Inbox: Will Astros be in market for a starter?

With Mike Fiers' resurgence and a return to health for the rest of the rotation, will the Astros need to add a starter before the Deadline? Will prospect Kyle Tucker be called up this season? Beat reporter Brian McTaggart empties the Inbox.
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Astros Francis Martes’ control issues limits his outing

Astros’ young pitcher Martes has some room to grow but looks to have the stuff. When you are on a team like the Houston Astros, there is a very small margin for error. The Astros have a 52-25 record and a 13 game lead in the AL West. At this point of the season, the […] Astros Francis Martes’ control issues limits his outing - Climbing Tal's Hill - Climbing Tal's Hill - A Houston...
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Three numbers and the Astros bullpen saves the day

When it comes to playing the AL West this season, the Astros aren’t suffering from many miscues. Thanks to a 6-and-1 road trip through Oakland and Seattle, the Astros find themselves in an enviable position as the month of July approaches. If I can be completely transparent for a moment, I wasn’t expecting the Astros […] Three numbers and the Astros bullpen saves the day -...
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3 hours ago

Astros in Fantasy: Best and Worst Performances – Week 12

Which Houston Astros players had the biggest positive and negative impacts in fantasy baseball in Week 12? Week 12 was a pretty good one for the Astros. Following a rough homestand, the team hit the road and won six of seven against the A’s and Mariners. The pitching had its ups and downs, but the […] Astros in Fantasy: Best and Worst Performances – Week 12 - Climbing Tal's...
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5 hours ago

Astros trio steaming toward All-Star starts

The Midsummer Classic voting race has entered the home stretch. With the 88th All-Star Game presented by Mastercard drawing ever closer, Major League Baseball released its final updates on the results of the Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot on Monday.
5 hours ago

Pushed to limit, Astros relievers respond

An already weary bullpen was put to the task Sunday afternoon when Astros rookie starter Francis Martes lasted only two innings against the Mariners. Houston manager A.J. Hinch pieced together the next seven innings with precision, and the Astros' bullpen shut down the Mariners the rest of the way to finish off an 8-2 win at Safeco Field.
20 hours ago

Mariners fall back to .500 with 8-2 loss to Astros

SEATTLE (AP) George Springer, Yuli Gurriel and Evan Gattis hit long home runs and the Houston Astros wrapped up another winning road trip, beating the Seattle Mariners 8-2 Sunday. The Astros went 6-1 on this swing and improved to a major league-best 29-9 on the road. They also own the top record in baseball at 52-25. Houston rookie Francis Martes started in place of Brad Peacock...
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Houston Astros trade rumors: Alex Bregman edition

Earlier this week, Dallas Keuchel played catch for the first time since he returned to the disabled list for neck discomfort. As manager A.J. Hinch put it, “Playing catch is just playing catch”. There is still no estimated return for the left-handed pitcher, and with the Houston Astros pitching struggling as of late, it’s obvious what they will be targeting in the coming weeks...
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Mike Fiers steps up at the perfect time for the Houston Astros

As many in the baseball world, both fans and employees, are aware, the Houston Astros are without their top two pitchers in Dallas Keuchel and Lance McCullers. In their absence, Houston has asked the pitching staff to step up and help keep the team at the top of league. Due to his early season struggles, Mike Fiers was transferred to the bullpen in favor of Brad Peacock. However...
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Mark Buehrle admits he had a few drinks before World Series save

Game 3 of the 2005 World Series is one of the more memorable in recent memory. The Chicago White Sox defeated the Houston Astros in 14 innings. The pitching staff’s were stretched so thin that Mark Buehrle — who had started Game 2 in Chicago two days earlier, picked up the save.In the years that have passed, a rumor has persisted that Buehrle might have had a few drinks. Ahead...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: George Springer exits game after HBP

The Houston Astros game against the Oakland Athletics got off to a bad start for Houston. Star outfielder George Springer was hit by a pitch from Oakland’s Jesse Hahn and left the game. Fortunately, there is a bit of good news for Springer and the Astros.Springer’s left shoulder appeared to take the brunt of the impact. It’s never fun to get hit. Still, a meaty part of the...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

The Astros’ Grand Fastball Experiment

No team’s batters have ever seen fewer four-seam fastballs than the Houston Astros this year. Few teams’ pitchers, meanwhile, have thrown fewer four-seam fastballs than the Houston Astros this year. This all has something to do with changes in baseball, yes, and also with the personnel on this current team. But there’s also a wrinkle to the thing that tells us a little more...
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Brad Peacock Has Become a Strikeout God

There are two types of stories you might be growing tired of reading. This guy figured out how to hit home runs. Well, there are home runs everywhere. And, this guy figured out how to get more strikeouts. Well, there are also strikeouts everywhere. Home runs. Strikeouts. Home runs. Strikeouts. It can feel sometimes like the game is nothing but home runs and strikeouts. It’s not...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

Houston Astros trade rumors: pitching edition

The Houston Astros are flying high with the best record in the league right now. Who should they consider trading that will propel them to be one step closer to postseason glory? The trade deadline is July 31 giving the Astros a good amount of time to choose who they will target in a potential trade. Last season the Astros traded pitcher Scott Feldman to the Blue Jays for an 18-year...
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Report: Astros, A's have mutual interest in Sonny Gray trade

The Houston Astros’ hunt for rotation help may lead them to the doorstep of a division rival.According to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe, the Astros and Oakland Athletics have mutual interest in a deal centering around Oakland’s Sonny Gray. The 27-year-old right-hander has long been a target for the Astros, and the Athletics have spent time recently scouting Houston’s minor...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

George Springer on skipping Home Run Derby: 'I'm just not a fan of it'

Houston Astros outfielder George Springer entered this weekend’s action with 18 homers and 43 RBI. He’s been among the most-prolific power hitters in the game. So it stands to reason that Springer would be invited to take part in the 2017 Home Run Derby. Unfortunately, it’s not something he’s terribly interested in.“I’m just not a fan of it. I don’t like it. I’m not...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

Who is baseball’s best young shortstop? There’s no shortage of choices

Here’s a list of the shortstops who have accumulated the most FanGraphs WAR since the beginning of 2016: Corey Seager, age 23 Francisco Lindor, age 23 Carlos Correa, age 22 Xander Bogaerts, age 24 Not much further down the list, you’ll find 23-year-olds Trea Turner and Addison Russell. The point is, there are a whole lot of incredible young shortstops in the Major Leagues right...
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17 days ago  |  Discuss

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