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Collin McHugh has already put together the best stretch by a Houston Astros' pitcher in 13 years, but he's now aiming to tie the franchise record for the most consecutive winning starts. McHugh's bid to enter the record books comes in his first meeting with the San Diego Padres on Monday night, with the Astros looking for their eighth victory in nine tries. McHugh (3-0, 2.41 ERA...
Via AP on Fox
9 hours ago  |  Discuss

Astros off to best start in nearly 10 years

With the Houston Astros' 7-6 win over the Oakland A's on Sunday, the first-place Astros not only swept Oakland but improved to 10-7 - which is an important accomplishment in team history.A clutch two-run double from Evan Gattis (in which he swung at a nearly head-high offering from A's closer Tyler Clippard) erased a 6-5 deficit and led to their tenth win of the season. To put their...
Via Fox Sports
11 hours ago  |  Discuss

Astros RHP Will Harris extends his scoreless appearance streak to 23 games

Houston Astros right handed reliever Will Harris was on the mound Saturday to record the final out in a 9-3 win over the Oakland A’s, as the first place Astros improved to 10-7 on the season. Harris came into the game yesterday in the ninth inning, replacing RHP Josh Fields, and pitched a shutout inning to extend his scoreless inning streak to 23 games (24.2 IP), dating back to...
Via Baseball Essential
22 hours ago  |  Discuss

The Houston Astros pitching staff has been outstanding

The Houston Astros are 10-7, their best start since 2007 and they are in first place in the AL West. They have their pitching staff to thank for the good start. They have been one of the surprise stories early on this season. The Astros pitching staff is tied with the New York Mets for the third best ERA in baseball at 3.02. They have allowed the third fewest hits and earned runs...
23 hours ago  |  Discuss

Astros’ rising star Jake Marisnick sidelined with leg discomfort

Marisnick sidelined with leg discomfort Houston Astros center fielder, Jake Marisnick, was kept out of the starting lineup in Friday night’s first game of a three-game set against division rivals, the Oakland A’s. Marisnick sat mostly for precautionary reasons after dealing with what has been described as right leg discomfort during Wednesday’s game, a 3-2 loss at Seattle...
Via Baseball Essential
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Chase McDonald: Astros Minor League Slugger Putting Up Ruthian Numbers

Lancaster JetHawks 22-year-old first baseman Chase McDonald stands 6’4″ and weighs 265 pounds and, other than hitting from the right side, looks a lot like Babe Ruth. McDonald hit his California League-leading fifth home run on the season last night to extend his hitting streak to 12 games. Thursday’s home run in the 11-3 loss to the Modesto Nuts was McDonald’s fifth...
Via Baseball Essential
2 days ago  |  Discuss

'Big Dreams: The Jose Altuve Story' documentary premiering this weekend

On Sunday night, a special documentary chronicling the experiences of Houston Astros second baseman/reigning American League batting champion Jose Altuve will premiere on MLB Network.  Here's a short-but-compelling preview of the program, which looks as if it will focus on Altuve's experiences growing up in Venezuela to where he is today, as one of the game's most promising young...
Via Fox Sports
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Buy/Sell, Week 3: Is Valbuena for Real?

As we’re nearly three weeks through the baseball season, the sample sizes are getting larger and the bats are starting to wake up from their winter hibernation, making for a hitter heavy buy/sell this week. Here we go: Sell: Nelson Cruz Cruz is off to a monstrous start to 2015, picking up where he left off last season. He currently leads all MLB in home runs (8) and RBI (17)...
Via Baseball Professor
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Understanding the Houston Astros

The Houston Astros are currently in 1st place in the American League West, with a record of 8 wins and 6 losses.  This despite the fact that as a team, they are hitting just .210, last in the MLB and lead the league in strikeouts.  However, they are 5th in the MLB in walks and 2nd in stolen bases.  Their 18 home runs is tied for 4th in baseball, yet they have a -1 run differential...
Via We Talk Fantasy Sports
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Vol. 2: AL West Weekly Wrap-Up

Nelson Cruz. Photo Credit: Getty Images.   Here we already already through week two of the regular season so it is time for another volume of the AL West Weekly Wrap-Up. Weekly Wrap-Ups will be coming to you on Baseball Hot Corner for each division all-season, summarizing each team’s week, naming both a position player and pitcher of the week and giving you our take on the power...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
6 days ago  |  Discuss

AL West Top 10 Prospects Round-Up

The 2015 season is well underway and that means the minor-leagues are abuzz with activity. All the way from Single A to the majors, below is our weekly round-up of the top 10 prospects in the AL West. 1. Carlos Correa SS – Astros: Arguably the top prospect in the game, Correa has gotten off to a fine start in 2015. The 20 year old boasts above average tools in all facets of...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Houston Astros: Is George Springer the next Mike Trout?

The Houston Astros have a great amount of young talent. This team will only continue to mature and get better. How good can their prospects be? Do they have the next Mike Trout? George Springer walk back to the dugout George Springer has all the tools to play like Mike Trout. Both have amazing power, they can both cover tons of ground in the outfield, both can throw out runners...
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Angels vs. Astros Series Preview: Texas Two-Step

It only took the league three seasons into Houston’s tenure in the AL West to finally figure out that when the Angels come to the state of Texas that they should play BOTH the Rangers and Astros back-to-back. For some reason the last two seasons featured the Halos coming to Texas to play one team, then leaving, then coming back later to play the other. That’s the kind of thing...
Via Monkey with a Halo
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Collin McHugh Continues to Trust His Slider

On Wednesday, Collin McHugh pitched well against the Ben Zobrist-less Oakland A’s. Zobrist’s absence made the A’s a weaker version of themselves, but they were still a tougher opponent than the hapless Rangers he saw five days earlier. While McHugh only tossed 5.2 innings and faced just 23 batters, he tied Trevor Bauer for the single-game […]
Via Fangraphs
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Baseball Profcast: Believe In Springer

In Episode 176, Professors Adam Nodiff (@ANodBaseball) and George Bissell (@GeorgeBissell) discuss some fantasy baseball news and prospects on Friday on the Farm. Topics include: Why you shouldn’t give up on George Springer yet Thoughts on Stephen Souza’s productive start and some other young outfielders Whether Devon Travis needs to be owned in more leagues Whether Jimmy...
Via Baseball Professor
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh’s Contact Problem

The Houston Astros are well known for swinging, missing, and striking out at an extremely high rate. It should come as no surprise the Astros are currently leading the American League in strikeout rate, even in the early going, striking out 26.2% of the time. However, the Astros are not first in Major League Baseball […]
Via Fangraphs
10 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: George Springer's catch prevents walk-off grand slam

George Springer probably won’t have to buy a drink in Houston any time soon. The Texas Rangers took the Astros into extra innings Sunday, and things weren’t looking too hot for the visitors when Houston closer Tony Sipp loaded the bases in the bottom of the 10th. But luckily for the Astros, Springer was there to save the day. With two outs, Rangers center fielder Leonys Martin...
14 days ago  |  Discuss

George Springer robs potential walk off grand slam

Check out this catch during Sunday’s Astros-Rangers game. George Springer robbed Leonys Martin of what would have been a walk off grand slam in the bottom of the tenth inning. Words can’t express how ridiculous this catch is. And just for the hell of it, here’s the catch in gif form. #Walkoff grand slam? NOPE. — MLB GIFS (@MLBGIFs) April 12, 2015...
Via The Outside Corner
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Are the Astros More Vulnerable to Power Pitchers?

The Houston Astros just finished a three-game series at home against the Cleveland Indians, and a few things presented themselves in respect to our discussions during this past offseason. The discussions in question pertained to two subjects: the quiet strength of the Cleveland pitching staff, and the strikeout propensity of the Houston lineup. It was hard […]
Via Fangraphs
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Houston Astros: Opening Day observations

The Houston Astros won 2-0 against the Cleveland Indians in the season opener. It was a pitching matchup to watch and a great game. Keuchel has brought the beard into Houston baseball. Whose beard is better Houston Rocket’s James Harden or Astros’ Dallas Keuchel? Tonight Keuchel and his beard threw a masterpiece of a game. Kluber entered the sixth inning with a no-hitter before...
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Astros catcher Jason Castro asked to prom in case of mistaken identity (photo)

Houston Astros catcher Jason Castro may have been flattered by the gesture — even if it was a case of mistaken identity — but has nevertheless politely declined an accidental invite to prom. Castro happened upon his car adorned with “P-R-O-M?” spelled out with Post-It Notes. whoever asked me to prom a few nights ago,...Read More The post Astros catcher Jason Castro asked...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
March 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Fresno Grizzlies backtrack on ‘Astros 2017 World Champs’ promotion

It probably sounded like a fun idea for fans of the Fresno Grizzlies, the Triple-A affiliate of the Houston Astros. The Astros were deemed 2017’s World Series champions by Sports Illustrated last June, touting the young talent that the organization had stockpiled and developed. With potential stars like George Springer, Jon Singleton, Collin McHugh, Mark Appel and Carlos Correa...
Via The Outside Corner
March 25, 2015  |  Discuss

Brady Aiken leaves first IMG Academy start after 13 pitches

Brady Aiken’s debut for IMG Academy did not go the way he wanted. Aiken, who was the No. 1 overall pick by the Houston Astros last year but did not sign because of a monetary dispute, elected to attend IMG Academy as he prepares to re-enter the draft. He made his first start Thursday and...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
March 19, 2015  |  Discuss

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