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The Houston Astros and the Mark Appel Question

Newly-signed Houston Astros pitcher Mark Appel shows off his new uniform. (Photo: David J. Phillip, AP) When Mark Appel made the decision to forego the MLB Draft for another year following a dominant junior season at Stanford University, the Houston Astros made the decision to select Lance McCullers with the team’s second pick in the first round of the 2012 draft, after taking...
Via The Sports Journal
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Meanwhile in Houston, fan nabs foul ball...reveals handgun

Tyler Martin, the son of fallen Houston police officer Richard Martin, threw out the ceremonial first pitch prior to Houston Astros / Baltimore Orioles.Later...a fan got hisself a foul ball...showing off his gun at the same time. Hoping this guy at Minute Maid is some kind of undercover cop or something. #astros #gun— Steven Miori (@StevenMiori) June...
Via Bob's Blitz
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Houston Astros off to surprising start

For Houston Astros fans, it has been ten years since the club has made a playoff appearance. In 2005, the Astros made their last playoff appearance, a visit to the World Series. Unfortunately, the White Sox made quick work of the Stros, finishing them off in just four games. After losing the series, it was the end of a long celebrated era in Houston. The main core of Lance Berkman...
Via Sports-Glory
12 hours ago  |  Discuss

Astros: Fan Carrying Gun Was Plain Clothes Cop Honoring Slain Cop

  The Houston Astros have released a Twitter statement on the fan who was carrying a gun at last night’s game against Baltimore. There was some question this morning as to what was going on with the fan and the gun since ballpark policy is that weapons are not allowed. Last night, however, was a night for Tyler Martin, son on fallen Houston officer Richard Martin, to throw out...
Via Busted Coverage
13 hours ago  |  Discuss

Man with handgun catches foul ball at Astros game

Hoping this guy at Minute Maid is some kind of undercover cop or something. #astros #gun — Steven Miori (@StevenMiori) June 2, 2015 TV Cameras caught a few fans as the scrambled for a foul ball at Minute Maid Park during the Houston Astros game against the Baltimore Orioles Monday night. The man that came up with it apparently was hiding something...
Via Low Brow Sports
14 hours ago  |  Discuss

JABO: Is the Astros Bullpen for Real?

The Houston Astros are 31-20 and on top of the AL West by four games. They’ve been winning in a signature way: by striking out a lot (the most in the league), hitting a lot of home runs (the most in the league), and recording a string of solid starts (10th-highest WAR among starting staffs). One […]
Via Fangraphs
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Is It Safe to Believe in the Houston Astros?

After years of futility Astros fans have to be happy with what they are seeing so far this season, but is it safe to believe in the team? via Twitter Read more »
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MLB Power Rankings (June Edition): How Good are the Houston Astros?

Today is the first day of June, which means it’s time for our updated MLB power rankings.  The end of each month marks a good time to evaluate where each team stands in the league as a whole. Find out where Justin Dyer ranks Dallas Keuchel, Jose Altuve and the Houston Astros. Power Rankings Link:
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Houston Astros Mascot Orbit Streaks the Field Until He Gets Laid Out By A Flying Bull Mascot

Being a professional sports team's mascot has to be the greatest job in the world. You essentially get paid to interact with people and act like a complete idiot. Since folks do not know who you are there is no reason to hold back or be embarrassed about anything. You might as well let your freak flag fly--as long as it will not get you fired that is.Orbit, the mascot for the Houston...
Via FatManWriting
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WATCH: Houston Astros Prospect Derek Fisher Rakes in 12 Runs to Break California League Record

When the Houston Astros were bought by Jim Crane a few years ago a plan was set in motion to cut costs, get the books right, and build from within. It's taken some time to see some positive results, but it appears like the fortunes of the franchise may be taking a turn for the better. The big league team has been on top of its division for much of the season, and there is some young...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Astros prospect drives in 12 runs after promotion

Houston Astros OF prospect Derek Fisher knocked in 12 RBI on three homers and a double in his debut with the Lancaster JetHawks.
Via Gamedayr
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How many times can the Astros bypass Dan Straily?

This spring 26-year-old, right-hander, Dan Straily who was beginning his first season with the Houston Astros organization after being acquired from the Chicago Cubs as part of a three-player deal that sent outfielder Dexter Fowler to the Cubs, was among the candidates for the Astros fifth starter job. Straily was beginning his seventh profession season after being drafted by the...
Via Baseball Essential
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Astros' Scott Feldman has knee surgery, out six weeks

The Houston Astros will be without veteran starting pitcher Scott Feldman for a while, as underwent arthroscopic surgery on Friday to mend a torn medial meniscus in his knee. According to's Brian McTaggart, Feldman suffered the injury on Tuesday during his scheduled start against the Baltimore Orioles. As a result of the operation, Feldman will require some time to heal...
Via Fox Sports
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Astros Blank White Sox, Keuchel Has Career Performance

HOUSTON, TX – SEPTEMBER 20: Dallas Keuchel #60 of the Houston Astros throws in the first inning against the Seattle Mariners at Minute Maid Park on September 20, 2014 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images) Jose Quintana and Dallas Keuchel combined for 12 strikeouts in the first four innings before Houston’s offense would begin to leak through like the heavy precipitation...
Via The Sports Journal
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Carlos Correa and the Houston Astros’ Shortstop Situation

Carlos Correa hit .385 with seven homers and 32 RBIs in 29 games at Corpus Christi. (Walter Barnard/ Since being drafted first overall by the Houston Astros in 2012, the hype that has surrounded shortstop Carlos Correa has only amplified. He has performed exceptionally at every level of the Astros’ farm system and has put pressure on management to make his MLB debut an...
Via The Sports Journal
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Gregerson 'not surprised at all' by Astros' bullpen efficiency

One of the main reasons the Houston Astros are in first place in the American League West this far into the season is their pitching staff.With a starting lineup filled with players struggling to hit over .200 (except for otherwordly second baseman Jose Altuve, of course), the new-look bullpen corps has been stellar. Newcomers Luke Gregerson, Pat Neshek, Joe Thatcher and Will Harris...
Via Fox Sports
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Why the Houston Astros will win the division

The Houston Astros are the first team to win 30 games this season. They have a 6.5 game lead over the LA Angels and Texas Rangers who are 23-23 entering Wednesday. The Astros have been a surprise team this season, and will look to run away with the division. I believe this division will be won by whoever gets to 90 wins first. Why the Astros will win the division The team needs...
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Astros prospect Carlos Correa hits HR out of stadium (Video)

Houston Astros minor league prospect Carlos Correa hit a gigantic home run out of the stadium for the Triple-A Fresno Grizzlies during Tuesday's game against the Memphis Redbirds. Correa's HR traveled 424 feet and left Chukchansi Park, landing on a building across the street. The 20-year-old Correa is quickly climbing the ranks after spending the first of the season in Double-A...
Via Holdout Sports
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Astros prospect Carlos Correa homers off of a building

Houston Astros minor league shortstop Carlos Correa is arguably the best prospect in Minor League Baseball. On Tuesday night, Correa did something pretty ridiculous – he hit a long homer for the Fresno Grizzlies that left the stadium and hit a building across the street from the park. The Astros have the best record in the American League, and a guy that can do *this* is coming...
Via The Outside Corner
6 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
10 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
12 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...
13 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
14 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
14 days ago  |  Discuss

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