ASTROS RUMORS & GOSSIP

Bregman takes 'leap forward,' eyes return

Alex Bregman could return to the lineup as early as this weekend. Lance McCullers could be activated next week if the Astros make the playoffs. And Colby Rasmus' time with the Astros has likely come to a close, based on updates provided Monday by manager A.J. Hinch.
Via Astros.com
2 hours ago

Astros: Bill Brown Retires From Broadcast Booth

Astros play-by-play veteran Bill Brown retires from broadcasting on September 28. A significant era in Houston Astros history ends on Wednesday, September 28, as Bill Brown retires from a long run as a television announcer. The man known as “Brownie,” handled play-by-play duties for 30 years, and was one of the best we have ever seen. […] Astros: Bill Brown Retires From Broadcast...
Via Climbing Tal's Hill
5 hours ago

Astros: There’s Hope for Astros Starting Pitching Woes

The Astros rotation is far from playoff caliber. But the team is in better shape than many may think – even with Dallas Keuchel unavailable to throw in a winner-take-all game this year. The 2015 Astros snuck into the final AL Wildcard spot with an 86-76 record and were one appalling inning away from a trip to the […] Astros: There’s Hope for Astros Starting Pitching Woes...
Via Climbing Tal's Hill
11 hours ago

Astros AM: Astros, MLB React to Death of Jose Fernandez

Astros players, MLB react to the shocking death of pitcher Jose Fernandez, killed on September 25 in a boating accident. Astros pitcher Lance McCullers, Jr. said of his friend, the late Jose Fernandez: “The epitome of kinda how to live life…” and “RIP my brother… I am absolutely heartbroken.” “RIP Jose,” wrote Dallas Keuchel via […] Astros AM: Astros, MLB React...
Via Climbing Tal's Hill
13 hours ago

Chris Devenski, the Astros’ unsung hero

Most clubs receive a surprise performance or two each season from guys otherwise thought of as fringe performers. Sometimes the players in question evolve from lineup filler to middle-of-the-order slugger, but most of the time the overnight successes emerge from the bullpen, where low inning totals can turn even the most mediocre of arms into […] The post Chris Devenski, the Astros’...
Via Today's Knuckleball
1 day ago

Astros dig in for big series vs. Mariners

The Astros, three games back of the Orioles for the second Wild Card spot in the AL, open an important three-game series against the Mariners on Monday. Seattle is a half-game ahead of Houston.
Via Astros.com
1 day ago

Astros’ Tony Kemp hits first big league home run

Houston Astros’ outfielder Tony Kemp hit his first major league home run on Sunday afternoon off Los Angels Angels’ left-hander Brett Oberholtzer in the seventh inning. Not known for his power by any stretch of the imagination, it took Kemp 54 big league games before he left the yard for the first time. Known for […] The post Astros’ Tony Kemp hits first big league home run...
Via Today's Knuckleball
1 day ago

Musgrove, 3 solo shots lead Astros past Angels 4-1

HOUSTON (AP) Joe Musgrove pitched seven strong innings, Evan Gattis, Tony Kemp and Tyler White homered, and the Houston Astros beat the Los Angeles Angels 4-1 Sunday to snap a three-game slide and keep their playoff hopes alive. Houston began the day three games behind Baltimore for the second AL wild-card spot. Musgrove (4-4, 4.06 ERA) allowed one run on seven hits while striking...
Via Associated Press
1 day ago  |  Discuss

DraftKings: It’s The End Of The Month So Everything Musgrove!

Well look who's here...Yep, I'm talking to you. It's Sunday and we're both building daily baseball lineups while everyone else is in a fever pitch about the NFL. You know what? I'm more than okay with that. We can start our own support group on Sundays. You know, just the handful of us left that still care about the best game on Earth. We can also talk about how distressed we are...
Via Razzball
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Astros RHP Giles injured by line drive in batting practice

HOUSTON (AP) Houston closer Ken Giles injured his right wrist when he was hit by a line drive during batting practice on Saturday. Manager A.J. Hinch said it was already starting to bruise minutes after Giles was struck. Trainers ran to the right-hander after he was hit and he remained on his knees on the field for a while before being carted off. It was too soon to know how...
Via Associated Press
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Keuchel, McCullers will only return if Astros make playoffs

If the Houston Astros want to make the postseason, they’ll have to do it without top starters Dallas Keuchel and Lance McCullers. At 79-71, Houston sits 3.5 games back of the Toronto Blue Jays and Baltimore Orioles for an AL Wild Card spot. The Astros are 9.5 games back of Texas for the division lead. General Manager Jeff Luhnow spoke with Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle...
Via The Outside Corner
6 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Adrian Beltre cranks dinger No. 30 while on one knee

As he frequently does, Texas Rangers third baseman — and potential future Hall of Famer — Adrian Beltre paid tribute to the Boyz II Men classic “On Bended Knee” with a swing on Tuesday night against the Houston Astros. And as he has also (incredibly) done many times on such a swing (example of another), he went yard for his 30th homer of the season. To be able to turn on...
Via The Comeback
13 days ago  |  Discuss

The Dividends of Alex Bregman’s Non-Adjustment

While trolls and naysayers on Twitter were crying bust after Houston Astros’ top prospect Alex Bregman began his major league career by going 0-for his first 17 and 1-for his first 32, manager A.J. Hinch was moving him up to bat in the most important spot in his team’s lineup. At the time, Hinch cited his contact rate and exit velocity as indicators that Bregman’s at-bats were...
Via Fangraphs
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Projecting Astros Debutant David Paulino

The Houston Astros have summoned David Paulino from the minor leagues to make his big-league debut against the Indians today. Paulino was utterly dominant in the minors this year. Splitting time between Double-A and Triple-A, the 6-foot-7 righty whiffed 29% of batters faced on his way to a 2.00 ERA and 2.24 FIP. Somewhat quietly, Paulino put together one of the best seasons in...
Via Fangraphs
18 days ago  |  Discuss

NERD Game Scores: David Paulino Afternoon Debut Event

Devised originally in response to a challenge issued by sabermetric nobleman Rob Neyer, and expanded at the request of nobody, NERD scores represent an attempt to summarize in one number (and on a scale of 0-10) the likely aesthetic appeal or watchability, for the learned fan, of a player or team or game. Read more about the components of and formulae for NERD scores here. *** Most...
Via Fangraphs
18 days ago  |  Discuss
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