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Will the Astros’ Carlos Correa be the Next Top Prospect to Get the Call?

  Carlos Correa hit .385 with seven homers and 32 RBIs in 29 games at Corpus Christi. (Walter Barnard/ Kris Bryant, Addison Russell, Noah Syndergaard, Carlos Rodon and Blake Swihart are all top prospects who have gotten the call for their respective teams this year, making the jump from the minors right into the thick of major league competition. All five players were...
Via The Sports Journal
5 hours ago  |  Discuss

Tucker's pinch-hit heroics land him in Astros' record books

There are strong first impressions, and then there's what Houston Astros rookie Preston Tucker is doing. On Sunday, Tucker lofted a pinch-hit three-run home run off Detroit Tigers starter Anibal Sanchez to tie the score at 7. A big hit like that is already noteworthy, but for Tucker, this was even bigger: it was his second pinch-hit home run of the series. The Astros would go on...
Via Fox Sports
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Preston Tucker’s Pinch-hit Home Run Lands Him in Houston Astros Record Book

Houston Astros first baseman Chris Carter (23) retrieves a ground ball he booted in time to throw out Detroit Tigers’ Tyler Collins at first base as Astros’ Jose Altuve (27) backs up the play during the second inning of a baseball game Saturday, May 23, 2015, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson) It took Preston Tucker all of 13 games to put himself in the Houston Astros record...
Via The Sports Journal
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Preston Tucker: The Astros’ Silent X-factor

Houston Astros Preston Tucker, left, Colby Rasmus, center, and George Springer celebrate the team’s 6-5 win over the Toronto Blue Jays in a baseball game Saturday, May 16, 2015, in Houston. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan) He hasn’t set the world on fire, but he has helped the Astros’ winning ways scorching along through key contributions and timely hitting. Preston Tucker, a 2012...
Via The Sports Journal
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Former Houston Astros’ reliever Fred Gladding has died at the age of 78

According to a report from the Knoxville New Sentinel former Houston Astros reliever Fred Gladding, who pitched for Houston from 1968 to 1973, died Thursday evening in Columbia, S.C. at the age of 78.Gladding began his Major League career in Detroit, playing for the Tigers (1961-67) before being traded to the Astros in November of 1967 as part of an earlier deal that sent Eddie Matthews...
Via Baseball Essential
2 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Houston Astros Record First Triple Play in Over a Decade in Win Over Detroit

There is a strange thing going on in Houston. It is something that fans have hoped would happen for sometime now. Some had given up hope, but many did not (they just drank more to ease the pain). It appears like it may be happening though-the Houston Astros may actually be good again.They certainly looked the part in the fifth inning against the Detroit Tigers Saturday when they...
Via FatManWriting
2 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Astros turn around-the-horn triple play

Now *this* is one way to get out of a first and second, none out jam – a 5-4-3 triple play! Check out what the Houston Astros pulled off on Saturday. Ian Kinsler smacked the ball over to Jonathan Villar at third, who stepped on the bag for out number one, fired it to Jose Altuve at second for out number two, who gunned it over to Chris Carter at first for out number three...
Via The Outside Corner
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Watch: Astros turn 5-4-3 triple play

After taking a 2-1 lead in the fifth inning the Tigers had runners at first and second with no outs trying to break the game open, but the rally was over just like that. Just your typical 5-4-3 TRIPLE PLAY. #Astros #Whiff — #VoteAstros (@astros) May 23, 2015 Ian Kinsler smashed a grounder to Jonathan Villar at third, he stepped on the bag then relayed...
Via Baseball Essential
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Astros pickin’ Cotton as the former LSU star is promoted to Double-A ball.

Houston Astros left-handed pitching prospect, Chris Cotton was promoted to Double-A Corpus Christi on Thursday. The 24-year-old, Cotton was 1-2 with a 1.40 ERA and went 4-for-4 in save chances over 13 appearances for the Lancaster Jethawks to begin the season.The 5′-10″, 165-pound, Shreveport southpaw owns 37 strikeouts and 7 walks in 25.2 innings, with the league hitting at...
Via Baseball Essential
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Astros surprising, but can get better with prospects like Correa

We’ve now passed the 40-game mark for the 2015 MLB season. Between that and Memorial Day coming up on the calendar, it’s time to start wondering what is really happening, whether or not teams are past a hot start, a rough start or a fluky stage and have to be viewed seriously. At this point of the season, no team is getting more of the “Are they for real?” question...
Via The Outside Corner
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Evan Gattis grateful for manager A.J. Hinch's patience

Evan Gattis' early season struggles with the Houston Astros were well-documented. He took a while to get going with the bat - essentially the primary aspect of his skill set that made him an attractive trade target for Jeff Luhnow's front office. He has shown signs every so often of breaking out of that funk, however.  On Wednesday, Gattis turned a 1-1 tie into a 3-1 lead with a...
Via Fox Sports
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Analyzing Lance McCullers MLB debut and expectations

The Houston Astros had one of their top prospects make his MLB debut, but his name was not Mark Appel. Lance McCullers Jr made his first MLB start Monday night in Houston. McCullers was promoted to Triple-A last week, but did not make a start before he was called up. The 21-year-old is the youngest Astro to make his debut since Jose Altuve broke into the majors in 2011. Lance McCullers...
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Springer transforms Astros' clubhouse into post-victory nightclub party zone

Everything is a party right now for the Houston Astros. After dispatching the Oakland A's 6-1 on Wednesday, the A.L. West-leading 'Stros now boast a record of 27-14, the best in the American League.  They also have a six-game lead on the second place Los Angeles Angels in the division and continue to smash home runs at a record pace. Oh, and Dallas Keuchel is a sterling 6-0 on the...
Via Fox Sports
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Minor league team creates hot dog-stuffed pizza

Just when we thought gonzo concession offerings at America’s ballparks couldn’t get more absurd, the Fresno Grizzlies — the Triple-A affiliate of the Houston Astros — come along and not only shatter that notion, but figure out a way to revolutionize pizza as we know it … albeit perhaps not in a positive way. For...Read More The post Minor league team rolling out the Frankenslice...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Astros' Lance McCullers wore Batman cleats for MLB debut

Houston Astros pitcher Lance McCullers made his MLB debut against the Oakland A’s on Monday night, and he relied on the Bat-Signal to help give him confidence. McCullers, 21, took the mound at Minute Maid Park wearing some awesome Batman cleats. Many were quick to point out that New York Mets pitcher Matt Harvey must...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
7 days ago  |  Discuss

PHOTO: Houston Astros Prospect Lance McCullers Wears Batman Cleats in MLB Debut

Monday was  a special day for Houston Astros pitcher Lance McCullers. The 21-year old got to make his major league debut in front of the home town fans at Minute Maid Park. An occasion like that is special and should be celebrated. What better way to do so than to wear Batman cleats for the game?Batman didn't end up factoring in to the game, but in 4 2/3 innings of work he only...
Via FatManWriting
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Astros Rookie Breaks Out Batman Cleats

Five years ago, then-San Francisco Giants closer Brian Wilson was fined $1000 by Major League Baseball for, essentially, his bright orange cleats being “a little too bright, too flashy”. The bearded one broke out a black marker and voila…“Nike Air Sharpies”. Something tells me Lance McCullers Jr. won’t have those same issues as his new cleats suffer from a severe case...
Via Hall of Very Good
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Monday Mailbag: Trading Altuve in a Dynasty Rebuild

Have a dynasty-related question and want a Prof’s opinion? Take a minute and submit your question on our Dynasty Desk home page for a chance to have your question answered on our next Monday Mailbag! You can also ask the Dynasty Profs directly on Twitter: Jake Devereaux, Lance Rinker, and George Bissell. I took over a poor team in a 16-team dynasty league and trading lots...
Via Baseball Professor
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Astros Throw Lance McCullers into the Fire

Three years later, the Houston Astros’ 2012 draft is looking pretty good. Carlos Correa, their first overall pick in that year’s draft, absolutely annihilated Double-A pitching in the season’s first month. Unsurprisingly, his performance culminated in a promotion to Triple-A last week. Lance McCullers, Houston’s 41st overall pick that year, also earned a promotion with […]
Via Fangraphs
8 days ago  |  Discuss

MMO Fan Shot: Collin McHugh Is Easy To Root For

An MMO Fan Shot by Jack Ganchrow As the old saying goes the first one is always the hardest. Collin McHugh learned that the hard way going 607 days before getting his first major league win. Between coming out of the bullpen and starting, McHugh lost his first eight decisions across his first two seasons. It took him until his third big league team to get that coveted first win...
Via Mets Merized Online
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Houston Astros First Baseman Jon Singleton Drives in 10-Runs in Single Minor League Game

The Houston Astros have been a team in transition for a couple seasons now. They have shied away from high price talent and counted on developing young guys and inexpensive veterans for the most part. Not a bad plan except sometimes they have ended up playing guys that were not quite ready for the Show.That was the case for first baseman Jon Singleton last season who had just 44...
Via FatManWriting
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Rotation Review: Houston Astros

Dallas Keuchel has turned into a legitimate MLB ace. The Houston Astros currently sit atop of the AL West with a 20-12 record. That is good for 5.0 games up on the Los Angeles Angels and 5.5 up on the Seattle Mariners. The Astros have shown an ability to hit the ball for power. The thing that has been the most impressive with the Astros through the seasons first 32 games has...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Concern over the Houston Astros and their struggling offense

Where has the Houston Astros offense gone? After winning 10 games in a row, the Texas Rangers came into town and shut them down. The Astros were swept by the Rangers and have lost four of their last six. In their last five games prior to Saturday’s game, they scored just 12 runs and have a high mark of three. Even though the team is struggling, they remain atop the division. In...
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Astros are taking off, looking like an early contender

One of the more exciting aspects of the 2015 MLB season was the number of teams that looked capable of becoming new contenders. The Cubs, Mets, White Sox, Marlins and Padres all appeared ready to make significant improvements, due to offseason acquisitions, young players developing into stars — or both, in some cases. Another club that seemed poised to take a step forward...
Via The Outside Corner
25 days ago  |  Discuss

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