12:46 AM EST, Mon March 08, 2021
The Crawfish Boxes 7 hours ago
Cards take Astros in Rare Nine Inning Spring Training Game, 8-5

Cards take Astros in Rare Nine Inning Spring Training Game, 8-5

Rhona Wise-USA TODAY Sports Meltdown by late inning relievers gives Birds the win. After the Astros staff took a no-hitter into the sixth inning, the back end of the Astros bullpen surrendered eight runs in innings sixth through eight. A ninth inning rally by the Stros fell short, giving the Cards the 8-5 win. Starter Kent Emmanuel opened with two perfect innings. In the third inning ostensible opening day closer Ryan Pressly saw his first Spring action, striking out the side. Last year’s surprise set-up man, lefty Brooks Raley, faced four right-handers in the fifth,...
The Crawfish Boxes 11 hours ago
Spring Training Game Thread 7. March 7, 2021, 12:05 CST. Astros @ Cards

Spring Training Game Thread 7. March 7, 2021, 12:05 CST. Astros @ Cards

Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports The Astros match the Cards with their strongest lineup of the Spring After losing ace Framber Valdez to injury, the Astros management acted expeditiously to fill the void, signing Jake Odorizzi to a two year contract with a third year option yesterday. Meanwhile the Stros lost to the Mets 6-1 in a rain shortened Spring Training game yesterday, following a well worn pattern this Spring, getting only three hits. Today, if the pattern continues, the Astros will have no excuse, as they are running with as close to their starting lineup as they...
Climbing Tal's Hill 13 hours ago

Astros: Forrest Whitley may need Tommy John surgery

Houston Astros top prospect Forrest Whitley may need Tommy John surgery. The Houston Astros are still waiting on the final prognosis for Framber Valdez and his fractured ring finger, but the injury bug already seems to have bitten again. FOX 26’s Mark Berman is reporting that it has been recommended that top prospect Forrest Whitley […] Astros: Forrest Whitley may need Tommy John surgery - Climbing Tals Hill - Climbing Tals Hill - A Houston Astros Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Climbing Tal's Hill 14 hours ago

Astros: Crane, Click silence critics with Odorizzi signing

Houston fans are more than accustomed to their pleas falling on deaf ears, most notably with the Texans as of late. But the same has been true with the Astros at times over the years, and even in this recent era of success and prosperity, the team has occasionally seemed reluctant to spend money. But […] Astros: Crane, Click silence critics with Odorizzi signing - Climbing Tals Hill - Climbing Tals Hill - A Houston Astros Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
The Crawfish Boxes Mar 6, 2021
Astros Fall to Mets in Rain Shortened Spring Training Game, 6-1

Astros Fall to Mets in Rain Shortened Spring Training Game, 6-1

 New York Mets shortstop Francisco Lindor (12) tags out Houston Astros second baseman Freudis Nova  | Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports Pedro Leon makes his major league debut. Astros hitting is again marked absent in a 2021 Spring Training Game, getting blanked until the fifth inning. Then, in the sixth inning, just before rain ended the game, two of the Astros’ most prominent international prospects broke the scoring drought, starting with the $4 million bonus baby from Cuba, Pedro Leon. Reaching first on a throwing error, perhaps induced by his speed down the line,...
Climbing Tal's Hill Mar 6, 2021

Houston Astros: Nivaldo Rodriguez fans five in two innings

The Houston Astros did add experienced rotational depth today with the signing of Jake Odorizzi, but they will still need to look to their minor league arms for seasonal depth in the rotation and bullpen. On Saturday, Nivaldo Rodriguez hit the bump for the second time this spring, while striking out five batters in two […] Houston Astros: Nivaldo Rodriguez fans five in two innings - Climbing Tals Hill - Climbing Tals Hill - A Houston Astros Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
The Crawfish Boxes Mar 6, 2021
Astros address thinning rotation depth with Jake Odorizzi signing

Astros address thinning rotation depth with Jake Odorizzi signing

Photo by Brace Hemmelgarn/Minnesota Twins/ The right handed pitcher is inked to a 2 year deal with player option and incentives. On the heels of news that Framber Valdez’ ring finger injury may jeopardize his entire 2021 season, a wave of COVID sweeping over the Houston Astros pitcher room, and news that pitching prospect is dealing with a sore arm of his own, the Houston Astros have made a move in free agency to bolster the thinning rotation depth. Right hander Jake Odorizzi is signed to a 2 year deal with a player option and many incentives, Jeff Passan...
Climbing Tal's Hill Mar 6, 2021

Houston Astros: sign Jake Odorizzi on a two-year deal

The Houston Astros have reportedly signed former Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Jake Odorizzi on a two-year deal. The right-hander has been the longest outed free agent arm this offseason, but after Framber Valdez’s injury this signing makes the most sense. Odorizzi was a member of the 2017 Tampa Bay Rays that included James Click in […] Houston Astros: sign Jake Odorizzi on a two-year deal - Climbing Tals Hill - Climbing Tals Hill - A Houston Astros Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
The Crawfish Boxes Mar 6, 2021
Spring Training Game Thread 6. March 6, 2021, 12:05 CST. Mets @ Astros

Spring Training Game Thread 6. March 6, 2021, 12:05 CST. Mets @ Astros

Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports A Spring Training battle of aces First, the bad news. We’ve all heard by now that the inning-eating ace of the Astros rotation, Framber Valdez, suffered a fractured index finger. This will probably keep him out until the All-Star break...AT BEST. And eight pitchers are under COVID quarantine, including one of the ostensible rotation replacements for Valdez, rookie Luis Garcia. And yesterday it was revealed that the Astros’ top pitching prospect and another ostensible replacement for Valdez, Forrest Whitley, is suffering arm...
The Crawfish Boxes Mar 6, 2021
Free-agent options that could fill Framber Valdez’s void in Astros’ rotation

Free-agent options that could fill Framber Valdez’s void in Astros’ rotation

Photo by Rob Carr/ Jake Odorizzi, Rick Porcello, and Cole Hamels are among the possible names the Astros might take a look at after Valdez’s injury. Despite spring training is underway, there are still pitching options in free agency that could help a team win. Regarding the Astros, they might take a look at the open market to fill the huge void caused by Framber Valdez’s fractured finger that will keep him sidelined for a while if not for the entire season. First on the list is veteran righty Jake Odorizzi. As our own Cody Poage recently recalled, Odorizzi is...
Climbing Tal's Hill Mar 6, 2021

Houston Astros: Forrest Whitley hits another speed bump

In the midst of Framber Valdez’s finger injury and eight pitchers going through health and safety protocols, Houston Astros prospect Forrest Whitley is battling soreness, as reported by Chandler Rome. This adds, not only to the Astros’ list of pitching issues, but to the somewhat haunted career of Whitley. While being the Astros’ first-round pick […] Houston Astros: Forrest Whitley hits another speed bump - Climbing Tals Hill - Climbing Tals Hill - A Houston Astros Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
The Crawfish Boxes Mar 5, 2021
Astros Fall to Fish 1-0

Astros Fall to Fish 1-0

Brandon Bielak pitched three scoreless against the Marlins, 3/5/21 | Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports The Astros could not manage a run after yesterday’s 14 run slugfest, and got only two hits. One was a lead-off triple by the Spring’s most valuable player, Myles Straw in the fourth, but he remained stranded. The Marlins scored on a solo-homer by Brian Anderson against starter Jose Urquidy in the second. In his Spring debut. Ostensible starting rotation pitcher Urquidy allowed the one run, on two hits with no strikeouts in his two innings pitched. Brandon Bielak made...
Climbing Tal's Hill Mar 5, 2021

Houston Astros: Brandon Bielak bounces back

The Houston Astros bats might have been quiet against the Miami Marlins on Friday, but the pitchers stood out once again in this seven-inning slate. Of the most effective, Brandon Bielak went three perfect innings, after a rough opener to the Marlins last Sunday. After the injury to Framber Valdez, the Astros are looking for […] Houston Astros: Brandon Bielak bounces back - Climbing Tals Hill - Climbing Tals Hill - A Houston Astros Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
The Crawfish Boxes Mar 5, 2021
Spring Training Game Thread 5. March 5, 2021, 12:05 CST. Astros @ Marlins

Spring Training Game Thread 5. March 5, 2021, 12:05 CST. Astros @ Marlins

Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports Jose Urquidy gets his Spring debut. The Astros romped last night against the Cardinals, 14-0, but that is little consolation for the news that the Astros ace, Framber Valdez, may be out for a considerable portion of 2021 with a finger fracture, pending further tests. Still, 14 runs on 12 hits is a nice breakout from the previous hitting doldrums the team has endured in earlier games. Myles Straw continued his hot streak, getting a double in two at bats, and is currently sporting a .667 batting average for the Spring. Michael Brantley...
The Crawfish Boxes Mar 5, 2021
With Framber Valdez sidelined, is it now Forrest Whitley’s time?

With Framber Valdez sidelined, is it now Forrest Whitley’s time?

Photo by Bob Levey/ The Astros suffered a tough blow on Wednesday, when Valdez was diagnosed with a fractured left ring finger. If Forrest Whitley wants to step up as one of the Astros’ starters this year, his time has finally come. On Tuesday Framber Valdez suffered an injury and hours later, on Wednesday, he was diagnosed with a fractured left ring finger that will probably keep him out of action for several weeks. According to MLB Network’s Jon Heyman, the injury is said to be serious... Valdez finger injury is said to be serious and expected extend to keep him...

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