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SpikesnStars 12 hours ago

Astros @ Angels – tl;dr

SERIES PREVIEW Dingers for Springer @ Holes for Poo May 27-29, 2016 This one will be brief due to being busy this morning, getting the rest of today off, and starting my holiday weekend a little early.  Suckers. Friday, May 27 – 9:05pm CDT Mike Fiers (3-2, 4.35) vs. Matt Shoemaker (2-5, 6.81) Fiers deserved […]
SpikesnStars 18 hours ago

How to Sweep a Series

May 26, 2016 Astros 4, Orioles 2 W: McCullers (1-1) L: Gausman (0-2) S: Giles (1) Game Zone Box score Win Probability How to sweep a series: Start with a Springer Dinger Add a Valbuena Dinger Add another Springer Dinger Bring in Feliz as the baseball flinger Let Giles put the fans through the wringer Cue the opera singer Celebrate […]
SpikesnStars May 26, 2016

DM Archives #4: Clap For The Wolfman

When the moon is round and full Gonna teach you tricks that’ll blow your mind Mongrel mind It’s that time again. Time for installment number four from the archives, that is.  AA-OOO-WOOOOOOO!! HAUNTED My cousin and I were out riding around one afternoon in his pickup truck, around the rice field roads out west […]
SpikesnStars May 26, 2016

The Return of Wotan

Astros win 5th Wednesday game in a row. WP: Pat Neshek (2-0) LP: Tyler Wilson (2-3) Save: Luke Gregerson (12) Box Score Game Zone Before last year, when the Astros were generally acknowledged as the worst team in baseball, the Astros had such a knack for winning on Wednesdays that it was determined that The Norse […]
SpikesnStars May 25, 2016

Thanks, I needed that.

May 24, 2016 Astros 3, Orioles 2 (13 innings) W: Feliz (2-1) L: Bundy (0-1) Game Zone Box Score Win Probability Once again, the Astros got a good-not-great starting pitching performance.  Once again, the Astros got a largely shutdown performance from the bullpen.  Once again, the Astros allowed only 2 runs. But this time, they eked out a […]
SpikesnStars May 24, 2016

Orioles @ Astros – Help Us, El Jefe, You’re Our Only Hope

SERIES PREVIEW Baltimore Colts @ Houston Oilers May 24-26, 2016 It’s time for a history lesson.   On June 1, 2005, the Houston Chronicle declared the Astros’ season dead, complete with a tombstone pic that, to its credit, is still fairly memorable in Astrodom.  The team was 19-32 entering the day’s game and had the […]
SpikesnStars May 22, 2016

Do I Really Have to Write This Recap?

May 22, 2016 Rangers 9, Astros 2 W – Hamels (5-0) L – Keuchel (2-6) Box Score GameZone thread Not going to lie, today’s game had a bit of an ominous feeling after the Astros dropped the first two games in the series.  It only took 2.5 innings for that feeling to get validated. If […]
SpikesnStars May 21, 2016

How to Lose a Game 2-1 in Three Straight Days

May 21, 2016 Rangers 2, Astros 1 W – Ramos (1-2) L – Fiers (3-2) S – Dyson (4) Box Score GameZone thread Get some pretty damn respectable performances from your pitching staff Let a future Cy Young winner OR a retread with a bionic shoulder OR a 30-something career reliever on a minor league […]
SpikesnStars May 21, 2016

You Win Some, You Lewis Some

May 20, 2016 Rangers 2, Astros 1 W – Lewis (3-0) L – McCullers (0-1) S – Dyson (3) Box Score GameZone thread This wasn’t the first time that Colby Lewis looked like a wizard against the Astros.  Blessed with an early lead, he held the Astros scoreless with only four hits in his seven […]
SpikesnStars May 20, 2016

Rangers @ Astros – That’s So Rangers

SERIES PREVIEW Odor’s Pseudo-Suspended Sore Vulva @ We Just Took a Road Series from the ChiSox So Fuck the Rangers May 20-22, 2016 The English language is constantly evolving: nouns get used as verbs, verbs get used as nouns, and subordinating conjunctions get used as prepositions.  Some of these emerging behaviors have become so ubiquitous […]
SpikesnStars May 20, 2016


May 19, 2016 White Sox 2, Astros 1 W: Sale (9-0) L: McHugh (4-4) Game Zone Box score Win Probability ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Sometimes, that’s all you can do. Chris Sale is 9-0 with a 1.58 ERA, and is somehow not the most impressive pitcher in the majors this season.  But when a pitcher is 9-0 with a 1.58 ERA, […]
SpikesnStars May 20, 2016

DM Archives #3: Love Matters

They say every man must need protection They say every man must fall Yet, I swear I see my reflection Some place so high above this wall I see my light come shining From the west unto the east Any day now, any day now I shall be released Installment number three, from the archives. […]
SpikesnStars May 19, 2016

Astros Wear Out White Sox

Astros win second in a row, still haven’t won three in a row this year. WP: Doug Fister: (4-3) LP: Matt Latos (5-1) Save: Luke Gregerson (9) Game Zone Box Score Like he does so often Jose Altuve led off the game with a hit, a single. Followed by a walk to George Springer and […]
Twinkie Town May 18, 2016

Twins call up newly-signed outfielder Robbie Grossman

The Twins signed former Astros outfielder Robbie Grossman to a minor league contract yesterday, and now that he didn't pull a David Murphy he's being called up to the Twins. We now know the corresponding roster move the Twins have made for sending left fielder Eddie Rosario back to AAA: Robbie Grossman. If your reaction to that is "who?", you aren't alone. The Twins just signed Robbie Grossman to a minor league contract yesterday. Grossman served as an outfielder for the Houston Astros for three years, but was never quite a full-time player. He has major-league experience at all three...
SpikesnStars May 18, 2016

White socks White Sox

May 17, 2016 Astros 6, White Sox 5 (11) W: Neshek (1-0) L: Albers (1-3) S: Sipp (1) Box score Game Zone Win probability The Astros made things much more difficult than they needed to be, claiming a 6-5 win in 11 innings that should have been over much sooner. Fortunately, they were able to ride a strong performance from […]
SpikesnStars May 17, 2016

Astros @ White Sox – Sox It To Me

SERIES PREVIEW Wretched Refuse of the Teeming Gulf Shore @ The Wretched Refuse that is Chicago’s South Side May 17-19, 2016 Second-best team in the AL.  Fewest runs allowed in the AL.  A pitcher whose name rhymes with a song that is the perfect blend of catchy and annoying and will now be stuck in […]
South Side Sox May 17, 2016

What Happened? - A Houston Astros preview

A look ahead at the team that's surprisingly at the bottom of the American League West Coming into this season, I thought of the Houston Astros as "Cubs-light". They're a team that built from within while spending many years at the bottom of the standings and the top of the draft. Then, things finally clicked in 2015 and a competitive young team emerged from the ashes to grab a Wild Card slot. The Cubs have the superior core group of players, but the rise of the Astros followed a similar blueprint. En route to the Astros sniffing the playoffs for the first time since losing to the Chicago...
SpikesnStars May 15, 2016

Oh Well

May 15, 2016 Red Sox 10, Astros 9 W – Hembree (2-0) L – Feldman (2-3) S – Kimbrel (10) Box Score GameZone thread I’m going to put a lot less effort into this recap than the team put into today’s game.  Clearly losing 10-9 means you’re doing a few things right, but it also […]
SpikesnStars May 14, 2016

Kicked in the Balls, Episode 23

May 14, 2016 Red Sox 6, Astros 5 (11 innings) W – Uehara (2-1) L – Feliz (1-1) Box Score GameZone thread We shouldn’t be surprised by any of this anymore.  After being nails on Friday night, Gregerson brought absolutely no command in Saturday’s save situation, allowing Boston to send the game to extras and […]
SpikesnStars May 13, 2016

Swingin’ in the Rain

May 13, 2016 Astros 7, Red Sox 6 W – Feldman (2-2) L – Barnes (2-2) S – Gregerson (8) Box Score GameZone thread The Astros were down 5-1 after two innings. And won. Yes, that happened. In a steady rain that lasted the entire game, the Astros staked a 1-0 lead in the 1st […]

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