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The Crawfish Boxes Jul 16, 2019
Game Thread 96. July 16th, 2019. 9:05 CDT Astros vs Angels

Game Thread 96. July 16th, 2019. 9:05 CDT Astros vs Angels

Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports The Astros go to the Opener concept for the second straight night. Will it work out better than it did yesterday? Join the discussion. The Astros lost ugly last night in Anaheim, 9-6, with primary pitcher Framber Valdez getting shelled for six runs (four earned) in four innings. With injuries raging through the staff, the Astros turn to the opener concept again, with Hector Rondon starting the game, to be quickly replaced with Rogelio Armenteros, slated as the primary tonight. Armenteros was just recalled from AAA Round Rock today for this game, while...
Climbing Tal's Hill Jul 16, 2019

Astros: Was that the final straw for Framber Valdez?

Astros’ Framber Valdez has, to put it mildly, not made the best of his opportunities this season in the Majors. Is this the last we’ll see of him this year? I thought the Framber Valdez‘s last outing, when he only lasted two-thirds of an inning, was the final straw. But the setback in Brad Peacock‘s […] Astros: Was that the final straw for Framber Valdez? - Climbing Tals Hill - Climbing Tals Hill - A Houston Astros Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
The Crawfish Boxes Jul 16, 2019
Astros Crawfish Boil: July 16th, 2019

Astros Crawfish Boil: July 16th, 2019

Start your morning with some of the best Astros links around Check out the rest of the Crawfish Boxes here Astros News The opener experiment worked out great yesterday but things got pretty ugly after that (Houston Chronicle)A big reason for that was another poor outing by Framber Valdez, who may have officially worn out his welcome (Texas Sports Nation)It’s also part of the reason the Astros are sniffing around Robbie Ray as a trade target (MLB Trade Rumors)And the time might be right to land that big arm for the rotation (Houston Sportsmap)But the Astros would be better off standing pat...
The Crawfish Boxes Jul 16, 2019
Game Recap: Astros Lose a Sloppy One to the Angels, 9-6

Game Recap: Astros Lose a Sloppy One to the Angels, 9-6

The opener strategy didn’t quite go as planned tonight for Houston For a few innings, it looked like the Astros’ decision to use Josh James as an Opener and Framber Valdez as a Headliner might pay off. The Astros jumped out to an early lead in the first without any hits, with Alex Bregman, Yordan Álvarez, Yuli Gurriel, and Josh Reddick all working two-out walks (and with a wild pitch thrown in for good measure). Things somehow got worse for Angels starter Griffin Canning in the second; after a lead-off strikeout, it went: walk, single (runner to third), wild pitch (run scored), walk...
The Crawfish Boxes Jul 15, 2019
Game Thread 95. July 15th, 2019, 9:07 CDT. Astros vs. Angels

Game Thread 95. July 15th, 2019, 9:07 CDT. Astros vs. Angels

The Astros employ an opener in the first game of a 4 game series. Trout’s out for this one. Astros vs Angels. Late West Coast Game. Game 1 of 4. Josh James to Open. Framber Valdez to Headline. No Trout. Here’s your gamethread. I’m going to bed. Go Stros.
The Crawfish Boxes Jul 12, 2019
Game Thread 92. July 12th, 2019, 7:05 CDT. Astros vs Rangers

Game Thread 92. July 12th, 2019, 7:05 CDT. Astros vs Rangers

Gerrit Cole tries to set the Stros back on a winning track after last night’s loss in Arlington. He’ll have to do it without Alex Bregman, who required four stitches after the game. Join the discussion Rough game last night. Starter Framber Valdez got bombed, the Astros got shut out, and Alex Bregman got injured. He will not be in the lineup tonight. Cy Sneed was one silver lining last night. He replaced Valdez with five innings of one-run ball. Great work. But tonight’s a new night. If anyone can put the Astros back on track it’s tonight’s starter Gerrit Cole, red-hot Gerrit...
Climbing Tal's Hill Jul 12, 2019

Astros: Jeff Luhnow please get a starter, enough experimenting

The Astros front office needs to pull the plug on this constant rotation of starting pitchers and pull the trigger on making that necessary trade. If last night’s pitching performance by Framber Valdez wasn’t a wake-up call for the Astros, I certainly don’t know what is. How many times can we call up and recall […] Astros: Jeff Luhnow please get a starter, enough experimenting - Climbing Tals Hill - Climbing Tals Hill - A Houston Astros Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
The Crawfish Boxes Jul 12, 2019
Astros Crawfish Boil: July 12th, 2019

Astros Crawfish Boil: July 12th, 2019

Start your morning with some of the best Astros links around Check out the rest of the Crawfish Boxes here Astros News It was a pretty awful night for the Astros and Framber Valdez as they dropped the series opener 5-0 to the Rangers (Houston Chronicle)And it only got worse when Alex Bregman had to leave the game with a chin injury (ESPN)Valdez’s performance has lent some urgency to the question of where the Astros can go for rotation help (The Athletic, $$$)There is some pitching help on the way, at least, with Peacock and Smith rejoining the team in Arlington (Astros.com)And it looks...
The Crawfish Boxes Jul 12, 2019
Astros fizzle in Arlington. Rangers pounce in 1st inning to win 5-0.

Astros fizzle in Arlington. Rangers pounce in 1st inning to win 5-0.

Valdez gives up four in 2⁄3 of an inning. Alex Bregman leaves game after getting hit in the face by hard grounder. The Astros have three starting pitchers right now. You know their names. When one of those three pitchers doesn’t start the game the Astros have very little chance of winning. Today Framber Valdez was given a reprieve from AAA to get his second chance as a starting pitcher this year. It was a disaster. In 2⁄3 of an inning he allowed three walks, one to lead off the inning, an infield single, and three doubles. When he left the game, he had allowed four runs, and...
Lone Star Ball Jul 11, 2019
49-42 - Rangers snuff out Astros to open second half with 5-0 win

49-42 - Rangers snuff out Astros to open second half with 5-0 win

Texas claws back into the Silver Boot race with primetime win over Houston The Rangers and Astros were the only show in town for Major League Baseball tonight as they opened the second half of the season as the lone game on the docket in primetime on ESPN. For the Rangers, you couldn’t ask for much more than showcasing their surprising season with a 5-0 shutdown of AL West leading Houston. In fact, it was never even really close. Texas scored four runs in the bottom of the first inning before Astros’ starter Framber Valdez could even make it out of the inning. Overall, Texas enjoyed...
The Crawfish Boxes Jul 11, 2019
Game Thread 90, July 11th, 2019, 7:10 CDT. Astros vs Rangers.

Game Thread 90, July 11th, 2019, 7:10 CDT. Astros vs Rangers.

It’s the second season, starting today. Time to crush the Mall Cops. Join the discussion. Four games at Global Life Park. With the Rangers. Astros sweep brooms could double as shovels. Shovels to bury whatever hope the Rangers have of overtaking the Astros. But for that to happen starting pitcher Framber Valdez has to find his mojo again. He faces Lance Lynn to start the the second half.
Lone Star Ball Jul 11, 2019
Texas Rangers lineup for July 11, 2019

Texas Rangers lineup for July 11, 2019

The Rangers begin the second half with a four game set at home against the Astros Texas Rangers lineup for July 11, 2019 against the Houston Astros: starting pitchers are Lance Lynn for the Rangers and Framber Valdez for the Astros. The Rangers start the second half looking to rebound from a rough ending to the first half, and with lefty Framber Valdez on the mound, Ronald Guzman and Willie Calhoun get a day off. The lineup: Choo — DH DeShields — CF Elvis — SS Mazara — RF Gallo — LF Santana — 1B Odor — 2B Cabrera — 3B Mathis — C
Climbing Tal's Hill Jul 9, 2019

Astros Triple-A Notes: Valdez, Jones, Bielak shine

Astros prospects Framber Valdez, Taylor Jones and Joshua Rojas shined for the Round Rock Express last week. Rumor has it the Astros are in need of some help in the starting rotation following the All-Star break. In an effort to claim a spot, Framber Valdez has looked solid since being sent back to Triple-A Round […] Astros Triple-A Notes: Valdez, Jones, Bielak shine - Climbing Tals Hill - Climbing Tals Hill - A Houston Astros Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
The Crawfish Boxes Jul 7, 2019
Pitchers the Astros Could Target at the Trade Deadline

Pitchers the Astros Could Target at the Trade Deadline

The Astros need pitching help. Are any of these guys worth the risk? Or the cost? Let’s face it, fifth starter has pretty much been a hot-mess for the Astros all season. A number of Astros pitchers have failed to hold down the 5th starter spot. Colin McHugh, Corbin Martin, Framber Valdez, and Jose Urquidy have all made starts in that spot; all have been found wanting. McHugh was solid early allowing two runs or less through his first four starts. After that his pitching went from pretty good to inconsistent. He had only one more start where he allowed three runs or less. Eventually he...
The Crawfish Boxes Jul 4, 2019
Talking Stros Podcast Soundcloud Links: Jose Urquidy set to debut

Talking Stros Podcast Soundcloud Links: Jose Urquidy set to debut

Listen to Past Talking Stros Episodes Here Talking Astros Baseball 7-01-2019 Segment 1 - All about Jose Urquidy Urquidy to start Tuesday in Colorado. Brad Peacock hit the IL Framber Valdez just went down Rogelio Armenteros isn’t available. Did Cy Sneed do enough? 40 man roster is full Corbin Martin news not good Segment 2 - Astros playing better What are they doing better during this 3 game winning streak Why does it look so easy for Yordan? Astros fans hate Tyler White All-Stars aplenty Any snubs What’s it like to be an Astros fan in KC? Segment 3 - looking ahead to trade...

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