10:23 AM EDT, Fri September 18, 2020
The Crawfish Boxes 51 mins ago
The End of the Dragon?

The End of the Dragon?

Photo by Mike Ehrmann/ If you haven’t heard, Chris Devenski was diagnosed with Bone Spurs which will require surgery to remove, effectively ending his season. Our sister site over at Amazin Avenue, put together an article when Syndergaard and Matz dealt with them. “What are Bone Spurs? Bone spurs are abnormal overgrowth of bone resulting from abnormal stress placed on that area. Given that there is a tremendous amount of stress placed on the elbow while pitching, it is fairly common for bone spurs to form on a pitcher’s throwing elbow. Depending on the size of the bone spur, it...
Climbing Tal's Hill 1 hour ago

Astros: Five key takeaways from series win against Rangers

Here are our five key takeaways from the Houston Astros series win against the Texas Rangers. This was one of the uglier series wins I’ve seen from the Astros recently, but a win is a win. Houston took two of three from their in-state rivals and have opened up a three-game lead over the Seattle […] Astros: Five key takeaways from series win against Rangers - Climbing Tals Hill - Climbing Tals Hill - A Houston Astros Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Xiane / The Dream Shake 2 hours ago
Rockets 2020 Player Recaps: Chris Clemons, Michael Frazier, William Howard

Rockets 2020 Player Recaps: Chris Clemons, Michael Frazier, William Howard

Throw it down, little man, throw it down! | Photo by Cato Cataldo/NBAE via Welcome to Your Exit Interview CHRIS CLEMONS Rockets Coach: Well, since Mike isn’t here, and I may not be here much longer, I’m going to be doing your player exit interview for the season over Zoom. Then we’ll switch off and you’ll see Daryl, or someone else from the front office, ok? Yeah, I hate doing it on Zoom, too. I won’t mind if you eat a snack or something. Chris Clemons: Ok, coach. Coach: So, how did you see your season, Chris? Chris Clemons: Well, did you know I’m the second leading...
The Crawfish Boxes 3 hours ago
2020 Series Preview: Arizona Diamondbacks @ Houston Astros

2020 Series Preview: Arizona Diamondbacks @ Houston Astros

Photo by Thomas B. Shea/ The Astros (25-25, 2nd in AL West) will face a familiar NL foe as the Diamondbacks (19-32, 5th in NL West) come to town for the weekend D-backs Quick Notes The Narrative The Diamondbacks head to Houston after a week of .500 ball, something they haven’t seen too often this year. After losing 2 of 3 to the Mariners, they were able to take a couple from the Angels during a mid-week series. That marked just the fourth series win that Arizona has been able to pull off this season, though one of those wins was against the Astros. The snakes have fallen off sharply...
The Crawfish Boxes 12 hours ago
Valdez dazzles behind Tucker’s HR as Astros beat the Rangers, 2-1

Valdez dazzles behind Tucker’s HR as Astros beat the Rangers, 2-1

Framber Valdez #59 of the Houston Astros pitches in the first inning against the Texas Rangers at Minute Maid Park on September 17, 2020 in Houston, Texas. | Photo by Bob Levey/ Tonight, the Astros looked to bounce back after being shutout last night. They faced off against former Astros, Jordan Lyles. The Astros got on the board in the second inning when Kyle Tucker connected on a 2 run HR, his 9th of the season, to give the Astros an early 2-0 lead. KYLE TUCKER. MVP. pic.twitter.com/K5OLZA38gv— Apollo Media (@ApolloHOU) September 17, 2020 Framber Valdez got the start for the...
The Crawfish Boxes 16 hours ago
Game 50 Thread. September 17, 2020, 6:10 CDT. Rangers @ Astros

Game 50 Thread. September 17, 2020, 6:10 CDT. Rangers @ Astros

Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports Astros try to win the series with Texas before the D-Backs come to town. The Astros lost a tough one yesterday, losing 1-0, with the opposing team winning yet again in their last at bat. Today the Astros face another struggling pitcher, former Astro Jordan Lyles, hoping to get better results than what they achieved yesterday. The Astros send Framber Valdez to face the Rangers. He is 3-3, with a 4.08 ERA. But in his last four games his ERA is 6.92. Lineup is unavailable at time of publication. Media Access Game 3: Thursday, September 17th @ 6:10 pm...
Climbing Tal's Hill 19 hours ago

Astros: Jose Urquidy making case for playoff rotation

Jose Urquidy is making a case to be part of the Houston Astros rotation in the playoffs. The Houston Astros still have about a week and a half to figure out how their pitching staff is going to look for the playoffs, and we’re confident they’ll be playing in October. But one thing to monitor […] Astros: Jose Urquidy making case for playoff rotation - Climbing Tals Hill - Climbing Tals Hill - A Houston Astros Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Houston Chronicle 21 hours ago

Fan at Texans-Chiefs game tested positive for COVID-19

The team, which required fans to wear masks inside the stadium, said the person was seated in the lower level of the stadium.
www.chron.com 21 hours ago

Kings hire former Rockets executive Monte McNair as new GM

The Sacramento Kings have hired former Houston Rockets executive Monte McNair as their new general manager. The team announced the move to replace Vlade Divac on Thursday, making McNair the team’s top basketball executive reporting to owner Vivek Ranadivé. “Monte is one of the NBA’s top basketball minds who has played an instrumental role in building several winning teams in Houston,” Ranadivé said. “I am excited to bring his extensive experience and vision onboard to lead our basketball operations department, and it is my pleasure to welcome Monte and his family to...
The Dream Shake 23 hours ago
The top 5 Rockets duos of all-time

The top 5 Rockets duos of all-time

Who was the best of all-time in H-town? It’s another theme week here at SB Nation, and we’re focusing on teamwork — specifically, the best sets of Houston Rockets teammates of all time. The Rockets have had a lot of star power over the years and have always been ahead of the curve trying to pair together top talent. So in that spirit, we’re counting down the top five best duos to don the Rockets jersey. Honorable Mentions: Steve Francis and Cuttino Mobley - These two failed to have any major playoff success, but they were an exciting duo that bridged the gap between two eras of...
The Crawfish Boxes Sep 17, 2020
George Springer is right where the Astros need him

George Springer is right where the Astros need him

Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports The 30-year-old outfielder finally left his struggles behind and is carrying with the Astros’ lineup since early September. Fortunately, George Springer is back to his standards. When the Astros need him most, he’s stepping up as one of the forces in Dusty Baker’s lineup. He successfully overcame his early-season struggles and is crushing balls. During the first one and a half months of the season, Springer was not Springer himself. In the first 28 regular-season games, he was hitting for a .194/.331/.388 slash line, with 23 strikeouts, only nine...
The Crawfish Boxes Sep 17, 2020
Astros Crawfish Boil: September 17th, 2020

Astros Crawfish Boil: September 17th, 2020

Photo by Bob Levey/ Start your morning with some of the best Astros links around Check out the rest of the Crawfish Boxes here and listen to the latest version of Locked on Astros, our partnered podcast, here. Astros News Lance McCullers looked like an ace pitcher in his return from the IL last night (Astros.com) Unfortunately Kyle Gibson looked even better, though I would contribute at least some of that to an awful strike zone by the home plate ump (Houston Chronicle) Jose Urquidy also looked good in his most recent start, showing promising signs for the Astros’ rotation...
Climbing Tal's Hill Sep 17, 2020

Astros: Chris Devenski’s future in question after surgery

Chris Devenski’s future with the Houston Astros is in question after his elbow surgery. Chris Devenski was probably going to be in a precarious position this offseason regardless of his health, but now his health has added another wrinkle to that. The Astros announced that the pitcher underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right elbow Tuesday […] Astros: Chris Devenski’s future in question after surgery - Climbing Tals Hill - Climbing Tals Hill - A Houston Astros Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Xiane / The Dream Shake Sep 17, 2020
Rocket Changes - Part One

Rocket Changes - Part One

Festivus Has Come Early This Year for Rockets Fans | Photo by Sarah L. Voisin/The The Washington Post via The Airing of Grievances Festivus has come early this year. The Houston Rockets have again exited the NBA playoffs in the second round. Fortunately they’re in good company, with NBA Finals favorites Los Angeles Clippers and Milwaukee Bucks also booking a ticket out of The Bubble earlier than predicted by most. One funny fact about the annual (or perpetual) lambasting of James Harden this playoffs is, he was far from the worst of the superstars ousted from playoff contention. ...
The Crawfish Boxes Sep 16, 2020
McCullers excellent, Gibson infinite in one in a million duel

McCullers excellent, Gibson infinite in one in a million duel

Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports Astros fall short against Rangers 1-0 in classic pitcher’s duel When starting pitchers Lance McCullers Jr. and Kyle Gibson trotted to the outfield to begin their pregame routines a half-hour before Wednesday’s first pitch, neither likely envisioned the duel that was about to take place. Both simply wanted to pitch well, a quality start would be a welcome change for either. McCullers entered with a 5.79 ERA, returning from the injured list (neck) after not recording an out in his last start on Sept. 4. Meanwhile, Gibson’s ERA sat at 6.14, a major...

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