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The Crawfish Boxes 11 hours ago
Astros Bats: They’re Even Worse Than They Look

Astros Bats: They’re Even Worse Than They Look

Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports Maybe they’ll suddenly heat up during the playoffs, who knows? It’s official. The once mighty Astros lineup is below average. According to Fangraphs on this Sunday evening, the team wRC+ is 98, league average being 100. That’s good for 18th in MLB. With almost the same cast of characters, the Astros were first last year, with a 125 rating. From 25% better than average, the Astros have gone to 2% worse in one year. Let’s look at some of the superstars’ last year’s wRC+ versus this year. Jose Altuve 2019: 138. 2020: 71 Alex Bregman 2019: 168....
The Crawfish Boxes 10 hours ago

Astros Crawfish Boil: September 21st, 2020

Photo by Tim Warner/ 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 It was the George Springer show yesterday as he popped two home runs in...
The Crawfish Boxes 10 hours ago
George Springer had a one-in-a-million game on Sunday

George Springer had a one-in-a-million game on Sunday

Erik Williams-USA TODAY Sports The 31-year-old centerfielder stole a base and hit two home runs, including an inside-the-parker. That’s a game never seen before by Astros fans. If the Astros won on Sunday and finished the day with a winning record (27-26) for the first time since September 8, it was mostly thanks to what George Springer did at the plate. The centerfielder got three hits, including two home runs, and a stolen base. But you gotta go deeper to appreciate how important was Springer’s performance not only to get the W, but in Astros history as well. In the first, George...

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Climbing Tal's Hill 6 hours ago

Astros: Previewing key three-game series against Mariners

Here’s what you need to know about the Houston Astros crucial series against the Seattle Mariners. Now completely finished with their home schedule, the Houston Astros embark on what is potentially their most crucial series of the season thus far. As they cling to a four-game lead for the second-place spot in the AL West […] Astros: Previewing key three-game series against Mariners - Climbing Tals Hill - Climbing Tals Hill - A Houston Astros Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Climbing Tal's Hill 12 hours ago

Astros: Five key takeaways from series win against Arizona

Here are our five key takeaways from the Houston Astros series win against the Arizona Diamondbacks. For the second consecutive series, the Houston Astros managed an ugly series win against a last-place team. This time it came against the Arizona Diamondbacks, and it looks to be the final time the Astros will play at Minute […] Astros: Five key takeaways from series win against Arizona - Climbing Tals Hill - Climbing Tals Hill - A Houston Astros Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
The Crawfish Boxes 12 hours ago
2020 Series Preview: Houston Astros @ Seattle Mariners

2020 Series Preview: Houston Astros @ Seattle Mariners

Photo by Stephen Brashear/ The Astros (27-26, 2nd in AL West) head on the road for the last 7 games of the season, starting with three against the Mariners (23-30, 3rd in AL West) Mariners Quick Notes The Narrative The Mariners are in the middle of a youth movement that, if you believe the talking heads from before the season, should have left them lagging far behind the Astros and A’s. However, poor play from the Astros has allowed the young team to remain in contention this season, and they are just a few games behind Houston as we head into the final week of the season. If the...
The Crawfish Boxes 18 hours ago
SB Nation Reacts: Who can be the biggest postseason surprise?

SB Nation Reacts: Who can be the biggest postseason surprise?

Photo by Matt Thomas/San Diego Padres/ Some polls for everyone. Welcome to SB Nation Reacts, a survey of fans across MLB. Each week, we send 30 polls to plugged in fans from each team. Astros fans, sign up HERE to join Reacts. The 2020 season is going to be remembered for a lot of weird things. Obviously the pandemic, for one. Rule changes are another. For example, teams now only have to complete seven innings for both games of a doubleheader. In that case, a starting pitcher would only have to go seven innings to record a perfect game, no-hitter, or shut out. In turn, fans were asked...
The Crawfish Boxes Sep 20, 2020
Springer, walks, rescue Astros on Sunday

Springer, walks, rescue Astros on Sunday

Erik Williams-USA TODAY Sports Astros take 3.5 game lead over Mariners pending their late game. It wasn’t pretty, but a win is a win. The Astros entered Sunday’s regular season home finale against Arizona desperately needing a victory to salvage a winning homestand against two poor teams in the Rangers and Diamondbacks. Arizona starter Madison Bumgarner delivered a throwback performance, but a pair of late home runs by George Springer (one conventional, one not so much) and a wild eighth inning by the Snakes bullpen allowed Houston to escape with a 3-2 triumph. Pending the outcome of...
Climbing Tal's Hill Sep 20, 2020

Astros should keep Justin Verlander for rest of career

Despite his injury, the Houston Astros should retain Justin Verlander for as long as he wants to pitch. The news that Justin Verlander will miss all of next season recovering from Tommy John surgery is like a gut punch to everyone in Houston. Many outside the Astros fan base are taking some measure of joy […] Astros should keep Justin Verlander for rest of career - Climbing Tals Hill - Climbing Tals Hill - A Houston Astros Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
The Crawfish Boxes Sep 20, 2020
Game 53 Thread. September 20, 2020, 1:10 CDT. D-Backs @ Astros.

Game 53 Thread. September 20, 2020, 1:10 CDT. D-Backs @ Astros.

Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports It’s the last home game as the Astros enter the home stretch for the playoffs. The Astros probably lost the services of Justin Verlander for the remainder of his contract with the Astros, through 2021, so who will fill his shoes? Cristian Javier stepped in last night, leading the Stros to a 3-2 win over Arizona. Today, all hope lies with another rookie, Jose Urquidy, pitching only his third game this season, but going in with a 2.70 ERA. Madison Bumgarner, having a terrible season, starts for the D-Backs. This is the last home game for the Astros this...
Climbing Tal's Hill Sep 20, 2020

Astros: Brad Peacock goes on IL, season likely finished

Brad Peacock’s season is likely done, and his future with the Houston Astros is up in the air. The Houston Astros got some good news on Friday when lefthanded reliever Blake Taylor was activated from the Injured List, meaning Dusty Baker gets his best bullpen arm back. What it also means, unfortunately, is that Brad […] Astros: Brad Peacock goes on IL, season likely finished - Climbing Tals Hill - Climbing Tals Hill - A Houston Astros Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
The Crawfish Boxes Sep 19, 2020
Bullpen dominates as Astros beat the D-Backs, 3-2.

Bullpen dominates as Astros beat the D-Backs, 3-2.

Josh James #39, Carlos Correa #1 and Michael Brantley #23 of the Houston Astros celebrate after an inning-ending double play that was upheld by instant replay in the seventh inning Arizona Diamondbacks at Minute Maid Park on September 19, 2020 in Houston, Texas. | Photo by Bob Levey/ On the same day the Astros learned Justin Verlander would need Tommy John Surgery, they took the field looking to create some good news of their own. Cristian Javier got the start for the Astros. He allowed a run in the 2nd and 3rd and finished the start going 4 innings allowing just the 2 runs with 6...
The Crawfish Boxes Sep 19, 2020
Game 51 Thread, September 19, 2020, 6:10 CDT. D-Backs @ Astros

Game 51 Thread, September 19, 2020, 6:10 CDT. D-Backs @ Astros

Erik Williams-USA TODAY Sports The Astros hope to avenge last night’s loss Cristian Javier goes tonight. Hopefully he’s good from here on out, because someone will have to step up to fill the shoes of Justin Verlander. He will undergo Tommy John surgery, He will be out 12 to 14 months, probably ending his career as an Astro.
The Crawfish Boxes Sep 19, 2020
Justin Verlander: The Most Consequential Astros Pitcher Ever

Justin Verlander: The Most Consequential Astros Pitcher Ever

Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports After the announcement that Verlander requires Tommy John surgery, we’ve probably seen the last of Justin in an Astros uniform. His loss is incalculable Other Astros pitchers have pitched more games, have more wins, have accumulated more WAR wearing the rainbow uniform, but no pitcher in Astros History is more consequential than Justin Verlander. The reason is simple. Without Justin Verlander the Astros would not have won the World Series, nor would they have won two AL pennants in his three years. That’s one more World championships than the Astros...
Climbing Tal's Hill Sep 19, 2020

Astros News: Justin Verlander to undergo Tommy John surgery

Houston Astros ace Justin Verlander is going to undergo Tommy John surgery. What we’ve suspected for the past couple of months has unfortunately come true. Houston Astros ace Justin Verlander announced on Saturday that he will undergo Tommy John surgery, which will end his attempt to return the mound in 2020 and likely keep him […] Astros News: Justin Verlander to undergo Tommy John surgery - Climbing Tals Hill - Climbing Tals Hill - A Houston Astros Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Climbing Tal's Hill Sep 19, 2020

Astros: Finding the good in a disappointing 2020 season

There are some silver linings in what has been a tough season for the Houston Astros. We don’t need to sugarcoat it. This has been a rough year for the Houston Astros — painful, even. With nine games left in the season, the team hovers around .500 and faces the slight (but real) possibility of […] Astros: Finding the good in a disappointing 2020 season - Climbing Tals Hill - Climbing Tals Hill - A Houston Astros Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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