Rising in the rankings

The Houston Astros Are Moving on Up the Rankings. The Astros are back people, and better than ever. There is little doubt in my mind that the 2016 squad is superior to that of last season. Who would’ve imagined you would ever hear someone say that with the way they started? Well, guys, it’s true, and they […] Houston Astros: Rising in the rankings - Climbing Tal's Hill -...
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2 hours ago

Mike Trout trips after mocking Jose Altuve for doing same

Mike Trout was trying to leg out a triple against the Houston Astros on Monday night, but he tripped around second base and ended up having to retreat. In a way, the Los Angeles Angels star got what he deserved. Here’s the video: Over the weekend, Astros infielder Jose Altuve literally fell 90 feet short of hitting for the cycle when he lost his balance rounding second on a...
Via Larry Brown Sports
3 hours ago  |  Discuss

Astros: Carlos Correa, AL Player of the Week

Four, I repeat, four Astros have been chosen as the AL Player of the Week in 2016. As the Astros prepared to take on the Los Angeles Angels yesterday, Major League Baseball announced Carlos Correa as the AL Player of the Week from June 20th-26th. The young shortstop joins teammates Tyler White, Jose Altuve, and Colby Rasmus […] Astros: Carlos Correa, AL Player of the Week - Climbing...
Via Climbing Tal's Hill
4 hours ago

Astros: Will the Astros have to trade Alex Bregman in July?

The best prospect in the Astros farm system would fetch the biggest prize if Houston considered putting him on the trade block. It Makes Sense The Super 2 deadline has come and gone (what is that anyway?) and Alex Bregman has spent most of his nights at Whataburger Field with the Corpus Christi Hooks. The 22-year-old […] Astros: Will the Astros have to trade Alex Bregman in July...
Via Climbing Tal's Hill
6 hours ago

Harris cool under pressure, passes tough test

Even for someone who hasn't had the closer role for long, Astros right-hander Will Harris continues to be calm under pressure.
10 hours ago

Astros tab Feldman for spot start vs. Halos

Houston right-hander Scott Feldman (4-3, 3.07 ERA) will make his return to the starting rotation in the place of Lance McCullers on Tuesday, matching up against Angels right-hander Tim Lincecum (1-1, 5.00 ERA) in the second of a three-game set.
10 hours ago

Astros rally, make great escape to top Halos

Jose Altuve extended his Major League-best on-base streak to a career-high 30 games and Carlos Correa drove home the winning run as the Astros beat the Angels, 4-2, in a comeback victory on Monday night.
11 hours ago

Correa breaks tie in 9th, Astros hold off Angels 4-2

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Carlos Correa snapped a ninth-inning tie with a sacrifice fly, and Will Harris pitched out of a major jam moments later to preserve the Houston Astros' 4-2 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Monday night. After the Angels loaded the bases with nobody out in the bottom of the ninth, Harris struck out Jett Bandy and snagged Andrelton Simmons' comebacker to...
Via Associated Press
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Houston Astros: Carlos Correa named American League Player of the Week

Carlos Correa is starting to heat up. The Houston Astros shortstop was named the American League’s player of the week on Monday for the first time in his budding career. At 21 years old, Correa is the youngest player in Astros history to garner league player of the week honors. Andujar Cedeno, 22, was the previous youngest when he won the award in 1991. In six games last week,...
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Bregman’s promotion comes at a perfect time for him and the Astros

What seemed inevitable may have accelerated this week when Alex Bregman’s career elevator took another rise up. Could the Astros’ decision to promote Bregman to Triple-A have some not-so-hidden meaning as well, though? Bregman more or less forced Houston’s hand by taking a quantum leap at the Double-A level. He made himself sort of like a new car purchase: The driver wants...
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20 hours ago

TKB’s Biggest Disappointments of 2016: #5 Ken Giles

Throughout the week, Today’s Knuckleball will look at — and rank — the top-five disappointments in the major leagues this season. Coming in at No. 5 is Houston Astros relief pitcher Ken Giles. The Houston Astros’ disappointing end to an otherwise wonderful 2015 season was still fresh in everyone’s mind when general manager Jeff Luhnow decided on his top priority for the...
Via Today's Knuckleball
21 hours ago

Projecting Astros Rookie Slugger A.J. Reed

The Astros have gotten painfully little production from the first-base position this season. Spring-training hero Tyler White stopped hitting in April, and Marwin Gonzalez hasn’t exactly stepped up to pick up the slack. Houston’s lack of offense from first is a big reason why they’ve underperformed their preseason expectations. In an effort to fill the void, the Astros have...
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The Astros Have Gotten Themselves Back in It

No matter where you get your information, the Houston Astros entered the season as consensus favorites to win the American League West. Our preseason projections gave them a better than 50% chance to take the division. Forty-six of 55 FanGraphs staff members chose them to win the division. In case you think a pro-Astros bias exists on the site, whether being informed by our projections...
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Astros promote Bregman, Hernandez to Triple-A

Brian McTaggart of reports that the Houston Astros have promoted two of the most highly anticipated prospects in their system up to Triple-A: shortstop Alex Bregman and outfielder Teoscar Hernandez. Bregman, the second overall pick of last June’s amateur draft, has recently been playing third base since shortstop in Houston is already being held down by Carlos Correa. At...
Via Today's Knuckleball
1 day ago

A triple short of the cycle, Jose Altuve falls rounding second base (VIDEO)

No Houston Astro has completed the cycle since 2013. Jose Altuve was on his way to accomplishing the feat Saturday night in Kansas City. Through five innings, he had already racked up a single, a double, and a three-run homer. In the sixth, he laced a ball into the right-center field gap. The speedy All-Star raced past first — headed for a sure-fire triple. Then, as he approached...
Via The Sports Daily
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Houston Astros Promote A.J. Reed

RUN to your fantasy baseball waiver wire - the Houston Astros have called up first baseman A.J. Reed. The 23-year old should be the everyday first baseman for the Astros with occasional rest against lefties.The 6'4, 275 pound first baseman hit .266 in Triple-A with 11 home runs in 59 games.  However, this past week, he hit .372 with five doubles and three home runs in 43 ABs.Reed...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Call To The Bullpen: Who Should Be The Astros' Closer?

Last season, the Houston Astros earned their first playoff berth since 2005 as they finished second in the AL West division with a record of 86 wins and 76 losses. So far this season, they have failed to perform at the same level they did a year ago. Houston’s offense hasn’t been as potent this season, as they’re scoring less runs per game than last year. Their starting...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Fister throws 7 strong, Astros hit 3 homers in 10-7 win

HOUSTON (AP) Doug Fister threw seven solid innings and Jose Altuve, Jason Castro and Carlos Correa each hit home runs to help the Houston Astros beat the Los Angeles Angels 10-7 on Monday night. Fister (8-3) gave up two runs on four hits and struck out five in earning his seventh straight win. The Astros have won Fister's last 10 starts, and in those games, Fister has gone at least...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

2016 MLB Draft: Houston Astros First Round

Tonight is MLB Draft night, where every amateur baseball players dreams come true. The Astros first round pick is Forrest Whitley, a high school kid out of Alamo Heights High School in San Antonio, TX. You can follow Forrest Whitley on Twitter @ForrestWhitley. Alex Simon of Baseball America’s Scouting Report: Whitley impressed last summer on the showcase circuit and with Team...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

VIDEO: Billy Hamilton ran really far to make a catch

  Billy Hamilton turned a sure double in the gap into a catch at the wall during the second inning of Cincinnati’s game against Houston on Saturday, making a grab that will no doubt you leave you awestruck. Batting with two outs and a runner on third in the bottom of the second, the Astros’ Jake Marisnick belted a ball to right center. Hamilton seemed to be playing Marisnick...
Via Larry Brown Sports
9 days ago  |  Discuss

George Springer adds this stellar catch to his highlight reel

George Springer continued to make his bid as one of the most exciting players in the MLB when the Houston Astros took on the Cincinnati Reds on Friday.The Astros rightfielder stretched out every fiber of his being to make this flying leap to catch the Reds' Adam Duvall's fly ball and end the sixth inning. This, just a couple days after the 26-year-old Springer showed off his cannon...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

The Most Bizarre Jose Altuve Stat

Jose Altuve has 18 steals in 19 attempts this season. No, that’s not the bizarre stat. That’s just an impressive stat. Jose Altuve is an excellent base-stealer! Among the 71 players with at least five steal attempts this year, Altuve’s success rate ranks third. Since he began receiving regular playing time in 2012, no one’s stolen more bases. He’s fast, he steals plenty...
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13 days ago  |  Discuss

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