Astros’ Lance McCullers is getting some national love by Sports Illustrated

Lance McCullers’ dominating curveball graces the Sports Illustrated cover this week. This week’s Sports Illustrated cover does not feature another article about the Houston Astros winning the 2017 World Series. That was last year featuring Jose Altuve, Carlos Correa, and Dallas Keuchel. Don’t forget the now infamous cover with George Springer three years ago predicting [...
Via Climbing Tal's Hill
6 hours ago

Astros may give Brad Peacock another start on Sunday

Brad Peacock may get another chance to start this weekend for the Astros. On last night’s Root Sports Houston Astros broadcast, Julia Morales mentioned that Brad Peacock might get another start Sunday. She mentioned that it all depends on whether Dallas Keuchel returns to the mound on Saturday. It would appear that Mike Fiers will […] Astros may give Brad Peacock another start...
Via Climbing Tal's Hill
11 hours ago

Statcast of the Day: Rare homers in Houston

Two homers hit on Wednesday in a game between the Astros and Tigers, came at the ballpark that has yielded the highest percentage of non-barreled and non-solid-contact home runs in the Statcast™ era (beginning in 2015): Minute Maid Park in Houston.
18 hours ago

Morton finishes strong in loss to Detroit

Charlie Morton got on a roll and kept the Astros close in their 6-3 loss to the Tigers on Wednesday, as he retired 14 of the final 15 batters that he faced.
19 hours ago

Astros: Mistakes learned from past trades will help at trade deadline

Jeff Luhnow will get his guy for the Astros at the trade deadline this year. With all the good that Jeff Luhnow has done for the Houston Astros in his tenure, he learned some lessons in 2015. The Astros found themselves surprisingly in competition a little ahead of schedule that season. Despite all the offseason […] Astros: Mistakes learned from past trades will help at trade deadline...
Via Climbing Tal's Hill
21 hours ago

Keuchel itching to come off disabled list

After being placed on the 10-day disabled list for a pinched nerve in his neck, Astros ace Dallas Keuchel said he plans to return Saturday. That day can't come soon enough, as Keuchel was feeling better on Wednesday.
23 hours ago

The Astros have unveiled an excellent "Game of Thrones" bobblehead

Via FOX Sports
1 day ago

Mariners acquire OF Andrew Aplin from Houston, DFA Chris Heston

The Mariners on Wednesday acquired outfielder Andrew Aplin from the Astros for a player to be named later or cash considerations. Seattle designated right-handed pitcher Chris Heston for assignment to make room on its 40-man roster. Aplin, 26, was DFAd by Houston on Monday after hitting .250 with five extra-base hits, 13 RBIs and a .375 on-base percentage in 32 games with Triple...
1 day ago

George Springer will not be cheated

The Astros center fielder leaves it all at the plate. I don’t find myself watching the Houston Astros as much as I’d like. It’s too bad — they have a heap of great young talent and a couple older guys who are still exciting to watch. But this weekend, being an avid Cleveland Indians watcher, I had the pleasure of seeing them for three games. Many players stand out — the...
Via Beyond The Box Score
1 day ago

Centeno’s homer helps Astros over Tigers 6-2

HOUSTON (AP) — Juan Centeno and Yuli Gurriel homered to help the Houston Astros to a 6-2 win over the Detroit Tigers on Tuesday night. Centeno was making his debut with the Astros by filling in for catcher Brian McCann, who is on the 7-day concussion list. His solo home run made it 3-0 in the fourth. The Tigers cut the lead to one on a two-run homer by Mikie Mahtook in the seventh...
2 days ago

Houston Astros: Charlie Morton's increase in velocity is paying dividends

Via FOX Sports
2 days ago

Astros Designate Andrew Aplin For Assignment

The Astros announced that they’ve designated outfielder Andrew Aplin for assignment in order to clear a spot on the 40-man roster for right-hander Jordan Jankowski, whose contract has been selected from Triple-A Fresno. The 26-year-old Aplin was a fifth-round pick of the Astros back in 2012, and while he reached Triple-A for the first time as a 23-year-old in 2014, his career has...
Via MLB Trade Rumors
3 days ago

Angels sign RHP Doug Fister to fortify injury-depleted staff

Via Associated Press
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Dallas Keuchel placed on DL for first time in career

Dallas Keuchel has been placed on the disabled list for the first time in his career, though he’s not expected to miss much time.Keuchel spoke with the media on Saturday and said that he woke up with a sore neck after his Tuesday start. Keuchel said he could probably start if he had to. He said he’s aiming to make his start next Saturday.Keuchel has been stellar for the Astros...
Via Larry Brown Sports
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Charlie Morton’s Electric Stuff Has Never Been More Electric

I first became acquainted with Charlie Morton while covering the Pittsburgh Pirates as a newspaperman and while conducting research for my non-fiction work Big Data Baseball. Morton was the first major-league player I encountered who exhibited a real interest in analytics. He developed an appreciation of numbers from his father, Chip, an accountant and former Penn State basketball...
Via Fangraphs
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Alex Bregman tried to change jersey number for a night in honor of Derek Jeter

Houston Astros third baseman Alex Bregman grew up idolizing Derek Jeter, which is why the 23-year-old was thrilled his team was the visitor on Sunday when the New York Yankees retired Jeter’s number. And if Bregman could have changed jersey numbers as his own tribute to Jeter, he would have.Bregman, who wears No. 2, told reporters after Houston’s 11-7 victory that he tried to...
Via Larry Brown Sports
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Correa: Keuchel has been ‘even better’ than Cy Young year

Those who were worried that Houston Astros pitcher Dallas Keuchel may not return to form after his down year in 2016 can relax now.Keuchel pitched six innings and allowed just five hits and no earned runs in a win over the New York Yankees Thursday night. He’s now 6-0 on the season with a 1.69 ERA. His stuff looks as good as it did when he won the NL Cy Young Award in 2015, but...
Via Larry Brown Sports
13 days ago  |  Discuss

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