ASTROS RUMORS & GOSSIP

Sheldon named Astros' Honorary Bat Girl

Belinda Sheldon of Humble, Texas, was named the Astros' winner of the 2016 Honorary Bat Girl Contest, which recognizes baseball fans who have been affected by breast cancer and who demonstrate a commitment to supporting the fight against the disease.
Via Astros.com
3 hours ago

Astros hopeful Gomez will not need DL stint

The Astros believe they have avoided putting Carlos Gomez on the disabled list. Gomez, who injured his left ribcage diving for a ball in the outfield on Friday in Oakland, wasn't in the lineup on Monday against the Twins for the third game in a row, but he did go through pregame drills.
Via Astros.com
4 hours ago

Astros in Fantasy: Fantasy Players of the Week- Week 5

A Look at Fantasy Baseball Through the Lens of an Astros’ Fan Here is how I did in Week 4: Week 4 Hitter: George Springer– 5/23 H/AB, 3 R, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 0 SB, .217 BA Springer’s performance at the plate was a good representation of how the Astros did this week. In 6 […] Astros in Fantasy: Fantasy Players of the Week- Week 5 - Climbing Tal's Hill - Climbing Tal's Hill - A Houston...
Via Climbing Tal's Hill
7 hours ago

Astros Start of May With a Win on Two Hits

Will May Bring More Wins for the Houston Astros The Houston Astros’ season has gotten off to a surprising 8-17 start, but yesterday’s eighth win of the season marked a new month for the Astros. May could not have come any sooner for the Astros players and fans, because they looked like a lost team in […] Astros Start of May With a Win on Two Hits - Climbing Tal's Hill - Climbing...
Via Climbing Tal's Hill
11 hours ago

Houston Astros’ Ken Giles: Looking Into The Statistics

A Look at the Struggles of Houston Astros’ Reliever Ken Giles Before the season started, everyone’s expectations were that Ken Giles was going to come into the Astros’ organization and be the shutdown closer from the get-go. A.J. Hinch was mum on the decision and then decided to go with Luke Gregerson and stick Giles […] Houston Astros’ Ken Giles: Looking Into The Statistics...
Via Climbing Tal's Hill
15 hours ago

Altuve homers to back Fister in Astros' 2-1 win over A's

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Jose Altuve homered leading off a game for the fourth time this season - one of just two hits by Houston - and the Astros beat the Oakland Athletics 2-1 Sunday to avoid a series sweep. Doug Fister (2-3) gave up one run over 6 2/3 innings to end his three-game losing streak. Fister walked one, struck out five and pitched out of a pair of early jams to win in...
Via Associated Press
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Astros to change Ken Giles’ role within bullpen

Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle reports that the Astros are going to change the role of Ken Giles within their bullpen due to the reliever’s struggles this season. Giles had begun the season as Houston’s primary eighth-inning pitcher, with veteran Luke Gregerson assuming the role of ninth-inning closer. Now, Kaplan reports that Houston manager A.J. Hinch is going to ...
Via Today's Knuckleball
2 days ago

The HOVG Podcast: Rachel Balkovec

This week, Shawn Anderson and Lou Olsen talk with the Houston Astros Latin American Strength and Conditioning Coordinator Rachel Balkovec. Rachel tells the boys how she got her start as Major League Baseball’s first female strength and conditioning coach, what exactly her job is, whether or not she misses playing softball and, for whatever reason, boy bands. (Download The Hall...
Via Hall of Very Good
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Franco, Schoop, McHugh selling future earnings for cash now

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Philadelphia third baseman Maikel Franco has agreed to sell 10 percent of his future earnings for $4.35 million to a company called Fantex, which plans to sell securities to investors. Baltimore second Jonathan Schoop struck a deal to sell 10 percent of his future earnings for $4.91 million and Houston pitcher Collin McHugh struck an agreement to sell 10 percent...
Via Associated Press
5 days ago  |  Discuss

The Astros Are In Trouble

Let’s take a look at what we’re dealing with, here. This is a simple plot of AL West division playoff odds over time, beginning with the start of the season, through, I don’t know, right now? About an hour ago, I guess. The calendar on my wall tells me it’s still April, and the much smaller calendar on my computer agrees, so this early you don’t expect many big huge shifts...
Via Fangraphs
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Astros catcher Erik Kratz pitched, threw knuckleballs

We love to see a position player take the mound in an MLB game whenever we can get the chance, and Tuesday night was the first chance we were able to get in the 2016 season. Houston Astros backup catcher Erik Kratz was the lucky position player to take his talents to the mound after his team fell down 9-1 to the Seattle Mariners. Typically, we see these guys throw nothing but fastballs...
Via The Comeback
5 days ago  |  Discuss

White Hot And Underappreciated

Sure, we have all heard of the legend of Trevor Story hitting seven home runs in six games. But what if I told you there was a rookie who hit a home run three straight days during his first week up in The Show and currently gets on base every other at bat on average? This is the case of Tyler White, Houston Astros first basemen rookie extraordinaire.White had a ho-hum opening...
Via The Sports Quotient
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Watch Astros OF Carlos Gomez obliterate his bat after striking out

Carlos Gomez is a fiery player. He was with the Milwaukee Brewers, and he still is with the Houston Astros. That's not necessarily a bad trait, and it certainly gets him plenty of attention.On Sunday night against the Boston Red Sox, Gomez expressed his frustration by taking it out on his bat. Rather than slamming it to the ground, the Astros outfielder snapped it over his knee,...
Via Fox Sports
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Angry Carlos Gomez smashes bat over leg (VIDEO)

Carlos Gomez really does not like to strike out when the game is being viewed by a national audience. We know this because he absolutely destroyed a bat after striking out in the third inning of Sunday night’s Astros-Red Sox game. He broke the bat over his leg and you almost have to feel bad for the poor wooden object. Carlos Gomez aka Bruce Banner "You Wouldn't Like Me When...
Via The Sports Daily
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Astros’ Faithful Takes a Hammock After Slow Start

“Take a knee!” my bonehead junior high football coach volcano-belched at my teammates and me. We’d have endured some sadistic workout they designed and inflicted; or perhaps we were at the end of another frustrating practice following a demoralizing 2 – 1 start. But we dropped one on the grass and looked up, feeling the soothing caress from the fingertips of the god of restfulness...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Houston, We Have a Problem: Not On Craig’s Watch

I dig me some Jose Altuve.  A hitting machine.  A spark splug.  He spins up maximum performance from a tiny frame to the point of the supernatural.  But tonight against Boston, when Houston was down one in a three game series and my mighty mighty Stros were sucking like a Kirby vacuum cleaner, he failed. And it’s not about win or lose; it’s about team culture.  The home...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Jose Altuve: Power Hitter

He’s listed at a generous 5-foot-6, and he’s never hit more than 15 homers, so when you look up and see that Jose Altuve has hit five home runs already this year, you really just want to shrug and sing a song of sample size. But if you’ve been watching for longer, you’ll have noticed that this has been a long time coming, and that under the hood we find reasons to believe...
Via Fangraphs
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Jose Altuve Is Steadily Developing A Sustainable Power Stroke

The Houston Astros finished the 2015 season with 230 home runs, good for second in the Major Leagues and just two long balls behind the Toronto Blue Jays. With 22 home runs as a team so far in 2016, tying them for third in the Majors, the 'Stros are picking up right where they left off last season. In 15 games, two players are tied for the team's leader in homers at five. One...
Via The Sports Quotient
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Domingo Santana Is Making the George Springer Adjustment

If George Springer‘s rookie season was like a breath of fresh air, then last year represented a sigh of relief. The breath of fresh air, because Springer was not only great, but great in such a unique way. The sigh of relief because Springer’s uncommon profile made him an outlier in some potentially worrisome areas, and last year, he patched up his most glaring weaknesses. Namely...
Via Fangraphs
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Carlos Gomez does karate kick in battle with bullpen door, loses fight

When we last checked in with Carlos Gomez on Monday night, he was caught with his pants around his ankles after producing an epic bat flip on a deep fly ball that Alex Gordon snagged with ease. Tuesday’s game featured an even more animated Gomez, who went to war with the door leading to the Royals’ bullpen—and lost. The padding on the door was coming off, so Gomez tried to...
Via The Sports Daily
19 days ago  |  Discuss
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