit, can help. No indication they'll make a...
Via Larry Brown Sports
13 days ago  |  Discuss

The Astros’ Chris Devenski and Large Velocity Gaps

In the second half of the double-header between the Twins and Astros today, Chris Devenski will take the mound for the Astros. He owns an 80 mph changeup and a 92 mph fastball, give or take some ticks, and that differential is the fourth-biggest one among starting pitchers since 2014. That fact alone should make his changeup a great one when it comes to whiffs. We’ve known for...
Via Fangraphs
14 days ago  |  Discuss

So You Want to Try to Salvage Carlos Gomez

Just about one year ago, the Houston Astros were trying to get to the playoffs, and they decided Carlos Gomez was worth a bushel of pretty good prospects. In the present day, the Astros are again trying to get to the playoffs, and they decided Carlos Gomez isn’t worth much of anything. Wednesday, Gomez was designated for assignment, and that’s a tough break for someone coming...
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14 days ago  |  Discuss

Astros designate struggling Gomez for assignment

Carlos Gomez’s time with the Houston Astros is reportedly over. Brian McTaggart of reports the Astros have designated Gomez for assignment on Wednesday. Source: Astros have designated OF Carlos Gomez for assignment. — Brian McTaggart (@brianmctaggart) August 10, 2016 The Astros acquired Gomez during last season’s trade deadline with Mike Fiers in a package for...
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14 days ago  |  Discuss

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